Communication Design Degree BA (Hons)

BA (Hons) Communication Design - Graphics / Illustration / Photography

1. Overview

This course encourages an extensive understanding of Communication Design leading towards a focused study in your chosen specialism.

Students are supported to develop the creative, critical, and technical skills necessary to pursue a career within today's ever evolving communication design professions, across a wide range of industry sectors.

The curriculum is focussed on developing ideas and problem-solving skills via a process of self-directed study, research, experimentation, creativity, innovation and enterprise. 

2. What you will study

Through the investigation of traditional techniques and the latest digital technologies, the syllabus explores the application of graphics, illustration and photography by way of studio based multi-disciplinary practice, whilst competition briefs and industry-led projects place an emphasis on the professional and commercial setting. Open plan studios enable students across specialisms to work alongside each other creating a vibrant learning environment through shared learning experiences. Studio activities are supported and enriched by a programme of critical theory-based study exploring design culture and context through a series of lectures and seminars with further opportunities to participate in international study trips and industry-based placements with leading companies and designers.

The course has excellent links with industry, ensuring students gain relevant experience and develop the necessary skills required of today’s communication designers. Subjects include: design principles, processes and methods; graphics and web design; illustration and animation; photography; typography; print and publishing; advertising; audio, video and moving image.

In third year, you can make an informed decision as to which area you wish to specialise in, in preparation for your fourth-year Honours project and the Degree Show. Your chosen specialisation will be reflected in your final award title, allowing you to graduate with a

  • BA (Hons) Communication Design or
  • BA (Hons) Communication Design, Graphics or
  • BA (Hons) Communication Design, Illustration or
  • BA (Hons) Communication Design, Photography

Those working across specialisms may graduate with the final award title of BA (Hons) Communication Design.

3. Entry requirements

Year 1 Entry

SQA Higher: BBC to include English and Art/Design.

GCE A Level: BC to include English and Art/Design.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1 to include English and Art/Design or equivalent.

IB Diploma: 24 to include Visual Arts and English at Higher Level.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HNC from one of our partner FE colleges may be considered for year 2 entry.

Year 2 Entry

Entry to year 2 and later would be subject to the presentation of a portfolio of work relative to the specific course. Accompanying qualifications may include HND, Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art or equivalent qualifications.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirements for those whose first language is not English.

4. Placements and accreditations

An optional work placement in Stage 3, semester 2.

Study Abroad
There are international exchange opportunities in Stage 3, semester 2.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £9367 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £9300 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

You must apply online at UCAS - 

Once you register and create your username and password, you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, and view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

Recent graduates are currently employed in a variety of roles by leading companies across a wide range of commercial sectors including publishing, graphic and web design, broadcasting and advertising.

Several have established their own design consultancies while others are working as freelance designers, illustrators and photographers for major design consultancies and media organisations such as the BBC and Channel 4. A number have extended their academic understanding through further study at the Royal College of Art and other postgraduate institutions.

Vist the website created by students on this course.

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BA (Hons)
Start date
September 2014
Course length
4 Years
Mode of Attendance
Academic school
Gray's School of Art
Teaching locations
More information:
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