BA (Hons) Advertising & Design

University of Sunderland

Course Overview

Think of brands and logos. Does any come to mind? If you can remember a specific one, better still its tagline, then it has served its purpose. 

Advertising design refers to the creation and organisation of visual artwork used in advertisements (ads) for products and services. 

The BA (Hons) in Advertising & Design, awarded by the University of Sunderland, is a 3+0 creative communications degree programme that covers the skills required to conceptualise ideas, create marketing content, and execute advertising campaigns. You will be encouraged to express ideas and push the boundaries of advertising whilst developing your own style and engaging your personal creativity. 

This course, fully accredited by MQA, allows you to pursue all 3 years of your degree in Malaysia. Upon completion, you will be a proud graduate from the University of Sunderland, UK which has been ranked 16th (out of 131 universities) in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019). 

Are you ready to equip yourself with a prestigious Bristish degree, with a fraction of the cost?

Learning Outcomes

  • Cover the skills required to conceptualise ideas
  • Create marketing content, and execute advertising campaigns
  • Be encouraged to express ideas
  • Push the boundaries of advertising whilst developing your own style
  • Engage your personal creativity
  • Gain access to advance standing into Year 3 of the BA (Hons) in Advertising & Digital Marketing offered by the University of Northampton.

About University of Sunderland

The life-changing University of Sunderland is committed to widening participation with their world-leading research, public and private sector collaborations and track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of societies and economies. The University was also shortlisted for University of the Year for 2021, the leading category in the annual THE – Times Higher Education – awards. They were recently named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). 

How Do I Get In?

  • IACT College Foundation in Media Studies– minimum CGPA 2.0
  • IACT Diplomas – minimum CGPA 2.0
  • A-Level – minimum of grade E in 2 subjects,
  • STPM – minimum of grade C in 2 subjects and an average CGPA of 2.0
  • UEC – minimum of grade B in 5 subjects
  • SAM, AUSMAT or CPU – 5 subjects with a minimum score of 50%
  • Matriculation or Foundation – minimum CGPA of 2.0
  • Other qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Education Malaysia

English Language Proficiency

  • SPM 1119 (GCE-O) – C
  • IELTS – Band 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each component, AND
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio for assessment and approval 

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Year 1

Design Theory 1
This module intentionally takes a broader view of a range of design disciplines, to avoid 'tunnel vision', and to open the creative possibilities for your work, which can also be found in areas outside of your specialism. 

Digital Image Making
This module provides a sound foundation for students entering the digital realm of image making. Techniques and ideas outlined in this module will provide an important basis for other modules (e.g. web design, motion graphics and design for print) in which creating digital graphics assets are a required skill. 

Introduction to Advertising 1
This module encourages students to recognise the contributions of advertising within the broader communications industry, and its relationship and relevance with graphic design and marketing. 

Introduction to Advertising 2
This module looks at how to take the ideas and strategies, important to the advertising process, and develop them into presentation visuals. By careful use of photography/illustration/ typography and graphic design, students will begin to experience the true role of the Art Director. 

Motion Graphics 1
Students will learn how to create, import, and synchronize moving graphics, sound, animated elements, and visual effects to create a single piece of work. Demonstrations and tutorials will be used to extend students' knowledge and understanding of the technologies, looking at how they fit into the wider creative context of design and communication. 

Visual Communication in Graphic Design
Introduction of basic techniques and dynamics of visual communication through graphic design form the basis of the module. This module explores some of the mechanisms that help students to understand the visual communication processes in graphic design. 

Drawing Techniques

This module is designed as a fundamental building block to design drawing. Taking forms and techniques to explore the language of drawing - the recognition of form and the use of tone, line and colour to describe that form. 

Year 2

Advertising: The Campaign
Students will be engaged in all aspects of agency work in areas such as client relationships, constructing and writing the brief, language, format, commissioning work, persuasion and rhetoric, branding, creative approaches and working to deadlines. 

Branding: Positioning and Identity
This module explores the position a brand plays in a total communication environment, in marketing generally and primarily in an advertising campaign. Students are introduced to the relationship and differences between the product and the brand, and the importance of the personality of the brand and its market position. 

