Creative Advertising with Marketing BA (Hons)
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An ever-expanding landscape
The BA (Hons) in Creative Advertising with Marketing will provide you with skills for the exciting and expanding digital media and communications landscape. This interdisciplinary course is a joint venture between the School of Arts and Creative Industries and the School of Business. It blends practice and theory, and is designed to respond to the creative industries’ rapidly changing models of employment, production and consumption.
Why Advertising at LSBU?
- Satisfied students: No.2 UK wide university for student satisfaction in marketing (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
- Exceptional learning resources: No.1 University in the UK for Learning Resources in Marketing (National Student Survey 2016).
- Multi-million pound Elephant Studios: Learn with Arri Cameras and in Dolby Atmos Surround Sound studios. Our cinemas, design suites, and film studios are some of the best in the UK.
- Inspiring location: we’re a short walk from the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, and The Young Vic.
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Started by Mel Godfrey in 2005, the scheme – coined a 'Give-Back culture' – harnesses the experience, skills, networks and passion of LSBU Marketing alumni for the benefit of those still studying.
During the course, you'll learn vital marketing principles, cross-platform creative practice, and how to best manage a brand. What’s more, our optional work placement (Year 2) will give you the opportunity to understand and enact key skills and competencies in situ.
- Principles of marketing
This module will introduce you to the nature and scope of marketing. It will provide you with basic principles including marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing research and buyer behaviour. The module will provide you with a foundation of the principles, theories and frameworks needed across a range of marketing roles and provide you with the basic knowledge needed for your next three years of study.
- Visual analysis
This module focuses on the major forms of contemporary advertising, introducing you to the practice of defining advertisements through analysis and theory in relation to image. You will be introduced to forms of visual analysis developed from various theoretical traditions such as semiotics, structuralism and feminism. This module introduces a variety of meaning-making strategies employed in the advertising and creative industries.
- Managing social media
In this module you will explore the success for use of social media through the building of an online community of your own conception. You will learn how to manage social media and online communities from both a practical and theoretical perspective. You will also develop a broad understanding of social behaviour online, including potential societal and commercial value to business and social enterprises. You will gain the skills to work in a marketing department offering social media marketing or for a specialist community management company as a designer, producer or moderator.
- Marketing in a digital media
In this module you will explore the success for use of social media through the building of an online community of your own conception. You will learn how to manage social media and online communities from both a practical and theoretical perspective. You will also develop a broad understanding of social behaviour online, including potential societal and commercial value to business and social enterprises. You will gain the skills to work in a marketing department offering social media marketing or for a specialist community management company as a designer, producer, or moderator.
- Introduction to cross-platform creative practice
This module will introduce you to the processes and strategies involved in creative practice. Advertising continuously requires innovation and new ideas and this module will allow you to learn the craft of creative professional. These skills will create a foundation for you to develop story telling abilities for later modules. You will be introduced to the creative advertising team and the different roles of the Art Director, Copywriter and Content Writers and acquire practical and creative skills required for entry-level jobs in the advertising industry.
- The consumer behaviour analyst
You’ll look at the role of the consumer behaviour analyst, considering the behavioural concepts and theories of individuals and groups when they select, use and dispose of products, services or experiences to satisfy their needs and desires. Understanding consumer behaviour is an important element of marketing, with major behavioural changes happening in the marketplace thanks to e-commerce and globalisation. It underpins your learning in other units thanks to its interdisciplinary nature, which includes areas such as psychology and sociology.
- The communications manager
You’ll examine the role of marketing communications management within the business setting, looking at the wide range of techniques need to plan, control and evaluate marketing communications objectives.
- Advanced creative practice
This module will introduce you to the process of how advertising campaigns are created. You will learn the advanced critical skills required for understanding and responding to a client brief. There will be a particular focus on how to create a brand story and the role digital marketing has in the process. You will further develop creative skills and have the opportunity to create pieces of work towards your own portfolio.
