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BA (Hons) Design Management

College
LCC
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W202

About this course

BA (Hons) Design Management offers a creative and experiential approach to the study of design, problem-solving, business and leadership, global cultures, innovation and sustainability.

We apply design thinking to live industry collaborations, addressing complex problems with empathy, insight, collaboration, agility, ethics and contextual intelligence. We believe that design management plays a strategic role in shaping better futures.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • The only undergraduate design management course of its kind delivered at a world-leading creative institution located in central London, with excellent links to the creative and cultural industries.
  • A course with human-centred values, sustainability and design thinking at the core of subject delivery. Design thinking involves an approach to innovation and problem solving that takes into account “the needs of people, the possibilities of technology and the requirements for business success” (Tim Brown, IDEO).
  • Real-world multidisciplinary design projects - work with a diverse team of industry active educators, professionals, creatives, external collaborators and visiting practitioners.
  • Strong industry links - recent project briefs from design and branding agencies, non-profit organisations, research, strategy and marketing departments, start-ups, financial tech companies and competitions.
  • Opportunities for international exchanges with Paris College of Art (PCA), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) and IADE European Design School in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • With over 95% graduate employment and postgraduate progression since 2015, with active alumni, we are a course that produces highly employable graduates, strategic thinkers, communicators, change makers and entrepreneurs.
  • A focus on developing leadership and entrepreneurial mindsets, emotional intelligence and design competencies especially to support final year students.

Open Days

What is BA (Hons) Design Management?

We speak to Course Leader Mo-Ling, current students and graduates about their experiences.

Student work

Graduates Stories: Kristin Hall

Kristin is a graduate from BA (Hons) Design Management. Kristin works in local government as a policy designer, and also as a freelance creative manager.

Graduate Stories: Valentine del Giudice

Since graduating a few years ago Valentine has gone on to develop her own app, SSShake, which is an international cross-disciplinary network growing at a rapid pace.

Student Voices: Amelia Lyng

Amelia tells us about her final year project which was an app developed around sustainability.

Student Voices: Judea Faith

Judea tells us about her project aimed to get local people involved in place making in Elephant and Castle.

Student Voices: Natalie Combes

Natalie talks to us about her final year project focused on memory and photography.

Student Voices: Rebecca Kassab

Rebecca talks us through their final project 'Oldepreneurs'.

Student Voices: Juliana Robilard

Alumni Juliana talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Course stories

Facilities

A tutor operating one of the woodworking machines.
Image © Vladimir Molico

3D Workshop

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

A close-up of the moveable type available in the Letterpress area.
Image © Lewis Bush

Printing and Finishing

Discover our printing techniques, from Lithographic Printing to Print Finishing and Bookbinding.

The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
Image © Ana Escobar

The Digital Space

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

Course overview

On BA (Hons) Design Management you will gain valuable insights into how design management is expanding in complex and changing contemporary contexts, while applying your skills and knowledge through a diversity of live projects. 

The key areas of creative practice, business/management, and cultural research come together in this curriculum to develop innovative and critical thinkers.

You'll have access to the College’s extensive range of resources; from academic support, student employment and UAL extracurricular opportunities, to technical workshops, like printmaking, 3D and digital media. 

What can you expect?

  • Seminars to investigate the role of design in society, networks, business, organisations, cultures and contexts that give design its multiple meanings.
  • Practical projects and workshops, to provide immersive experiences of the design process: from research methods to defining and reframing problems, developing briefs, brainstorming, prototyping, testing, delivery and assessing effectiveness.
  • Theory, frameworks and strategic tools drawn from a broad range of design, business and humanities disciplines mean that you'll build your practice with hands-on projects, crits and collaborations.
  • Collaboration - live projects and collaborative involvement with industry.  
  • Management skills: communication, presentation, critical reflection, scoping briefs, live research and feedback, budgeting, time management, team working.
  • Design principles: visual thinking, ideation, working with multiple mediums (print, objects, images, video, sound, web) and exhibitions. 
  • Student Exchanges – The course has a strong global emphasis through its cross-cultural approach to course content, projects and international partnerships. You will have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus Programme, which is a European student exchange programme offering students the possibility of studying in another European country for one or two terms. We have an Erasmus agreement with the Design Management course at Paris College of Art and an international exchange with Hong Kong Polytechnic University BA Advertising Design and Study Abroad placements with Northeastern University in Boston, USA and others. You will also be encouraged to undertake online collaborations internationally.
  • Industry Projects – There is an emphasis on strategic and socially engaged design and real-world projects with agencies, research and strategy organisations, non-profits and councils. 

Work experience and opportunities

We are industry-focused and regularly set projects that enable you to work with professionals, diverse organisations and companies.

Recent collaborations have included projects with Human After AllRufus LeonardTwo IgloosWaterAidSouthwark Council, Ourscreen and the BFI (British Film Institute), 11FS and Dulwich Picture Gallery

Students have the opportunity to apply for the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) and the chance to take part in initiatives such as Talent Works.  

