• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW990

BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction

Applications closed 2017/18
Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed.

BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction is a unique course that explores the practical, conceptual and managerial skills relating to design and art direction.

About this course

Learn a range of skills associated with being a practice-based designer and develop your creative vision. Gain the ability to direct other practitioners in realising that vision, in whatever medium and outcome, are relevant to the solution.

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

Student films and profiles

WATCH: Analog+Automatic is a collaborative film and set design project between students Louisiane Trotobas and Pixie Tan pitching to London-based stationery store Present & Correct.

Image: Work by BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction students Manny Adeneye and Pixie Tan, LCC
Work by Manny Adeneye and Pixie Tan

COURSE SNAPSHOT: Find out what's been happening on the course; from study trips and student projects to visits from industry experts and student collaborations on the LCC Blog.

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

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 to 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:

  • 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.

Course units

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 (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:

  • Industry Practice: Routes A and B (20 credits)
  • Self Initiated Project: Route B (20 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3: Route A (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3: Route B (20 credits)
  • Major Project Studio: Routes A and B (60 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.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.

Staff

Course Leader

Tara Langford

Lecturer 

Adam Gibbons

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinators

Dr. Mark InghamDr. Ian Horton

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

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

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, 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.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website. 

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit and meet any offer conditions in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

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.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit and meet any offer conditions in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application. 

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

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.

The standard minimum entry requirements are:

64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A-level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A-levels will be achieved at grade C or above.

Or

One subject at A-level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor.  

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 minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a full portfolio of work. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and the quality of the uploaded portfolio
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will review your academic or personal references
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. 

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 explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio advice

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

You are required to present a portfolio with a maximum of 20 images that you consider would help support your application.  

Selection Criteria 

The portfolio, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:          

  •  Visual language: quality of structure, use of line, shape - 2D or 3D, form, scale, space, light, colour, texture and time.
  •  Ideas generation: quality of ideas and thought process, expression of design thinking.
  •  Research and its application (including images from sketch books): evidence of investigation and use of appropriate resources.
  •  Materials, media exploration and experimentation; experimentation and testing of materials to achieve outcomes.
  •  Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio; understanding and application of subject knowledge and context.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

What happens next?

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course. 

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

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

UAL Jobs and Careers

UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:

Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.

Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.