visual communication course


Diploma Specialist Course Level 4


Visual Communication is something every serious Graphic Designer should venture into if they want to become creative and unique with their designs.

This Visual Communication Specialist Course has been designed to give the ultimate, dynamic and creative development tools to our students. Graphic Design is all about Visual Communication and without the valuable skills covered in this course, your design should fail to achieve what your employer or client is expecting from you.

Visual communication is all around us from everyday forms, packaging information, road signs, advertising, mobile apps, directories, photography, important information plus many more. From the minute you get up in the morning until you return to bed at night you are faced with many different forms of visual communication. But it is all about sharing the visual information in the right way without missing out on any important areas.

Maybe you have been working as a graphic designer in an employed position or as a freelancer for some time now and feel you are lacking a skill that other graphic designers have achieved. We have had many individuals who have been signed up for this course by their employers to increase the skills of their employees. This has been proven to be a major success for both the employer and the employee. Even self-employed graphic designers have benefited greatly from this course and added real value to their services for their clients, plus the way in which they communicate their own businesses.

Over and above everything you will learn in this course, you will come away with a fantastic portfolio to be proud of and share with future employers or clients.

Like all of our courses, this is a Flexible or Timetabled course, whichever suits each student


START DATE: Start Anytime of the Year

DURATION: 6-12 Months


(monthly instalments available – go to our ‘How to Enrol‘ page for more information)



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There are 7 modules in this course to be completed. Each module has been designed as progressive steps so that you are learning by doing. They have each been designed to be completed in one to two months depending on the time you have available to study each week. The course can be flexible or completed in a fixed time, but many prefer the flexible option to accommodate their employment or other commitments.

You will be presented with Projects and Assignments in each module in which you will be assessed, plus a final exam which is carried out online through our online campus.

You will be given an assessment at the start of this course to establish your abilities and skill levels.


  • The full cost of this course is £700 with no extra costs
  • 25% off your next course for as long as you are studying with us
  • You will be given your own professional one-to-one tutor/design coach
  • Learn by doing and build a creative portfolio
  • You will receive on successful completion a recognised diploma certificate for this level
  • Become part of our creative community
  • All study material will be made available to you on our online campus
  • Your course can be either flexible or a fixed time
  • Customise your studies around your work or other commitments
  • Apply for a NUS Totum Professional Student Card for discounts etc
  • Full Career Guidance

What you will Learn

Visual Communications covers everything you will ever need in graphic design. This course will provide the essential and most useful tools in the industry. You will not just learn the extensive attributes of graphic design, but you will also learn many techniques, how to develop your creative thinking skills and obtain the ability to come up with unique design.

A very serious course and one of our most popular courses.

MODULE ONE: Design for Communication
In this first module, you are going to look at and understand all about what visual communication is and how it works before putting everything into practice. You will also learn about additional elements which will extend the skills you already have as a graphic designer.
MODULE TWO: The Design Process
One of the most important modules in this Diploma Course. Being able to develop your own design process that works will become very valuable to you. In this module, you will work very closely with your Design & Training Coach on a number of projects and shown how to develop this unique design process and what you will need to include so that it works for you.
MODULE THREE: Page Layout & Design
As a graphic designer, you should already know about the basics of page layout, but here you will take this to another level by breaking some of the rules. You will be encouraged to experiment with other techniques to create impact and creative styles which will become your very own.
MODULE FOUR: Common Design Jobs
Taking what you have learned in Module 1, 2 and 3, you are now going to approach some of the common design jobs designers are faced with on a day to day basis, but this time you are going to look at these from the visual communication spectrum. Now your skills and imagination will be stretched to their limits.
MODULE FIVE: Corporate Identity
You have more than likely worked on a number of Corporate ID projects in the past. But here we will work on a number of projects which will provide more meaning and reason for designing an effective Corporate ID design that will stand out alongside your client’s completion. 
MODULE SIX: Branding
What is Branding Design? This module is a complete course in itself and will build your confidence in understanding, designing, developing and delivering branding designs. Throughout this module, you will work with your Design & Training Coach on research techniques and live projects.
MODULE SEVEN: Digital Photography & Design
Now we are going to extend your skills even further. Taking control of the photography within your design projects will build your creative techniques extensively. You will not only be able to capture your visual messages with the use of the camera, but also extend your presentation skills.

Once you have completed all of your modules you will the complete a final exam which will be project based. This is carried out online through our online campus. You will decide with your course tutor/design coach when you will want to do this.

How to Enrol

It is so easy to apply and enrol on our courses. Just follow the steps on our 'HOW TO ENROL' page to find out how by clicking on this button.

STUART WALLACE - Perth, Scotland

A course which I wish I had done a long time ago. Everything I obtained from this course has improved my working life as a graphic designer. Visual Communication is the next level for all graphic designers – enrol now!

BRUCE LAMBART - Peterborough, England

After searching the internet for some time I was so happy to have found the Creative Design School and this course in visual communication. I am a graphic designer working for a publicity company and this course has really added new skills so that I can tackle all of the challenges given to me.

STEPHANIE MASTERS - Glasgow, Scotland

All I can say is that this course opened my eyes to what a graphic design could actually achieve. Up until now I thought graphic design was all the was, but I now know that it is all about visual communication. I have learned so much and my skill levels have increase hugely. The course tutor is so clever and really knows how to keep me focused.


Have a look at our 'Students' page and read some of the journies a selection of our students have taken with their course choices and career moves etc. We have also featured some of our former students to see how they are getting on after finishing their courses.


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