With an unrivalled location in the historic heart of London, you will be exposed to a unique atmosphere and industry connections that follow our central position in this extraordinarily cosmopolitan city.
The area around the LCCA campus is renowned for its architecture, fashion culture, energy and diversity, in the heart of London's arts and media district, offering many exciting possibilities for further access to the capital's arts scene.
London is a central point in the world for arts and culture, and so what better place to let your creative talents flourish? All of our vibrant programmes offer you the unique opportunity to study and be inspired, whether it is by the classic architecture, national galleries, museums, and fashion boutiques, the historic buildings such as the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, or the West End - there is something for everyone. You will also study in the same city which hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, providing a legacy of amazing facilities and a positive atmosphere that has overwhelmed the cities' communities. With the buzz surrounding the city there has never been a better time to study in London.
THE ADVANTAGES OF LONDON
To live in London is to experience one of the great cities of the world. Students at LCCA benefit from our location in the centre of the capital, the hub of culture, arts, politics, government, the media, the law and the great financial institutions of the City of London. The capital also offers a scene and status unrivalled by any other city.
LCCA, is at the heart of what has been described as ‘the cultural capital of the world.’ London is an education. The capital is home to over 200 museums (twice as many as Paris or New York), 150 theatres, 34,000 shops, 3,000 parks and open spaces and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Kew Gardens, Maritime Greenwich, Tower of London and Westminster Abbey and Palace).
London plays a part in the academic life as well as the social life of being a student at LCCA. Surrounded by libraries, archives, galleries and the headquarters of the professional associations, London’s students have access to an unrivalled range of cultural activities and influences.
Yet, for many students considering university in London, worries about the cost of living and studying may deter them from choosing to study here. Although it is a fact that studying in London can be more expensive than in some other parts of the UK, the true picture is often exaggerated.
According to the NatWest Student Living Index (2010), London is the most cost-effective city in which to study in the UK. The research analysed weekly expenditure including rent and living costs against earnings from part-time work. The results found that hard-working and resourceful London students are earning, on average, a massive £5,024 per year - a substantial £167.48 per week.
Above all, when it comes to entering the careers market, London graduates start with a real advantage, with so many of the country’s leading employers in the worlds of law, finance, business, media and communications on their doorstep.
A vital element of student life and in London you will be spoilt for choice!
In many respects London need be no more expensive for students than any other university town or city. Many of London’s attractions are free: libraries, galleries, museums, parks and street markets are everywhere. With a little money to spend you have the pick of theatre, cinema, opera, ballet, music, sport and nightlife and many of these attractions offer discounts for students.
London is well served by transport links, with many major infrastructure improvements currently in progress. Getting around the city is easy, as is travelling to and from London from the UK, Europe and the wider world, and for getting around the city. LCCA is located in Soho at the very centre of London creative district.
LIVING EXPENSES IN LONDON
In addition to your tuition fees, you need to ensure that you have enough funds for your daily expenses in the UK.
International students (non EEA students) should know that when applying for a Visa, the immigration officer will want to see that you have enough funds to accommodate and support yourself for the duration of your course without recourse to any public funds.
Living and studying in the UK can be more expensive than in your home country. As a guide, we recommend you have approximately £10,000 per year. This should cover:
- Daily travel
‘I came to LCCA because it offered the course I wanted to help me learn more about design. Since I started I have learned a lot about new design programmes and software and made my own game in the first term. I like the college and the location is great, very central and in a good environment. When I finish this course I would like to stay in London and work as a Designer. I think London offers more opportunities for me and would recommend it’.
Thuy Thi Minh Nguyen
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HND Interactive Media
‘I came to London because I wanted to learn about Photography and Interactive Media whilst also improving my English. I enjoy taking photographs but wanted to learn more and here at LCCA the teachers are amazing. I have learned so much about everything that I am now going to return to Colombia and study Electronic Media and Arts of the Time at the University of the Andes. I am sad to leave London but I have enjoyed my experience and time here and hope to return one day to do a Master’s degree’.
I chose to study Foundation Arts at LCCA because I needed direction for my life and my career, this course was something that helped provide me with that. The most significant improvements that I've gained from LCCA is a amazing basis to rise from both technically and creatively in my work.
Being able to learn from practicing artists in the industry you develop a better understanding and appreciation for the work they do, watching them work on a project from start to finish you see every aspect of their process and learn more then you ever could from somewhere else.
LCCA has taught me so much in my time here, but mostly it has given me the opportunity to explore different forms of art and self expression. I have been able to find direction in my work and channel my creative abilities into a project forming an idea into a finished piece.
To anyone who is thinking of studying Foundation Arts at the London College of Contemporary Arts I would highly recommend it, make the most of the opportunities it provides you, because you will learn more then could ever imagine.
‘I chose to study Fashion at LCCA because there are a lot more opportunities here than in my home country. The facilities are very good and I really like the teachers. I have learned a lot about fashion and the fashion industry. I will continue on to study a final year to gain a degree in Fashion’.
Fashion Textiles HND
I have had a great time at LCCA, and feel very lucky about knowing such amiable, innovative and talented teachers and students. London's historical buildings and other places of interest left me speechless - they are more beautiful than we were shown in books or movies. The inspiring environment encouraged me to work more wholeheartedly and it has left unforgettable impressions in me, as it is one of the most progressive fashion cities in the world.
Afsana Zahmati, Azerbaijan
Fashion & Textiles