Visual Communication Top-Up

As new media emerges continuously, visual communication becomes a significant part of our lives. From traditional printed brochures to mobile advertising, this huge creative media sector plays a vital role in understanding and visualising information.

The BA (Hons) Visual communication course encourages students to explore many areas, such as photojournalism, photography, painting and graphic design. Students will delve into different modules analysing applied communications and technical skills, the history and theory of communications, and learning how to communicate ideas effectively and have an innovative approach.

They will also analyse particular methods and the reasoning behind choosing them and create a portfolio of artwork that can span a range of areas such as packaging, infographics, graphic design, web design, moving images or comics.

During their modules, students will be led by creative professionals.

Course Length:  1 year;
Start dates:  January / April / August / September;

  • Graphic designer
  • Web/app designer
  • Advertising
  • Video editor
  • Photojournalist
  • Art/design director
  • Communication manager
  • Higher education/secondary school teacher
  • The (Top-Up) course is designed for applicants with a Level 5 qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma, or other equivalents, or have completed the second year of a relevant degree.
  • Applicants must have a relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits in any Business and/or Management related areas.
  • Overseas learners must demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of English language
  • Applicants must attend an interview with a member of the admission team
  • Applicants must bring the original certificates at the moment of registration
  • Design for the creative industry
  • Creative portfolio
  • Self-initiated design portfolio
  • Dissertation


Teaching methods include a mix of lectures, seminars, group-work and e-learning. Assessment methods include real world design and advertising assessments.

The completion of your dissertation will allow you to showcase your ability to research, develop and deliver a strong piece of work.



After completing your undergraduate degree, if you decide to enhance your career prospects even further, you can apply for a postgraduate Master program. 

For more information regarding progression, please contact Atlantic London.


The Tuition Fee of the course may vary depending on the institution you have chosen, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. 

Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.

Government Funds – Student Finance England

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. 

Tuition fee loans, which cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. 

You can apply for a Maintenance loan at the same time, which will help you cover some of your expenses. This loan will be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. 

You won’t have to pay back the loan until one after your graduation, when you’ll earn over a threshold set by Student Loan.  

Students can also apply for other grants subject to availability and eligibility, such as grants for disability, or for childcare costs.

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