The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Visual Communication

Why choose this course?

With traditional boundaries constantly being eroded and reformed creative professionals must be much more agile and fluid in thinking and approach than they ever were.

This course will encourage you to be far more intuitive and diverse in your approach to Illustration and Graphic Design and help you to define your role within these exciting, challenging and rewarding professions.

Course staff are industry professionals with a range of expertise and diverse experience.

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What happens on the course?

Year 1
You are introduced to professional design and illustration skills and ways of thinking. Modules encourage you to explore digital imaging, typography, design for screen, children’s book illustration, graphic novels and much more.

Year 2

The subject offers you a diverse range of options that engage with a potential future employment opportunities such as editorial design and illustration, graphic design, narrative illustration etc.

Year 3

This year is all about developing and consolidating your learning to create a portfolio of your achievements and work - preparing yourself for your future - be it within the design professions, post-graduate study and/or related areas such as teaching. Some students choose to specialise within one of the study options whilst others prefer a broader range of modules. All students have the option of negotiating their own projects. Many of our past students have used this to launch themselves into exciting careers within the design, illustration, new media and advertising professions.

Why Wolverhampton?

This joint programme brings together the related disciplines of graphic design and illustration. You will have the opportunity to engage with working practises in both established and emerging technologies.

Our programme of assignments allows you to engage with branding, design for editorial, exhibition, packaging and identity; use new medias to develop web-based work that is interactive, engaging and cutting edge; and most importantly challenges you - encourages you to become a thoughtful practitioner – producing creative work that has a place in, and benefit to, our modern society.

Additionally, through a range of illustration modules, you will develop your drawing and visualising skills and apply them to a range of illustration projects. These will include Children’s book illustration, editorial, design, packaging and advertising.

We regularly work on ‘live briefs’ and have had great success; student work has entered production for national organisations and products. Our students also undertake work placements in the design industry and you might wish to opt for a whole placement year to really benefit from this experience.

For more information, visit: www.visualcommunicationwolverhampton.blogspot.com/

Our network of graduates working in design agencies around the world demonstrates the success of our course. Why not check out a small sample here:

http://visualcommunicationwolverhampton.blogspot.com/search/label/graduate%20success

What our students think

"I chose Wolverhampton because of the course and modules. My highlight was my graduation ceremony." - Danielle Lowe


Career path

Emphasis is placed on developing both Illustration and Graphic Design Skills, employing a cross disciplinary approach to your practice, with a large proportion of our alumni working in the creative industries either as freelance practitioners in publishing, editorial, children’s books and animation or in specialist areas such as: design consultancies, advertising agencies, brand planners, TV, web and multimedia companies, computer game companies, media content suppliers, exhibition designers, packaging consultants, publishing companies (books, magazines, newspapers), in house design studios and information design companies. Some have entered fields such as model making for the UK film industry and many exhibit regularly.

We’re also proactive in assisting start-up companies and freelance careers in industry. A proportion of students will opt for further study either at Master’s level or will undertake a PGCE if their ambitions are in the teaching or art therapy professions.

Recent Student and graduate successes

  • Our students have already had work published in magazines and exhibited at nationally respected galleries; a number of our students are currently working on live projects
  • Our students work for a range of design agencies and studios or set up creative businesses.

What skills will you gain?

This course will give you a broad range of visual communication skills and knowledge enabling you to communicate your creative ideas though traditional and digital formats. You will learn to use industry standard software to create design solutions appropriate for the visual communications industry Nationally and Internationally.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 160 points from at least two 'A' Levels
  • BTEC National Diploma grade MMM, BTEC National Certificate grade DD
  • Pass Access course with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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