BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts

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Create. Experience. Communicate. BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts is a practice-led, experimental course focusing on the relationship between people and designed objects and experiences. It explores the communicative potential of physical experience. You will work with narrative, moving image and filmmaking, alongside processes such as design prototyping and physical computing.

Still from 'Firewalker' a film by LCC alumni Alejo Restreppo and Roger Gonzalez.
Work by Alejo Restreppo and Roger Gonzalez.

Two LCC alumni create a visual tribute to funk band Jungle Fire - LCC Blog.

Students present work at a Science Museum Late event – LCC Blog.

Paper City by student Maciek Janicki

An introduction to BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts

Science Museum Lates takeover - read more on the LCC Blog

Peter the Eater by student Florence Creffield

The Rooftopline by student Romain Meunier

Funding opportunities

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Facts

Course Leader

Joel Karamath

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 (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW280
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content

Interaction design requires designers to work fluidly in a multidisciplinary design environment across narrative, moving image and film-making, alongside processes such as design prototyping and physical computing. Interaction designers increasingly work at the intersection of the physical and the digital and often work at the research and development stage of innovative products, services and communications.

BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts is a multidisciplinary design course working with multiple mediums to craft purposeful communication and experience. Students are encouraged to actively play as they pursue projects through a core methodology of research, testing and iterative prototyping.

This is a practice-led course exploring the communicative potential of physical experience. Focusing on the relationships between people, designed objects and experiences, students will work with interaction, narrative and moving image, alongside processes such as design prototyping, film-making, coding and physical computing.

You will develop a personal perspective from which to answer complex design problems, embracing approaches such as critical design and exploring design for social change.

What can you expect?

Working within the philosophy of 'high-tech, low-tech and no-tech' students are encouraged to pursue projects that put people at the centre of their design and arts practice. As well as developing personal work, students have the opportunity to regularly collaborate with local communities on long-term human-centred projects.

Our specialist studios are constructed as a designer’s playground that will nurture and encourage creativity and learning through the formation of a community of practice. There is also access to traditional media such as letterpress, printmaking and photography.

Drawing on a tradition of dynamism, exploration, prototyping and experimentation, students of BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts are taught that the only boundaries are those set by the imagination and that creative ideas hold sway over technology. Students on the course understand that design impacts the world at large and that they have a responsibility for the wider issues of sustainability and social inclusiveness.

You will graduate from your studies able to approach industry with the confidence of being able to negotiate many specialisms across the full media spectrum. You will leave with a wide range of technical, intellectual and design skills that will ensure you are ready to work in this challenging and exciting area of contemporary design.

Learning and teaching

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.

Assessment

We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.

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. 

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) Interaction Design Arts qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year One: (Meaning and Play)

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits)
  • Exploration and Play (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)
  • High Tech, Low Tech, No Tech (40 credits)

Year Two: (Interaction Perspectives)

Units Summary: 

  • Desire Lines and Affordance (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • Expanded Cinema and Physical Computing (40 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 Three: (Research and Practice)

Units Summary: 

Route A:

  • Major Studio Project (60 credits)
  • Minor Studio Project (20 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (40 credits)

or

Route B:

  • Major Studio Project (60 credits)
  • Minor Studio Project (20 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (20 credits)
  • Additional Minor Studio Project (20 credits)

Staff

Course Leader: Joel Karamath

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

Careers

Careers include:

  • Interaction Designer
  • Exhibition Designer

  • Design Researcher

  • Futures Foresight Researcher
  • Service Designer
  • Products R&D

  • Digital Designer

  • Interactive Designer
Motion
  • Graphic Designer

  • Producer

  • Project Manager

  • Creative (General)

  • Art Director

  • Communications Writer
  • Social / Media Planner

  • Head of Design / Creative Director
  • Creative Technologist

Enterprise and Jobs 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) Interaction Design Arts course, 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 other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

The subjects the course team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging: your A levels (or equivalents) would ideally be achieved at grade C or above and may include English, History, Media, Business, Art and Design or other subjects within Social Sciences.

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 interaction 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: W280
  • 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) Interaction 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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