- Cultural identities in advertising
In this module you will explore how notions of identity is articulated and then represented in advertising. Focusing on gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class, the module explores these markers of ‘difference’. It discusses historical and cultural ideas about the self and investigates how identity is located socially and communicated symbolically through representation in advertising.
Plus one option from:
- E-commerce and digital marketing
This module will teach you how to market websites and web based content, to harness social media as a marketing tool and to add e-commerce to websites. This module will teach you how to use social media and brand placement to give marketing and advertising material visibility. It will encourage you to explore how to embed a commercial element to a website to enable e-commerce. You will get the opportunity to compete in the Google Online Marketing Challenge in order to learn how to market your own websites and apps. You will be taught how to measure the success of marketing and advertising campaigns, and e-commerce initiatives.
- Work placement
A work placement will give you the opportunity to gain work experience, developing an understanding of the key knowledge, skills and competencies that are needed to work in advertising and marketing. With the assistance of the Module Coordinator, you will identify a placement appropriate to your interests and experience, design a professional CV and application cover letter, and then complete 140 hours (approximately 20 days’) work in the organisation. You will learn to relate the practical experience gained from your work placement to the theories and practical skills covered in other modules.
- Professional practice in creative advertising
This module will build on what you have learnt during your previous two years of study and provide you with the professional expertise needed for a career in advertising. You will create a full advertising campaign, which you will be able to develop to include in your professional portfolio. You will gain further insight into creative processes, strategic thinking and professional skills as well as legal issues in relation to creative advertising.
- Global cultures
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected as a result of trade and cultural exchange. This module addresses the interrelationships between identity, communication, consumption and culture in the context of globalisation. We'll explore a number of key debates; for example, about the nature of globalisation, the network society, the freer movement of capital, goods and services, the emergence of global civil society, and cosmopolitan identities. Taking as its starting point the economic, cultural, technological and political shifts that have taken place since the late 20th century, we'll explore the material basis for contemporary ideas about ‘the global’.
- Brand management
You’ll learn to solve management problems by studying the key theories, frameworks and models of current brand marketing. This module prepares you for a career in brand management by using a practical approach to applying complex theories. You’ll be assessed in a variety of different ways, such as exams, group work and written reports.
- Marketing strategy and planning
On this module, you’ll learn how to apply your previous marketing learning to make sense of an unfamiliar commercial setting and the strategic position of one brand. You’ll consider competitive advantage and value creation in the context of a hierarchy of strategies, before considering its application through marketing planning. Working on the chosen brand, you’ll plan and conduct research, develop and deliver insight, and create a marketing strategy that can help the brand succeed.
Plus one option from:
- PR, propaganda and persuasive communication
This module will provide you with a critical view of the major ideas informing persuasion and influence. You will be encouraged to construct and deconstruct persuasive communications using theory, research and by the application of critical thinking to real PR challenges.
With a focus on both face to face & digital and social media channels the application of stakeholder management techniques and key concepts such as Excellence Theory will be explored through sector specific case studies & contact with practitioners working in disciplines such as public affairs, political PR and behaviour change campaigns.
- Advertising account planning
Planners represent consumers to brand clients and to creative teams, and are often researchers as well as strategists: this module investigates the role and function of the advertising planner. Planners represent consumers to brand clients ad to creative teams, and are often researchers as well as strategists. You will experience how to discover and formulate the essential brand story then uncover new drivers of consumer response which lie behind ‘the big idea.’
- Managing luxury brands and branding
This module explores the representation of the luxury brand in the market and how it is created. It develops your’ understanding of luxury brands focusing attention on scarcity and rarity. By isolating the luxury industry and its many categories, you will gain the opportunity, through studies of brand development and brand management, to focus on this lucrative industry.
As employment opportunities grow within brands that seek to create rarity and those that already function as luxury brands, by completing this module you will be able to work within these types of companies regardless of whether they are client or agency oriented.
