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BA (Hons) Creative Advertising with Marketing

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time


A fast-growing area of employment in the creative industries

Blending creative practice with marketing theory, this course develops students’ capabilities and skill sets to enter the exciting world of advertising and marketing. Learning on the course takes a practice, agency-led approach, meaning you will gain an understanding of what is like to work in a real world media and communications landscape.

Expanding your knowledge of creative practice, branding and design, you will hear from speakers who are practitioners and experts in their field, attend D&AD (Design & Art Direction) events, and work with your lecturer to identify an optional work placement that allows you to explore your interests. The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), ensuring you get the skills and knowledge you need to pursue the career you want.

Being based at London South Bank University, you are just a stone’s throw away from the centre of London, giving you access to a fantastic range of galleries, museums and cultural centres that will fuel your creative imagination. London is literally your classroom as you will take trips to iconic locations such the world-leading Tate Modern gallery and The Victoria and Albert Museum of art and design.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Advertising at LSBU?

Top 5 in London for graduate prospects in Marketing (Complete University Guide 2019).
Elephant Studios: Multi-million pound studio facilities at the forefront of digital technologies and multimedia practice for creative students.
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.
Top 4 amongst London competitors for learning resources and opportunities in Marketing (National Student Survey 2018).
Our International Live Brief module offers students the opportunity to work in international, interdisciplinary teams to develop a solution to a real-world problem. Read about one of our student's experience.

Work from our first years:


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


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.

Year 1

  • 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.
  • Brand, branding and social media
    This module seeks to introduce students to key ideas around branding and brand communication. Recognising the role of brand positioning through their own primary research and competitor review, students will work in groups to identify a new brand potential and launch through social media. In so doing students will be introduced to key employability skills including teamwork, conducting primary research, project management and pitching for business.
  • Marketing in a digital world
    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. 

Year 2

  • 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 from:

  • Creativity: The Creative Industries
    This module conceptualises the notion of creativity, unpicking what constitutes ‘the creative industries’. Taking a critical look at contemporary tactics and strategies that define cultural production, the module introduces aspects such as organisational behaviours, policy frameworks, cultural and civic contexts, and issues around value and monetisation of creativity. Furthermore, the module supports students to develop a creative project around their own creative interests and expertise, through: a) questioning for themselves what it means to be creative, b) reflecting on how their creative practice sits within an industry context, and how it is valued. Students apply the theoretical and critical frameworks presented onto a creative project developed through work experience or mentorship.
  • 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.
  • International live brief
    This module offers students the opportunity to work in international, interdisciplinary teams to develop a solution to a real-world problem by a client brief. Read about one of our student's experience.

Year 3

  • 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
  • Copywriter
  • 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.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

Graduates will be well equipped for a career in advertising, digital marketing and the wider creative industries. This course has been designed in consultation with advertising industry professionals and accrediting bodies, as well as students on our marketing and media courses. Course leaders have close links with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, ensuring content delivered on the course is in line with industry standards. We also offer opportunities for work experience to give you contemporary creative and practical skills for the digital world.

This course includes an industry placement in the second year, allowing students to work alongside creative professionals. This placement is a fantastic opportunity to develop a network of contacts and have a taster of working in creative advertising.

Since its introduction, the marketing programme has enjoyed strong links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). This award is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as part of their Dual Award Programme. Only a limited number of universities in the UK hold such accreditation. As a result, our graduates are allowed direct entry with exemptions onto the CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.


The course content draws on the opportunities offered by our 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.

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.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and SeminarsSelf-directed learningWork-based placement
Year 130%70% 
Year 230%65%5%
Year 330%70% 

Personal Tutoring

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.


Entry requirements

  • 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 students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method


Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

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

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.



The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 4894Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £41340

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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