• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) in Creative Advertising degree at Bucks is widely recognised by the sector with a reputation built up over 25 years collaborating with agencies, winning multiple industry awards, doing great work and putting students into the workplace.

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Top-up your studies

If you have completed a foundation-level degree, HND, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant Art and Design subject, you can choose to top-up your studies to gain a full bachelor’s degree.

A top-up degree is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree, and offers a chance to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of your subject, while also getting an internationally-recognised qualification.

Career-focused

Our course reflects the realities of working as a professional in industry. Everything you do on the course is working towards you getting your first job in the sector.

We have a reputation for nurturing creative individuals, able to think on their feet and adapt to an industry in a constant state of change.

London is unquestionably the creative hub of Europe with the highest concentration of creative jobs just 30 minutes from the University.

After graduating, many of 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. This is a hugely supportive network of past students always willing to help Bucks students.


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More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

Led by an experienced and dedicated teaching team, this programme builds on our strong reputation in this field.

To achieve the full BA (Hons) in Creative Advertising you will need to complete a major project, dissertation as well as complete the Agency module.

The major project and dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic important to you within creative advertising. You will cover the whole research process, undertaking empirical investigation and analysis. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, who will offer support and advice.

The ‘Agency’ module gives you the opportunity to undertake work-based experiences or answer live briefs, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career in the creative industries.

What are the course entry requirements?

This programme is offered as a top-up qualification for students who have completed a HND, FDA, or other equivalent qualification in a relevant Art and Design subject, and wish to progress further to achieve an Honours degree.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Modules

  • Final Major Project Creative Team (optional)
  • Final Major Project Creative Independent (optional)
  • Final Major Project Creative Combined Independent (optional)
  • Dissertation
  • Agency

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250

Full Time International, September 2019: £11,000

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

Working in advertising opens many doors. Ad agencies are made up of a bustling team, not just designers and creatives, 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.

These are some of the Agencies that current and former Bucks Graduates have been part of: Saatchi & Saatchi, 180 Amsterdam (now 180 Kingsday), Droga5, TBWA, Havas Work Club, WCRS, BBC , Brothers & Sisters, The Brooklyn Brothers NYC, Creature London.  <Are we ok linking to these companies?>

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. You will become adept at networking and confident to pitch yourself.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a real world context. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more confident of your discipline expertise. By the time you graduate, you will have a wealth of transferable skills giving you more diverse career choices.

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

Awards

D&AD New Blood Awards Young Creative Network awards

See here all our awards.

Industry partners

Saatchi & Saatchi logo Partners Andrews Aldridge logo

See here all our industry partners.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.