Visual communication

Our courses in visual communications extend beyond the realm of traditionally taught design fundamentals to explore the potential applications of visual communication. With an emphasis on thinking and making, you'll explore themes such as:

  • audience
  • context
  • tone
  • effective methods of visual communication

Our students also benefit from studio-based learning and industry partnerships. Through practice with live briefs from high-profile studios and practitioners, you will discover how to develop ideas and concepts while you build those all-important networks and contacts.

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More about our visual communication courses

The Cass Visual Communication subject area has a respect for craft, for making and for the heritage of the tools we use to create; but it also has a future – facing ideology using digital technologies to create work of integrity, value and agency. Our facilities are unique, and students work in traditional technologies such as letterpress in order to understand the principles of typography and digital design, and also in:

  • printmaking
  • publishing
  • motion graphics
  • animation
  • interactive design
  • experiential design and illustration

We continue to teach drawing as a core skill and seek to collaborate with other areas. Our CassWorks facilities mean that you can access 2D and 3D making workshops, ranging from screen-printing, laser-cutting, 3D-printing, to ceramics; offering a range of making possibilities unlike any other visual communication department in the UK. We carefully consider the commercial world that you'll enter when you graduate and ensure that you become an independent and adaptable professional with the key skills for a lifelong career in the creative industries.

You learn the very foundations of your specialist subject areas through core skills, and develop a culture of thinking through making, in order to understand how best to apply your skills in industry contexts. Interdisciplinary collaboration and thinking is also part of the learning experience, providing opportunities for you to experience and mirror the latest developments in industry practice across the sector. We provide opportunities for you to apply for paid, commissioned work on in-house design and illustration projects and for external clients. You can also take on an internship as part of your work-related learning. We have designers and illustrators in residence, with both our alumni and industry professionals creating a culture where students, staff and industry create a dynamic community of practice and studio working culture.

We focus on understanding, reaching and connecting with audiences through visual communication, working to briefs through work-related learning. Through our Hothouse initiative, we connect with leaders in the field to offer the latest insights and mentoring in relation to our three courses. You'll be learning to think creatively and strategically, and leave with the ability to create work and fully understand the process of planning, creating, costing, producing and presenting work to clients and audiences across a broad range of outputs.

Our graduates become freelance illustrators, graphic designers and typographers working in publishing, print or editorial, and also find opportunities as digital designers and illustrators exploring immersive experience design and experiential design. We have developed collaborative working and teaching with our Enterprise Unit Accelerator and our students are crowdfunding and testing fantastic design-related projects that are put into production. We present opportunities for you to extend your potential, so you are prepared for the fluid expectations of an ever-changing industry.

Our employability record
Employability is at the heart of our education ethos. Here at London Met we are immensely proud of our employability record. 97.19% of graduates from The Cass were either in work or engaged in further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016–17, released July 2018).

The London Met environment
Studying at London Met you’ll be supported throughout your entire time with us in a welcoming environment, renowned for its diverse community of staff and students. You will get to study in the heart of the capital in high-quality teaching spaces, with access to state-of-the art facilities