BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Top-Up)

The degree will include modules exploring applied communications and technical skills along with the history and theory of communications in different forms. With new media emerging on a continuous basis, this field changes frequently, but basic principles of good communication remain constant whether the medium is a traditional printed brochure or a mobile advertisement.

Course details

Our BA Top Up in Visual Communications degree encourages students to explore a diverse range of areas including branding and advertising assignments, developing your creative portfolios, real-world and socially driven design and, undertaking self-initiated projects and individual research determined by your own area of interest whether its branding, typography, illustration, printmaking, or photo documentary.
  • Mode of study: Full-time Blended learning
  • Intake: Intakes: October and March
  • Course length: 1 year
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: London

Plymouth University

Course overview

In exceptional circumstances, mature entry applicants (21+) without the standard academic background, but with relevant and substantial work experience (min 2 years), may be considered for entry. They will be interviewed by the Head of Admissions, undergo functional skills testing and will be required to submit two detailed references in support of their suitability for the programme. Such applicants must be able to demonstrate their readiness for a return to study and ability to cope with the rigours of the programme. Admissions decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Entry requirements

  • a pass in a BTEC HND; or
  • a Foundation Degree; or
  • a recognised UK or overseas equivalent; or
  • other level 5 qualification in a related field
  • There will also be the standard English language requirements of IELTS 6 or equivalent.


On completion of the degree, students will be able to pursue a range of careers in including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web/App Designer
  • Advertising
  • Video Editor
  • Photojournalist
  • Art/Design Director
  • Communications Manager
  • Higher education/ secondary school teacher


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Design for the Creative Industry630
Creative Portfolio630
Self-Initiated Design Portfolio630
Dissertation/Major Research Project (MRP)630