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Creative Advertising BA (Hons)

What is Creative Advertising BA (Hons)?

Please note: prior to September 2021, this course was known as Advertising BA (Hons).

From big conceptual ideas across digital, social, tv and print, to creative strategies, art direction, copywriting and brand storytelling – you’ll learn the practical, hands-on skills needed to make it as a successful advertising creative, and graduate with a portfolio full of original ideas and an enviable black book of industry contacts.

Our lecturers are here to mentor, support and challenge you to work as a professional advertising creative from your first day on the course.

Study style

You’ll be encouraged to make yourself at home in our creative studio and Mac suite within the Design Centre, working alongside graphic, fashion, interior and product designers. You’ll have access to the industry-standard software you would expect in the creative department of an agency, and learn vital technical skills through a range of practical workshops to enhance your abilities in both digital and graphic design, moving image, art direction and photography.

With over two decades worth of students working in agencies across the globe. From BBH to Iris London, St. Lukes, Havas and more, you’ll have access to an alumni network that is second to none.

Check out some of our graduates work below.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

Course modules


Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Park, Cheltenham N583 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham N583 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Advertising Creative
  • Art Director
  • Copywriter
  • Social Media Content Producer
  • Creative Planner
  • Account Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Brand Manager

Industry links

Students benefit from over two decades worth of graduates, many of which are still in the creative advertising industry. We have junior creatives, creative directors, and agency owners at organisations such as Adam&EveDDB, Havas, Ogilvy, Saatchi&Saatchi, St. Lukes, Iris, Publicis and more.

This enviable network allows our students the opportunity to work on live briefs, find industry mentors and even get their foot in the door on their way to a placement, internship or even graduate job.

Study on a course with excellent resources

The learning resources for this course scored 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.

Learn from expert staff

Our course is ranked equal 10th for high-quality staff/lectures according to the THE Student Experience Survey 2018.

Trips and experiences

Employability is is at the heart of our course. You’ll follow in the footsteps of past award-winning students, exhibiting your work at the D&AD New Blood exhibition in Shoreditch, and networking with two decades of graduates who are now working in agencies. You’ll showcase your final year work at this exciting event and meet, greet and network with the UK ad industry’s biggest talents. You’ll also meet key industry contacts who provide placement and work opportunities at some of the UK’s leading creative advertising agencies.

"We won a YCN creative award"

“We exhibited our work at D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition, won a YCN creative award and got snapped up by London agency Byte, the UK’s fastest growing ad agency, before we’d even graduated. Now we’re working on integrated campaigns for a load of well-known brands on out-of-home campaigns, infeed and stories on social media, and AR creative too! We wouldn’t have been able to achieve half of what we have if it wasn’t for the course.”

Sam Turner & Jacob Briggs, Creatives at Byte London

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