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Develop your design skills and marketing knowledge on a degree produced in consultation with leading figures in the creative industries. Technology and communications are changing how people interact and effective design and marketing skills have never been more important.

  • This degree will teach you about consumer behaviour, branding, customer relationships and digital communications.
  • You will discover how to effectively communicate messages to different audiences through various media platforms.
  • Designed in collaboration with leading media and communications professionals.
Communications, Design and Marketing video

Why study Communications, Design and Marketing?

The communications and marketing industries have grown rapidly in recent years, allowing graduates with the correct skills and knowledge to make an impact in an array of professions.

On this Communications, Design and Marketing course you will learn about the theory and practice of media design. You will discover how to effectively communicate messages to different audiences through various media platforms.

This degree will teach you about consumer behaviour, branding, customer relationships and digital communications. A series of exciting practical design projects (taught in collaboration with industry professionals) will think critically, strategically and creatively.

This course will equip you with relevant knowledge and skills and teach you how to use these techniques effectively, as well as how to put them into practice in real career scenarios.

Why St Mary's?

We offer a lively and diverse learning environment. You are encouraged to network and develop your learning beyond your course studies by joining student clubs and attending public lectures and events.

Our Communications, Design and Marketing degree shares many modules with four other courses. As well as Communications, Media and Marketing, you can choose to specialise in:

These courses share a common first year. This enables you to adjust your course before your second year to reflect your skills, interests and career aspirations.

The Design and Marketing course includes specialist modules in:

  • Design and Visual Narratives
  • Web Design
  • Interactive and User-Centred Design

The course is taught by leading academics in the field and relevant industry experts and our media design facilities and technical equipment will allow you to develop your practical skills.

This degree strives to enhance your employability by helping you to secure meaningful work experience in London.

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Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Course content



Year one

  • Principles and Practices of Communications Core
  • The Media Industries Core
  • Consumer and Audience Behaviour Core
  • Contemporary Marketing Practice Core
  • Digital Production Optional
  • Design and Visual Narratives Optional
  • Digital Marketing and Data Insights Optional
  • Sport, Culture and History Optional

Year two

  • Entrepreneurship and Professionalism Core
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation Core
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences Core
  • Magazine Design Core
  • Behavioural Economics Optional
  • Popular Culture and Business Optional
  • Managing Sports Events Optional

Year three

  • Ethics in Communications and Marketing Core
  • Global and Social Economic Trends Core
  • Entrepreneurial and Online Journalism Core
  • Independent Study Project Core option
  • Independent Study Project Core option
  • Political Communication Optional
  • Industry Placement Optional
  • Building a Start-up Business Optional
  • Responsive Design Optional
  • Data Visualisation: Critical Analysis and Presentation Optional
  • Sports Marketing Campaign Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge acquired on this degree will ensure that you can secure employment in the communications and marketing industries and a range of other sectors where multimedia production, design and marketing skills are in high demand.

This could be a charity, a media relations company or a major international brand. The work experience opportunities that we offer will greatly enhance your CV and aims to give you a head start in the workplace.

Most of the optional work placements take place in the Greater London area. Some might be in central London, but there are also a number of suitable Communications and Marketing organisations in west London.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Communications, Design and Marketing students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Most modules on the course will be taught through a series of one-hour lectures. These are followed up by discussion in smaller seminar groups that allow for further in-depth study and practical media production workshops to develop essential skills.

Film screenings, student presentations and talks by industry speakers will also be used. When relevant, field trips will also be arranged.

Through the planning stages of essays and projects, you will receive one-to-one tutorials. Dedicated project supervisors will be assigned to you and can be used as a reference point and resource for your design and production work.

Most classes range from around 15 to 40 students. Seminars will have a maximum of around 30  students, but will usually be 20 or fewer. For some modules there will be large lecture cohorts of up to 190 students, with smaller seminar groups.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 23%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 42%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment for will be outlined at the beginning of every module. Normally, it will consist of one written assignment and one practical assignment.

Throughout the course you will undertake your own research, give presentations, and design and produce media campaigns. Your final project can be either a written dissertation or a practical project (often a website or media marketing campaign). We will also encourage you to undertake a work placement that will count towards your final grade.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

The degree provides essential learning resources via our Library and specialist equipment is available via our Mac suites and technicians. This is so that you don't need pay extra for these resources, though you may wish to buy some textbooks to have your own copies.

You might have to pay travel costs for transport to work placements. The University will generally try to reimburse public transport costs for field trips.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Further information


Teaching staff

Dr Jon Hackett profile photo Dr Jon Hackett
Programme Director - Film and Communication

jon.hackett@stmarys.ac.uk

Robin Birn Robin Birn
Module Convenor

robin.birn@stmarys.ac.uk

Charles Little Charles Little
Senior Lecturer - Sports Management

charles.little@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Daragh Minogue profile photo Dr Daragh Minogue
Principal Lecturer and Course Leader - Sport Journalism

daragh.minogue@stmarys.ac.uk

Damian O'Byrne profile photo Damian O'Byrne
Programme Director (Foundation Year Lead)

damian.obyrne@stmarys.ac.uk

Bruce Rigal profile photo Bruce Rigal
Head of Department - Business, Law and Society

bruce.rigal@stmarys.ac.uk

Dr Maria Mellins profile photo Dr Maria Mellins
Senior Lecturer - Film and Screen Media and Criminology and Sociology

maria.mellins@stmarys.ac.uk

Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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