Visual Communication and Design BA (Hons)
UCAS code W213
What is special about this course?
The BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design gives you the opportunity to acquire the skills to generate ideas and solve problems creatively, skills required for a successful career within the creative industries.
Working through a range of practical projects you will develop a clear understanding of the creative design process, techniques and business. Visual communications is not restricted by the definition of specialism; likewise, this programme is not attempting to produce designers that are labelled by a pre-defined discipline. The course aims to nurture visual communicators that are responsive to emerging design issues and the focus of your studies will be:
- the realised navigation of the design process
- engaging in reflective practice
- exploring the changing role of the designer and design
- Emphasis on each individual interpreting and contextualising theory and technical skills to produce effective messages for a target audience
- Work placements and live projects will give you the opportunity to define your own creative identity and explore the evolving demands of the industry
- Opportunities for national and international trips to enhance your experience
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- Entry to year one, HNC, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
- One A Level at D or above OR
- NC Art and Design, or NC Digital Media OR
- Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
- You will also be required to submit a portfolio of work and may be invited for an interview
- Entry to year two, is HNC Visual Communication, including a Graded Unit result of B or above
- Entry to year three is HND Visual Communication, including a Graded Unit result of B or above
- NC Art and Design
- NC Digital Media
Year 1 - HNC
Year 2 - HND
Year 3 - BA
Core modules are:
- Theory and practice: design
- Research project: design
- Professional design practice
- Social design strategies
- Design practice
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a major research project which will incorporate a substantial written element. You will also complete a professional project for an industry competition and a design collection which you will exhibit within a degree show.
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (Structured)
- Part-time (Unstructured)
You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical sessions, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Where can I study my course?
- Inverness College UHI
- Perth College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Year||Level||2019-20 Full-time||2019-20 Part-time|
|Year 1||HNC||£1,285||£86 (per HN credit)|
|Year 2||HND||£1,285||£86 (per HN credit)|
|Year 3||Degree||£1,820||£215 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 4||Honours||£1,820||£215 (per 20 credit module)|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year||Level||2019-20 Full-time||2019-20 Part-time|
|Year 1||HNC||£6,720||£448 (per HN credit)|
|Year 2||HND||£6,720||£448 (per HN credit)|
|Year 3||Degree||£9,000||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 4||Honours||free**||£1,500 (per 20 credit module)|
**4th (Honours) year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Year||Level||2019-20 Full-time||2019-20 Part-time***|
|Year 1||HNC||£6,720||£457 (per HN credit)|
|Year 2||HND||£6,720||£457 (per HN credit)|
|Year 3||Degree||£11,100||£1,940 (per 20 credit module)|
|Year 4||Honours||£11,100||£1,940 (per 20 credit module)|
***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
Students are expected to fund the materials required for the production of projects, they should allow starting budget of £150 per year for this.
Optional Course trips are available in some campuses at a fee of between £300 – 600, dependent upon selected destination.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design will prepare you for a career in digital media, design, broadcast, graphics or illustration.
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress to the MA Art and Social Practice
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
What our students, graduates and staff say
The course is really practical which has been perfect for me as I’m dyslexic. It feels scary at the beginning but I can honestly say that studying here was the best decision of my life! My dream is to be a primary teacher part time and be a designer or involved in community art the rest of the time.
Meghan Potter is studying on the BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design at our Perth College UHI campus.
The course provided me with opportunities to work for real clients: I created a brand for Culture Perth and Kinross during one of my modules. The great mentoring by the tutors helped me to develop a successful brand that the client was very happy with. Being able to put a project of that scale into my portfolio before finishing university was absolutely brilliant and has certainly opened up plenty of doors as a result.
Ollie Bain studied at our Perth College UHI campus and graduated from the BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design in 2016.
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