- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length1 year
Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen
For International applicants only, this exciting and challenging course allows you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential in design, media and screen. Choose from a range of pathways including; graphic design, advertising, journalism, branded spaces, public relations, illustration, animation, film, and photography.
About this course
The course’s blended learning approach combines online and workshop learning modes. You will also undertake a major project in a specialist area of your choice, designed to ensure you are fully prepared for the first year of your undergraduate degree at LCC.
Successful completion of this course will guarantee the offer of a place on an undergraduate course at LCC.
Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of media and to mix traditional methods of making with digital and interactive processes. You'll have access to our facilities including letterpress, 3D workshop, printmaking, photographic and television studios.
New course for September 2018
Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high-quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.
For International applicants only, this exciting and challenging course encourages you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential in design, media and screen.
The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing, and a key to this is the range of industry standard technical facilities available to prepare students.
You'll be encouraged to explore a wide range of media and to mix and match traditional methods of making with digital and interactive elements. You'll have access to our digital workshops including coding and prototyping, letterpress, 3D workshop, printmaking, photographic and television studios.
Access to lectures from visiting industry speakers will introduce you to the professional world and raise awareness for your future career choices.
London College of Communication has a broad range of subjects and expertise across our Design School, Media School and Screen School which means that you'll be fully prepared for the first year of your undergraduate degree.
You'll choose from a range of pathways including graphic design, advertising, journalism, branded spaces, public relations, illustration, animation, film, and photography.
You'll be encouraged to consider which pathway is most suited to your talents and potential and you'll undertake a major project in the specialist area of your choice. The course will provide you with the essential skills to be curious, brave and committed to your chosen pathway.
All students who successfully complete the course will be guaranteed an offer of a place on an undergraduate course at London College of Communication. Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer on a specific course of your choosing, we will ensure you are offered a place on a relevant course at LCC. This course will depend on your portfolio and the interests you develop during the year.
Block One: Introduction and Specialist Studies
Unit One: Introduction to Study in Design, Media and Screen (20 credits)
This unit gives you the opportunity to consider which specialist pathway is most suited to your talents and potential. It provides a broad introduction to studio practice in a carousel of specialist workshops delivered over three weeks.
You'll experience a mix of studio classes, lectures and blended online learning: digital software, contextual and research activities; which will encourage experimentation, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity. This first unit will introduce you to all three specialist areas at London College of Communication: Design, Media or Screen.
Academic Language and Communication for Undergraduate Study (20 credits)
This unit will prepare you for the range of undergraduate degree programmes at LCC using online community platforms, you'll acquire academic, literacy and study skills.
Students will enhance their language proficiency and understanding of academic conventions. You'll be supported in becoming a self-directed learner and will gain transferable language and learning skills to prepare for undergraduate university study.
Contextual and Theoretical Studies for Design, Media and Screen (20 credits)
This unit aims to prepare students for the theoretical study of communication in design, media and screen.
Through a mixture of study trips, lectures, workshops, guest speakers and seminars, you'll be introduced to the concepts and methods which shape the broad discipline of contextual and theoretical studies. You'll acquire critical, academic, communication and analytical skills that are essential to study on a range of undergraduate programmes at LCC.
Halfway through Block One students will progress to the most suitable pathway:
- Specialist Studies: Design (20 credits) – will provide you with a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches relevant to the design industry. You'll work in a progressively independent manner and apply the knowledge and experience gained in the previous units. You'll conduct and evaluate research, develop ideas and learn to employ the appropriate techniques for the presentation of ideas within the context of design. Further software training will be delivered online.
- Specialist Studies: Media (20 credits) – will introduce a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches within the Media School to develop a preparatory body of knowledge and skill. It will introduce the importance of research as the basis for the creative development of ideas for a range of media communication. You'll carry out and evaluate original research, develop ideas and make use of the appropriate techniques for visual and written presentation.
- Specialist Studies: Screen (20 credits) – will provide a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches relevant to the screen industry, such as film, television, animation and games design. You'll conduct and evaluate research, develop ideas and learn to employ the appropriate techniques for the presentation of ideas within the context of screen communication.
