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Visual Communication (Hons)

Leeds Arts University

36 months
15400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Aim of the Visual Communication (Hons) programme at Leeds Arts University is to educate the professional, visual communicators of the future; those who have something to say and who are looking for the most effective way to communicate this.


Whilst the tools you will explore are broad, the core skills you learn will be universal: research, collaboration, project management, problem solving, and critical thinking. You can tailor your learning to suit your individual practice, and either maintain a broad multi-disciplinary approach throughout or choose to specialise in one practice.

You will develop your understanding of contemporary visual communication, including issues such as sustainability, globalisation, identity theory, and social media, and be introduced to a wide range of technical skills and theoretical ideas. We believe in the importance of people-centred design so you will be encouraged to develop and evaluate your ideas in dialogue with your potential audience. We are located in purpose built studios at the heart of the University allowing access to our award-winning facilities, and you will be taught by our expert team of professional creative practitioners.

External engagement through work-related learning is central to our approach, with all students working on live projects and many working regularly with businesses and external partners. Every year the majority of our graduates secure employment, work experience or freelance work in their chosen field as a direct result of connections established during the course. Our alumni work in a huge variety of fields including illustration, television, photography, graphic design, film, animation, visual merchandising, and teaching. Graduate employers of the Visual Communication programme include industry leaders in all areas of the creative sector. In addition many alumni are now established freelance practitioners working for clients across the UK and overseas.

Key facts:

Our Visual Communication (Hons) programme at Leeds Arts University  alumni work in a huge variety of fields. Graduate employers have included: Aardman Animations, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Topshop, VICE Magazine (New York), Wallpaper Magazine, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tate Modern, Design Museum, the White Company, We Are Fallon, Liberal Democratic Party, Marks & Spencers, Ilkley Literature Festival, David Oldham Photography, Bloomsbury Publishing, Sonar Festival, LBi London, Glastonbury Festival, I-am Associates, ASDA Marketing, Dubit Ltd, Red Star 3D, East Africa Playgrounds, Omobono, Kontra Oslo, Rapha Racing Ltd, Opera North, Left Bank Leeds, TNR Communications, OMD UK, 10 Associates, Haaretz, and New Era Cap.

Programme Structure


  • Year One — You’ll be introduced to the core principals of design and communication within graphic design, photography, filmmaking, printmaking and illustration. Through practical briefs you will be introduced to a range of communication processes including persuasion, narrative, documentary and reportage, where your own interests will inform the content of your work. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, work with businesses and communities in the city, exhibit your work and move towards independent learning and self- directed projects.
  • Year Two — You will begin to specialise in one or more specific forms of practice, and apply your skills to real life-projects (whether self-directed, client-based or competitions). During the year you will start to investigate the professional world that relates to your emerging practice and develop a portfolio of work to help secure work experience.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

    - A portfolio of relevant practical work, demonstrating your ability and enthusiasm for the course you’re applying for.
    - You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15400 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.


Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Seven £2000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee discount for your first year of study. You can apply for the scholarship after receiving an offer to study here. Successful recipients will be informed during the first week of June.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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