BA (Hons)

Visual Communications

Summary

With our open learning approach, the OCA’s Visual Communications degree (comprising of Graphic Design and Illustration courses) provides a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and whenever you choose to study.

Degree overview

Visual communications is the artistic practice applied to communicating through a visual language. The BA (Hons) in Visual Communications builds knowledge across the disciplines of graphic design, illustration and book design all aiming to prepare you to become a visual communications professional, capable of applying your intellectual and creative skills to communications solutions. To build a broad foundation of your knowledge as well as studying graphic design, illustration and book design you can also choose to study complementary course units including digital film production, drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, textiles, creative writing, with art history and theory.

Degree aims

  • To widen access to art and design education at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning.
  • To provide an interdisciplinary course of study across graphic design and illustration through which students develop specialisms.
  • To provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material and tutor support.
  • To encourage the development of a personal and/or professional understanding of visual communication practices and to establish a personal creative voice within them.
  • An opportunity for students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding creatively and within a range of appropriate contexts.
  • To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills within employment, sole practice, further study, or life-long learning.
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Degree prospectus

Full details of the content of the Visual Communications Open degree, and pathways available can be found through the BA (Hons) Visual Communications degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable here.

The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“At the end of 2012 I began studying illustration with the OCA. Having no art training, it had seemed out-of-reach to study at a tertiary level, until I discovered the OCA. The coursework has been wonderfully challenging; the practice of keeping sketchbooks has been invaluable and the feedback from my tutor have enabled me to finally begin to understand my own creative voice. ”

 

Katherine Jasven, Visual Communications student

Programme Leader for Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Communications

Christian Lloyd

I am an artist, designer and educator with a background in graphic design and illustration and an interest in community orientated work. My current practice involves a range of collaborative visual arts and performance projects.

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

The Design Council’s Industry Insights Report 2010 highlights that 87% of design consultants employ less than 10 staff, supporting the view that emerging designers need to have the skills to be able to work in small teams and to be able to establish themselves in small businesses and as freelancers. This degree aims to prepare students to become visual communicator professionals and autonomous learners, capable of applying their intellectual and creative skills in a chosen area in employment, further study, or life-long learning.

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BA (Hons)

Visual Communications

Summary

With our open learning approach, the OCA’s Visual Communications degree (comprising of Graphic Design and Illustration courses) provides a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and whenever you choose to study.

Degree overview

Visual communications is the artistic practice applied to communicating through a visual language. The BA (Hons) in Visual Communications builds knowledge across the disciplines of graphic design, illustration and book design all aiming to prepare you to become a visual communications professional, capable of applying your intellectual and creative skills to communications solutions. To build a broad foundation of your knowledge as well as studying graphic design, illustration and book design you can also choose to study complementary course units including digital film production, drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, textiles, creative writing, with art history and theory.

Degree aims

  • To provide you with the opportunity to engage with a range of options within visual communications and select a specialism.
  • To widen access to education in visual communications at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning.
  • To provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material and tutor support.
  • To encourage the development of a personal and professional understanding of visual communications and to establish a personal creative voice within it.
  • To provide an opportunity for you to apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to a range of contexts.
  • To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in a chosen area of visual communications appropriate to employment, further study, or life-long learning.

Degree prospectus

Full details of the content of the Visual Communications Open degree, and pathways available can be found through the BA (Hons) Visual Communications degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable here.

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The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“At the end of 2012 I began studying illustration with the OCA. Having no art training, it had seemed out-of-reach to study at a tertiary level, until I discovered the OCA. The coursework has been wonderfully challenging; the practice of keeping sketchbooks has been invaluable and the feedback from my tutor have enabled me to finally begin to understand my own creative voice.”

 

Katherine Jasven, Visual Communications student

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Programme Leader for Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Communications

Christian Lloyd

I am an artist, designer and educator with a background in graphic design and illustration and an interest in community orientated work. My current practice involves a range of collaborative visual arts and performance projects.

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Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

The Design Council’s Industry Insights Report 2010 highlights that 87% of design consultants employ less than 10 staff, supporting the view that emerging designers need to have the skills to be able to work in small teams and to be able to establish themselves in small businesses and as freelancers. This degree aims to prepare students to become visual communicator professionals and autonomous learners, capable of applying their intellectual and creative skills in a chosen area in employment, further study, or life-long learning.

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