Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication

University of the Arts London

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication

University of the Arts London

Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate certificate. Explore visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects. This course offers an intensive vocational route in the graphic design profession and is an ideal option if you need a bridge to Masters study.


London College of Communication’s vocationally-focussed Postgraduate Certificate will help you to build practice-based and professional skills in the highly diverse field of design for visual communication.

Visual communication is a process by which ideas are made visible and conveyed through media to enhance meaning, experience and understanding. This one-year intensive course re-examines the relationship between design principles, research methodologies and the related theoretical contexts.

The programme is ideal for those from diverse academic backgrounds who wish to extend and develop their prior experiences through visual communication. Students on the course have previously studied subjects from molecular genetics to English, architecture to textiles, micro-biology to fine art and product design to geography. The course is a confidence-building bridge to Masters study as well as providing the foundations for professional career development.

You can expect ...

You can expect to become part of a unique learning community made up of staff, guest speakers and fellow students from a diverse range of creative disciplines and cultures. Through tutorials, set and self-initiated projects, workshops and group discussions, you will gain a deeper understanding of the design process that will enhance your practice. Visual language and grammar, typographic hierarchy, symbol design, graphic representation, identity and information visualisation are just some of the areas you will explore.

Personal projects will provide you with a foundation in the principles of visual communication whilst engaging with postgraduate level research methods and conceptual development. Examples of personal projects include: mapping directional devices in the city; the promotion of a typeface; visual analysis of people flow and visual surveys of lettering. Graduates from this course have found employment within high profile international creative agencies, design management, teaching and professional practice. Some have established their own design studios, while others have gone on to achieve highly at Master’s level.

Alumni ...

Alumni of the School of Design includeNeville Brody (Research Studios), John Brown (John Brown Publishing), Angus Hyland (Pentagram), John Hegarty (BBH) and John Kedgley (Tomato). As well as progression onto Masters level courses, graduates of the Design for Visual Communication course find employment both as freelance designers and with high profile international agencies. The following illustrate some of the successes of our alumni: Aidan Brown (Studio Myerscough), Matthew Hancock and Dominc Busby (David McCandles / Information is Beautiful), Rebecca May (Senior Designer – Design Council / Fallon / published author), Alison Guile (owner LMNOP shop), Annalisa Premoli (John Brown Media / MTV Nickelodeon), Emily Fox (Lewis Moberly), Caroline Nitsch (Lead Online Designer Harrods), Joanna Hopkins (Frost / CERN), Jun Tsuzuki (Nippon Design Center), Sthuthi Ramesh (Brand Union India), Laura Heeks (Pentagram, The Guardian, GQ), Nick Hearne (U-Dox / Wunderman), Ian Carr (owner Labour+Play). Recent graduates have taken up internships at: Browns, Spin and Studio8. What our students say...

“As an Architect I was quite familiar with the idea of “design” but I felt the need to build a good grounding to progress in the graphic design field. The course at LCC has been fundamental for my career development. Thanks to the portfolio of info-graphics projects built at LCC, a few months after the end of the course I started freelancing for Sidan Media, a sport publishing company visualising football statistics.” Former student, Grazia Trisciuoglio, now Information Graphic Designer at Live Nation

"This was such a valuable course that gave me so much – I'm forever grateful." Former student, Geoffrey Dahl, now a freelance Graphic Designer

“Thank you for everything. The course has changed my life.” Former student, Valentina Verč , Intern at the award-winning OPX studio.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Home/EU Fee

£2,670 (2014/15 fees)

Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at University of the Arts London. For more information please go to the Postgraduate Funding page.

International Fee

£4,435 (part time 2013-14 fees). Some courses charge non-standard fee rates and additional costs.

Course fees may be paid in instalments


College: London College of Communication

Last updated March 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
30 weeks
Full time
5,745 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 30 weeks
Price 5,745 GBP
International Fee: £5,745 per year (2016/17 fees); Home/EU Fee: £2,750 per year (2016/17 fees)