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Visual Communication BA (Hons) (Online)

Falmouth University
2-3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Falmouth University

Program description

Visual Communication BA (Hons) (Online)

This course is new for entry year 2021.

Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary way of learning and working – designed to reflect the rich spectrum of fields and collaboration that is part of the creative industries today and in the future. Drawing on Falmouth's acclaimed Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography courses, this online degree will give you the practical skills and critical understanding to become an original practitioner across a range of platforms and sectors. You'll learn from practicing creatives and gain the latest industry insights through our unrivalled guest lecture series.

You will:

  • Learn from professionals, directly from their studios to yours.
  • Hone your craft and build and develop your skills in industry-standard programs and pipelines.
  • Build essential networking connections through our guest lecture series and by working on live briefs.
  • Develop your complex problem solving and ideation skills to enable you to experiment, take risks and produce innovative visual solutions to client briefs.
  • Underpin your creative practise with a solid understanding of visual communication strategies and the history and theory of visual communication.
  • Explore a diverse range of techniques to create compelling digital content across a range of platforms, using established and emerging approaches to visual production.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an online interview to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104-120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to a-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Stage one

Through practical work and critical investigations, you'll be encouraged to experiment with and disrupt visual practices and processes. Working within an immersive community culture, you'll develop your understanding of audience, explore all areas of the creative process and learn core visual language skills, including type & image, storytelling, craft and production.

As you work on live briefs, you'll be introduced to branding, consumer culture, typography and information hierarchy, the ethics and responsibility of creative practice, design for society and the importance of collaborative practice. You'll also gain an understanding of the history and theories of visual communications.


  • Play
  • Industry
  • Relay
  • Form

Stage two

You'll work on a range of projects to challenge your emerging fields. Throughout these projects you'll hone your core skills, reflect critically on your strengths and explore alternative models of practise to help define your design future beyond the course. Undertaking self-selected briefs, technical learning activities and presentations, as well as collaborative exercises and independent research, you'll continue to strengthen and provoke speculative, experimental and industry process models.


  • Shape
  • Find
  • Break
  • Sprint

Stage three

Finally, you'll refine the detail and depth of existing projects, or work on new initiatives to cement your final visual communications identity, so you're ready to head into industry or go to further study. You will underpin your final portfolio through undertaking a reflective research project and you will work collaboratively in the 'Share' module to give you the essential skills you need for a successful career in the creative industries.


  • Jump
  • Share
  • Reflect
  • Launch
  • Reach

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2021-22 for new online students from September 2021 onwards:

  • BA(Hons) courses, 2 years accelerated full-time: £10,400 per year
  • BA(Hons) courses, 3 years part-time: £6,935 per year


What you’ll learn

You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in graphic design, photography, video, illustration and animation to create innovative visual content for a range of platforms. You'll graduate with a varied professional portfolio of creative work and a keen sense of entrepreneurship - developed through live briefs and our guest lecture series.

Career opportunities

What our graduates do

As a graduate, you could become:

  • A graphic designer, photographer, animator or illustrator
  • A filmmaker or content producer
  • A communications strategist, brand manager, art director or advertising creative

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Hear from Course Leader Sarah Langford about our fully online BA in Visual Communication; a course designed to reflect the rich spectrum of fields and collaboration that is part of the creative industries.

About this institute

Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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