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London College of Communication

David Sims

Programme Director, International Study and Progression
London College of Communication
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David is the Programme Director for International Study and Progression at London College of Communication, where he manages both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the programme.

Previous posts include Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design and Principal Lecturer on the FdA Design for Graphic Communication at LCC, as well as a combination of roles in both course management and teaching at FE level.

David’s continuing research output has focused on the use of technology in learning and teaching. He recently worked with the Institute of Education on exploring best practice approaches to assessment in pre-degree arts qualifications. David is currently working with Dr Rebecca Bramall at LCC and Dr Liam Stanley from the University of Sheffield on Reimagining Taxation: Annual Tax Summaries.

David collaborated with the UAL Awarding Body on a review of the Art and Design Key Stage 4 specifications for GCSE and A-level. David is currently working with the UAL Awarding Body on the redevelopment of the Level 3 Diploma and Extended in Creative Media.

David has recently undertaken a Knowledge Exchange sabbatical at Beyond Words Studio. Beyond Words sits at the intersection of journalism and data visualisation. Their practice is based around multidisciplinary teams unified by a single goal – to combine data and design to create compelling, human-centered narratives.

The objectives of David’s sabbatical were to gain a better understanding of the design process and workflow of data story-telling within the public and private sector. By engaging with market-leading and innovative practices in industry David has enhanced the knowledge base within the university of current developments within design industry and practice.

This will feed into his work on courses across the Graphic Design Communication programme, and particularly his role on the forthcoming MA in Data Visualisation – a new addition to the Design School’s portfolio running from September 2018.

During his time at Beyond Words Studio David gained hands-on experience and insight through his involvement in a range of projects for high profile organisations including the Gates Foundation and Google. He also developed new networks between professional and academic practice.

His experience has informed conversations both within the university and with industry about how we can work together to support students and graduates achieving both academic and professional ambitions.

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View the Level 3: International: Introduction to the Study of Design, Media and Screen course page.

View the Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen course page.

View the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course page.

View the MA Graphic Media Design course page.

View the Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication course page.

View the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication course page.

View the MA Data Visualisation course page.