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Graduate Diploma in Design, Media and Screen

Student working on their laptop with sketch books on the desk
Craig Green working in the studio, image credit Alys Tomlinson
, London College of Communication, UAL | Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2022
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.

Subject to validation

Please note this course is subject to validation. This is the process by which we ensure the course provides a high-quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please 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.

Open Evenings

The next online Open Day for this course will be on Tuesday 14 December at 1.30pm.

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.

Contact us

For queries relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students.

To register your interest and receive information and updates about studying at UAL, please complete this form.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for or to ask a question, please contact us.

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

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

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.

Making your application

All applications will be considered by the course team who will consider key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • First, they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and portfolio
  • There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Required information for all Postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Extra information required for application to this course

  • Portfolio

Start your application now

The online application can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you press submit.

Apply now

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on Graduate Diploma Design Media and Screen. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply by 12 January 2022 for Round 1 or by 13 April 2022 for Round 2. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

All applications will be considered by the course team who will consider key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • First, they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and portfolio
  • There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Required information for all Postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Extra information required for application to this course

  • Portfolio

Start your application now

There are two ways international students can apply:

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you press submit.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on Graduate Diploma Design Media and Screen. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply by 12 January 2022 for Round 1 or by 13 April 2022 for Round 2. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.

Please add @arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.

Log into the portal, as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, and you can contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

Portfolio 

All applications submitted must be supported by a digital portfolio of work to be considered for review.

Your digital portfolio should be in the form of up to 20 images of your work. Label your work carefully with your name, plus titles if appropriate.

Please note, if uploading any text examples as part of the portfolio, they should be saved as an image and then uploaded, or alternatively the text can be pasted into an image title text box (no character limit).

Applicants from non-design backgrounds can include:

  • Descriptions of any professional projects.
  • Documentation of work where possible including reports, presentations or research projects for which they have been responsible.

Interview

Some applicants may be invited to an interview. Interviews will be held online, and details sent via the UAL Portal. If you are invited, you will be asked to discuss your portfolio of work.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. If you would like to request feedback – if you are a Home or EU applicant please email lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk or if International applicant email: lcc.international@arts.ac.uk. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,240

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 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 resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£18,890

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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