Design Theory 2
This module builds on the design philosophies, approaches and influential practitioners introduced at level one. It looks at some of the important debates and issues in design, from areas such as politics, the environment, globalisation, society, and culture, etc. 

Motion Graphics 2
Building on what you learnt in year 1, in this module, you will bring together the individual techniques learned in Motion Graphics 1 such as masking, 3D motion, lights, shadows, etc. and combine them to create specific effects such as freeze motion, 3D projection, particle-based effects, camera-based effects, etc.


This module will give an understanding and foundation towards the operations and aesthetic of a still camera. This is important as it serves as a foundation towards the operations of a video camera and lighting in the advertising design process. 

Advertising Practice: The Book 1
The engine room of the advertising agency’s work are the creative teams who create and devise campaigns that facilitate their client’s aspirations. A portfolio of work presented to the agency from a potential employee is the basis on which the agency commits its reputation and successes. The module is specifically aimed at developing a portfolio, or book, of creative work appropriate to a career in the advertising industry. A series of campaigns of various contexts is employed to develop a strong creative basis on which successful and effective campaigns are based.

Graphic Communication
This module provokes opportunities for originality in thinking and its application through graphic outcome as well as individual reactions and responses to a wide range of areas in contemporary culture. 

Year 3

Advertising Practice: The Book 2
The module is specifically aimed at developing a portfolio, or book, of creative work appropriate to a career in the advertising industry. A series of campaigns of various contexts will be employed to help you develop a strong creative basis for successful and effective campaigns. Your work is also based around the importance of the strong ‘idea’ in a campaign that can be expressed in different ways and in different media. As well as peer review, your work will be subject to critical review by professional advertising agency staff. You will present your work to a series of agency professionals within the agency environment.

Creative Team Campaigns
This level three campaign module gives another opportunity to produce more work for the ‘Book’ ie: the graduate’s advertising portfolio that will eventually be presented to potential employers in the advertising industry. Students are encouraged to begin networking in the industry to begin to profile themselves and their work. 

Design Research Project
This module will allow students to carry out in depth investigation into a particular issue or topic that must be relevant to them as a designer. 

Major Project 1: The Creative Direction
Students will present a written and fully designed proposal explaining with critical thought and analysis, background research and initial visual ideas, their plan for their creative work, including the expected outcomes. 

Major Project 2: The Negotiated Brief
This module gives students the opportunity to explore, develop and demonstrate the breadth and depth of their creative, technical, and organisational skills in the context of self-direction and responsibility, appropriate to their chosen career paths. 

Major Project 3: The Creative Competition
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and depth of their creative, technical, and organisational skills within the context of a national competitive framework, set and judged by the advertising and design industries themselves. 


Penghayatan Etika & Peradaban / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (International Students)

Penghayatan Etika & Peradaban aims to provide a true understanding of the concept of ethical appreciation, especially in complying with the National Principles (Rukun Negara), government policies, unity efforts and national development. In this module, students will also be enlightened on Malaysian history before and after its independence, and efforts undertaken in building the nation's civilisation. Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 helps you communicate effectively in a formal/informal setting, building your confidence as you hone your interaction skills in the national language. 

Bahasa Kebangsaan A / Academic Writing

Bahasa Kebangsaan A helps a student to grasp the national language to effectively communicate, and express thoughts clearly and creatively through verbal and written communication. Academic Writing introduces the basics of English through writing, critical thinking skills and brainstorming. Students will be exposed to means and methods of using English to write and communicate effectively.

Falsafah & Isu Semasa

This module covers the relation between philosophy, the National education Philosophy and the National Principles of Malaysia (Rukun Negara).

Perlembagaan dan Masyarakat Malaysia

This course sheds understanding on Malaysian constitution and society, from concepts, theories, and background of the constitution, which includes the concept of Federalism, the doctrine of power separation, the fundamental right to freedom, monarchial institutions, and the position of Islam and Bahasa Melayu. 

Serving Our Society (S.O.S)

Serving our Society (S.O.S) is a student-run society that supports both local and international community work. It discusses the concept of community engagement projects, preparation of proposal papers and effective project features, and provides an understanding and appreciation in implementing community engagement projects.

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