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Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen

College
LCC
Start date
September 2020
Course length
1 year

For International applicants only, this exciting and challenging course allows you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential in design, media and screen. Choose from a range of pathways including; graphic design, advertising, journalism, branded spaces, public relations, illustration, animation, film, and photography.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

The course’s blended learning approach combines online and workshop learning modes. You will also undertake a major project in a specialist area of your choice, designed to ensure you are fully prepared for the first year of your undergraduate degree at LCC.

Successful completion of this course will guarantee the offer of a place on an undergraduate course at London College of Communication.

Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of media and to mix traditional methods of making with digital and interactive processes. You'll have access to our facilities including letterpress, 3D workshop, printmaking, photographic and television studios.

Please note

This course is for international students only.

Facilities

A student mixing ink in the Letterpress workshop.
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Facilities

From traditional crafts like letterpress to the latest in 3D printing, you'll have access to an extensive range of facilities at LCC.

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Course overview

For International applicants only, this exciting and challenging course allows you to develop your creative, academic and professional potential in design, media and screen.

What to expect:

  • You'll get experience from a range of pathways including graphic design, advertising, journalism, branded spaces, public relations, illustration, animation, film, and photography.
  • You'll be encouraged to consider which pathway is most suited to your talents and potential and you'll undertake a major project in the specialist area of your choice. The course will provide you with the essential skills to be curious, brave and committed to your chosen pathway.
  • Collaborative workshops to develop practical skills, teamwork and creative problem-solving.

All students who successfully complete the course and hold the appropriate language qualifications 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 LCC. This course will depend on your portfolio and the interests you develop during the year.

Work experience and opportunities:

  • You'll be encouraged to explore a wide range of media and to mix and match traditional methods of making with digital and interactive elements.
  • You'll have access to our digital workshops including coding and prototyping, letterpress, 3D workshop, printmaking, photographic and television studios.
  • Access to lectures from visiting industry speakers will introduce you to the professional world and raise awareness for your future career choices.
  • London College of Communication has a broad range of subjects and expertise across our Design School, Media School and Screen School which means that you'll be fully prepared for the first year of your undergraduate degree.

Mode of study

Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen runs for 31 weeks in full time mode.

Course units

Block 1: Introduction and Specialist Studies 

  • Unit 1: Orientation to Study in Design, Media and Screen (20 credits)

This is a diagnostic unit that gives you the opportunity to consider which specialist pathway is most suited to your talents and potential. It provides a broad introduction to studio practice in a carousel of specialist workshops.

This first unit will introduce you to all three specialist areas at London College of Communication: Design, Media or Screen.

  • Unit 2: Academic Language and Communication with Contextual and Theoretical Studies (Part 1) (20 credits) 

The unit prepares you academically to enter the first year of the range of undergraduate degree programmes at LCC. You’ll be introduced to essential critical, academic communication and analytical skills. 

  • Unit 3: Specialist Studies: Design, Screen and Media (20 credits)

Halfway through Block 1 you will progress to the most suitable pathway. You will choose form three pathways which reflect the three Schools at LCC; Design School, Media School and Screen School.

  • Specialist Studies: Design – will provide you with a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches relevant to the design industry.
  • Specialist Studies: Media – will introduce a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches within the Media School to develop a preparatory body of knowledge and skill.
  • Specialist Studies: Screen – will provide a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches relevant to the screen industry, such as film, television, animation and games design.

Block 2: Progression and Contexts

  • Unit 4: Personal Progression Project (40 credits)

Building on knowledge gained in previous units, this unit supports a more independent learning approach to produce a substantial body of work. 

The work will showcase your personal interests and area of intended progression in a studio exhibition and presentation, supported with a visual and written research report.

  • Unit 5: Academic Language & Communication with Contextual & Theoretical Studies. (Part 2) (20 credits)

This unit prepares you for more specialist theoretical study of communication in the design, media and screen disciplines. 

Through a mixture of study trips, lectures, workshops, guest speakers and seminars it will help you enhance the concepts and methods which shape the broad discipline of Contextual and Theoretical Studies.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Interactive simulations
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Portfolio based project
  • Critical essays
  • Presentations through a range of media
  • Professional Development Portfolio, including aspects of the Creative Attributes Framework
  • Curated online journals

Assessment methods

  • Practical project work
  • Prepared writing 
  • Responses to case studies 
  • Oral presentation 
  • Personal presentations of prepared work 
  • Simulations and role plays 
  • Workshop based activities 
  • Written research projects 
  • The creation of a portfolio of collection of work which may contain a number of different activities. 
  • Curated online journal entries

Staff

Course Leader

Dr. Alexandra Antonopoulou

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 are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. This course supports progression to our undergraduate courses at London College of Communication.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

A typical applicant might have:

  • Minimum requirement one GCE A Level (or equivalent) at grade C or above (preferred subjects include English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences), plus five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications or others:

  • International Baccalaureate Certificates – two at ‘Higher Level’ and one at ‘Standard Level’ - all Grade 4 or above
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Pass at Access to HE Diploma
  • Pass, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

We also welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, a previous degree in any subject, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in the industry.

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.

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

The English level required by the University for this course is:

IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill.

Following achievement of the Certificate in Higher Education, enrolment onto our undergraduate degree courses requires the following English level:

  • For degree courses requiring a portfolio, IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill).
  • For degree courses not requiring a portfolio, IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill): BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, BA (Hons) Public Relations.

Students may be eligible to join the UAL pre-sessional English language course to achieve the required level.

Selection criteria

The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and the quality of the uploaded portfolio.
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will review your academic or personal references.

Making your application

Applying for the course

After you have made your application, you will be asked to supply your portfolio, either electronically or asked to bring your portfolio with you for an interview in person.

The International Admissions Team are available to help and guide you through the application process for London College of Communication.

If you need course and admissions information or help with your application, please contact us by telephone or online:

Start your application now

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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.

As you progress through the application process we will send you emails with important information, so do check your inbox regularly (and junk folder, just in case).

Take a tour of LCC

You can take a virtual tour of LCC, or if available, you can book onto one of our facilities tours of the College. Please visit our Open Days for more information.

For further details on how to apply as an international applicant please visit our UAL International student pages.

After you apply

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.

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

Fees & Funding

£18,300 (2020/21 entry)

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees, you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Accommodation

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Careers and alumni

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.

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