• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeWPF3

BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design

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This course has places available for 2017/18 entry. If you are interested in applying for this course, please call us on +44 (0)20 7514 7514. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, visit the UAL Clearing page.

BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design is a design-led and digitally focused course that explores user experience (UX) and user interface design (UID), for current and emerging technologies.

About this course

The course embraces code as a creative medium and prepares communication designers to work in specialised screen-based areas, such as design for the web, app design, interactive data visualisation and in emerging areas such as wearable technology and augmented reality.

The course produces industry ready designers, with a creative, practical and critical understanding of new technologies.

Course Films

Course leader John Fass talks to us about BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design at LCC

Programme Director Ben Stopher discusses the new BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design course on the LCC Blog.
Gephi network graph, Ben Stopher, 2015.

Watch // LCC at London Design Festival 2016

Content

BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design is a design-led, digitally focused course, exploring user experience (UX) and user interface design (UID) for current and emerging technologies.

The course offers a rigorous, practice-based design education, with a thorough grounding in the digital skills of coding, animation and information design – required to work in this expanding area of design.

The course embraces code as a creative medium and prepares communication designers to work in specialised screen-based areas, such as design for the web, app design, interactive data visualisation and in emerging areas such as wearable technology and augmented reality. 

Interface design is growing enormously, as digital products and services proliferate at ever increasing speed, via the spread of digital devices and the internet. 

The course produces industry-ready designers, with a creative, practical and critical understanding of new technologies, who are excited by the potential of digital design practice.

Year One

The course introduces you to the core competencies of graphic and information design, alongside animation for design and coding for the web.

One fundamental skill for a designer working is in this area is the ability to coherently structure visual information. You will work on set projects that develop this ability, as well as an applied digital skill set.

Year Two

You will start to explore more complex interactivity and larger data sets which will prepare you for the UX/UI design studio. Here you can apply both design and digital skills and produce web interface and app solutions.

At the end of this year, you can apply these skills to areas of emerging technology, such as augmented reality and wearable tech.

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 - 120KB) for more details.

Year Three

In Year Three you'll have the opportunity to produce a range of project work, from professional competition briefs to an extended major project. You will build a portfolio that enables you to progress into the digital industries or further study.

The digital industries demand designers that have a strong user-centered understanding of visual information and information design and who also understand how to create compelling micro-narratives and bring information environments to life.

BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design provides an opportunity to study in an applied context highly aligned to professional practice.

Course units

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) Information and Interface Design qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year One: (Design and Code)

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Information and Interface Design (20 credits)
  • Information Visualisation and Typography (40 Credits)
  • Animation and Coding for the Web (40 Credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 Credits)

Year Two: (Platforms and Data)

Units summary: 

  • User Experience, User Interface, UX/UI Design Studio (40 Credits)
  • Interactive Data Visualisation (40 Credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 Credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 Credits)

Year Three: (Research and Practice)

Units summary: 

Route A:

  • Digital Design Portfolio (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (40 credits)
  • Major Digital Project (40 credits)

Route B:

  • Digital Design Portfolio (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (20 credits)
  • Competition Projects (20 credits)
  • Major Digital Project (40 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

John Fass

Senior Lecturer

Tobias Revell

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator

Dr. Ian Hague

Visiting Lecturers

Teaching on BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design is complemented by visiting lectures from a range of industry practitioners working across the design spectrum. Previous guest lecturers so far have included the likes of Max Gadney from design agency After the Flood and Hem Patel of Signal Noise.

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: W214
  • 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) Information and Interface 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 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry requirements (Home/EU and International)

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.

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
  • 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, view the Language Requirements section 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 the 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 students)

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 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:

  • Ideas generation; quality of ideas and expression of conceptual thinking
  • Research and its application (including sketchbooks)
  • Materials and media exploration and experimentation; experimentation and testing of materials in realisation of concepts
  • Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio; understanding application, subject, knowledge, and context

Personal statement

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in information and interface 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 is the most important part of your application.

You must clearly 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 10 images from 2 or 3 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.

Full portfolio

Applicants successful at the 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 and sketchbook work, as well as finished projects.

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.

Interview advice

Interviews will be held with two members of the course team and will be relatively informal.

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

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.

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:

  • Interface Designer
  • UX/UI Designer

  • Digital Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Information Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Digital Producer
  • Digital Project Manager

  • Digital Creative

  • Digital Art Director

  • Usability Consultant

  • Creative Technologist
  • Communications Writer
  • Social / Media Planner

  • Head of Design / Creative Director
  • Editorial Designer
  • Design Researcher

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.