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University of Westminster

Illustration and Visual Communication

UCAS Code: W220
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

80-96

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Subjects
  • Design studies
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
CCC-BB

Scottish Highers
CCCC

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMM

International Baccalaureate
26

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 80-96 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus â?? home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design â?? you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity. You will be able to work in dedicated, high-specification studios, supported by established tutors with practices in illustration, visual communication, film and fine art. The course reflects the fast-changing opportunities in art, design and new media, and offers a broad and interdisciplinary approach to image making within visual communication, recognising the changing contexts and new opportunities continually evolving with emerging technologies. There is a significant focus on socially engaged practice, providing a framework that is not just commercial but encourages deeper enquiry and awareness of the wider social contexts and implications of visual communication production.

Modules

The course is comprised of: Drawing; illustration practice; printmaking and book art; digital media; 3-dimensions; critical studies; professional practice.

University of Westminster

Freshers week

The University of Westminster is in the heart of London, attracting more than 20,000 students from 150 nation. With the Students' Union based at three central London campuses and a media campus at Harrow, you'll never be short of activities in the big smoke. Did you know UWSU takes hundreds of students to Amsterdam and on a sports tour in Spain every year.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
53%
47%

Year 1

43%
57%

Year 2

28%
72%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
46%
54%

Year 1

38%
62%

Year 2

63%
37%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 85%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

96%

Feedback on work has been helpful

80%

Feedback on work has been prompt

84%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
351 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

10%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

7%

Graduates who are design occupations

27%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year, design was behind only nursing in the number of graduates from UK universities with nearly 13,700. Not all areas of design have been affected equally by the recession, so bear this in mind when you look at the stats. At the moment, things are looking a little better for fashion and textile designers and not as good for interior or multimedia 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. This also varies by subject – fashion designers often find jobs in the North West. Some employers in the field, particularly in London, are a little prone to asking graduates to work for free, so while it’s not the norm – one in nine design graduates from 2012 starting design jobs in London were working unpaid – it does go on.
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