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BA (Hons)
Creative Advertising

Advertising is all about persuasion. How do you take your creative flair and use that to build sales, likes, loyalty, or great brands? On Creative Advertising, we’ll help you release your creativity and let your ideas bloom. You will join a course that has built an impressive reputation within industry, based on student successes in the job market and through international awards.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: WN25

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

You’ll be able to dream up new ideas for famous name brands on this course. Creative Advertising is all about concepts, the ideas that power every big advertising campaign. Join our roster of successful students who have created well-known ads for companies such as PG Tips, T-Mobile and Barclaycard. Our Creative Advertising students have picked up awards left, right and centre – most recently winning the ‘best ad of the decade’ award for the Hovis advert, 'Go On Lad'.

Start your success in advertising with us
This course has been running for many years, becoming a phenomenal success in the process. Our students start enjoying success even while still doing their studies, long before they graduate. You’ll work on live briefs with your friends, working together to create award winning ideas. We have an amazing employment rate thanks to our relationships with top ad agencies in London.

Test your creative skills without added pressure
We have a reputation for nurturing students and directing their creative talents. You’ll have every opportunity to improve your skills and not worry about getting things wrong. Making mistakes is all part of being a successful creative. We encourage you to experiment with your ideas and never fear taking risks. Our course isn’t structured around grades and marks.

Some of the best ideas come from students who push the boundaries. Our critique sessions prepare you for the challenges of the agency world – how to pitch and how to deal with disappointment.

Many universities have advertising courses, but we have the benefit of having London on our doorstep. London is the creative capital of Europe and is fast becoming the best place for the creative industry in the world. We make the most of this connection, with live briefs coming from ad agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi.

Master a plethora of technical skills to help realise your ideas
You’ll be using more than designing software such as InDesign and creative suite. At Bucks, you’ll have full access to our equipment, ranging from 3D CAD software to tradition letterpress and silkscreen printing. And you don’t have to be an expert printer. We give you the chance to create a wide range of skills so you have a wealth of experience when creating concepts for clients.

You can also enlist the help of other students in other courses for your projects. If you need a film director, the film course has a rich supply. If you need help making your ideas look great, our graphic design students will help bring your concepts to life.

Get noticed by some of the biggest ad agencies in the world
Being so close to London has its definite perks. We work alongside ad agencies who often go on to employ our graduates. With live briefs and placements, our students can create work that gets noticed by the right people. We’ve been behind some game-changing adverts.

After graduating, our former students stay involved, sometimes running workshops to help give you an insight into the industry. Some of our graduates are now Creative Directors at Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, VCCP, Mother, TBWA and Droga5.

Year One

  • Creative Skills
  • Conceptual Communication
  • Advertising
  • VMC Getting Connected

Year Two

  • Industry Projects
  • Advertising Communication Skills
  • Industry Portfolio
  • VMC Making Choices

Year Three

  • Agency
  • Final Major Project Creative Team
  • Final Major Project Creative Independent
  • Final Major Project Creative Combined Independent
  • VMC New Model Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

For this course, you’ll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C. Our offers usually equal to a UCAS Tariff score of 240-280. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

If your application is successful, we’ll invite you for an interview. We use interviews to get a good idea of your creative talent and your personality. We’d like to see your portfolio too.

At interview, we want you to impress us with your sparkling personality, surprise us with your boundless creativity and convince us that you are worth investing in. Then, before we can get a word in edgeways, talk us in to giving you a place. You should be highly motivated, passionate, confident and articulate.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

Working in advertising opens many doors. Ad agencies are made up of a bustling team, not just designers and creative, but strategists, writers, human resource and PR - each and every person is a valued member of the team. We have a very high employability rate with students heading straight into work. Many graduates have been selected direct from graduation. Here are some of the agencies that they are working for:

  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • TMW
  • 180 Amsterdam
  • TBWA
  • Havas Work Club
  • WCRS
  • Mother
  • Iris
  • Naked
  • 4Creative
  • BBC
  • JWT
  • Rapp
  • Bothers & Sisters
  • Jung van Matt (Berlin)

Only talent, personality and timing will land you a job or a choice placement. However, being a Bucks student will certainly help to get your foot in the door.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.