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Summer Study Abroad - Design Management
London College of Communication
Open to all levels

An intensive, immersive course where you will apply critical thinking and design research methods to a range of projects and collaborations that address social, business and environmental needs.

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 are thinking about a career in design management


you have an interest in art and design


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

Why choose Design Management?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of the undergraduate Design Management programme here at London College of Communication.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing in the field; 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.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

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

Course details

This course is taught through a series of lecture, seminar and workshop settings. Students will study through researching several sectors, including fashion, retail, and technology. We will introduce you to critical and cultural theories and design research methods. You will apply your research to live projects and collaborations in a learn-by-doing studio format. You will develop the core skills in creative and critical thinking. You will gain understanding of context, entrepreneurship, communications, and management skills. This will prepare you for practice in the real world. Practical work and theory are supported by the development of technical expertise. You are going to communicate ideas into a body of work to show potential employers.

Learning outcomes

  • An ability to research ideas that can be developed into a business model canvas (Enquiry)
  • Experiment and evaluate methods and results (Process)
  • A knowledge of design thinking process and methods of project working (Knowledge)
  • An ability to communicate ideas and concepts through a presentation of a final project (Communication)

Tutor information

Robert Urquhart

Robert Urquhart has been a lecturer on BA (Hons) Design Management at UAL London College of Communication for over five years which has ranged from 1st-year teaching to assessing and grading final degree work. He has also guest taught on both BA and MA courses throughout UAL and also online. Outside of teaching, Robert is also a contributing-editor at Elephant Magazine, D&AD award winning writer, copywriter and strategic consultant.

Robert studied fine art before moving in to sound design, producing sound effects for animations on Channel 4 Learning. He then went on to curate an art gallery and to host music events in London. From there, he moved into large-scale music festival production, as well as research and development for technology start-ups.

In 2005, Robert started writing for design magazines and working in viral advertising as a copywriter. Bringing skills in production and knowledge of design together, in 2010 Robert worked for the London Design Festival heading up the new online vision.

Since then Robert has travelled a lot, lectured, written as a freelance journalist and futurist for many of the world's leading design press, worked as a copywriter and, latterly, as a strategic consultant working with product designers and architects.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

This course is not running for summer 2022.


You may find it helpful to bring:

  • A laptop (if you are able)
  • Notepad and pens/pencils

Please note items can also be purchased from the college shop if 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.

Design Management

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    Graphic design installation by Ngoc (Sam) Trieu 2017
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    Image credit: Betty Zapata 2019
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    Image credit: Adam Razvi 2019
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    Interactive lounge at BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures final show, 2017. Image © Lewis Bush

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