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BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design builds on the rich heritage of graphic design education at London College of Communication. Our innovative and flexible approach encourages exploration of materials, media and methodologies across key subject areas including social design, branding, information design, typographic media and communication environments. Through our excellent global contacts, you also have the opportunity to take a directed year out in industry anywhere in the world.
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London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year (to be confirmed 2017/18)
£17,230 per year (to be confirmed 2017/18)
|Start Date||25 September 2017|
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
|Application Deadline||Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design builds on London College of Communication's heritage and global reputation for graphic design education, and is renowned for its experimental and applied approach. This course acknowledges traditional values and specialist skills whilst recognising the changing and dynamic nature of graphic design. The programme is innovative and flexible with a strong employment record. It will give you the opportunity to specialise in future-facing areas of graphic design practice.
You can expect to be encouraged to be innovative and to initiate change, to integrate practice and theory and work individually and collaboratively. You’ll possess technical skills but not be slaves to them, be able to make connections between disparate activities, be concept driven and capable of working across media. You’ll understand the complexities of audience and how to utilise your studies to plan your future direction whether in work or through continuing studies.
Furthermore, you will explore a variety of materials, media and methodologies and develop skills relevant to a career as a broad-ranging design professional. You will also take part in live, collaborative projects with industry to develop your entrepreneurship and introduce you to our commercial partners. These have previously included Diabetes UK, British Film Institute (BFI), Interbrand, Dorling Kindersley, the Design Museum, International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD), YCN, Illy Coffee, NHS, Moleskin and D&AD.
The course is delivered by experienced practitioners, tutors and other specialists including visiting speakers. All tutors on your course are active practitioners as well as involved in scholarly investigation, building industry links that also particularly support LCC’s unique Diploma for Professional Studies, where students can undertake work placements for a year anywhere in the world.
Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.
Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.
Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. We believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.
In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
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.
There are two pathways through terms one and two in year three. One involves a shorter thesis plus a Self-Initiated Project (Route B) and the other a longer thesis (Route A).
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.
Programme Director: David Sims
Course Leader: Craig Burston
Senior Lecturer: Karl Foster
BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design's breadth of study means that its graduates are eminently employable.
Recent graduates are working in a variety of roles:
Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of companies and agencies such as: IDEO (Munich), Sonicjam (Japan), Dalston Creative (Sweden), Light TV, Vault 49 (New York), Imagination, Karmarama, Brand Union (Singapore), AA School print studio, Hidden Art, Birch, Max Wigram Gallery, Sea Design, Iris, Cartlidge Lelvene, John Morgan Studio, YuCo Lab (Hong Kong), Pentagram, BBC, Times, Guardian, Mindshare, DK, Interbrand, Samsung, MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment), Saatchi X, Shroom Ltd, Anthony Nolan.
Many Alumni have also set up their own studios and businesses.
What our students say...
“[I gained] a very broad arts education - a conceptual and artistic take on the very practical world of graphic design. I was very glad to have had the printing facilities; silk-screen printing and letterpress, as they lent a lot to my projects and taught me invaluable techniques.” Former student, Sid Motion
“The most important part of the course, to me, was the chance to meet and work with like-minded people...The other incredibly valuable experience, was the chance to take a year in industry.” Former student, Nicola Ryan
"The industrial links are fantastic and I feel proud to say I have been there". Former student, Jessica Chamberlain
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 directly from A Level (or equivalent) or from a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and other art courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.
For admission to BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, 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 Social Science subjects.
A typical applicant might have:
Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:
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 when you enrol.
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.
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:
This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in graphic and media design 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.
Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application and you must clearly show evidence of the following, through development work as well as completed projects covering:
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.
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.
You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions to ask the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your 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 the College 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.
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 onto the course.
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.
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.
International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the University Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply or contact our Study Abroad office:
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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