Recruitment and Admissions
We 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. We are committed to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)
The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:
64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A levels will be achieved at Grade C or above.
One subject at A Level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).
Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:
- BTEC Extended Diploma
- UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
- Access to HE Diploma
- International Baccalaureate
- Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications
Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.
If English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification- see below.
Alternative Entry Routes
We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.
Those applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.
Language Requirements (International/EU)
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.
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minium of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
- You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.
The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London. Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, your personal statement, and your portfolio of work.
All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio of work via PebblePad within two weeks. Depending on the quality of mini portfolio and application, applicants may then be invited to full portfolio review and interview at the College.
In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC may be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.
Applicants are not guaranteed a full portfolio review/interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.
Student Selection Criteria – what do we look for?
All applications will be considered by the course team. They 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 your portfolio of work
- They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
- Then they will review your academic or personal references
Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:
- Ideas generation, quality of ideas and expression of design thinking
- Research and its application (including sketchbooks), identification and investigation of appropriate resources
- A high standard of 2D and 3D drawing – observational drawing or painting
- Design exploration and experimentation – testing of ideas in realisation of concepts
- Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio – understanding the context and design applications of branded spaces
Personal statement advice
This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in design for branded spaces 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 that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment.
All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio via PebblePad.
For the mini portfolio you are required to present 3-5 images which you feel best helps us to get to know you through visual images.
The course team will then review the mini portfolios, and invite suitable applicants to interview and full portfolio review at LCC.
If invited to interview at LCC you will be asked to bring further examples of your work, in the form of a full portfolio.
Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as completed projects.
Please include research and design exploration sketches to show where your idea comes from, and how you developed it, as well as drawings or photographs of the final outcome of the design.
The interview will be held with two members of the course team, and will be relatively informal.
In a small group you will be invited to discuss your answers to a short questionnaire on your interest in design for branded spaces. A web link for the questionnaire will be sent to you via email along with your invitation to the interview.
You can prepare yourself in advance of the interview by thinking of questions to ask the course team and re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the course team’s questions to you will probably arise.
Portfolios will be reviewed by the course team separately to the group interview, whilst applicants undertake a short guided tour of the college and facilities.
Afterwards, there will be opportunity for applicants to ask questions and discuss all aspects of the course with the course team.
Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.
Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.