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Course summary

You bring a curious mind. That way you have with words. A unique art directional style. We’ll bring you 30-years' experience as an advertising course and a teaching army of advertising gurus both past and present. Together we’ll turn raw talent into a clever thinking idea machine, a future advertising star. Why study this subject? On this creative advertising foundation course, we have a reputation for nurturing creative individuals able to think on their feet and adapt to an industry in a constant state of change. We’ll encourage you to experiment and push your ideas and gain in confidence when taking risks. You'll have every opportunity to improve your skills and not worry about getting things wrong. Making mistakes is an important part of the creative process. You’ll only be taught by agency professionals both as dedicated tutors and visiting guests. They will help develop you as individuals, helping you think in different ways and voice your opinions for effect. You will gain a better understanding of people and gain insights into how they think, behave and act. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Why does this little part of England produce so many heavyweight creative superstars? Is it the great facilities, a course that perfectly mixes practical skills, creative challenges and marketing insights, taught by tutors with decades of advertising experience? Is it the army of alumni students, the 'Bucks Mafia' as they are affectionately known as, who constantly return to give tutorials, workshops, mentoring, advice, placements, internships and jobs? Is it its location, only 40 minutes from the hustle and bustle of one of the worlds’ most exciting adland communities, London? Who knows, but for the last 25 years its students have constantly created great campaigns that have won awards, who’ve then gone on to create the next generation of advertising history , both at home and aboard. The course sets about developing you as individuals, helping you to think in different ways and voice your opinions for effect. Above all you will develop as a creative thinker and problem solver. To aid your development you will learn practical skills and experience both digital and traditional processes and technologies. These range from Adobe Creative Suite to letterpress and silkscreen printing. Photography and film making are integral to most things we do. You will learn to apply creative problem-solving to create targeted and innovative communications and solutions to a diversity of briefs. You will gain a better understanding of people and gain insights into how they think, behave and act. Students are also encouraged to get involved with industry awards, including D&AD New Blood Awards and Young Creative Network Awards. All this adds to the employability of our students. What facilities can I use? The Creative Advertising course is a completely diverse area. Because of this our Creative Advertising students have access to a range of our facilities, including Photography studios, Film and TV equipment, Screen Printing facilities, Letterpress machines and Mac suites. What will I study? The Creative Advertising degree is widely recognised by the sector with a reputation built up over twenty five years collaborating with agencies, it is a successful collaboration between education and industry, and staff are always creating new opportunities for students to engage with the best creatives and strategists. These include live briefs, agency visits, crits and work experience in the second and third years. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.


Year one Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity, Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility, Inquiry and Research Skills, Photography, Design and Visual Communication. Year two Advertising, Conceptual Communication, Creative Skills, Critical and Historical Studies - Historical and Critical Thinking. Year three Advertising Communication Skills, Industry Portfolio, Digital Advertising and Creative Content, Critical and Historical Studies - Design Research and Theory. Year four Agency, Final Major Project Creative Combined Independent (optional), Final Major Project Creative Independent (optional), Final Major Project Creative Team (optional), Critical and Historical Studies - Dissertation.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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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 £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

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Creative Advertising with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS