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BA (Hons) Graphic And Media Design

College
LCC
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W212

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design builds on the long history of unique excellence in design and communication at London College of Communication, to prepare students for the future of design and new technologies.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • Starting with core graphic and visual design skills, the course expands to cover a huge range of experimental processes, platforms and technologies meaning that graduates build a strong portfolio demonstrating rigorous design skills and innovative practice.
  • Specialist tutors in subjects such as branding and identity, social innovation, coding and development, emerging technology, motion design and information design teach across all years, giving you the opportunity to explore new skills and structure your career ambitions with their guidance.
  • Live briefs with collaborators and clients such as Water Aid, Influx Press, Musicians Against Homelessness, AKQA and venturethree.
  • Diploma in Professional Studies is an optional year in industry that many students take part in to expand their network, gain work experience and open up career opportunities.

Open Day

The next Open Day for this course will be on:

Saturday 16 November
Saturday 7 December

Student Voices: Beth Johnson

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design student Beth talks us through her work in the London College of Communication Degree Shows.

Student Voices: Stefania Lucchesi

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design student Stefania talks us through her work in the London College of Communication Degree Shows 2016.

Student Voices: Amani Binti Shah

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design student Amani talks us through her work in the London College of Communication Degree Shows 2016.

Student Voices: Richard Underwood

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design student Richard talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

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Course website

See portfolios from our 2018 graduates.

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Course blog

Find out more about the course, see alumni work, staff projects and read interviews with students.

Industry projects

Facilities

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.

Printmaking

This workshop offers a wide-range of expertise in everything from etching to lithography.

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

Digital Space

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

Course overview

BA Graphic and Media Design teaches a broad set of skills and inspiring ideas rooted in communication and graphic media that equips graduates with the confidence in the huge range of opportunities across new technologies and careers in design.

What can you expect?

  • First year introduces core skills in design, visual communication, graphic media and technologies. You will learn to work individually and in teams in response to a wide variety of briefs drawn from the professional context. This year also introduces theories and ideas of graphic design and visual culture and teaches you how to use them in your practical work.
  • Second year develops new specialisms and experimental practices in new and emerging technologies. You will begin to develop a direction for your practice and portfolio based on the range of experiences and theories you encounter and develop the skills to structure your learning and your future career through industry briefs and collaborative work.
  • Many students opt for an optional year in industry after the second year where they travel, gain work experience and develop their network for their future careers.
  • Final year focuses on the development of your professional position, profile and portfolio with subject-specialist tutors and in a series of self-directed and specialist tutor co-authored projects. You will also write a thesis with the support of a tutor that gives you the confidence to present your own ideas in written and spoken form.

Work experience and opportunities

Beyond the optional year in industry taken by many second years, students work on live briefs during their study as well as take placements through our extensive alumni network.

Previous and current industry partners include:

  • Diabetes UK
  • British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Interbrand
  • Dorling Kindersley
  • The Design Museum
  • Pentagram
  • Apple
  • International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD)
  • NHS
  • Moleskin
  • D&AD

Mode of Study

BA (Hons.) Graphic and Media Design runs for 93 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.

Course units

All the units in the course are compulsory, except for the option to choose a longer or shorter thesis and complimentary practice project in third year. However, most units offer a range of briefs and projects to choose from across a range of approaches and technologies with Subject Specialist tutors co-authoring a wide range of bespoke learning opportunities.

Year 1

You will be introduced to the core skills of graphic and media design practice and theory through individual and collaborative briefs with a range of subject specialist tutors.

  • Introduction to Graphic and Media Design (20 credits) introduces the graphic and media design study through theory and practice.
  • Principles, Processes and Methods (40 credits) builds on ‘Introduction to…’ to develop core conceptual and technical skills of working in design.
  • Applied Methods and Exploration (40 credits) give you the opportunity to apply the ideas and methods learnt in the previous unit through project briefs.
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits) introduces histories, theories and debates relevant to graphic and media design and visual culture.

Year 2

You will have the opportunity to develop subject specialism and explore a range of experimental practices and technologies as you head to your final year.

