Course Brief

Everything in our environment communicates to us, in some way. Those things that are man-made often seek to communicate highly specific things. These may be functional, as in visual information to help us find our way, or they may be abstract, seeking to make us feel something. Whether it is a photograph or an icon on a smartphone screen, the ability to communicate information, intention or ideas through visual methods is considered within the field of ‘communications’ and it can inform every aspect of the creative industries.

This unit aims to support students in exploring communications techniques and methodologies relevant to a specific field of study. The ability to communicate visually is a fundamental skill for all specialist fields within the creative industries. Potential audiences, clients and customers are looking for increasingly sophisticated visual stimuli and creative industry practitioners are continually challenged to come up with innovative ways to communicate their creative intentions.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss communication, in the creative industries, through historical and contemporary precedent research.
  2. Analyse a brief to define the context of a communication strategy.
  3. Develop a communication strategy, through experimentation, in response to a given brief.
  4. Present a communication strategy and finished work in relation to a given brief.

Unit level: 4
Credit value: 15

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.