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BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Top-Up)

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    Campus: David Game College - London

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    Duration: 1 year

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    Mode of Study: Full-time Study (Daytime)*

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    Level of Study: Undergraduate

  • Next Start Date Icon

    Next Start Date: 4 March 2024

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    Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire

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    UCAS code: W214

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    Intakes: March & October


Our BA Top Up in Visual Communications degree encourages students to explore a diverse range of areas including branding and advertising assignments, developing your creative portfolios, real-world and socially driven design and, undertaking self-initiated projects and individual research determined by your own area of interest whether its branding, typography, illustration, printmaking, or photo documentary.

The degree will include modules exploring applied communications and technical skills along with the history and theory of communications in different forms. With new media emerging on a continuous basis, this field changes frequently, but basic principles of good communication remain constant whether the medium is a traditional printed brochure or a mobile advertisement.


Students will learn how to communicate ideas effectively across various media and practices, challenging them with new and innovative approaches and analysing the reasoning behind their chosen methods. This will help students produce an interdisciplinary portfolio of artwork that can span a range of areas, including graphic design, illustration, web, moving images, comics, infographics, and packaging.

Throughout their course of study, specialist tutors will support students’ work, enabling independent practitioners who are prepared for the world of visual creativity.

The degree will include modules exploring applied communications and technical skills along with the history and theory of communications in different forms. With new media emerging on a continuous basis, this field changes frequently, but basic principles of good communication remain constant whether the medium is a traditional printed brochure or a mobile advertisement.

*This course is delivered two days per week. In addition, learners are required to attend a personal tutor meeting twice per semester.

  • Modules
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  • Admissions Process
  • Course Specifications
  • Assessment
  • Progression
  • Careers
Units Level Credits
Design for the Creative Industry 6 30
Creative Portfolio 6 30
Self-Initiated Design Portfolio 6 30
Dissertation/Major Research Project (MRP) 6 30
Total Credits 120

Note: The BA (Hons) is awarded on completion of a minimum of 120 credits

At DGHE, we review applications individually, considering each applicant’s unique circumstances. Whether you hold a UK qualification, possess work experience or have obtained qualifications from overseas, we are open to discussing your application and exploring potential pathways for admission.

Examples of accepted qualifications

  • a pass in a BTEC HND in a relevant field
  • or a Foundation Degree in a relevant field
  • or other Level 5 UK or Overseas qualifications in a related field

Non-standard qualifications & Mature applicants

  • We encourage mature students who are 21 years of age or older to apply. At DGHE, we value mature students’ diverse experiences and perspectives. While some entry requirements may still apply for this programme, we welcome applicants with relevant work experiences and carefully consider each one individually.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS 5.5 / 4/C in English GCSE / Functional Skills Level 2

Students who have studied in a country where English is not the primary language will be required to meet our English Language Requirements.

However, if you have previously studied a BTEC HND in an English-speaking country, you will be exempt from taking the English test when applying for a Top-up course.

The College will ensure that entry requirement are applied in accordance with institutional policy and that the admissions process will take the following format.

Step 1: Apply

All applicants must first create an online portal account with David Game Higher Education and complete the application form

Step 2: Upload Documents

All applicants must upload the following documents on the portal:

  • Examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarized copies and English Language examination transcripts (where applicable)
  • Your CV
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport
  • A 400-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the College and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • Photo (Passport style picture)

Note: If you are not able to submit the documents online you can bring them to the college and a staff member can do it on your behalf. If requested, applicants must provide two references in support of their suitability for the programme.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • An interview will be conducted with an Admissions Officer or by a member of the academic team. During the interview, the information contained within the application form will be considered.
  • Applicants must demonstrate they have the necessary skills for successful completion of the course, evidence of motivation and the commitment to succeed.
  • If the applicant lives overseas, the interview will be conducted via a video call or by telephone at a mutually convenient place/time.

Note: All applicants must present original examination transcripts on the interview day.

Step 4: Accepting your Offer

  • If the applicant is successful in the interview, the applicant will be sent a formal ‘Conditional Offer’ letter via email from the college. Successful applicants are also required to submit a UCAS application and the Head of Admissions will notify the collaborative partner (i.e. the university) about successful candidates.

    The University, on receipt of the application, will send an ‘Offer’. This will be ‘unconditional’ if the applicants have met all the requirements.

Note: The university acceptance process could take up to 3 weeks so we will appreciate your patience.

UCAS course Information

Course code: W214

Institution code: G50

Campus Name: David Game College

Campus code: D

Course Duration: One year, full time

Course Delivery: Two days per week

Course Fees: £9250 (Loans available from Student Loan Company)

Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire

Note: UK/EU students may be eligible for study loans/grants from the Student Loans Company. This support can help finance both your studies and day-to-day living expenses (depending on the course level). You can find more information related to Student Finance and the necessary qualifications by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

You’ll have practical, real-world design and advertising assignments. Your thinking skills are assessed through formative and summative assessment via practical coursework that involves problem-solving, written assignments, study reports, investigations, critical reflection and individual and group seminar presentations. The completing of a dissertation will enable you to demonstrate your intellectual abilities and academic commitment at the highest level whilst developing research and analytical skills.

Students are actively engaged with creative practical projects and real-world problem-solving assignments. Academic study is integrated and closely related to practice and the realisation through the exploration of technical skills with industry professionals who will provide you with the opportunities to explore professional and vocational environments.

Upon successfully completing the Level 6 course, students are entitled to continue their studies at a post-graduate level, including pursuing a Master’s degree in a relevant area.

On completion of the degree, students will be able to pursue a range of careers in including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web/App Designer
  • Advertising
  • Video Editor
  • Photojournalist
  • Art/Design Director
  • Communications Manager
  • Higher education/ secondary school teacher

Additionally, students may wish to pursue a further academic qualification to study at postgraduate level.

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