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Arts University Bournemouth

Visual Communication

UCAS Code: W215

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Visual communication

**From the icons on your smartphone to the type on your favourite magazine, visual communications play a powerful part in shaping our choices.**Visual Communication is a broad discipline, encompassing graphic design, image generation, typography and screen-based design. If youre looking to be a part of the choice-shaping process then this is the course for you. Throughout the course, your industry knowledge will be strengthened through independent research, as well as collaborative and individual participation in live and prestigious competition briefs, set by the likes of D&AD and ISTD.Past are the days when the role of a professional communication designer was limited to the confines of a single discipline or linear career-path. What is required now is a combination of skills and personal qualities, including: the ability to be well-versed in a wide range of technical skills and in processes of thinking-through-making which are supported by rigorous self-criticism and reflection; an informed awareness of context and audience; the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently. Above all, the designer of today/tomorrow should have an idealistic commitment to improve all aspects of sustainable user-centred communication design both locally and globally.**What you will learn**Visual Communication explores the interface and overlap between analogue and digital technologies, and looks at ways in which traditional craft media and processes are used alongside, and combined with, digital developments. The course is interested in these hybrid processes of developing ideas and communicating these ideas through visual language to an audience. Visual Communication is a rich fusion of graphic design, illustration and photographic practices and dialogues, whose influences come from a myriad of cultures and experiences; its practitioners are characterised by their innovative multi-disciplinary approach to the development of contemporary communication solutions. The teaching and learning within BA (Hon) Visual Communications working studio environment is fluid and open so that you can make the most of opportunities that arise from both within and beyond the curriculum structure. This manner of teaching is essentially multidisciplinary, and is characteristically based on collaborative studio practice. The course allows you to pursue your particular creative interests and to extend the scope and depth of your enquiry. You will be encouraged to formulate and identify your particular professional and academic interests. Intellectual and academic integrity will be further encouraged, both through written content and thinking through practice.Across the three years approximately 55% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.**By the end of the course you will be able to...**- Apply a broad range of analytical, interrogative processes that inform experimentation, innovation and resolution.- Understand and apply the benefits of live projects, cross-course and collaborative and/or interdisciplinary practice in academic and professional environments.- Apply an ethical approach to sustainable design and visual communication problem-solving.- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the broad critical and cultural contexts of visual communication, and knowledge of the principles and methodologies which underpin them.- Select, evaluate and critically reflect upon a range of research in order to create effective visual communication solutions.- Demonstrate the ability to produce critically informed visual communication solutions targeted at specific audiences.- Demonstrate competence in the advanced technical skills necessary for professional practice.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth

Department:

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Visual communication

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,564
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

63%
Design occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
4%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Visual communication

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£16k

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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