Visual Communication (with Integrated International Foundation Year) at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS

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Course summary

Please note: the Integrated International Foundation year of this course will be taught at our UCA Farnham Campus. You would then transfer to our UCA Canterbury campus for the remaining three years of the course Our BA (Hons) Visual Communication (with Integrated International Foundation Year) is a four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree. If creating images and telling stories is your thing, then our BA (Hons) Visual Communications degree course at UCA Canterbury blends the very best of graphic design, illustration, animation, moving image and photography skills into one – and gives you a broad brush of skills from which to build an amazing career. Visual communication is commercial, social, public, and political, shaping the meaning and impact of apps, websites, posters, books, magazine advertisements, games, logos, film titles, and countless other media. Everywhere you look, designers are using words and images to persuade, inform and educate, and this course encourages you to think conceptually and apply technical skills in all forms of design practice. With dedicated studios for personal and group working, digital media suites with Macs running industry design software, and photography studios for processing and printing – you’ll have access to everything you need to develop the key principles and skills of a professional visual communication practitioner. Throughout the course, you’ll investigate and explore the potential of a range of specific themes and approaches to contemporary practices and craft skills. You'll also benefit from interaction with industry through live project opportunities, building industry-relevant skills that ensure you graduate ready for the workplace. Related courses

  • BA/BSc (Hons) Advertising (with Integrated International Foundation Year)
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design (with Integrated International Foundation Year)
  • BA (Hons) Illustration (with Integrated International Foundation Year)

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Qualification requirements

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An audition/portfolio review is not required for this course but we will invite you to an Applicant Day to meet the course team. Alternatively, we can arrange an online meeting with the course team. Details will be provided once we've received your application.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £17500 Year 1
International £17500 Year 1

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Visual Communication (with Integrated International Foundation Year) at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS