This degree builds on the industry-recognised HNC/D programmes. All first year entrants will start on the HNC and the entry requirements are therefore for this programme. Successful completion will allow you to progress to the second year of the HND. Following achievement of the HND, you can progress to the third year of the degree. Applicants already holding a relevant HNC qualification can apply for direct entry to the second year. When completing your application make sure you choose year two. Applicants already holding a relevant HND qualification can apply for direct entry to year three, again where this is the case please make sure you choose year three when completing your application. The BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design is an interdisciplinary design course. It is a highly student-centred course in which you will be encouraged to explore and develop your individual style and interests as a creative practitioner. Working on projects with social, economic and environmental significance, you will develop a clear understanding of contemporary design theory and practice. This course focuses on 21st century skills development. It aims to enhance your existing visual communication skill-set through participation in a range of live project briefs and self-directed practice. With the opportunity to work alongside respected industry professionals, you will be supported through the cultivation and development of your own professional profile and portfolio.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Advanced Entry to year two (HND) may be possible if you have completed the HNC Visual Communication, with a B or above in the Graded Unit. Advanced Entry to year three may be possible if you have completed the HND Visual Communication, with a B or above in the Graded Unit.
UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Additional entry requirements
You may be required to attend an interview
You will be required to submit a portfolio
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with no element below 5.5|
|PTE Academic||58||58 average with 51 in each component|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||Min 80 or above with min 18 in each section|
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English in an academic environment and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The minimum English language requirements to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed below:
Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at the following:
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Fees and funding
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