Workshops and Studios
London College of Communication has an extensive range of technical workshops and studios. Discover typography techniques, learn how to bind books, or spend hours in the darkroom developing photographs. Whatever skills you need to bring your creative ideas to life, you can learn them here.
In the 3D Workshop students can work with wood, cardboard and a whole range of plastics. The area is fully equipped with wood turning lathes, drills, sanding machines, routers and many hand tools so students have everything they need to manipulate these materials.
We have an area set aside for plastics where students can vacuum form plastics, cut polystyrene and bend rigid plastics and the space also includes a spray room, where you can apply spray paints and glues and laser cutter.
The animation department houses a dedicated drawn animation studio with light boxes and also includes:
- Multiplane for shooting stylised multi-layered drawn animation
- Rostrum camera room with multiple stations for filming drawn animation using iStopMotion and Dragonframe
- Adobe Creative Suite, 3DsMax, Nuke and Cinema 4D
- Multiple stop motion studio setups with DMX lighting and Dragonframe stop motion software for filming model animation
- Blackout screening room with projection and speaker facility for viewing work and research
- 16mm Steenbeck editing desk
DESIGN AND MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY
Made up of two studios, the Design Block Photography Department gives students shooting spaces fully equipped for stills photography. Hire a space with all the equipment you need, together with a technician to help you get everything set up to a professional standard.
The area also has a discreet digital suite for scanning negatives and creating high quality calibrated ink jet prints, and there’s a wet and dry darkroom with enlargers, as well as a flat bed copy stand.
The Media Photography area is a resource for students within the School of Media Photography Programme and includes:
- Four studios complete with Bowens
- Flash head system
- Black and white processing
- Colour processing
- Colour and black and white darkrooms
- Mac-based Adobe Creative Suite 6 software
- Epson printers
LCC's Letterpress Workshop holds one of the UK’s largest collections of lead and wood type.
It is a tool for teaching typography to graphic design students but also support students from a broad range of courses including interaction design, illustration, film and photography.
As well as an array of type, we have three precision proofing presses, a galley proofing press, newsprint, selected recycled and sustainable paper stock and all of the materials you need to get started.
LCC’s Printmaking workshop is open to all students and is broad in range – we offer expertise in everything from etching to lithography.
Our current workshops include:
- Screen printing
- Etching hard and soft grounds
- Etching, using Aquatint
- Solar plate printing
- Dry point printing
- Image preparation for printmaking
- Lino cut
- Wood cut printing
- Hand drawn lithography
- Photo lithography
PRINT PRODUCTION, FINISHING AND BOOK BINDING
Cutting, binding, creasing, saddle stitching: these are just some of the techniques students use in the Print Finishing room. Come along and experiment with everything from perfect binding to perforating and see how to turn printed work into the finished article.
The Lithographic printing production workshop is a teaching area where we offer a bespoke print service and several in-house printing options. We help students with high quality Lithographic printing and offer CMYK duplex printing, as well as spot colour, metallic, fluorescent inks, laminating and a selection of varnish finishes.
Our service also includes plate making through print to finished product with guillotine cutting, creasing, perforation, drilling, stitching and several binding techniques.
Book Arts Studio
The Book Arts studio is open to all students interested in the art of bookbinding. Here you can combine traditional and contemporary hand bookbinding techniques with interests in digital design, publishing and fine art.
Come along and learn all about this specialist craft. We cover both traditional and modern production, adhesive/non-adhesive binding, pressing, debossing, embossing and cutting on the guillotine.
Within the Screen Printing department we have expertise in Hard Surface Screen Printing and Textile Printing. We also have a specialist Dying Facility and operate the only kiln in the building, so you’re in the best place to study every aspect of the printing process.
We use powder-based specialist dyes for textiles printing but we’re really proud to run a workshop that’s free of solvent-based inks.