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Visual Communication BA (Hons)

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What is Visual Communication BA (Hons)?

You’ll become a multi-skilled designer and exhibit work in London and complete a work placement at a prestigious agency.

You’ll build on your existing knowledge, skills and qualifications to develop vocationally-oriented creative portfolios to gain a full BA honours degree qualification. As a home or international student, you’ll have completed a Level 5 or equivalent qualification, higher education diploma or foundation degree, and will progress to study on this course alongside students specialising in a range of design subjects.

You’ll be able to pick modules in advertising, graphic design and illustration to suit your background and ambitions. Graduate with a broad range of specialist skills from branding to publication layout to storyboarding and pitching. You’ll make essential contacts and gain valuable experience even before you graduate.

Study style

You’ll be actively engaged with design projects and real-world assignments, addressing a wide variety of creative challenges. Depending on your chosen pathway, you may have the chance to exhibit through our links with the D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in London and enter the Yellow Pencil award, which previous Visual Communication students have won.

You’ll have practical, real-world design and advertising assignments, develop your creative portfolios, undertake individual research and presentations, write essays and proposals, plus write an 8,000-word dissertation.

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Entry requirements

    • Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Hardwick, Cheltenham W213 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Hardwick, Cheltenham W213 TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Hardwick, Cheltenham W213 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Account Manager
  • Advertising Creative/Art Director
  • Brand Manager
  • Director of Photography
  • Illustrator for Advertising
  • Moving Image Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Branding and Packaging Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Demo Producer.

Industry links

Our previous students have completed placements with Saatchi & Saatchi X, Ogilvy & Mather, Factor 3, Tangible, Kraft, McCanns, BBH, Gravitas, Superdry and IPA. You can exhibit at D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in London and our own Art and Design Festival.

Become a multi-skilled communicator

You’ll be able to pick modules in advertising, graphic design and illustration to suit your background and ambitions. Graduate with a broad range of specialist skills from branding to publication layouts, storyboarding to illustrating.

A student on the Communications, PR and the Media course smiling at a computer screen

Exciting work placement opportunities

Make essential contacts and gain valuable experience, even before you graduate. Students on selected modules have worked for prestigious companies including Saatchi & Saatchi X, Ogilvy & Mather, Factor 3, Tangible, Kraft, McCanns, BBH, Gravitas, IPA, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Taxi Studios, The Allotment, Rufus Leonard, Fitch and Superdry.

Business and HR Graduate at IBM - New York

Gain exposure through exhibitions and design competitions

You’ll be actively engaged with design projects and real world assignments, addressing a wide variety of creative challenges. You’ll be encouraged to exhibit through our links with the D&AD’s New Blood Exhibition in London. Our students won the Yellow Pencil award at the show last year.

Harris Stovell, design graduate

Placements

Make essential contacts and gain valuable experience, even before you graduate. Students on selected modules have worked for prestigious companies including Saatchi & Saatchi X, Ogilvy & Mather, Factor 3, Tangible, Kraft, McCanns, BBH, Gravitas, IPA, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Taxi Studios, The Allotment, Rufus Leonard, Fitch and Superdry.

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I won a Chip Shop award while at uni and I’m now working for JWT in Malaysia."

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career-wise when I started the course. We were able to choose modules based on what we were interested in. I particularly enjoyed the Creative Portfolio module where we had lectures from creative directors from agencies like McCann Bristol and Publicis London. They gave us briefs, sometimes even live ones and every two weeks we presented our ideas and got feedback. I did a placement at Oakwood agency which ultimately made me realize I wanted to work in advertising.”

Syaza-Abdur Rahman, Visual Communications student

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