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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).

A recent guest lecture from renowned author and illustrator, Alexis Deacon

Connect with industry

You’ll have opportunities to raise your professional profile before you even graduate. Benefit from our excellent connections with industry through live project briefs, guest lectures, exhibitions, industry competitions, study trips and placements.

Students have previously received industry input from organisations such as Hallmark, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Colorama, Surface Gallery and Pinewood Studio across our courses.

If your course is based at Confetti you'll take part in their annual Industry Week where you’ll be able to meet a range of professionals in the creative industries. Past guests have included the likes of Framestore, Industrial Light and Magic, The Mill, Access VFX and Aardman Animations.

Design workshop
One of our Graphic Design workshop spaces

Our facilities

In the School of Art & Design, you'll be working in studios dedicated to print, interactive media and moving image, as well as getting to grips with industry-standard software in our Mac suites. You can see a list of facilities on our School of Art and Design Facilities Hub.

If you're studying at Confetti, you'll study in professional studio facilities and workshops in Confetti's £9.1 million digital media hub, Confetti HQ.

“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

student work
Frank Siejek, BSc (Hons) VFX Production


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

If you're studying Visual Effects Production Technology courses, you can view student work on the Confetti Degree Showcase site.

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

93% of BA (Hons) Graphic Design students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2020).

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

Join our community

We're part of the School of Art & Design at NTU, a community of creatives. Following us on social media is the best way to get an insight into the Art & Design community.

You can also follow course Instagram accounts for BA (Hons) Graphic DesignBA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Illustration for an insight into day-to-day life on each course.

You can also read up on the latest award wins, projects, exhibitions and academic research from the School of Art & Design by browsing our news.

Kirstie Hamilton
Kirstie Hamilton, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Hear from our students

“The facilities we have access to at NTU are great; we have everything from laser cutting to screen printing, 3D printing, block printing and even sound suites. There’s always the opportunity to use them and the staff are there to ask for advice.”

Read more student's stories

94.1% of our Art & Design undergraduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

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