BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design

Design. Code. Use. BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design is a specialised design-led, digitally-focused course exploring user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design for current and emerging technologies. Building on a foundational practice of graphic design, you’ll embrace the digital skills of coding, motion graphics and information design, preparing you to work in specialised screen-based areas such as design for the web, app design and interactive data visualisation. Designers with these skills are in great demand and this course will enable you to design for emerging areas like wearable technology, augmented reality and the internet of things.

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.

Additional costs: 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

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

Interview with Programme Director Ben Stopher about the new course - LCC Blog.

Graphic work created by a range of Diploma for Professional Studies students.

Funding opportunities

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Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

John Fass

Course Location

London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (to be confirmed 2017/18)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (to be confirmed 2017/18)

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineApplications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW214
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content

BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design 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.

Interface design is growing enormously as digital products and services proliferate at ever increasing speed via the spread of digital devices and the internet. This demands designers who have
 a strong user-centred understanding of visual information and information design, and who also understand how to creative compelling micro narratives bringing information environments to life.

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

To work in these areas in a design-led way the course introduces you to the core competencies of graphic and information design, alongside animation for design and coding for the web. One of the most fundamental skills of a designer working is in this area is the ability to coherently structure visual information and you will work on set projects that develop this ability as well as an applied digital skill set.

Year Two

In Year Two you will build on this and start to explore more complex interactivity and larger data sets. This leaves you in a strong position for the UX, UI design studio where you can apply both design and digital skills, producing web interface and app solutions. At the end of this year you look at applying 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 - 164KB) for more details.

Year Three

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

The digital industries demands designers that have a strong user-centered understanding of visual information and information design and who also understand how to creative compelling micro narratives bringing information environments to life and BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design provides an opportunity to study in an applied context highly aligned to professional practice.

Structure

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.

Staff

Course Leader:John Fass

Senior Lecturer: Tobias Revell

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinators: Dr. Mark Ingham and Dr. Ian Horton

Careers

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

Enterprise and Employability at UAL

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:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

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 direct 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/International/EU)

For admission to BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design, applicants need:

240 UCAS tariff points, but a minimum of 160 UCAS tariff points (gained at GCE Advanced Level) will be considered, supported by passes in five subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

A typical applicant might have:

  • GCE A Levels (or equivalent) ideally achieved at grade C or above, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
    OR
  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
  • National Diploma, Access, or NVQ

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 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.

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.

Student Selection Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria.

The team will consider 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.

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 the following, through development work, as well as completed projects:

  • 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 sketchbooks); systematic identification and investigation of appropriate resources.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Next steps

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 on the course.

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

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.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W214
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC

International Applicants

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.

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

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.

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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