University for the Creative Arts
Visual Communication (with Integrated Foundation & Professional Practice Years) BA (Hons)
University for the Creative Arts

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 425 graduates of Visual Communication (with Integrated Foundation & Professional Practice Years) BA (Hons) and other courses in Design Studies at University for the Creative Arts for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Design Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
76 /100
425 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Design Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Design Studies at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21000 £20500 £25000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £15500 - £25000 £18000 - £31000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Design Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22025 £20113 £23568
25-75 percentile range £19981 - £25071 £15144 - £24676 £17604 - £29974

Course Description

Our BA (Hons) Visual Communication (with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year) is a five year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree. Your fourth academic year would then include a year in industry placement.

If creating images and telling stories is your thing, then our BA (Hons) Visual Communications degree course at UCA Canterbury blends the very best of graphic design, illustration, animation, moving image and photography skills into one – and gives you a broad brush of skills from which to build an amazing career.

Visual communication is commercial, social, public, and political, shaping the meaning and impact of apps, websites, posters, books, magazine advertisements, games, logos, film titles, and countless other media.

Everywhere you look, designers are using words and images to persuade, inform and educate, and this course encourages you to think conceptually and apply technical skills in all forms of design practice.

With dedicated studios for personal and group working, digital media suites with Macs running industry design software, and photography studios for processing and printing – you’ll have access to everything you need to develop the key principles and skills of a professional visual communication practitioner.

Throughout the course, you’ll investigate and explore the potential of a range of specific themes and approaches to contemporary practices and craft skills. You'll also benefit from interaction with industry through live project opportunities, building industry-relevant skills that ensure you graduate ready for the workplace.

Related courses

  • BA/BSc (Hons) Advertising (with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design (with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)
  • BA (Hons) Illustration (with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year)

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Visual Communication (with Integrated Foundation & Professional Practice Years) BA (Hons) at University for the Creative Arts

15% Skilled trades occupations
13% Protective service occupations
12% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
9% Elementary occupations
8% Caring personal services
7% Sports and fitness occupations
7% Teaching Professionals
3% Managers, directors and senior officials
3% Administrative occupations
3% Therapy professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Design Studies

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

At UCA we have a number of scholarships and fee discounts available to assist you with the cost of your studies. Further details can be found via our Scholarships page: https://www.uca.ac.uk/study-at-uca/scholarships/ and our Financial Support page: https://www.uca.ac.uk/study-at-uca/fees-finance/financial-support/
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Visual Communication (with Integrated Foundation & Professional Practice Years), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Visual Communication (with Integrated Foundation & Professional Practice Years) BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £17500 year 1
International £17500 year 1

Additional fee information

Further information relating to fees and finance can be located at:

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

About University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts is specifically dedicated to art and design subjects, and has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, and Rochester, as well as teaching bases at other institutions such as the Royal School of Needlework and the Maidstone Studios.

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Student composition of University for the Creative Arts

undergraduates:
5895
postgraduates:
1140
Total:
7035
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Where is this programme taught

Canterbury
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