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Visual Communication courses

The field of visual communication is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors of the UK’s highly successful creative industries. Our Visual Communication courses help you turn your passion into a career.

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Turn your passion into a career

Our Visual Communications courses give you first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in industry with access to an extensive range of facilities including dedicated moving-image studios, Cintiq drawing stations and games console laboratories. Here at Nottingham Trent University, we're ranked 12th best University for Art and Design in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021).

Visual Communication at NTU
Principal Lecturer Kathryn Coates talks about our Visual Communication courses

Explore our range of courses...

Sophie Webb - BA Graphic Design
Design by Sophie Webb, winner of the New Designers Talking Tables Associate Prize, 2018

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Unleash your creativity and explore all aspects of visual communication on this professionally accredited course. By the end of your degree you'll have explored areas including advertising, branding, interactive design, editorial design, illustration, and more. You'll be ready to launch your creative career with a valuable range of professional and technical skills, reflective of current and future industry practice.

Surround yourself with like-minded creatives in our vibrant studio environment, located in the Waverley building, the original home of the Nottingham School of Art.

Students working in photography studio.
One of our three photography studios

BA (Hons) Photography

The sky really is the limit when it comes to your ideas and our BA (Hons) Photography degree. Renowned for our industry-standard facilities, you'll have access to traditional and digital photographic equipment. You'll benefit from specialised workshops delivered by our expert course team, and will learn how to use and adopt skills to develop your creativity, working between analogue and digital.

With 96% of photography students in employment or further study within six months of graduating, it's clear that we know how to produce the next generation of successful photographers (DLHE 2016/17)

“The course gives you the freedom to learn and make work that suits you. You have access to professional level facilities and excellent industry connections including inspiring guest lecturers." Ruby Gaunt, BA (Hons) Photography

2020 Degree Showreel under construction, here’s a teaser from the class of 2020.

BA (Hons) Animation

Explore all aspects of 2D and 3D animation on this cutting-edge degree developing skills in scriptwriting, character development, storyboarding and cinematography. In all areas of animation, you will be taught by expert animators in outstanding facilities.

As a result of our animation team's industry contacts, you'll benefit from inspiring guest lectures, which has recently included a visit from four times Academy Award winning animation studio, Aardman; creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph.

95% of BA (Hons) Animation students were satisfied with the course (National Student Survey 2020).

BA (Hons) Illustration
Work by Bunny Butt. Project: Elvis is Alive!

BA (Hons) Illustration

This course takes you on a journey into the exhilarating world of illustrative practice. Our aim is to help you locate your unique personal direction as an illustrator and prepare you for industry. You will graduate as a highly sophisticated visual communicator, whose work demonstrates a high level of craft and aesthetic flare across different digital and analogue media, platforms and projects.

student work

FdSc Visual Effects Production Technology

This innovative course will give you the opportunity to explore the VFX industry for moving image products while developing the skills required of the VFX specialist. You'll explore a broad range of disciplines and put these in practice through live projects, working with relevant industry standard software and hardware.

100% of our undergraduate students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2020).


BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Production Technology

This degree explores the role of VFX and post-production in film and television and will enable you to develop the skills required for the creation of a wide range of dynamic and creative photo real content. You'll be working in our multi-million pound digital media hub on our Confetti Campus, where you'll have access to industry-standard software, such as Nuke, Mari and ZBrush. You'll also have the opportunity to showcase your work as part of the Confetti Degree Showcase.

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Laura Spence, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Degree Showcase

You can view a selection of student work from our Visual Communication subject areas on the School of Art & Design's Degree Showcase site.

As a student at NTU, you'll also have the opportunity to showcase your work at the NTU Degree Showcase. Many of our courses provide opportunities to be selected to exhibit exhibit externally in local, national or international spaces.

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