BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction

Clearing places 2016

This course has Clearing places available. To find out how to make a direct application for this course, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 7514. For a full list of 2016/17 course places at London College of Communication and other UAL Colleges, visit the Clearing 2016 page.

BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction will not only help you learn the skills associated with being a practice-based designer, but also develop your creative vision and the ability to direct other practitioners in realising that vision in whatever media and outcome are relevant to the solution.

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

Programme Director Jamie Hobson discusses the new Design for Art Direction course on the LCC blog.
BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, LCC Summer Shows 2014. Image © Lewis Bush

Programme Director Jamie Hobson talks about the new course on the LCC Blog

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

Tara Langford

Course Location

London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

 

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW990
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content

BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction is a unique course that explores the practical, conceptual and managerial skills relating to design and art direction. This course is about practice but it also covers leadership and the management of processes.

Throughout the course you will gain expertise in the practical aspects of graphic design related to the communication of concepts. Additionally, the course will focus on the role of the Art Director/Creative Director in developing and realising ideas through leadership, management and commissioning of individuals and teams of designers, photographers, filmmakers, advertisers, illustrators or other media specialists in the creative industries. 

The College is home to excellent and extensive resources from analogue to digital, all of which help you gain a wide range of skills relevant to the subject and profession.

Distinctive Features

The following features give the course a distinctive identity and help to ensure that we are offering a unique, exclusive and exciting experience for you, including:

  • This exciting new course builds on the College’s considerable expertise in the area of design and media, which form essential aspects of art direction. You will be introduced to a broad range of design skills and media which will enable you to confidently communicate your concepts and ideas to specialist practitioners.
  • The acquisition of new and consolidation of existing design skills will be seen in the context of theory and management skills associated with the leadership and management of others.
  • Learning and teaching will be undertaken in a variety of different contexts including, workshops, studio practice, lectures and seminars.
  • Given our central location in a leading design capital and our considerable professional contacts, BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction will offer ample opportunities for collaborative working with leading practitioners on live projects which prepare you for progression into industry or continuing education.

Structure

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. Years 1 and 2 must be passed to enter into Year 3. Your degree is attained through full completion of the third year. Your degree classification is determined by the relative level of grades attained in the third year.

Year 1

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Design for Art Direction (20 credits)
  • Design Principles (40 credits)
  • Media Exploration (20 credits)
  • Locating Practice: Design for Art Direction (20 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)

Year 2

Units Summary: 

  • Design Production (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Art Direction (20 credits)
  • Managing Design 2 (20 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)

Diploma in Professional Studies

The Diploma in Professional Studies is an optional placement year in industry between the second and third year of the course. It is a managed year of professional experience largely undertaken in the design profession in a variety of national and international locations. Successful candidates are selected on a competitive basis from academic performance and studentship, successful completion of the DPS bridging studies and by portfolio and proposal. Please view the Diploma in Professional Studies Programme Specification (PDF - 164KB) for more details.

Year 3

There are two pathway options in term one and two of Year 3. One route involves an 8,000 – 10,000 word piece of written work (Route A), or the other route combines a 4,000 – 5,000 word piece of written work plus a Self Initiated Project (Route B). 

Units Summary: 

Route A:

  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (Route A) (40 credits)
  • Industry Practice (20 credits)
  • Major Project Studio (60 credits)

Route B:

  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (Route B) (20 credits)
  • Industry Practice (20 credits)
  • Major Project Studio (60 credits)
  • Self Initiated Project: Route B (20 credits)

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

Staff

Course Leader: Tara Langford

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinators: Dr. Mark Ingham and Dr. Ian Horton

Careers

Careers include:

  • Designer
  • Producer
  • Creative
  • Art Director
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Arts and Culture Adviser
  • Visual Merchandising Manager
  • Communications Writer
  • Social Media Planner
  • Head of Design
  • Editorial Designer
  • Production Co-ordinator

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A Level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

For admission to BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction, applicants need:

160 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level (or equivalent) plus passes in three subjects at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above. A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Science.

A typical applicant might have:

  • GCE A Levels (or equivalent) ideally achieved at grade C or above, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
    OR
  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. 

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate. 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
  • National Diploma, Access, or NVQ.

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minium of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Admission Procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London. Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, your personal statement, and your portfolio of work. 

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio of work via PebblePad within two weeks. Depending on the quality of mini portfolio and application, applicants may then be invited to full portfolio review and interview at the College.

In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC may be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.

Applicants are not guaranteed a full portfolio review/interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

Student Selection Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria. The team will consider three key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and your portfolio.
  • They will consider at your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will also review your academic or personal references.

Personal Statement Advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in art direction and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio Advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence the following, through development work as well as completed projects:

  • Visual vocabulary; quality of compositional skills and use of line, shape, form, scale, space, light, colour, texture and time.
  • Ideas generation; quality of ideas and expression of conceptual thinking.
  • Research and its application (including sketchbooks); systematic identification and investigation of appropriate resources.
  • Materials and media exploration and experimentation; experimentation and testing of materials in realisation of concepts.
  • Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio; understanding and application, subject knowledge and context.

Mini Portfolio

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio via PebblePad.

The mini portfolio should consist of no more than twenty images from two or three of your projects.

After submitting the mini portfolio, applicants could either be made an offer for the course, referred to other courses across UAL for consideration, or invited to attend a full portfolio review and short group interview at LCC. 

In exceptional cases, those living outside London can be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and will need to prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.

Full Portfolio Review

Applicants successful at mini portfolio stage may be invited to attend a full portfolio review and interview at LCC.

For the full portfolio review at the College, you should prepare additional examples of your work, including your development work and sketchbooks as well as finished projects.

Interview Advice



You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions to ask the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the Course Leader's questions to you will probably arise.

The interview will be a relatively informal group discussion and will take place at LCC with two members of the course team.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.

Next Steps

You can normally expect to hear from the admissions team within two weeks after your interview. Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W990
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student. Please visit the LCC Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

Deferred Entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader determines whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before applying or after at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

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