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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 (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study Communications, Design and Marketing (with a Foundation Year)?

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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Communications and Marketing Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Communications, Design and Marketing.

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?

Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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Additional requirement information

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

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

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).

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Becoming an Effective Communicator Core
  • Branding, Logos and Promotion Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively, and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

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.

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.

Work placements

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.

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.

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.

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: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

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.


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

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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 2019 or 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.


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.


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Teaching staff

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

Robin Birn Robin Birn
Module Convenor

Charles Little Charles Little
Senior Lecturer - Sports Management

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

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

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

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

Further information

UCAS Application Timeline