LCCA - London College of Contemporary Arts

BA (Hons) Graphic Design



Become a visual storyteller with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree.

LCCA’s programme will enable you to transform your ideas into visual creations. You’ll consider typography, colour, shapes and shading and how combining these elements in a striking way can convey a strong message.

To ensure you’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to find the perfect role once you graduate, the BA reflects the graphic design industry. While other graphic design degrees teach you the theory, our programme ensures you practice it. Using top-of-the-range software, our extensive industry connections and studio spaces, you’ll build a powerful skillset that will prepare you to convey your ideas and to operate in a business-like fashion within the creative industries. Throughout the programme, you’ll also engage with a series of workshops on typography, printmaking, photography, motion design and much more.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be a knowledgeable graphic designer capable of communicating the theory behind your ideas, the history of the industry and creating work that captures your audience.

Awarded by the University for Creative Arts, you’ll be fully prepared to undertake a number of different roles including art director, graphic designer, marketing manager and illustrator.

Enrol on the programme now to find your unique voice as a graphic designer.




Holborn, London




3 years

Study mode

Full-time, on campus

Awarding body

University for the Creative Arts

Tuition fees

UK/EU citizens - £9,250 per annum


SFE funding available

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Discover how graphic design and content are produced across a variety of media channels, from printed to digital forms during the first year of this graphic design course.

Introduction to Visual Communication

Initially, you’ll start developing your own personal voice as a graphic designer, particularly thinking about the types of messages you want to convey. To ensure you’re set up for the rest of the programme, this course will consider different types of media including magazines and internet-based media. You’ll then explore the effect form and content has on the messaging.

Design Fundamentals 1: Image, Type, Print

Image, type and print are imperative to creating a visual campaign. Learn what each are, the role they play within media and how you can apply these in different print medium.

Design Fundamentals 2: Motion, Narrative, Screen
Motion, narrative and screen will be covered during this source to familiarise you with how they can be applied to screen-based designs. You’ll use your personal design voice and consider how combining word, images, materials, format and structure creates a certain narrative.

Visual Theory: Message, Medium, Meaning
Build your understanding of historical and contemporary practice, analyse your own studio work and explore concepts including: relationships between word and image, function and expression, subversion and propaganda, semiotics, how to construct narratives and photographic language.  


Throughout your second year, you’ll develop your own style of working and start to articulate your inner artist voice. You’ll work more independently, build your understanding of visual communication and consider a range of important graphic design elements.

Social and Cultural Contexts

This module will encourage you to consider your personal ethics, values and motivation by producing work for others.

The Editorial Process

Editing is a fundamental aspect of creation. You’ll build on the skills learned in your first year, ready to take on your research and design project in the final year.

Developing Your Practice

To be successful as a graphic designer, you’ll need to be able to think innovatively to respond to design problems but also instigate them yourself. Discover how to do so in this module.

Spatial Practices

Learn to manipulate spaces, create multi-sensory experiences, and prepares events/ exhibitions in sustainable environments.


The final year of this graphic designing course culminates in a self-directed research and design project in which you’ll showcase all your newfound skills and knowledge.

Critical Research and Practice

Combining all the knowledge you’ve developed in your studies, you will research, develop and create a self-directed research and design project. Using a symbiotic relationship between theory and practical, you will develop a unique project informed by both elements.

Major Project

This is your opportunity to utilise your skills and knowledge and communicate your ideas through your unique artist voice. Initially, you’ll develop a research proposal that conveys your ideas, methods and intended outcome. You will then begin to develop a body of work that reflects everything you’ve learned throughout the programme and shows how you have developed your theoretical, practical and technical skills to become a truly innovative designer. You’ll have the opportunity to present your work and collaborate with others.


  • Introduction to Visual Communication

  • Design Fundamentals 1: Type, Image, Print

  • Design Fundamentals 2: Motion, Narrative, Screen

  • Visual Theory Message, Medium, Meaning







  • The Editorial Process

  • Social and Cultural Contexts

  • Spatial Practices

  • Developing Your Practice




  • Major Project

  • Critical Research and Practice




LCCA strives to provide its students with both academic excellence, career focus and a friendly environment across all disciplines. Our campus is located in Holborn, at the heart of Central London, with a range of facilities and equipment, making it the perfect place to study.

LCCA offers students opportunities to engage with experts both on and off campus.

Our teachers are experts in their field and will enrich your learning experience facilitating your access to the most current industry expertise and networks across their creative specialisms.

We provide dedicated facilities for students, helping them to produce work at an industry-level standard and preparing them for a bright future. These facilities are the reason why, upon graduation, our students feel prepared to start working from day one.

Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities across the college. These include:

  • Mac studios with 110 Apple iMacs: software includes: GameMaker, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine, Cinema 4D, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Access to WGSN – a leading trend forecasting company for fashion and design businesses
  • Reprographic services
  • 3D printers
  • Fashion studios with 46 industrial sewing machines, overlocker and embroidery sewing machines
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Photography Studio
  • Art and Design Studio

Our Staff

Sandra Djukic

Sandra Djukic

Course Manager BA Graphic Design



Studying graphic design with us will give you a highly transferable set of skills which are desirable across a broad range of creative industries.

Our graduates have landed exciting, fulfilling positions, including:

  • Graphic and packaging designers
  • Art directors
  • Picture editors
  • Information designers
  • App developers
  • Web and broadcast designers

Once you’ve graduated from the programme, you may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


Whether you’re completing your first degree or undertak­ing further study to progress your career or change your career direction, LCCA’s strong industry links and wide networks will help you develop your skills, gain valuable experience and make contacts to boost your career opportunities.


·       Aitor Throup Studio LTD

·       Burberry

·       Calvin Klein Jeans

·       Chloé

·       Claret Press

·       Harrods

·       Hop Fashion

·       House of Fraser

·       James Lakeland

·       Jan Masny

·       Karen Millen

·       Christian Louboutin

·       Bartlett Mitchell

·       Boodica UK

·       Little Wardrobe London Ltd

·       Claret Showroom



·       Louis Vuitton

·       Maria Grachvogel

·       Net-a-Porter

·       Paul Smith

·       Pringle of Scotland

·       Richard Boll

·       Soho House

·       Ted Baker

·       Tommy Hilfiger

·       YKK

·       Yulan Creative

·       ZARA







Rachel Butcher


Here, you will find everything you need to know regarding the application process, and any other practical information you may require, including details of our open days and advice on how to prepare for your interview with us.

  • How to apply through UCAS
  • Scholarships
  • Interview guide
  • Portfolio advice
  • Open days 
  • Clearing




The standard entry requirements for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • 27-30 points from the International Baccalaureate

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities, and submit a portfolio demonstrating your approach to illustration and the communication of ideas. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included can be found on our website.


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