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Graduate Diploma in Design, Media and Screen

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Craig Green working in the studio, image credit Alys Tomlinson
, London College of Communication, UAL | Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
London College of Communication
Course length
30 weeks

Prepare for postgraduate study or up-skill for career progression on our Graduate Diploma: Design, Media and Screen. This course will enable you to construct and explore project ideas, conceptualise, and articulate project aspirations.

Course suspended for 22/23 entry

Please note that this course is suspended for recruitment to 2022/23 entry. Contact us if you have any questions about the course.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • The Graduate Diploma is offered in online mode, providing increased accessibility to education whether you’re based in the UK or overseas.
  • Working within an international community of online learners will enable you to develop your intercultural understanding – an essential skill for an increasingly globalised world.
  • You’ll have opportunities to enhance your academic and career progression through integrated ways of working across different disciplines. You might collaborate with industry and external practitioners, or develop projects around interests such as sustainability, climate change and social justice.
  • You’ll develop your understanding of how visual communication can be used to tell stories, engage with diverse audiences and reveal unexpected connections.
  • With access to a range of digital learning platforms, you’ll develop a technical skillset in a discipline associated with your chosen pathway.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Design, Media and Screen (online) is a 30 week, year-long course that supports graduates to be better prepared for postgraduate study.

Building on your existing technical/professional skillset, you’ll evolve your independent learning skills. You’ll be supported to develop effective methodologies and strategies for communication and thinking, and become familiar with ways of working at postgraduate level.

Course delivery is characterised by cross-disciplinary collaborative practice and research. An integrated approach to theory and practice within an ‘online community studio’ will provide opportunities for you to establish and share your theoretical references with other students from a diverse range of educational, social, and cultural backgrounds.

This will also enable you to critically understand your practice within Design, Media, and Screen.

You’ll follow 1 of 3 pathways to support your progression towards specialist Master‘s-level study:

  • Communication Design covers areas such as data, branding, art direction, illustration, advertising, photography and graphic design.
  • Extended Reality is a term which refers to real-and-virtual combined environments, and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables. This pathway covers areas such as augmented and virtual reality (VR), user experience, interaction and games design, and time-based media.
  • Media covers areas such as journalism, media cultures/communications, advertising, public relations and publishing.

Work experience and opportunities

The course is designed to enable you to construct and explore project ideas, to conceptualise, and to articulate aspirations for projects that can either support your progression to Master’s-level study, or help you ‘upskill’ for a career transition or progression into employment.

Mode of study

Graduate Diploma in Design, Media and Screen runs for 30 weeks in full-time mode and online.

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Course units

Research and Practice (20 Credits)

This unit will support you to develop your understanding of the role and value of various research methods. Through a particular focus on practice-based research and different methods of analysis, critique and contextual writing, you’ll explore a variety of approaches to research and its impact on practice.

Engaging with Practice (40 Credits)

With a focus on identifying and enhancing your individual interests, this unit will encourage reflective approaches that enable you to choose your postgraduate direction.

Emphasising the need for independent learning supported by both individual and group tutorials, you’ll be given opportunities to consolidate your practice and organise your learning through presentations and knowledge exchange with both visiting practitioners from industry and postgraduate tutors.

Project Development (40 Credits)

You’ll test and challenge your own practice, building on work developed in previous units. As part of this, you’ll be involved in a range of iterative experiments to help you critically reposition and contextualise your practice.

This unit will help to reinforce your own critical position in relation to your practice while offering the opportunity for you to position, consider or analyse work from a politically, socially and culturally informed standpoint.

Critical Contextualisation (20 Credits)

You’ll develop a multidisciplinary theoretical background that can critically contextualise, support and inform your Project Development Unit.

Supporting an integrated approach between research and practice, this unit will help you to develop academic language skills as well as research and analysis methods to help you to study on a range of postgraduate courses at London College of Communication. 

Learning and teaching methods

  • Online learning
  • Practice-based online workshops
  • Independent/collaborative working practices
  • Critical studio practice

Assessment methods

  • Digital submissions
  • Oral and visual presentations
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Research and process documents
  • Written work

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. Graduate Diploma in Design, Media and Screen attracts applicants from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Applicants will normally have a first degree or its equivalent. We welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds and in particular mature students. Your suitability for the course is assessed through our selection criteria.

An educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree from a relevant discipline;
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit, but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.

Selection criteria

Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:

A portfolio will be required to:

  • To show potential in the ability to develop work in a design, media or screen context through visual and or written language (composition, line, shape, form, scale, space, light, colour, texture, words and meaning); quality of ideas (conceptual evidence); use of materials and communication media.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate technical skills-base in a relevant discipline associated to your chosen pathway.
  • Critical knowledge and enthusiasm for your chosen discipline and the potential for research-led intellectual inquiry and reflective thought, through contextual awareness (professional, cultural, social, historical); evidence of research, analysis, development and evaluation (from previous academic study and employment)
  • An openness to new ideas and means of communication. The potential to evaluate an idea and make decisions based on that evaluation.
  • An ability for independent study, manage your own time and demonstration of a mature approach to creative practice through academic and/or professional work.

Fees and funding

Home fee


This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee


This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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