• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW212

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Clearing places available

This course has places available for 2017/18. For advice on making an application for this course, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 7514. Lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design is a well-respected course that builds on the rich heritage of graphic design education at LCC.

About this course

Teaching is innovative and encourages exploration of materials, media, and methodologies related to key subject areas, including social design, branding, information design, typographic media and communication environments. 

The course addresses a growing need for designers who are original and divergent thinkers who can identify, analyse and solve communication problems. 

Through our excellent global contacts, you also have the opportunity to take a directed year out in industry anywhere in the world.

Student work and profiles

LCC Student Voices //  Stefania Lucchesi

LCC Student Voices // Amani Binti Shah

LCC Student Voices // Beth Johnson

Students pose for a photo in central London
Design by Grace Anthony.
Design by Grace Anthony, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design student.
Graphic work created by a range of Diploma for Professional Studies students.

Students have the opportunity to apply for our Diploma in Professional Studies year in industry.

Book cover design typography by Alexa May Hughes.
Read course news and alumni stories on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design blog.

Read course news and alumni stories on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design blog.


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 ...

You can expect to be encouraged to be innovative and to initiate change; to integrate practice and theory and to work both 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.

Course units

In common with all courses at 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.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Graphic and Media Design (20 credits)
  • Principles (40 credits)
  • Exploration (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Stories, Methods and Form (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Language, Audience and Environment (40 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 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).

Units summary:

Route A:

  • Industry Practice (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (Route A) (40 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Route B:

  • Industry Practice (20 credits)
  • Self-Initiated Project (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (Route B) (20 credits)
  • Major Project (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.


Programme Director

David Sims

Course Leader

Craig Burston

Lead Tutors

Hamish MuirTim HutchinsonSarah Temple

Senior Lecturers

Karl FosterMonica BiagioliJack BlakeSian CookPaul McNeil

Senior Lecturer, Contextual and Theoretical Studies

Andrew Slatter


Joshua Trees

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinators

Dr. Mark Ingham, Dr. Ian Horton 

Final Year Coordinator

Maria da Gandra

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: W212
  • 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.

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine 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/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

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 one of three routes only:

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

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

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

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

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

Deferred entry

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.

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 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.

Entry requirements (Home/International/EU)

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.

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 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions.

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

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:

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

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  • 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 sketch books); systematic identification and investigation of appropriate resources.
  • Materials, 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.

Personal statement advice

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.

Portfolio advice

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

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 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.

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, their personal statement, and 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 can 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 or interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

Next steps

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

£17,920 (2017/18).

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.


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

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:

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

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.
Sid Motion - Former student

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.
Nicola Ryan - Former student

The industrial links are fantastic and I feel proud to say I have been there.
Jessica Chamberlain - Former student

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.