Become part of the Design School
This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at London College of Communication, visit the Places available page.
Study design management and global cultures from the unique perspective of a communication, design and media institution. BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures is a practice-based course where you will apply critical thinking and design research methods to a range of projects and collaborations that address social, business and environmental needs.
London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,250 per year
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 academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.
£17,920 per year
|Start Date||25 September 2017|
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
|Application Deadline||Open for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.|
BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures is structured to provide you with an introductory year where you gain the essential skills and knowledge practices required for your discipline. This includes an introduction to design management and the creative and cultural industries, and an exploration of design cultures and its relationship to a variety of themes – global, commercial, technological, subcultural and institutional.
The course supports the development of critical thinking and writing skills to express yourself; technical and design skills to communicate your ideas and management skills to locate them in the public realm.
In year two you undertake a collaborative project with other courses and external institutions with an increased emphasis on participatory and cooperative design approaches, global perspectives, research methods and the development of your personal vision and career objectives.
In the third year you will complete an extended piece of written work and embark on an individual major project, which you will promote using your knowledge of marketing communications.
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:
The three key strands of the course are Design Management, Design Cultures and Design Practice:
Contextual & Theoretical Studies
The following list includes the applications/skills you will engage with dependent on the project briefs set:
Through projects, workshops, tutorials, visits and critiques you will receive a creative and flexible learning experience, using multiple platforms, including blogging and social media sites.
Live and collaborative projects, competitions, work-related and off-site learning, blogs, wikis, the use of a variety of research methods including ethnography, working with archives, artefacts and organisations provide opportunities for learning. In addition, issues of sustainability, ethics and social engagement are treated as important aspects of study throughout the three years and are embedded in all units.
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.
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.
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.
BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures encourages the development of innovative design thinking and the exploration of your own creative vision. We aim to prepare you to graduate as active creatives who will use design as a driver for positive cultural, social, business and environmental change.
Career opportunities for graduates include:
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:
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 and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.
The standard minimum entry requirements for this course 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.
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
• 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 English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification- see below.
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.
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 at enrolment. The English Language requirement for entry is:
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. In the written part of the application form applicants should briefly describe their interest in the subject area and why they feel they will benefit from a Higher Education course of this nature.
All applicants with the appropriate initial qualifications or with initial evidence of appropriate prior learning and/or experience will be considered for admission and will be invited to one of a series of interview dates.
All applications will be considered by the course team. They will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:
Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:
All application forms, personal statements and references will be read and considered by the course team. Applicants could be made an offer, invited to attend an interview, or receive an unsuccessful decision, at any point post application.
If you are invited for an interview we ask that you bring a selection of work (from school, college, employment, personal interests) for discussion at the interview. This can include essays, reports, projects and sketchbooks, etc. This work will help to support a discussion around your interests, conceptual thinking, research, ideas and understanding of subject knowledge and context. You should also re-read your personal statement, and be prepared to answer questions about it from course team.
Applicants who do not meet the course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence.
This might be demonstrated by, for example, related academic or work experience, the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference or a combination of these factors.
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.
Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.
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.
International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:
Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.
For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:
Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November 2016.
For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.
International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures 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
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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