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BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Top-Up)

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BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Top-Up)


Our BA Top Up in Visual Communications degree encourages students to explore a diverse range of areas including photojournalism, painting and graphic design. The degree will include modules exploring applied communications and technical skills along with 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 image, comics, infographics, and packaging.

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







Design for the Creative Industry



Creative Portfolio



Self-Initiated Design Portfolio






Total credits




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


+ Entry Requirements

  • a pass in an BTEC HND; or
  • a Foundation Degree; or
  • a recognised UK or overseas equivalent; or
  • other level 5 qualification in a related field 
  • There will also be the standard English language requirements of IELTS 6 or equivalent


English Language Requirements:

Students whose medium of study at HND/FdA or equivalent qualification is not English are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency at IELTS: 6.0


+ Admissions Process

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

Step 2: Upload Documents

All applicants must upload the following documents on the portal:

  • Examination transcripts (English translation where necessary), or notarised 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 into the college and a staff member can do it on your behalf.

Step 3: Arrange an Interview

  • Applicants will be subject to a personal interview where possible either by a member of the admissions team or approved agency (where this is not possible acceptance will be based on the information contained in the application form and any supporting documents)
  • Arrange an appointment to visit DGHE to present certain original documents and attend an interview. You can do this via email admissions@dghe.ac.uk or via telephone 02032200347
  • Applications can also be submitted in person at our DGHE campus. Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

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

Step 4: Accepting your Offer

  • Selection will be considered in the light of previous qualifications, past experience, and future aspirations
  • If you are successful in the interview, you will receive a formal 'conditional offer' issued by the college
  • In order to receive your 'unconditional offer' from the University of Gloucestershire, you must satisfy any outstanding conditions and submit your application via UCAS

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


+ Course Specification

Once you have been approved by DGHE Admissions, you can apply through UCAS by visiting the UCAS website.

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)

Course Start Date: 07th March 2022

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 EU students by visiting the corresponding links. For more information, please contact the admissions team at info@dghe.ac.uk or T: 0203 220 0347

+ Assessment

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.

+ Progression

On successful completion of the Level 6 course, students are entitled to continue their studies at a post-graduate level, which includes pursuing a Masters degree in a relevant area.

+ Careers

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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Last updated: 20/09/21