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Damian O'Byrne

Programme Director - Production & Design
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Our Design and Visual Communication degree offers a highly focused, multi-disciplinary, practice-based programme of study, that both challenges and develops those aspiring towards creative roles in the media industry.

Why study Design and Visual Communication?

A commitment to the fundamental skills of creative problem solving sits at the heart of this degree, which aims to provide students with a creative toolkit which they can apply to a wide variety of careers.

With approximately one in five new jobs in London within the creative industries, Design and Visual Communication will provide you with a broad and thorough knowledge of a range of key practical techniques underpinned with theoretical understanding.

Designers and film-makers within a modern, global information economy understand that information flows seamlessly from page to screen, the screen transitions elegantly from fixed to mobile, and content must be effective whilst stationary or in motion.

Throughout the degree, you will develop a comprehensive set of transferable skills in a range of disciplines including photography, magazine design, motion graphics, film-making and many more. 

You will also be offered opportunities to channel your own personal passions and interests into your assessments to create beautiful and effective visuals whilst also communicating story and meaning in ways that can be widely understood.

Why St Mary's?

The course runs alongside our degrees in Film and Digital Production and Film and Screen Media and offers you the chance to experience a wide variety of modules before specialising in the discipline of your choice.

Our students benefit from an extremely accessible teaching staff, made up of research academics as well as industry professionals and we are located only a short train ride away from the heart of London's film and design industries.

While it is imperative that creativity is at the core of your student experience, you must also learn the art of compromise and negotiation, and as such we will focus on working with, and for, clients (from pitch through to delivery) throughout the programme. We believe that this core structure offers a perfect blend of simplicity and clarity that will enable you to establish yourself as a key player in the creative future.

Key facts

  • Study with media professionals and international and national experts in the creative media industries
  • A location that places students at the gateway to London’s thriving creative industries
  • Live briefs and links to industry embedded throughout the programme
  • Exciting study trips and opportunities for work experience in the media and creative industries.
  • Specialist pathways in film-making, web design, motion graphics, magazine design, digital art and many more
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus in South West London
Please note: Design and Visual Communication is subject to validation.

Course content

Year one

  • Design and Creative Thinking 
  • Design and Visual Narratives 
  • Digital Cultures 
  • Digital Imaging 
  • Digital Production 
  • Film, Style and Form 
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Year two

  • Cult Media and Identity 
  • Magazine Design 
  • Motion Graphics One 
  • Multimedia Production 
  • Packaging and Logos 
  • Photography 
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Year three

  • Digital Film Production 
  • Digital Illustration 
  • Disney and Animation 
  • Dissertation 
  • Motion Graphics Two 
  • Paradox of Horror 
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

We believe that a degree in Design and Visual Communication offers you access to a wide range of careers in the creative industries, in areas including (but not limited to):

  • Magazine design
  • Interactive digital design
  • Motion graphics
  • Web design
  • Editing
  • Film production

In addition, the emphasis that Design and Visual Communication places upon issues of employability and professional practice will allow you to be equally comfortable within large and small organisations, or in a freelance environment.

You will also be encouraged to undertake work placements as part of your degree to gain valuable work experience alongside your academic assessments.

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Our Design and Visual Communication degree course approaches teaching and learning in an innovative, integrated and holistic manner. Modules are (wherever possible) centred around live briefs and involve you pitching to, and taking critique from your peers, tutors and clients.

You will work alongside other students across modules and programmes to complete creative design challenges under commercial conditions and develop extensive portfolios that will put you at the forefront of the highly competitive creative industries.

Additionally, by taking an active role in the development and maintenance of our internal design agency, you will have the opportunity to develop your design and entrepreneurial skills and enhance your employability. The internal design agency will address many of the design needs of the academic faculty, the wider university and, where appropriate, external clients.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on this course through a variety of formative and summative assessments. Group and individual ‘crits’ (a traditional feature of a design education) are common and provide valuable formative feedback throughout the process of every practical module.

Assessments will vary from module to module and include essays, presentations, films, digital print design, blogs and many more. You are always encouraged to complete work within our studio spaces, as this creates a culture of peer feedback and support that plays a crucial role in your development as a designer.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,220

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 for 2019 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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