Visual Communication and Design BA (Hons)

UCAS code W213

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design is an interdisciplinary design course. It is a highly student-centred course in which you will be encouraged to explore and develop your individual style and interests as a creative practitioner.

Working on projects with social, economic and environmental significance, you will develop a clear understanding of contemporary design theory and practice. This course focuses on 21st century skills development. It aims to enhance your existing visual communication skill-set through participation in a range of live project briefs and self-directed practice. With the opportunity to work alongside respected industry professionals, you will be supported through the cultivation and development of your own professional profile and portfolio.

Special features

  • A focus on the role of the visual communicator within contemporary design theory and practice
  • An emphasis on 21st century skills development and interdisciplinary practice
  • A range of work placement, live project, national and international competition opportunities tailored to your individual skills and interests
  • The opportunity to develop your own creative and portfolio of professional practice and gain critical marketing experience
  • Opportunities for national and international trips to enhance your experience

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • One A Level at D or above
  • For alternative entry see access routes below
  • You will also be required to submit a portfolio of work and may be invited for an interview

Advanced entry


 

Access routes

  • NC Art and Design
  • NC Digital Media
  • NC Art, Design and Media
  • NC Computing with Digital Media
  • University of the Arts London Diploma Level 3 Award
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Theory and practice: design
  • Research project: design
  • Professional design practice
  • Social design strategies
  • Design practice

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Major design project: degree show
  • Major research project
  • Professional design practice

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September , where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time  (structured)
  • Part-time  (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical sessions, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time:  4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship for the degree (3rd) year and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £7,230  
Year 2 HND £7,230  
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award, including where students are following a recognised ‘top-up’ degree structure where the first and second years are made up of an HNC/D award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional costs

Students are expected to fund the materials required for the production of projects, they should allow a starting budget of £150 per year for this.

Optional Course trips are available in some campuses at a fee of between £300 – £600, dependent upon selected destination.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design will prepare you for, but is not limited to, a career in digital media, design, broadcast, graphics, illustration or marketing.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the MA Art and Social Practice

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I wanted to do something art related but was unsure what course to do after school. I didn’t want to leave home for a university course in a big city when I wasn’t sure if that was the course for me. The HND for Visual Communications offered the study of a range of techniques which allowed me to try different creative practices and see what appealed to me.

I currently work as a Graphic Designer at a university where I deliver graphic, digital and print services to all faculty and support staff. Since graduating, I also work as a freelance designer/illustrator creating artwork for a variety of clients, including children’s book illustration. In 2017 I was shortlisted for the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize and last summer was a commissioned artist for Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail.

My aim is to become an illustrator of children’s books and continue working on exciting design projects.

Charlie Dear complete the A (Hons) Visual Communication at Perth College UHI. 

(Photo credit: Kalyan Veera)

The course is really practical which has been perfect for me as I’m dyslexic. It feels scary at the beginning but I can honestly say that studying here was the best decision of my life! My dream is to be a primary teacher part time and be a designer or involved in community art the rest of the time.

Meghan Potter is studying on the BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design at our Perth College UHI campus.

I currently have a design and communications internship with the university’s students association (HISA) at Perth College UHI. The role allows me to practise my skills professionally and has provided the opportunity of working with a team to make an impact on student life.

Gregor George is studying on the BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design at our Perth College UHI campus.

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