Take the step beyond foundation degree study, engage your creative talents and independent thinking, and explore current practice and future developments in the industry with this top up BA (Hons) degree in Creative Media and Visual Communication.

Develop your skills of enquiry, analysise challenges, question issues and confront internal and external forces in this sector all within your projects of work, as you build on your creative vision and focus on the key attributes like responsiveness, flexibility and resilience that will make you highly employable.

Enhance your technical and craft skills with a range of industry-facing creative assignments, working individually and collaborativel, in the first half of the year. Then use your understanding of theory, knowledge of techniques and technical abilities to propose, develop and deliver a substantive, major piece of work within your creative discipline.

With hands-on experience, a wide knowledge base and a high quality focused portfolio of work by the end of year, you’ll have the higher level skills, technical expertise and self-confidence to succeed in an exciting, professional career.

Fielden Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Alex Komlosy is an experienced designer who uses his contacts in the Manchester design and advertising industry to great effect in his classes.

• Higher National Diploma in relevant subject
You may be required to attend an interview/provide a portfolio to assess the standard of you work to ensure they will succeed on a level 6 programme.

Year 1: Contextual Studies (30 credits)
Build your awareness of contemporary practice in your specialist field of interest and explore the connections of theory and practice.

Year 1: Negotiated Specialist Project (60 credits)
Building on your subject specialism with research and creative development, produce an initial proposal on your area of investigation and then complete an extended piece of work for this negotiated practical project.

Year 1: Professional Practice (30 credits)
Identify and define your subject specialism, and use a range of strategies to research, investigate and develop appropriate responses to externally set briefs.
Bright, S. (2010) Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography.

Bright, S. (2011) Art Photography Now

Goldin, N., Heiferman, M. (2012) The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Kobre, K. and Gangelhoff, B. (2008) Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach.

Jaeger, A.-C. (2010) Image Makers, Image Takers : The Essential Guide to Photography by Those in the Know

Ambrose, G. and Harris, P. (2008) The Production Manual: A Graphic Design Handbook

Lupton, E. (2010) Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors & Students

Ingledew, J. (2011) The A-Z of Visual Ideas: How to Solve any Creative Brief

Garfield, S. (2011) Just My Type: A Book about Fonts.

The course is assessed with one assignment per module.

You’re encouraged to be creative through all assignments but must meet a certain criteria given by the tutor.

Development of report writing and self-awareness / evaluation of own skills are built into assignments to help you to develop yourself.

You’ll be assessed via a range of methods including:

• Review / Tutorials
• Group Assessment / Crit
• Portfolio of project work
• Project presentations
• Personal Development / Digital Diary
• Research
With this course you’ll have the opportunity to follow a successful career in the media industry, across a wide range of roles and specialisms, including:

• Photography roles, working directly in the photographic and digital media industry, in commercial photography, through freelance and magazine photojournalism, or in more specific areas such as scientific photography, medical photography and culinary photography.

• Graphic design industries, working in both traditional and entrepreneurial settings.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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There are extra costs associated with the course including an equipment list, extra printing, End of Year Show printing/preparation and trips:

Equipment list: £150-£200
Printing: £250
Optional Software: Creative Cloud £16 p/m (equipped on all campus Macs)
Optional trip: £300+

You may also need to print assignments/documents. Campus printing starts from 5p per page.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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