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Certificate of Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen (Online)

University of the Arts London
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
University of the Arts London

About this program

Certificate of Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen (Online)

On the Certificate of Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen course, you’ll develop the essential skills needed to be curious, brave, and committed to your chosen creative pathway.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

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.

Please note: You can take the IELTS Academic Test if studying the Cert HE Online mode. (If studying the Cert HE in the UK, you must take a SELT (Secure English Language Test) such as IELTS Academic Test for UKVI).

The English level required by the University for this course is:

  • IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill.

Following achievement of the Certificate of Higher Education, enrolment onto our undergraduate degree courses requires the following English level:

  • For degree courses requiring a portfolio, such as BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces, and some non-portfolio degree courses such as BA (Hons) Advertising, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures, BA (Hons) Media Communications: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill
  • For some text-based degree courses, such as BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, BA (Hons) Public Relations: IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

A typical applicant might have:

  • Minimum requirement one GCE A Level (or equivalent) at grade C or above (preferred subjects include English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences), plus three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Block 1 – Introduction and Specialist Studies

Unit 1: Orientation to Study in Design, Media and Screen

This is a diagnostic unit that will offer you the opportunity to consider which specialist pathway is most suited to your talents and potential.

It provides a broad introduction to online studio practice in a range of specialist workshops, and will introduce you to all 3 specialist areas at London College of Communication: Design, Media and Screen.

Unit 2: Contextual and Theoretical Studies (Part 1)

The unit prepares you academically to enter the first year of an undergraduate degree at LCC, enabling you to begin exploring the theoretical study of design, media and screen.

You’ll be supported to develop communication skills in a number of both written and spoken formats that are essential for further study at the College.

Unit 3: Specialist Studies: Design, Media and Screen

Halfway through Block 1, you’ll progress to the most suitable pathway, choosing from 3 pathways which reflect the 3 Schools at LCC: Design School, Media School and Screen School.

Specialist Studies: Design will provide you with a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches relevant to the design industry.

Specialist Studies: Media will introduce a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches within the Media School to develop a preparatory body of knowledge and skill.

Specialist Studies: Screen will provide a range of creative, practical and theoretical approaches relevant to the screen industry, such as film, television, animation and games design.

Block 2 – Progression and Contexts

Unit 4: Personal Progression Project

Building on knowledge gained in previous units, this unit supports a more independent learning approach, enabling you to produce a substantial body of work.

The work will showcase your personal interests and area of intended progression in an online studio exhibition and presentation which will be supported by a visual and written research report.

Unit 5: Contextual & Theoretical Studies (Part 2)

This unit prepares you for more specialist theoretical study of communication in the design, media and screen disciplines.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Certificate of Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen runs for 31 weeks in full- time mode.


Please check the course pages on our website for most up to date fees information.


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Interactive simulations
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Portfolio-based project
  • Critical essays
  • Presentations through a range of media
  • Professional development portfolio, including aspects of the Creative Attributes Framework
  • Curated online journals

Continuing studies

London College of Communication offers a broad range of subjects across our Design, Media and Screen Schools. This expertise will help you to feel fully prepared for the first year of your undergraduate degree.

Studying on the Certificate of Higher Education course will also provide you with access to lectures from visiting industry speakers, introducing you to the professional world while providing useful insight for your future career choices.

Career paths

Successful completion of this course will guarantee you the offer of a place on an undergraduate degree at London College of Communication (LCC).

Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will be made an offer on a specific course of your choosing, we will ensure you are offered a place on a relevant course at the College. This chosen course will depend on your portfolio and the interests you develop during the year.

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings®, for the fourth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

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