Thesis InForm Symposium 2017

Thesis InForm

The Thesis InForm Symposium invites students who have excelled in their thesis to present their ideas to a broader audience.

This stimulating day takes place on Thursday 22 June, in Lecture Theatre B at LCC.

Hosted by Ferdinand Lu, Graphic and Media Design student


10am Welcome from Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design School

10.05am Introduction by Dr Ian Horton, Programme Director, CTS

10.10am Keynote by Dr Peter Hall: ‘Generative Design Criticism’

10.40am – 11.30am SESSION 1: Identities, Pleasure and Danger

  • Viviana Conti (Illustration and Visual Media)
    According to Tumblr: Are queer readings in the BBC Sherlock fandom fetishising homosexuality, or expressing the need for fairer representation in the media?

  • Sydney Fortune (Interactive Design Arts)
    The New Top Model: RuPaul’s Drag Race serving you transformative realness

  • Max Hill (Graphic and Media Design)
    How does the design of a gay nightclub alter the user’s identity?

  • Mala Mutinta (Illustration and…

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Please find attached the Invite for this year’s BA DMC final show opening this Thursday 15 June 6-9pm. Feel free to invite friends and colleagues.
We would love to see you all there!! The Year 3’s have been working hard, and the crowdfunding campaign will close tomorrow midnight:
Only guests without LCC cards need to RSVP via the Eventbrite link:
At the same time, last year’s BA DMC graduate Valentine del Giudice will be launching her app, developed from her Major Project last year: Come join for her launch workshop afternoon and evening party on 16 June Friday at the Old Truman Brewery in collaboration with Free Range exhibitions. It is a great opportunity for 3rd year BA students because there is a chance to win a membership at Gallery 6 – Free Range co-working program for art and design first year graduates.

RSVP link below (tickets are free)
Look forward to catching up and celebrating!!


Mo-Ling Chui | Course Leader BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures
London College of Commun​ication | School of Design | Office W225 

University of the Arts London | Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB
Phone: 020 7514 8589


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Future\Pace: a new strategic partnership

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Future\Pace: a new strategic partnership

Combining the gallery and curatorial expertise of Pace London, the cultural placemaking experience of Futurecity, and the collaborative energies of an international group of artists, the new strategic partnership Future\Pace offers a pioneering approach to commissioning art in the public realm.


Focus: Six exhibitions to see in Venice during the biennale

From 13 May to 26 November, a dense programme has been scheduled at Venice for the 57th Biennale. From Xavier Veilha’s “Merzbau musical” to Mark Bradford’s social project, we take a little look at the openings not to miss.


Interview: Xavier Veilhan: Studio Venezia, an immersive experience

The artist lives and works in Paris but it is in Venice that he welcomes us today. At the heart of the French Pavilion, where he is representing his country at the 2017 Biennale. A Venetian interview…


Event Michael Benson: “Despite uncertainties, Photo London is stronger than at its outset”

As the third edition of Photo London prepares to open, Art Media Agency has interviewed its cofounder and co-director to discuss what’s special about this young fair… and the Brexit’s impact on the event’s future. An encounter.


Discussion: The wheel of fortune

Elegant and persuasive, she embodies the discreet charm of private banking as the head of one bank’s art department. An hour with Mathilde Courteault of Neuflize OBC.

Operator Competition for New £7M Arts Space in Crossharbour



Due to open in 2020, ‘The Exchange’ is offered by developer Ashbourne Beech Ltd. on a 25 year lease, at a peppercorn rent and with a guaranteed £500,000 annual contribution towards revenue costs for the first 5 years.

Located in the heart of the Isle of Dogs, the Exchange is imagined as an arts space with a 224-seat auditorium, two further studios, a restaurant/bar and the opportunity for an operator to programme the public realm across the new Crossharbour District Centre.

Interested parties can find further information and the application pack at The deadline for tenders is 10 AM GMT on the 21st April 2017.

“Seamless experiences between the physical and digital.”

“I am a spatial designer working to create seamless experiences between [the] physical and digital. My aim is to humanise technology in order to create spatial experiences that add emotional value to the consumer.” Katharine Kiss, Spatial Design student, Design for Branded Spaces pathway. (2016)


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Six Branded Spaces That Designers Will Love – London College Communication News

BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces is a new course at LCC that explores the relationship between people, spaces and design. Technological advances have led to a change in the way designers think about and use space, with graduates needing to understand the relationship between physical and digital environments.

There are so many examples of imaginative and innovative installations in and around London so we caught up with Valerie Mace, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces, to talk about her favourite examples of recent projects and installations from the capital and beyond. Valerie’s work is situated within spatial, cultural and urban environments where she investigates synergies between spaces and people via sensory design.

The New London College of Communication


The new LCC will be a Design for Branded Spaces.

The plans, which include an integrated site for UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC) at its centre, will be on display from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 May 2016, in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Upper mall. The proposals also include a 1,000 seat multi-screen cinema and a previously unannounced grass-roots music venue for an audience of 500.


The new site for LCC, at the centre of the masterplan, would aim to build capacity around the digital technology industries, including design and gaming, and allow the expansion of TV and film into new creative hub for the area.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, commented: “As a world Top Five creative university and the leading supplier of talent to the UK’s creative industries, UAL has been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for over 50 years. We are committed to these exciting proposals, which will make the area South London’s most important business district for the next 50 years.”