  • Specialist Ways of Working (40 credits)
    introduces specialist fields of graphic and media design such as digital and user experience design, coding and development and social practice.
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
    gives you the opportunity to collaborate with design students from other courses on a live industry brief.
  • Situating Practice and Self-Directed Portfolio (40 Credits)
    focuses and deepens your learning and skills so far towards developing a sense of your own practice, self-direction and experimentation.
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)
    sees you study a specific set of ideas, practices and theories chosen by you and related to your career and practice ambitions.

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. It is a managed year of professional experience largely undertaken in the design profession in a variety of national and international locations.

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

In your third year, you will focus your work towards developing a rich portfolio of exciting, self-directed and specialist projects.

  • Positioning and Industry (20 credits)
    focuses on the development of critical skills in creative and communication industries through practice projects to better equip you for employment.
  • Major Project (60 credits)
    is the culmination of the course where you produce showcase work based on the core skills, specialisms, technologies and theories you have learned and chosen to focus on.

In addition, year 3 students chose between either Route A or Route B:

  • Route A: Contextual and Theoretical Studies (40 credits)
    is a 8000-10000 word thesis on a subject of your choice in negotiation with your tutor.

OR

  • Route B: Contextual and Theoretical Studies (20 credits)
    is a 4,000-5,000 word thesis on a subject of your choice in negotiation with your tutor.
     
  • Route B: Self-Directed Project (20 credits)
    a supplementary studio unit to the thesis that gives further opportunity to explore critical and technical areas linking theory to studio practice.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Presentations 
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Assessment
  • Research
  • Experimentation 

Staff

Helga  Schmid

Helga Schmid

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Tobias  Revell

Tobias Revell

Programme Director, Graphic Design Communication

Craig  Burston

Craig Burston

Year 1 Coordinator, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Tim  Hutchinson

Tim Hutchinson

Lead Tutor, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Sarah  Temple

Sarah Temple

Course Leader, Diploma in Professional Studies

Alistair  McClymont

Alistair McClymont

Lead Tutor, BA (Hons) Graphic Media Design

Monica  Biagioli

Monica Biagioli

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Siân  Cook

Siân Cook

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Andrew  Slatter

Andrew Slatter

Senior Lecturer and Year 1 Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator

Maria  Da Gandra

Maria Da Gandra

Final Year Coordinator, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

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, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, IT & Computing).
  • Pass 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 3 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 graphic and media 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.

Apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS):

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W212

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.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution 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.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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: W212

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.

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.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution 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.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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) Graphic and Media 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 invite you to submit a full digital portfolio.

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

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 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 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, 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 for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 academic year, subject to changes in the law.

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 and living costs page.

Accommodation

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

Scholarship 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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

Career paths

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design's breadth of study means that its graduates are eminently employable.

Recent graduates are working in a variety of roles:

  • Designer
  • Producer
  • Creative
  • Art Director
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Arts and Culture Adviser
  • Visual Merchandising Manager
  • Communications Writer
  • Social Media Planner
  • Head of Design
  • Senior User Experience Designer
  • Animators
  • Editorial Designer
  • Production Co-ordinator
  • Media Strategist

Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of companies and agencies such as: IDEO (Munich), Sonicjam (Japan), Dalston Creative (Sweden), Light TV, Vault 49 (New York), Imagination, Karmarama, Brand Union (Singapore), AA School print studio, Hidden Art, Birch, Max Wigram Gallery, Sea Design, Iris, Cartlidge Lelvene, John Morgan Studio, YuCo Lab (Hong Kong), Pentagram, BBC, Times, Guardian, Mindshare, DK, Interbrand, Samsung, MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment), Saatchi X, Shroom Ltd, Anthony Nolan.

Many Alumni have also set up their own studios and businesses.

What our students say...

[I gained] a very broad arts education - a conceptual and artistic take on the very practical world of graphic design. I was very glad to have had the printing facilities; silk-screen printing and letterpress, as they lent a lot to my projects and taught me invaluable techniques.

Sid Motion - Former student

The most important part of the course, to me, was the chance to meet and work with like-minded people...The other incredibly valuable experience, was the chance to take a year in industry

Nicola Ryan - Former student

The industrial links are fantastic and I feel proud to say I have been there.

Jessica Chamberlain - Former student

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