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BA (Hons) User Experience Design

Inês Araújo, 2020. BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design, UAL.
College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
I140

BA (Hons) User Experience Design is a practice-led and digitally focused course that explores the various dimensions of designing for user experience.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • You will discover the significant role design has in crafting the digital interfaces, platforms and emerging technologies that impact our daily lives.
  • Learn to specialise in the use of a various techniques, methods and materials that enable you to be a hands-on creative practitioner and maker.
  • You will build interfaces using prototyping tools and web technologies, master and manipulate data with code and create sensor-driven interactive environments and artefacts.
  • You will be encouraged to develop as an individual and practitioner through challenging briefs and contact with highly skilled staff, numerous visiting lecturers and industry partners.
  • Throughout the course you will develop a rigorous foundation of knowledge and critical analysis skills that enable you to contribute to debates on contemporary issues in design and wider fields.

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course will be on Thursday 20 May. Book your place now.

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

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Find out more about studying BA (Hons) User Experience Design

We speak to Course Leader Gareth Foote, current students and graduates about their experiences on the course.

Student work

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    , Mateusz Gryta, 2020. BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design, UAL.
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    , Winona Sara Er, 2020. BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design, UAL.
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    , Vishal Mayo, 2020. BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design, UAL.
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    , Behind the scenes of Fabio Amelia’s DanceScore project. A system designed as an easy and quick way of creating a visual representation of a dance choreography.
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    , David Valente, 2020. BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design, UAL.

Hauntology

Work by Luke Whetton.

Paintings and Books

Work by Ying-Ting Chiu.

Exposing Unsecured CCTV Interface Film

Work by Fisnik Islami.

Student voice: Kimron Bansel

Graduate Kimron Bansel talks through her final major project and her time studying at London College of Communication.

Student voice: Giulia Monterrosa

Meet Giulia Monterrosa, a recent graduate of BA (Hons) User Experience Design. Here Giulia explains her project and talks about her time on the course.

Student voice: Antoine Hacheme

BA (Hons) Information and Interface Design student Antoine Hacheme talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2018.

Facilities

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    Student in Creative Technology Lab, 2020. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Tim Boddy
    3D Workshop

    View images and find out about the range of tools and technologies on offer.

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    Students in the Digital Space. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
    The Digital Space

    The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

  • Students using the computers in the Digital Space
    Student in Creative Technology Lab, 2020. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Tim Boddy
    Creative Technology Lab

    A multi-purpose space that supports students with: Creative Coding, Physical Computing, Projection Mapping, Games, and Virtual Reality.

Course overview

BA (Hons) User Experience Design is a practice-led course that focusses on the role interfaces and computational technologies play in shaping contemporary culture. 

You will become skilled in numerous practical and creative design methods that enable you to create informed and experimental user experiences.

What can you expect?

  • You will learn to use code, data and other digital materials alongside traditional design methods to realise your creative ambitions.
  • This comprehensive design practice will enable you to design, prototype and build user interfaces, data visualisations, responsive installation pieces and other user-driven interactive experiences.
  • You will also have the opportunity and support to address emerging technologies such as extended reality (XR), wearable technology, digital fabrication and artificial intelligence within a design context.
  • The course encourages a rigorous approach to research, encouraging a deep knowledge of existing digital technologies, platforms and tools - asking how or why they are used and what the resulting personal and social implications are.
  • The course prepares students for numerous roles in an emerging and expanding professional field in the creative industries or further post-graduate education.

Work experiences and opportunities

There are opportunities to work on industry and live briefs at different times during your studies.

You will be encouraged to take a critical and experimental approach to briefs reflecting the value young innovative designers provide to industry. You will work with partners from the creative industries as well professionals and experts from various fields that can benefit from user experience design.

The course is in regular contact with businesses in the creative and technology sectors who are recruiting for graduate schemes and junior design roles.

Guest speakers are also regularly invited to come in and provide insight and advice to students. There is an opportunity for a short exchange with a European institution and also an industry placement year (Diploma for Professional Studies).

Course Structure

The academic year for this course is divided into 2 blocks.

The 1st block is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to mid-February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

The 2nd block is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Mode of Study

BA (Hons) User Experience Design runs for 93 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 33 weeks.

Course units

In 2019 UAL declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to ‘make sustainability a required part of the student learning experience’. In response to the climate and ecological crisis the Design School set in place an ambitious Sustainability Action Plan to fully embed responsible practices within the curriculum and in everything we do.

As part of this initiative we have updated our course handbooks against a set of social and environmental sustainability principles to ensure that learning outcomes reflect the urgent need to equip students with the understanding, skills and values to foster a more sustainable planet. Our aim is to change the way students think and to empower them to work towards a sustainable future. 

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit-rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) User Experience Design qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. 

Year 1

Introduction to User Experience Design (20 credits)

This unit introduces you to the subject specialisms of BA (Hons) User Experience Design as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level.

It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent and collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development.

