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Level 3: International Introduction to the Study of Design, Media and Screen

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Canyu Fang, Level 3: International Introduction to the Study of Design, Media and Screen, London College of Communication, UAL.
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2021
Course length
1 year

This one-year course for international students is a practical and theoretical preparation for undergraduate courses in Design, Media, and Screen at London College of Communication. The course supports applications to a range of undergraduate courses including; Graphic and Media Design, Games Design, Advertising, Journalism, Design for Branded Spaces, Illustration and Visual Media, Animation, Film Practice, and Photography.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course will be announced soon.

A recording of our latest online Open Day for this course is available watch online.

Please note

This course is for international students only. The course is one academic year in duration and NQF level 3.

Student work

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Course overview

This exciting and comprehensive course is based at London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, a vibrant and multicultural area with links to a worldwide network of creative industries.

Workshop and studio-based learning allows students to explore a range of 2D, 3D and digital media. The course encourages a multidisciplinary approach, and provides each student with the opportunity to experiment, and discover their preferred media and pathway.

Visiting professional practitioners and study trips to galleries and museums enrich the understanding of this dynamic multicultural capital and its creative industries.

Successful completion of the course provides students with the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate course at LCC. A very small number of students, in exceptional circumstances, may progress to our Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen, where it is in the interests of the student to develop their skills further before undertaking a degree.

Please note: The course is one academic year in duration and NQF level 3.

On the course

This course has been developed to help students develop their skills and creative thinking in preparation for undergraduate study in the school of Design, Media or Screen at London College of Communication. Tutors provide advice and guidance based on performance on the course, to support students in deciding which undergraduate course is most suitable.

Examples of courses students can progress to within the Design School include:

Examples of courses students can progress to within the Media School include:

Examples of courses students can progress to within the Screen School include:

Language support

English language support and academic writing guidance are provided throughout the course and are fully integrated into the programme, ensuring that students are well prepared for study at undergraduate level.

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 dates

Please note that course dates have been revised for 2020/21 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Autumn Term:

Monday 19 October 2020 – End dates to be confirmed

Spring Term:

To be confirmed

Summer Term:

To be confirmed

Course units

Unit summary:

  • Academic Study Skills for Design, Media and Screen - Inductions (20 credits)

This unit provides an introduction to the course, the academic and support team, and to London College of Communication. During this time students start to learn their way around the college, the area where they live and around London itself.

Inductions are provided in a range of college-wide workshops that are available to Level 3: International Introduction to Design, Media and Screen students including printmaking, photography, letterpress and 3D, following which, students are able to explore and use them independently.

This unit is diagnostic, exploring a range of media and processes to facilitate students in making an informed decision regarding their future progression. Students are introduced to a variety of academic skills that they will be required to develop on the course, including research (primary and secondary) idea development, reflection, independent study and outcome production.

  • Academic English Language for HE Study (20 credits)

This unit supports students in acquiring and developing their academic English language skills including academic writing, research, and presentation skills, in preparation for undergraduate study. Students are also supported in developing their language proficiency and understanding and practice of UAL and UK academic conventions and standards.

Students are required to complete a series of written assignments, and also have the option to take the UAL Progress Test at the end of term three if required, in order to meet the minimum entry requirements for undergraduate study at UAL.

  • Cultural and Contextual Studies for Design, Media, and Screen (20 credits)

This unit requires students to undertake a personal, independent study, investigating the work of others from both historical and contemporary specialist fields. Students are supported in exploring a range of research methods, and in developing their written and oral communication skills.

Through a series of lectures, visits, seminars and written assignments, the unit encourages students to make connections to wider social and cultural debates, developing academic skills and knowledge, in preparation for studying at undergraduate level.

  • Introduction to HE Studies in Design, Media, and Screen (40 credits)

This unit is an intensive period of study which allows students to experiment and collaborate, and to explore ideas, materials and media, relevant to their interests. Students undertake a series of practical projects that focus on their chosen area of study within design, media or screen.

All students are encouraged to work in a multidisciplinary way, and to research, develop and evaluate ideas; building a portfolio of work appropriate for undergraduate interview.