Block Two: Progression and Theoretical Contexts
Personal Progression Project (40 credits) – This unit supports a more independent learning approach. You'll produce a substantial body of work that showcases your particular interests and area of intended progression. This takes the form of a studio exhibition and presentation, supported by a visual and written research report.
Building on knowledge gained in previous units, you'll use a range of research methods and applications in the development and evaluation of ideas, using online platforms, visual communication tools and the presentation of concepts in the studio.
During this unit, you'll take part in collaborative workshops to develop technical skills, teamwork and to stimulate disruptive creative problem-solving.
From traditional crafts like letterpress to the latest in 3D printing, you'll have access to an extensive range of facilities at LCC.
Have a look around the places and spaces that make up LCC and get an idea of what it's like to be here.
We have a whole range of collections, services and facilities to support your written and practice-based work. Find library locations and opening times across UAL.
How to apply
Applying for the course
After you have made your application, you will be asked to supply your portfolio, either electronically or asked to bring your portfolio with you for an interview in person.
The International Admissions Team are available to help and guide you through the application process for London College of Communication.
If you need course and admissions information or help with your application, please contact us by telephone or online:
- Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 6930 (Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm)
- Online Course enquiry form
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For further details on how to apply as an international applicant please visit our UAL International student pages.
The course team are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. This course supports progression to our undergraduate courses at London College of Communication.
A typical applicant might have:
- 64 new UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent
- GCE A Levels (or equivalent) ideally achieved at grade C or above, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above
Applicants might also have overseas qualifications or others:
- International or European Baccalaureate Diploma
- UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
- Access to HE Diploma
- BTEC Extended Diploma
- Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications
We also welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, a previous degree in any subject, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in the industry.
English Language Requirements
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.
Please note: You must take the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI, no other test can be accepted.
The English level required by the University for this course is:
IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill.
Following achievement of the Certificate in Higher Education, enrolment onto our undergraduate degree courses requires the following English level:
- For degree courses requiring a portfolio, IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill)
- For degree courses not requiring a portfolio, IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill): BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, BA (Hons) Public Relations.
Students may be eligible to join the UAL pre-sessional English language course to achieve the required level.
Student selection - what do we look for?
As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a full portfolio of work. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.
However, applicants may be invited to interview in person at the College, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.
The course admissions tutors 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 the quality of the uploaded portfolio.
- They will consider your qualifications (or projected results).
- They will review your academic or personal references.
Personal statement advice
This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you have a broad interest in the arts, media and current affairs and that you can investigate and evidence research.
You should also demonstrate a focused interest in a particular area of design, media or screen subjects and show 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 your statement 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 explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.
Your portfolio of work is an important part of your application and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work on completed projects.
You are required to present a digital portfolio with a maximum of 20 images that you consider would help support your application.
Applicants from non-design backgrounds can include:
- Descriptions of any professional projects
- Documentation of work where possible including reports, presentations or research projects for which you have been responsible
If you are uploading text examples as part of your portfolio, it should be saved as an image and then uploaded, or alternatively, the text can be pasted into an image title text box (no character limit).
A reference is required from your current school or college; describing your suitability for the course, and any other relevant information. You will be asked to provide details of a referee, as part of your application.
Student Selection Criteria
The portfolio and details on your application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:
- Visual language: quality of structure, use of line, shape - 2D or 3D, form, scale, space, light, colour, texture and time.
- Ideas generation: quality of ideas and thought process, expression of design thinking.
- Research and its application (including images from sketchbooks): evidence of investigation and use of appropriate resources.
- Materials, media exploration and experimentation; experimentation and testing of materials to achieve outcomes.
- Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio; understanding and application of subject knowledge and context.
What happens next?
We invite all offer holders to come to LCC to attend one of our Offer Holder Days. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action. Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.
Deferring an offer
If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. International applicants should pay the deposit in order to defer. Deferred places will be held for one year.
Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)
International applicants are not able to make a deferred application.
Fees and funding
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.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
All students who successfully complete the course will be guaranteed an offer of a place on an undergraduate course at London College of Communication.
Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer on a specific course of your choosing, we will ensure you are offered a place on a relevant course at LCC. This course will depend on your portfolio and the interests you develop during the year.