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About the course

Hone your visual communication skills, and equip yourself with the knowledge for a wide range of careers within the creative industries on this two-year accelerated degree.

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. Why not have a look at our other courses?

Throughout the course you’ll be supported to explore a range of techniques, developing your own personal style and building a varied professional portfolio. You will also create visual products for a range of printed and digital mediums, and explore academic theories and visual culture in the context of contemporary graphic design and illustration.

Your professional development is supported by a wide range of high-end printing and design facilities. Including two Vandercook letterpresses, three screen print beds and three Intaglio/etching presses for calligraphy and etching work. You will also have the opportunity to use our photographic studios and darkrooms; a fully equipped workshop for metal and wood-working, and Apple Macs with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software.

The course’s academic team come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, with many still active in the industry. The team’s close links with practising professionals enable you to benefit from a variety of work-based opportunities, live briefs and placements throughout the course.

As a visual communications student you’ll also be encouraged to submit your stand out work to design competitions, securing valuable exposure; such as the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards, the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) Awards, and the Young Creative Network (YCN) Awards.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
This degree is completed in two years rather than the standard three.
Accelerated degree

Solent is a forward thinking creative university, and you can trace its art school back to 1855.

What does this course lead to?

Visual communication graduates can pursue employment in a range of different creative industries, from marketing and advertising to printed media production, through to web and UX design. All major businesses require a team of talented designers in order to properly communicate with their customers and stakeholders. Graduates may also find themselves applying for work in creative agencies, or utilising their skills on a freelance basis.

Who is this course for?

This visual communication programme is ideally suited to students from a fine art, design or illustration background who want to improve their communication skills while developing a professional portfolio.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs

Optional trip to Amsterdam, the cost is based on current coach/rail fares and hotel prices.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. Why not have a look at our other courses?

  • 96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirements of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. Why not have a look at our other courses?

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Orientation
  • Reading Visual Culture
  • Typography
  • Visual Language
  • History & Critique
  • Progression
  • Media in Motion
  • Communication Process
  • Editorial Language

Year two

Core modules
  • Professional Context
  • Interactive Experience
  • Professional Practice
  • Experiential Narrative
  • Visual Research & Proposal
  • Negotiated Studies
  • Final Major Project


  • Identity
  • Interruption

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Brent Meheux academic profile Brent Meheux Course Leader View profile
Jonny Hannah academic profile Jonny Hannah Senior Lecturer View profile
Atsuhide Ito academic profile Atsuhide Ito Senior Lecturer View profile
Brian Reed academic profile Brian Reed Senior Lecturer View profile
Nicola Chamberlain academic profile Nicola Chamberlain Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students will have access to a range of specialist facilities throughout their studies. These include Mac computers, professional creative software, digital printing facilities and traditional printing presses.

You’ll have access to a full range of print-making facilities including letterpress, screen-printing equipment, etching and relief printing, and digital resources.

Students will cover a range of entrepreneurial promotion and marketing skills within the course and will be able to pursue a wide range of creative outcomes and pathways on the course.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Design intern
  • Designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Junior designer/artworker
  • Junior sales designer
  • Graphic design assistant
  • Freelance work

Industry links

The teaching team maintain strong links with industry, providing students with the chance to participate in live briefs, networking events, and guest lectures.


While there is the opportunity for work placements and internships, these are not a compulsory element of any unit.

Students may work with their tutors to discuss possible work placements/internships, their length and how the activity may, or may not, form part of a submission for a unit.


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