6 Reasons to Study Visual Communication

Vis Comm student

Vis Comm Student

Six reasons we would recommend Visual Communication as the ideal course to study;


1. Visual Communication offers the widest choice of specialist subjects under one collective course; Film and Animation, Graphic Communication, Illustration and Photography.

2. The current undergraduate course team is made up of specialist tutors and visiting professionals from Industry, meaning students are exposed to both well established pedagogic practice and industry up to date knowledge.

3. Every year students from all four specialist subjects are presented with Industry sponsored awards. Past sponsors include Trevor Beattie, Dave McKean and Vaughan Oliver.

4. The resources are first class and the Visual Communication course is now situated in a state of the art building. Within this new space are excellent Printmaking studios, Photographic darkrooms and spacious communal studios.

5. Students are well equipped and prepared for entering the ‘market place’. There are modules that are specially designed to allow breadth of knowledge and experience.

6. Visual Communication promotes inter-disciplinary practice, this means students are encouraged to work across the specialist areas so photographers collaborate with Graphic Designers, Illustrators with animators. Its the way forward and its already happening on the course.


There are many destinations for graduating students, Publishing, Design groups, Photographic studios and Web Companies to name just a few areas of employment.


The Fine Art of Conversation

The first print I ever saw that I really thought was extra special was ‘The Fine Art of Conversation’ by Paolo di Paolo, it was on the wall of Floor 7 H Block, Leeds Polytechnic. This was back in 1982, it made me think how much conversation I’ve had as a result of this wonderful medium.

Now. when I produce work and demonstrate techniques with students I value the engagement of discourse and fruitful conversation. In many ways this can be when the best communication of ideas takes place..’how did you do that?’…’why does this happen?’..

Education is a conversation, we give knowledge through talking, we explain, we critique and we counsel…this is where we need to appreciate the nuances of language. Its part of what my tutor on the PGCE course refers to as Teaching with Emotional Inteligence.

Andrew Kulman's Studio Workshop

Andrew Kulman’s Studio Workshop

Workshop Opportunity : NID India

Recently I’ve been asked to come up with ideas for a workshop proposal for the International Open Electives at NID in India. 

I’m looking at running a workshop/s based on Narrative and Sequence and considering the idea of a wordless book or comic strip. This would have universal appeal and could be seen as a challenge in getting people to think in completely visual terms. Here’s an outline brief

Overview of the workshop

The workshop aims to deliver a series of achievable outcomes. Participants will consider the opportunities and limitations of the wordless narrative, they will be enabled to use their drawn imagery to express emotion and drama without the need of explanatory text. The workshop will be open to new ideas and there will be a chance to explain and test out innovative approaches to the tasks given.

These workshops are meant for interested groups of people who are keen to learn ways of developing their visual story telling skills; they may or may not come with a formal background in creative arts, but still look forward to engage themselves with hands-on, skill-based creative activities. Besides providing a platform for participants to gain hands-on experience, the aim is also to enhance the participants’ familiarity with the universal language of sequential art. All practice will be complimented by theoretical lectures and discussion.

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