- Direct and digital marketing strategy
This module will introduce you to the principles and theories of digital- and data-led marketing strategy and how to use these to synthesise relevant data to implement appropriate digital and direct business solutions. Digital and direct marketing are growth areas within ‘marketing’ and many opportunities exist for those interested in this field. These include working on the ‘client side’ in marketing departments. Additionally, many advertising agencies have established digital and direct divisions and new specialist support service companies are growing to provide data planning, data warehousing, search engine optimisation, direct mail and fulfilment services, to name a few.
This module is accredited by the IDM and on completion students may opt to take the IDM Certificate in Direct and Digital Marketing.
On completion of the course, you'll have the advantage of accessing careers in creative advertising marketing and communications.
This course can lead you to develop a career in variety of creative jobs such as:
- Art Director
- Content Writer
- Social Media Manager
- User Experience Designer
- Marketing Manager
- Account Management.
You'll also have the option of progressing to MA programmes such as Advertising, Digital Marketing and Marketing Communications.
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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Dr Terry Daniels is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts & Creative Industries, specialising in visual culture, research methods, and mediated representations of gender and ethnicity. Her research interests include representations of ethnicity in British television, and historical research using documents and archives.
An expert in long-term brand loyalty, Charles has 15+years' industry experience (marketing director and managing director levels) working on innovation, brand management, franchising and copywriting in luxury food, pharmaceuticals and retail. PhD supervisor.
The course content draws on the opportunities offered by our brand new, advanced production facilities located in Elephant Studios at LSBU. You'll have access to a vast range of media equipment and studio spaces, such as: a digital newsroom; digital design, film, and sound studios; and edit suites for visual effects. You’ll be learning within a highly creative community of undergraduate and post-graduate practitioners able to collaborate on projects.
The Elephant Studios at LSBU Mac Lab is fitted with Quad-Core and Dual GPU MacPros, available for digital media workshops and unsupervised student work.
The Photography Studio is a double-height space with a photography lighting grid, air conditioning, green room (for make-up and wardrobe) and two colourama separate systems with a range of backdrop options (including vinyl and paper).
The Grading Suites have neutral wall colours and lighting to provide optimal conditions for the colourist. The premium suite (Grading Suite 1) includes a Dolby calibrated screen to ensure ideal conditions.
A photographic specialised print lab that includes five A2 printers, an A0 printer, a mounting press and six MacPros with specialist monitors.
This 36 seat cinema features a 4K projector and 5.1 sound playback, and is ideal to preview production work before it goes out to the public.
The Film Studio is a double-height room with a lighting grid, DMX lighting control, green screen backdrop, air conditioning, green room (for make-up and wardrobe) and sound isolation for use as a soundstage.
Teaching and learning
Teaching is designed to support and develop your technical, creative and professional abilities. The following are some of the forms your teaching and learning will take:
- Lectures on both the practical and theoretical side of creative advertising
- Technical workshops
- Project and ideas work
- Small group seminars
- Group and individual tutorials
The course is taught by a team of practitioner-academics who are at the forefront of their fields.
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As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will help you get the most out of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at the beginning and end of each semester for 30 minutes. Weekly drop in times will be made available and you can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in class.
- A Level BCC or;
- BTEC Extended Diploma MMM or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Started by Mel Godfrey in 2005, the scheme – coined a 'Give-Back culture' – harnesses the experience, skills, networks and passion of LSBU Marketing alumni for the benefit of those still studying.
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Enrolment and Induction
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In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.
Preparatory reading list
- Adair, J. (2009). The Art of Creative Thinking: How to be Innovative and Develop Great Ideas. London and Philadelphia: Kogan Page
- Burtenshaw, K., Mahon, N. and Barfoot, C. (2011). The Fundamentals of Creative Advertising. Switzerland: AVA Publishing
- Parene, D.E. and Strausbaugh-Hutchinson, K.L. (2015). Advertising Campaign Strategy: A Guide to Marketing Communication Planning (eds). Boston, MAL: Cengage Learning
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