Design management embraces a multiplicity of roles including project manager, account manager, brand manager, researcher, strategist, studio and office manager, service designer, strategic designer; art director, business manager, as well as Public Relations communications, marketing, business development, human resources, Corportate Social Responsibility (CSR) and operational roles.

With highly employable students and graduates, we are organisers, designers, researchers, thinkers, doers and makers, motivators, facilitators, provocateurs, life-long learners, strategists, activists and entrepreneurs.

Course structure

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

The 1st block is of 15 weeks’ duration from early October 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

The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. Years 1 and 2 must be passed to enter into Year 3. Your degree is attained through full completion of the third year. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Design Management qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Course units

Year 1

Introduces foundational knowledge, essential skills and practices to explore the breadth of disciplines, connections and convergences of design, business and cultures. We position the discipline of design management in historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts.

Introduction to Design Management (20 units)
Creative Industries and Economy (20 units)
Design Principles (20 Units)
Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 units)
Locating Design Management and Cultures (20 units)
Ideation to Implementation (20 units)

Year 2

The second year will consolidate and expand on your experience with a number of industry briefs that encourage collaborative working and development of professional competencies.

Gaining knowledge and learning through doing, you will explore design management roles and mindsets in a diverse range of social, cultural and industry contexts.

Professional Practices (20 credits)
Design Management and Change (20 credits)
Design Thinking and Doing (20 credits)
Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)
Marketing Communications and Cultures (20 credits)​
Interdisciplinary Projects and Practices (20 credits)

Diploma in Professional Studies

The Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) is an optional year-long learning opportunity, allowing you to undertake a variety of internships and professional experiences for a whole academic year in Year 3, as part of a four-year degree. 

Successful candidates are selected on a competitive basis from academic performance and studentship, successful completion of the DPS bridging studies and by portfolio and proposal.

Year 3

The final year allows you to self-direct and pursue your interests through supported independent study. It will encourage confidence and self-inquiry to choose your future path within the industry, or progress onto postgraduate study. 

Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (40 credits)

This unit is a 8000-10,000 word thesis on a subject of your choice in negotiation with your tutor.

Leadership and Futures (20 credits)

In this unit, the class produces an industry facing event on a relevant contemporary theme. You consider your career path as you develop a professional profile, portfolio of work and action plan for the future.

Major Project (60 credits)

This unit is the culmination of your degree. It consists of two collaborative industry projects and a larger independent self-initiated project to enable you to develop greater rigour in the design process, project management skills, and delivery and presentation of your design project.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Studio-based learning activities
  • Workshop and seminar learning
  • Lectures/large group learning
  • Academic tutorials
  • Self-directed learning
  • Co-design and co-curation
  • Outside speakers and visits
  • Assessed assignments

Assessment methods

  • Practical project work and digital activities
  • Prepared writing
  • Responses to case studies
  • Oral presentation
  • Personal presentations of prepared work
  • Simulations and role plays
  • Workshop based activities
  • Written research projects
  • Portfolio

Staff

Mo-Ling  Chui

Mo-Ling Chui

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Design Management

Nela  Milic

Dr Nela Milic

Senior Lecturer and Year 2 Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator

Robert  Urquhart

Robert Urquhart

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Design Management

Phillipa  Rose

Phillipa Rose

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Design Management and MA Service Design

Lucia  McGuinness

Lucia McGuinness

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Design Management

Christopher  Lutterodt-Quarcoo

Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Design Management

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 directly 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, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production, Computing, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • 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/body of work, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • A strong interest in and appreciation of the subject area: Design Management and Cultures
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures
  • Ideas generation: quality of ideas and thought process, expression of design thinking

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 the subject 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: W202

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

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a Deferred Application (for entry in 2021/22)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application.

External student transfer policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

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

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: W202

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 15th January for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2021/22)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

External student transfer policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

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

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) Design Management 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 invite you to submit a full digital portfolio/body of work.

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview. To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Portfolio advice

You are invited to upload a sample of work (from school, college, employment, personal interests) to further demonstrate how you meet the student selection criteria. This can include essays, reports, projects, sketches, photography, other media or websites; anything you would like to share and help evidence your interests, conceptual thinking, research, ideas and understanding of subject knowledge and context.

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

Please upload a maximum of 20 images that you consider would help support your application.

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 you have been responsible

Please note: If uploading any text examples as part of your portfolio/body of work, they should be saved as an image and then uploaded, or alternatively, the text can be pasted into an image title text box.

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 come to London College of Communication to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

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

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2020/21 but wish to defer to 2021/22, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

BA (Hons) Design Management encourages the development of innovative design thinking and the exploration of your own creative vision. We aim to prepare you to graduate as active creatives who will use design as a driver for positive cultural, social, business and environmental change.

Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Design consultants, managers, researchers, facilitators, entrepreneurs and project managers.
  • Careers within museums, galleries, auction houses, retail, journalism, publishing, education, advertising, marketing, arts administration, PR and events.
  • There are also opportunities to study for further professional qualifications or postgraduate degrees at LCC such as MA Design Management or MA Service Design.

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