The Programme envisions visual communication as a diverse and complex practice that values yet extends beyond traditional definitions. Visual Communication offers three pathways of study: Experimental Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration. Taking an innovative approach to pedagogy and creative practice, the pathways are structured to facilitate risk-taking and experimentation, anchored by deep subject knowledge. Pathways offer both an interdisciplinary perspective and a subject-specialist approach. Our tutors are well-known practitioners and researchers engaged in communication practice.
As noted by our students, critical discourse around what it means to be a ‘visual communicator’ today opens up possibilities about the process and contexts of communication, and in doing so shows that the designer and artist’s skill set is transferable beyond the sole confines of the visual to include sound, code, text, space, event and experience.
The Programme offers:
The three pathways offered by the Visual Communication programme are interrelated and structured around the core discipline of visual communication and are taught by our excellent team of advanced practitioners and researchers.
Experimental Communication provides a fluid, exploratory and open-minded working environment for those wishing to locate innovative and unconventional communication practices within the context of both real and speculative situations.
Graphic Design seeks to evolve expanded notions of graphic design practice that acknowledge current industry and educational contexts, while revisiting, expanding and disrupting the tools, intent, context and role of graphic design disciplines with renewed purpose.
Illustration explores an expanded approach to the practice of illustration as a discipline. Fundamental to the work we do in communication, is an understanding of the context of our work and in how ideas can be framed, transmitted and received by our intended audiences.
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency.
To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).
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