Information Visualisation and Typography (40 credits)

This unit introduces you to the foundational practice of graphic design and specifically the practice of information visualisation and typography.

You will be introduced to how formal graphic elements such as geometric forms and shapes are combined to produce meaningful visual messages in the broader context of visual communication.

Animation and Coding for the Web (40 credits)

This unit introduces you to the practices of designing and coding for the web.

You will be introduced to the fundamental skills of web technologies, including how to work with various media, define typography, create structured and responsive layouts and control transitions and animations.

In addition to this you will be introduced the digital skills required to create user interfaces using modern HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Contextual & Theoretical Studies (20 credits)

This unit introduces you to histories, theories and debates in relation to user experience design and visual and material culture.

It will focus on the development of 20th and 21st century ideas in design and explore the common themes and cross-fertilisations that occur between theory and culture.

Year 2

Interactive Data Visualisation Studio (40 credits)

This unit introduces you to interactive data visualisation both technically and conceptually building upon the long-established practice of information design. You will interrogate selected data sets and produce interactive visualisations that enhance understanding and communication.

UX/UI Studio (40 credits)

You will be introduced to the user experience design process that incorporate comprehensive user research and analysis, interface design, prototyping and user testing in the context of digital design.

Contextual & Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)

The aim of this unit is to develop broader knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, practical, theoretical and cultural ideas, practices and phenomena of contemporary culture, design, art and media in its broadest sense (from architecture to sound design).

You will have the opportunity to further contextualise aspects of art, media, design and social theory by focusing upon a specific option and by writing a Thesis Proposal.

Professional Practice (20 credits)

Year 3

There are two pathway options in term one and two of Year 3. One route involves an 8,000 – 10,000 word piece of written work (Route A), or the other route combines a 4,000 – 5,000 word piece of written work plus a Competition Project (Route B).

Digital Design Portfolio: Routes A and B (40 credits)

This unit involves building on your two years’ experience of developing design responses to various challenges and briefs through a series of self-initiated projects.

These will reflect the particular skillset you have developed and are a chance to position yourself in the field of design and form your identity as a designer by creating a public-facing online portfolio of your work.

Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3: Route A (40 credits)
Or Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3: Route B (20 credits)

These units are the culmination of the Contextual and Theoretical Studies component of your course, and provides you with the opportunity to utilise the knowledge and analytical skills acquired in relation to visual culture and critical theory in the realisation of a self-determined piece of written work.

Competition Project: Route B (20 credits)

If you elect to undertake a (Route B) 20 credit dissertation this unit offers the chance to engage in an additional selected design competition project.

You will be presented with a range of briefs selected from design awards schemes and other calls for entry to established arts festivals or residencies.

Major Digital Studio: Routes A and B (40 credits)

This unit involves the creation and the production of a self-directed major project.

You will develop a rigorous project proposal that will consider your individual experiences and skills - both practical and theoretical - gained over the last three years.

This project will form an important part of your design portfolio and is usually displayed at your graduate exhibition.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Self-directed
  • Independent study

Assessment methods

  • Portfolio of Work
  • Prepared writing
  • Crits and presentations

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator

Dr Ian Hague

Visiting Lecturers

Teaching on BA (Hons) User Experience Design is complemented by visiting lectures from a range of industry practitioners working across the design spectrum. Previous guest lecturers so far have included the likes of Max Gadney from design agency After the Flood and Hem Patel of Signal Noise.

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

Home/EU/International

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

80 UCAS tariff points, which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences)
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Merit, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, IT & Computing)
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production, Computing)
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

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;
  • A combination of these factors.

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

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Selection criteria

The portfolio, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Visual language: quality of structure, use of line, shape - 2D or 3D, form, scale, space, light, colour, texture and time.
  • Ideas generation: quality of ideas and thought process, expression of design thinking.
  • Research and its application (including images from sketch books): evidence of investigation and use of appropriate resources.
  • Materials, media exploration and experimentation; experimentation and testing of materials to achieve outcomes.
  • Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio; understanding and application of subject knowledge and context.

Making your application

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in user experience design, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: I140

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 29 January 2021 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: I140

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate Application page, and for further advice for international applicants, please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 29 January 2021 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or 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.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Study abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) User Experience Design for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course.

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

International applicants may be invited to an online interview. Interview details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

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

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

You are required to present a portfolio with a maximum of 20 images that you consider would help support your application.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to attend one of our online Offer Holder events. This is your opportunity to meet the academic team and fellow offer holders, find out more about the course, and get a taste of what it will be like to study here.

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 lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk if you are a Home or EU applicant, or lcc.international@arts.ac.uk if International. 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

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

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

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.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex. Find out 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. 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.

International fee

£22,920 per year

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.

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. 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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

Careers include:

  • Interface Designer
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Information Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Digital Producer
  • Digital Project Manager
  • Digital Creative
  • Digital Art Director
  • Usability Consultant
  • Creative Technologist
  • Communications Writer
  • Social / Media Planner
  • Head of Design / Creative Director
  • Editorial Designer
  • Design Researcher