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Summer Study Abroad - Media, Culture and Communications
London College of Communication
Open to all levels

This summer school introduces students to key concepts for studying media, communications and cultural institutions and practices. Through a series of detailed case studies, the course explores the relationship between technological, social, economic and political factors in the evolution of mediated communication and culture.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Next start dates:

Our next date for this course will be in Summer 2022. Register for updates.

Why choose Media, Culture and Communications?

This course is ideal for you if you are heading for a career in media, communications or the cultural industries. It will also be useful for you if you are thinking about further study in this area.

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of five Practices that make up the expanded field of Media, Culture and Communications at London College of Communication.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0 (list of language equivalencies). The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

Course Aims

  • Enable you to develop a critical understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in the field of media, cultural and communications studies
  • Explore the social, historical and economic context of the transformations in media and communications practices and industries and their impact on contemporary cultures and societies
  • Develop your understanding of a range of contemporary media, cultural and communications practices
  • Support you to be able to present your research and ideas confidently – in writing, face-to-face and online

Learning Outcomes 

  • Be aware of the economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, and the role of such industries in contemporary political and cultural life
  • Critically analyse the theoretical issues that inform the media and cultural studies discipline
  • An ability to locate and evaluate information from a range of written and / or visual sources
  • An ability to communicate ideas and arguments in an academic form

Tutor information

Chris Sams

Chris is an Associate Lecturer for BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies. Chris studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art specialising in film-making, and completed an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction at South Bank University, focussing on interface design and technical authorship. He has used these skills to work in information management and marketing for software houses in London and also worked as a film researcher and film editor in a number of places including the BBC.

Chris has taught a broad range of subjects including media and cultural studies, documentary film-making, fine art, animation, journalism and social sciences. His special areas of interest include: digital interactive media and, currently, aspects of psychogeography and film. Chris has exhibited in various venues including the ICA, the South Bank Gallery and the Milch, working mostly in the area of performance and fine art. Chris is currently undertaking a number of film and walking projects centred on the East End of London with a collective called the Josef Konrad Group, who have recently shown at the Old Operating Theatre Museum, London.

Dr Charlie Oughton

Charlie is an Associate Lecturer in BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures, BA (Hons) Media Communications and BA (Hons) Live Events and Television.

Charlie teaches film, television, social media, social research, gaming and cultural analysis. Specialising in media depictions of taboo, Charlie has contributed to a number of books on gender in cinema as well as to several journals on cultural appreciations of true crime. He is also active in the media industry and has contributed commentary materials to home entertainment releases in addition to the co-organisation of arts events including London Horror Festival.

A journalist, Charlie also contributes to publications including Real Crime MagazineSciFi NowStarburst and Ain’t It Cool News, as well as having served on the juries for the Melies d'Argent Film Award and the British Horror Film Festival. His broadcast credits include BBC News and The Voice of Russia.

Charlie tours film studies cabaret lectures at film festivals, performs vaudeville-style spoken word events on local history and has recently returned to acting via appearances in film.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: Dates to be scheduled  for 2022. Register for updates.

Cost: To be confirmed

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 Weeks

Location: Elephant & Castle - SE1


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day of the course:

  • Laptop if you have one.
  • Pens/pencils
  • A4 Notebook

Items can also be purchased from the college shop as needed.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarship

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Scholarship for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

Find out how to apply

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The scholarships cover the tuition-fee only and depend on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Scholarship winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad and the scholarship scheme.

Course handbook

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Media, Culture and Communication Summer Study Abroad PDF [456kb].

Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.‌

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