Each student is expected to maintain a comprehensive online reflective journal, and to develop a series of sketchbooks. Students learn the key skills of time management and effective self-directed learning, which are essential for successful undergraduate study. All projects are underpinned by the use of the practical workshops within London College of Communication.

Students who choose to focus on design explore a range of disciplines within the field including still and motion graphics, typography, illustration, design for branded spaces and design for art direction. Students develop their 2D and 3D making skills, and are encouraged to research and develop ideas using sketchbooks.

Students who choose to focus on media explore areas such as journalism, advertising, public relations and photography. Students develop their research skills, and their practical, technical and theoretical knowledge.

Students who choose to focus on screen-based work have the opportunity to explore animation, games design and filmmaking. The set projects encourage the exploration of narrative ideas using photography, storyboards, and film. Students have access to digital imaging resources that, with support from their tutors, will facilitate the production of still and moving image-based work.

  • Personal Project (20 credits)

In this unit, students propose and undertake a personal project (agreed with their tutor) which culminates in an end of year exhibition; a celebration of their achievement. Students are expected to combine all of the learning, skills, and experience they have acquired so far, in order to develop a body of work that demonstrates readiness to progress to a suitable undergraduate course at London College of Communication.

Studio Lecturers

Lucy Orr
Paula Nessick

Academic English Language Lecturer

Gemma Whittel

Associate Lecturers

Chris de Selincourt
Kasia Piechota
Dominic Dyson

Programme Director

David Sims

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 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

Successful completion of school education including a certificate of achievement to at least Level 2 (GCSE equivalent).

A reference from your current school or college; describing your suitability to your chosen pathway, your commitment, and any other relevant information.

Please note: A portfolio of work is required as part of your application.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is:

  • IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill)

Please note: You must take the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI, no other test can be accepted.

Visit the UAL Language Requirements page for further information.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) 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.

All students who successfully complete the course will be guaranteed an offer of a place on an undergraduate course at London College of Communication.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer on a specific course of your choosing, we will ensure you are offered a place on a relevant course at the College. This chosen course will depend on your portfolio and the interests you develop during the year.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

There are two ways international students can apply:

After you have made your application, you will be asked to upload an electronic portfolio, and you may be asked to show it at an online/telephone interview. Details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Application deadline

There is no application deadline for this course. Applications are considered throughout the year and until the course is full.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

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.

Making your application

After you apply

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.

If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Visas and Immigration

Applicants who will need a Student Visa should check the Visas and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the academic team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

Portfolio advice

Applicants to all pathway areas of study will be asked to upload an electronic portfolio of work (maximum of 20 images) - moving images, still images or audio clips.

In your portfolio, you should include any examples of relevant work that you think shows us your interest in and commitment to the relevant pathway area of study.

You can include your visual arts work from school or college, or any other projects you have worked on, for example:

  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Visual research images
  • Blogs
  • Digital layouts
  • Research for a written piece

Media communications pathway applicants:

If you are applying to the Media Communications pathway area of study, please submit a combination of both visual images and written work evidencing writing and research activities showing interest and engagement with the area of study.

(If uploading written work, this should be saved and then uploaded as an image, or the text can be pasted into an image title text box.)

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through your portal. We look forward to receiving your application and reviewing your work.

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 – please email 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

International fee

£18,300 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. Read more advice for EU students.

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Careers and alumni

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a qualification and have the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate course at London College of Communication, provided you meet all the conditions of your offer.

The course you are offered will be dependent on the quality of the work you have done throughout the course. For some undergraduate courses a portfolio will be required, and for other courses, there may be a written test. All applicants who apply to an undergraduate course at LCC from this course will be interviewed by an International Academic Coordinator.

For those students who make satisfactory achievements in all parts of the course but have difficulty with the English language, there may be a possibility of improving your English language level through attendance and achievement on the Pre-sessional Academic English Programme (PAEP) language course run by the Language Centre at UAL.

Alternatively, you can take an external four skills English tests such as IELTS or PTE. More information can be found on the Language Requirements page.