The proposed masterplan by architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison, aims to deliver a ’must-visit’ town centre destination, with an impressive combination of national and independent London based shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, interspersed between 10,000 sq m of accessible public space and benefitting from improved access, with wider walkways and a new entrance and ticket-hall for the Northern Line.


New Course Discourse // BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces

New Course Discourse // BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces



Tell us about the course, how did it develop and what makes it different?

The new BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces course was inspired by our success teaching the Branded Spaces pathway as part of previous course at LCC. The pathway was very popular and in the last few years, we’ve worked with students to explore the design of branded spaces and brand experiences, and transferred this vision into the course.

Technological advances in the last 10 years have changed the branded spaces landscape and the way designers work. Clients and design practices now require graduates who understand the relationship between physical and digital environments, and who are able to embrace rapid change, keep an open mind, work in 3D spatial contexts and create brand experiences.

The course offers an innovative approach that enables students to integrate practices across disciplines. Students will design immersive, interactive and multi-sensory experiences that reimagine brands for the digital era, in a spatial context.

Experimentation, creativity, imagination and the ability to tell a story through the design of a space are key to design processes on the course.

Using speculative creative techniques (such as design fiction), students will anticipate future needs and explore the role of designers and opportunities technologies offer. They’ll work on live and experimental briefs in collaboration with high profile spatial, experience and interaction design organisations, and experts in design and communication for branded spaces and digital technology applications.

The course opens up opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of students from other art, design, screen and media-based disciplines at LCC, other colleges at UAL and beyond. Students should think about the course as the beginning of their journey as design practitioners and thinkers.

What is the advantage of studying BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces at LCC?

Technical expertise and workshops enable our students to create, test and experiment with designs when working on projects. They have access to making and prototyping facilities, computer drawing and modelling, and professional photography equipment and studios. LCC has an ethos of encouraging practice-based investigations that engage with and solve real-world problems. In this context, students on the course will be able to provide solutions to key challenges affecting the future of branded spaces across a range of commercial, retail, workplace, cultural and community environments.

Our central London location allows us to capitalise on what the city has to offer. London is renowned for the strength of its creative industries, with many opportunities on our doorstep.  We’re able to go out on visits and study trips, expanding learning opportunities beyond our teaching studio.

We set up visits to trade shows, design events and recently organised a drawing workshop at the Southbank Centre, a visit to the Fear and Love exhibition at the Design Museum, and a workshop within Carnaby Street’s famous retail landscape – it’s a lively and fun way to learn.

We’re also never very far from our many industry connections. Professionals come to LCC to deliver specialist talks, workshops or provide feedback on student projects. Recent guests include Peter Higgins from Land Design Studio, Studio Weave and Eclective. We also have connections to organisations who are keen to work with students on live projects and competitions;  last year, students won a competition to design an installation at the Royal Academy of Arts and also worked with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). Students were invited to redesign the identity and public areas surrounding the RNIB headquarters in London to create an inspired space that represented its ethos, with accessibility for people of all seeing and sensing abilities.

LCC offers a dynamic and friendly environment where students come from all over the world. The mix of different cultures here enriches creative potential. We’re able to engage with branded spaces on a global scale and explore international opportunities through established partnerships with other universities. We explore design in a global context, referencing international designers such as Wonderwall Inc., a retail design practice located in Japan. In final year, students will work on a self-selected brief where they are encouraged to integrate their knowledge, experiences and culture into their work, and locate their project in relation to their desired progression.

Could you tell us about the relationship between spaces, technology and people, and how this is explored on the course? 

Technologies have become an increasingly important part of our lives. We all carry technologies with us and we’re able to connect and engage remotely with brands, organisations and each other. We also see technologies permeating experiential design and changing the way we experience products, spaces and even people.

We teach students to understand the potential applications of technologies in a spatial and branding context. We are not expecting our students to make the technologies, but to explore innovative and intelligent ways to use them. The course integrates technologies as a way to mediate people’s experiences of branded spaces. The focus is on design, how people interact with the branded spaces, and technologies are used to enhance experiences.

What skills/interests do you look for from applying students?

We’re looking for students who want to design branded spaces and are interested in branding across spatial applications, 3D dynamic environments, interdisciplinary practices and technologies. We encourage our students to be curious about things around them and to have fun experimenting with new ideas. In portfolios we’re keen to see development work alongside final outcomes and finished presentation pieces.

We also like to see sketches and experiments that show how applicants generate and explore ideas, and drawings that communicate design thinking. Alongside spatial design, applicants may also include work from other disciplines such as graphics, photography or products.

Where could this course lead graduates in terms of employment/future projects?

The course offers a wide range of progression opportunities, with some students continuing their studies at postgraduate level, others applying for positions in industries or setting up businesses in collaboration with other designers. Design employment opportunities across sector include: commercial environments (retail, pop up, installations, bars, restaurants, hotels), leisure and cultural environments (exhibition, tourist destinations, art centres, events), workplace (office, trade shows, showrooms) and public and community spaces (interiors, installations, events, urban spaces).

This is a design course, but we understand that students also need to develop their professional and entrepreneurial skills, so students are immersed in a proactive professional context.

On completing this course, graduates will understand how their designs provide unique solutions to strategic and tactical business objectives, and how to use design to demonstrate ingenious and sophisticated approaches to problem solving. They understand how to collaborate with others and how to develop entrepreneurial skills in order to promote themselves and their work effectively.

We empower students and graduates to develop the qualities, experiences and behaviours that prepare them for rewarding professional lives in the UK and internationally.