University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This 30'week course offers an intensive vocational route into the graphic design profession and builds confidence for those seeking to switch career, to return as a mature student, or wanting a bridge to Masters study. You will be taught design theory and practical skills in visual language, typography, colour and information design delivered through set and self'initiated projects. This course is delivered in full'time mode, which leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma, and part'time mode, which leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate. It is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London.

**What can you expect?**

• The course recognises that graphic design is one of the most important and influential of what has become known as the creative industries and that it contributes significantly, directly and indirectly, to our economic and cultural well'being.

• You can expect to become part of a unique learning community made up of staff, guest speakers and fellow students from a diverse range of creative disciplines and cultures. Through tutorials, set and self'initiated projects, workshops and group discussions, you will gain a deeper understanding of the design process that will enhance your practice.

• Visual language and grammar, typographic hierarchy, symbol design, graphic representation, identity and information visualisation are just some of the areas you will explore.

• Personal projects will provide you with a foundation in the principles of visual communication whilst engaging with postgraduate level research methods and conceptual development. Examples of personal projects include: mapping directional devices in the city; the promotion of a typeface; visual analysis of people flow and visual surveys of lettering.

**Work experience and opportunities**

Graduates from this course have found employment within high profile international creative agencies, design management, teaching and professional practice. Some have established their own design studios, while others have gone on to achieve highly at master's level.

Students have gone on to find employment within high profile agencies such as Frost Design in Australia; Kenya Hara in Japan; Nick Knight Photography; Studio Myerscough; and Fallon Design. They have progressed to work as art directors in advertising agencies; interactive/digital designers; identity designers; typo/graphic designers and museum/exhibition designers.

Alumni of the School of Design include: Neville Brody (Research Studios), John Brown (John Brown Publishing), Angus Hyland (Pentagram), John Hegarty (BBH) and John Kedgley (Tomato). As well as progression onto Masters level courses, graduates of the Design for Visual Communication course find employment both as freelance designers and with high profile international agencies.

**About London College of Communication (LCC)**

The LCC experience is all about learning by doing. As an LCC student, you’ll get your hands dirty and develop your skills in outstanding technical spaces. Our facilities are at an industry standard and include photographic and television studios, darkrooms, 3D workshop, prototyping lab, gallery spaces, printing studios, and newsrooms.

Our courses are industry focused and you’ll be taught by an inspiring community of experienced academics, technical experts, and leading specialist practitioners within our Design School, Media School and Screen School.

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subjects such as journalism, advertising, Public Relations and publishing, photography, film, television and sound, graphic communication, illustration and visual communication, animation, games, design management, branded spaces and interactive and information design.

Course Modules

Modules include: Research and development; design resolution; professional and academic contexts; collaborative unit; project realisation and analysis; major project.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
Short Course
Full Time
PgDip (Initial Qualification) £5,680 Home Fees
Short Course
Full Time
PgDip (Initial Qualification) £11,950 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants are required to have an Honours degree in a related subject, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. Applicants who do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. Some prior knowledge of design software is helpful, but not a requirement for joining the course. Software skills are however not taught as part of the course, so if applicants are unfamiliar with design software, it might be useful to study a part-time software course concurrently or in advance of joining the course. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) overall, with 5.5 in each skill.