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

College
LCC
Start date
September 2021
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.

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course will be on Friday 20 November.

Please note

This course is for international students only.

Facilities

A student mixing ink in the Letterpress workshop.
Image © Alys Tomlinson

Facilities

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

Figures walking through the Atrium Gallery.
Image © Lewis Bush

Virtual Tour

Have a look around the places and spaces that make up LCC and get an idea of what it's like to be here.

Library Services at London College of Communication, LCC

Library Services

We have a whole range of collections, services and facilities to support your written and practice-based work. Find library locations and opening times across UAL.

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 and photography.
  • 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: 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. The unit primes you for the theoretical study of design, media and screen. The unit supports the development of skills in communication in a number of formats both written and spoken, that are essential to study on a range of Undergraduate Programmes at LCC. 

  • 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: 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. 

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 three 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) 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, such as BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces, and some non-portfolio degree courses such as BA (Hons) Advertising, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures, BA (Hons) Media Communications:
    IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill  
  • For some text-based degree courses, such as BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, BA (Hons) Public Relations:
    IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill

Please check the individual course page for the IELTS level required for study on LCC undergraduate courses.

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

Selection criteria

Student selection criteria

The portfolio and details on your application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability 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 sketchbooks): 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

Student selection - what do we look for?

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a full portfolio of work. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

However, applicants may be invited to an online/telephone interview.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you have a broad interest in the arts, media and current affairs and that you can investigate and evidence research.

You should also demonstrate a focused interest in a particular area of design, media or screen subjects and show 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 your statement 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.

Applying for the course

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 interview. Applicants may be invited to interview. Interview details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

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.

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, 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.

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.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

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.


After you apply

Portfolio advice

Applicants will be asked to present a digital portfolio (with a maximum of 20 images) that they consider would help support their application. The portfolio of work is an important part of the application, and it must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

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

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).

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 Tier 4 General 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.

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 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.

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2021/22 but wish to defer to 2022/23, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

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

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2022/23)

International applicants are not able to make a deferred application.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£5,280

(if you are aged 19 or over on 31 August of the year you start your course)

Free

(if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course)

These fees are correct for 2020/21 entry and are subject to change for 2021/22 entry.

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. Read more advice for EU students.

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

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.