Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary way of learning and working – designed to reflect the rich spectrum of fields and collaboration that is part of the creative industries today and in the future. Drawing on Falmouth's acclaimed Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography courses, this online degree will give you the practical skills and critical understanding to become an original practitioner across a range of platforms and sectors. You'll learn from practising creatives and gain the latest industry insights through our unrivalled guest lecture series.
Learn from professionals, directly from their studios to yours.
Hone your craft and build and develop your skills in industry-standard programs and pipelines.
Build essential networking connections through our guest lecture series and by working on live briefs.
Develop your complex problem solving and ideation skills to enable you to experiment, take risks and produce innovative visual solutions to client briefs.
Underpin your creative practice with a solid understanding of visual communication strategies and the history and theory of visual communication.
Explore a diverse range of techniques to create compelling digital content across a range of platforms, using established and emerging approaches to visual production.
What our graduates do
As a graduate, you could become:
A graphic designer, photographer, animator or illustrator
A filmmaker or content producer
A communications strategist, brand manager, art director or advertising creative
What you'll learn
You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in graphic design, photography, video, illustration and animation to create innovative visual content for a range of platforms. You'll graduate with a varied professional portfolio of creative work and a keen sense of entrepreneurship - developed through live briefs and our guest lecture series.
Through practical work and critical investigations, you'll be encouraged to experiment with and disrupt visual practices and processes. Working within an immersive community culture, you'll develop your understanding of the audience, explore all areas of the creative process and learn core visual language skills, including type & image, storytelling, craft and production.
As you work on live briefs, you'll be introduced to branding, consumer culture, typography and information hierarchy, the ethics and responsibility of creative practice, design for society and the importance of collaborative practice. You'll also gain an understanding of the history and theories of visual communications.
You'll work on a range of projects to challenge your emerging fields. Throughout these projects, you'll hone your core skills, reflect critically on your strengths and explore alternative models of practice to help define your design future beyond the course. Undertaking self-selected briefs, technical learning activities and presentations, as well as collaborative exercises and independent research, you'll continue to strengthen and provoke speculative, experimental and industry process models.
Finally, you'll refine the detail and depth of existing projects, or work on new initiatives to cement your final visual communications identity, so you're ready to head into the industry or go to further study. You will underpin your final portfolio through undertaking a reflective research project and you will work collaboratively in the 'Share' module to give you the essential skills you need for a successful career in the creative industries.
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.
How you'll learn
This practice-based online course is underpinned by creative and technical tuition. We offer a truly multidisciplinary syllabus designed to meet the demands of visual communication within the creative industry.
Depending on your choice of full-time or part-time study, you'll spend between 27-40 hours a week developing dynamic creative processes and contextual understanding. You'll be taught in online lectures, webinars, forums and design activities by staff with a wide range of industry experience while developing your own direction and specialisms
How you'll be assessed
The BA (Hons) Visual Communication course employs a variety of assessment strategies over the course of the year. These include the submission of portfolios of practical work, presentations, verbal reports and a major practice project.
Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. You may also have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work.
You will receive continuous written and/or verbal feedback on all your work throughout the year. At the end of the module, you will receive detailed feedback in written form.
You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.
24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
Accessible online audio / visual content
A dedicated virtual learning environment
Face-to-Face events - usually run twice a year*
Invitation to attend alumni events
Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
Students' Union community
Access to our Student Support Services and a Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies.
*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events.
How to apply
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an online interview to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide, our typical offer at the undergraduate level is 104-120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to a-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University.
The enrolment deadline for online undergraduate courses is 1 October 2021. You may enrol up until 15 October 2021 with special permission.
Applications for these courses remain open whilst there are spaces available. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Online tuition fees for courses commencing in 2021
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021-22 for new online students from September 2021 onwards:
BA(Hons) courses, 2 years accelerated full time: £10,400 per year
BA(Hons) courses, 3 years part-time: £6,935 per year
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.