London College of Communication's Design School is a dynamic and inclusive multidisciplinary community of internationally recognised educators, researchers and practitioners.
- We believe in design as site of action and agency to radically transform our world.
- We believe in the power of design to critique, confront and challenge inequalities.
- We believe in questioning geopolitical, socio-cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.
- We believe that design operates in an ecology beyond the human centric.
- We believe that learning is continuous, collaborative and creative.
- We believe in the power of making as critical practice and tangible intervention.
- We believe in embracing uncertainty through experimentation and risk-taking.
- We believe in the value of interrogating the past to shape our futures.
Provides guidance for embedding environmental and social design approaches and principles within the curriculum.
Projects created with diverse external communities and in collaboration with NGO and local organisations which reflect the Design School’s environmental and social design imperatives.
The Design School Collaborations celebrate projects and activities stemming from and taking place across and outside of the University, shining a new light on the critically engaged work.
Dr. Nicky Ryan
Dean of Design
As Dean of Design at LCC, Nicky leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses in graphic design communication; interaction design and visual communication; and branding and design innovation. "As a student in the Design School you will engage with the latest developments in professional practice, theory and research and develop transferable skills for employability and lifelong learning."
View Dr. Nicky Ryan's staff profile
Design School: Courses
Our School ethos builds on the aesthetic traditions of design practice and encourages experimentation, critique and innovation within the context of a post-digital culture. We believe in the power of design practice, design thinking and design research to effect strategic change, shape positive futures and produce cultural value.
International Studies and Progression
Branding and Design Innovation
Branding and Design Innovation celebrates the diversity of contemporary creative communication tools, visual practices and related outputs.
The programme explores and critiques design at its intersection with society, industry, enterprise and culture. Design is positioned as a collaborative and strategic practice that can inform, intervene and drive positive change.
Graphic Design Communication
Graphic Design Communication addresses a need for designers to operate within an increasingly dynamic range of visual communication environments.
The programme celebrates its ability to engage diverse audiences, tell compelling stories and expose unexpected connections through the utilisation of multiple forms and methods of communication.
Interaction Design and Visual Communication
Interaction Design and Visual Communication deploys experimental methods and expanded practices to interrogate and critique contemporary material culture.
The programme’s courses explore radical ways of working through, about and with design and technology in order to create previously inconceivable new realities for future creative practices, ecologies and societies.
- BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media
- BA (Hons) User Experience Design
- BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts
- MA Illustration and Visual Media
- MA Interaction Design Communication
- MA Service Design
- MA User Experience Design
Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS)
Students in the Design School can take part in the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), an optional year-long experiential learning opportunity, allowing you to undertake a variety of internships and professional experiences for a whole academic year in Year 3, as part of a four-year degree.
Design School – teaching staff
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Design Management
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts
Course Leader, MA Data Visualisation
Lecturer, Contextual and Theoretical Studies
Programme Director, International Study and Progression
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces
Senior Lecturer, Design School
Year 1 Coordinator, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design
Course Leader, MA Illustration and Visual Media
Programme Director, Graphic Design Communication
Associate Lecturer, MA Graphic Media Design
Lecturer, BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces
Design School: Stories
MA Graphic Branding and Identity students share creative talent with London College of Fashion
As part of a long-standing annual collaboration, students at London College of Communication were tasked with developing brand strategy for the 2019 undergraduate degree shows at London College of Fashion,
MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures students collaborate on public health project with Southwark Council
‘Design for Change, in our own neighbourhoods’ explored new opportunities for innovation in the borough.
Final year BA (Hons) Graphic Branding and Identity students collaborate with design agency Shift on brand strategy
As part of their Final Major Project, students pitched ideas and concepts for the visual identity of Better Everyday Takeaway, which aims to improve the health of families in Southwark and Lambeth.
London College of Communication’s Design School hosts Something or Other lecture series
Co-curated by staff and postgraduate students, Something or Other is an annual series of lectures, conversations and events which interrogates our social and political realities.