Taught course

Design for Visual Communication

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Design

Entry requirements

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.

We welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds and in particular mature students.

If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you 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. Your 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 you are unfamiliar with design software, it might be useful to study a part-time software course concurrently or in advance of joining the course.

Language requirements (International/EU)

International and EU students: In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) overall, with 5.5 in each skill is required. If your first language is not English you should check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English. Further information about language requirements is available on our International Applications page. International Applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding International Admissions.

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio should demonstrate visual acuity, conceptual ability, technical competence and personal interest. Acknowledging that applicants come from diverse academic backgrounds 'portfolio' is taken as having a broad definition. It may include:

  • sketch/notebooks;
  • developmental work;
  • photographs;
  • PowerPoint presentations;
  • web/interactive work;
  • diagrams;
  • printmaking;
  • illustrated reports;
  • commercial work;
  • freelance commissions;
  • personal work;
  • conceptual work;
  • 3D work (photographed);
  • textiles;
  • and written work.

Months of entry


Course content

Build up a strong vocational portfolio on this intensive 30 week course.

The Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication provides a unique learning experience across an intensive 30 week programme. The highly structured delivery of the first stage of the course places emphasis on the development of fundamental design skills. This is underpinned with the importance of visual research and the development of critical and analytical skills. During the second stage of the course you will choose from a wide range of postgraduate electives and go on to develop a self-initiated major project that focuses on individual interests.

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed to build design skills even if you are relatively new to the subject of graphic design. The course provides you with a strong, vocational portfolio and is also useful in building your confidence to undertake further postgraduate study at Masters level.

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.

This course is taught within the School of Design.

Information for international students

international@lcc.arts.ac.uk or Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
30 months

Course contact details

Information Assistant
+44 (0)20 7514 6599