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Sept 2020

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3 Years



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Dr Jon Hackett
Dr Jon Hackett

Programme Director - Film and Communication
020 8240 4174

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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.

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.

Key facts

  • Taught through a mix of academic staff and industry professionals, giving you the best possible balance of academic and practical expertise
  • 95% of our students are employed on undertaking further studies within six months of graduating (HESA, 2016)
  • Designed in collaboration with leading media and communications professionals, incorporating essential skills and knowledge that employers are looking for
  • Part of a suite of communications-based degree programmes, supported by a whole department
  • Our historic campus in Twickenham is easily accessible from central London by public transport

QUIZ: Which communications degree should you study at St Mary's?

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 refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

    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.

    There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

    How the degree is taught

    Teaching methods

    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.

    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.


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    Fees and funding

    2020/21 fees

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

    2019/20 fees

    • Home/EU: £9,250*
    • International: £11,750

    * 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 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

    Additional costs

    Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

    Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

    Further information

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