Visual Communication (Online) at Falmouth University - UCAS

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Get ahead in the vibrant, ever-evolving field of visual communications. Drawing on Falmouth’s acclaimed Graphic Design, Photography and Illustration courses, this Visual Communication degree will give you the practical skills and critical understanding to become an original practitioner across a range of platforms and sectors. You’ll learn to create impactful visual content with the power to shift mindsets and inspire action. You’ll learn from practising creatives and gain the latest industry insights through guest lectures and industry briefs, working with tutors and students from across the globe to build your networks and connections. You will: Learn from a broad range of creatives and industry professionals, including multidisciplinary designers, illustrators, animators and photographers – direct from their studios to yours Define your passions, skills and ambitions to help locate your practice and build a sustainable and dynamic creative career Build essential networking connections with guest lecturers and industry partners Hone your craft and develop your skills to industry standards Develop your complex problem-solving and ideation skills to enable you to experiment, take risks and produce innovative visual solutions to briefs and weekly tasks Underpin your creative practice with a solid understanding of visual communication techniques and contextual awareness


You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in graphic design, photography, video, illustration and animation to create innovative visual content for a range of platforms. You'll graduate with a varied professional portfolio of creative work and a keen sense of entrepreneurship - developed through live briefs and our guest lecture series. Stage one Through practical work and critical investigations, you'll be encouraged to experiment with and disrupt visual practices and processes. Working within an immersive community culture, you'll develop your understanding of audience, explore all areas of the creative process and learn core visual language skills, including type & image, storytelling, craft and production. As you work on live briefs, you'll be introduced to branding, consumer culture, typography and information hierarchy, the ethics and responsibility of creative practice, design for society and the importance of collaborative practice. You'll also gain an understanding of the history and theories of visual communications. Modules: Play Industry Relay Form Stage two You'll work on a range of projects to challenge your emerging fields. Throughout these projects you'll hone your core skills, reflect critically on your strengths and explore alternative models of practise to help define your design future beyond the course. Undertaking self-selected briefs, technical learning activities and presentations, as well as collaborative exercises and independent research, you'll continue to strengthen and provoke speculative, experimental and industry process models. Modules: Shape Find Break Share Stage three Finally, you'll refine the detail and depth of existing projects, or work on new initiatives to cement your final visual communications identity, so you're ready to head into industry or go to further study. You will underpin your final portfolio through undertaking a reflective research project and exploring alternative models of practice to give you the essential skills you need for a successful career in the creative industries. Modules: Jump Sprint Launch Reach The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

The BA(Hons) Visual Communication degree employs a variety of assessment strategies over the course of the year. These include the submission of portfolios of practical work, presentations, verbal reports and a major practice project. Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. You may also have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work. You will receive continuous written and/or verbal feedback on all your work throughout the year. At the end of the module you will receive detailed feedback in written form. You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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Visual Communication (Online) at Falmouth University - UCAS