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As part of our Business School for the Creative Industries, our BA/BSc (Hons) Advertising course at UCA Epsom offers you a unique opportunity to blend academic excellence with professional experience, taught by highly experienced practitioners with connections to some of the biggest names in the industry.
Supported by some of the world’s advertising luminaries – including Mark Waites, founding partner of Mother Advertising, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK – our course continues to develop a mentoring scheme, giving you the chance to enter the industry as a valued professional.
The UK advertising economy is one of the most sophisticated and dynamic in the world. Our aim is to teach you to learn how to become a creative problem causer and thinker – to lead advertising rather than to follow. We want you to understand and unfold strategies that are focused and creative, becoming an independent, intelligent professional with the ability to grow and reflect.
We’ll encourage you to work alongside fellow students on the course to create fresh and attention-grabbing projects across a range of platforms. Within the wider UCA community you’ll find insight and knowledge from fellow artists in other exciting disciplines such as graphic designers, journalists, musicians and fashion designers.
You will work to build specific skills in critical analysis, research, production and communication appropriate to the advertising industry, whilst also developing your resourceful and strategic thinking abilities. Our mentoring scheme is supported by some of the world’s best-known creative directors – including Rory Sutherland – giving you the opportunity to enter the world of advertising and marketing professionally trained.
By graduation, you'll have built your own unique book of holistic ad campaigns, showcasing high levels of creativity in art direction, copywriting and digital media. With our comprehensive curriculum, you’ll learn how to tackle challenging briefs whilst developing a critical, conceptual and contextual understanding of advertising.
Equipped with a fantastic library and excellent support services, our Epsom campus provides the ideal environment for this course – close to London’s leading ad agencies and mentors, you’ll have access to influential professionals, job prospects and potential employers. It’s the perfect place for you to meet other like-minded people and explore your talents.
You'll study units which introduce you to the process involved in creating a successful advertising campaign in your first year, encouraging you to develop your writing skills and learn how to communicate with your audience.
You’ll be given three briefs and with each one you’ll be asked to promote a product, service or event of your choosing. You’ll do this by researching creative thinking models and art direction as well as through copywriting, digital media and creative direction.
Through this unit you will be introduced to appropriate practical and technical skills through workshops related to your briefs, art direction and copywriting, supported by mac skills.
Visual Communications: Context and Theory
Based on a series of illustrated lectures, you’ll be introduced to a number of key historical and contemporary contextual frameworks for visual culture and communication practices, encouraging you to begin to identify changing relationships between visual culture, communication and wider social and cultural concerns.
This unit will introduce you to art direction, while exploring the creative and practical processes involved in creating a successful advertising campaign. The unit will provide you with a variety of creative thinking tools that will enable you to learn techniques of ‘interrogation’ and how to ask ‘creative questions’.
In this unit you will explore copywriting, the vernacular of your audience, long and short copy and its relationship with media. You will also explore the ‘endline’ through creating a proposition/promise within the context of advertising.
Digital channels and platforms have created a seismic shift in the way that brands advertise, but that is not without its challenges. The proliferation of online media has changed customer interaction with brands. In this unit you will understand the role of digital media in advertising, explore the different channels and platforms available to brands.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||Listening 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: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ 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).
For more information on English Language Requirements, please visit our website:
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|