London College of Communication: leading design and media education


In 1894, the Saint Bride Foundation Institute Printing School opened in Saint Bride Lane as a social and cultural centre. At the same time the Guild & Technical School opened. In 1949, Bolt court and London School of Printing merged, forming LCC.


Based on a single site, which is perfectly positioned for the creative industry, LCC is within easy reach of the Northern Line’s Elephant & Castle underground station in Southeast London. Conveniently located for arts and design students, the university is on the doorstep of Tate Modern and South Bank Centre.


LCC has broad exhibition space, photographic and television studios, darkrooms, interactive media and animation suites, broadcast and print newsrooms as well as well as specialist printing, printmaking, bookbinding and letterpress workshops.

Studying at LCC

Not just for postgraduate and undergraduate studies, LCC provides an opportunity for further education, study abroad programmes and short courses. LCC’s specialist undergraduate courses include media, interactive digital media, publishing and printing. Their specialist postgraduate courses offered are journalism, publishing, photography, film, television and sound arts, media and communications, and public relations.

Research programmes

Many of practitioners and theorists research film, current practices and histories of photography, communication studies, sound arts, graphic and information and spatial design. Their research is supported by collaborations with the industry, commerce and the cultural sector, funding from UK research councils, and international partnerships. The college also hosts two famous research centres and several research forums, CRISAP and Design Activism.


LCC have many ways of getting students involved with each other and with the college as a whole. With over 50 student societies for students to join according to their interests, including the unique Zumba-London Cycling Society.

Award winning media

The School of Media challenges students to explore and navigate new creative directions, which can potentially reshape and impact how we communicate.

LCC Alumni work globally from Hollywood to Bollywood, and from the National Gallery to the Elevator Gallery. Many graduates go onto work as freelancers and or working in the academic sector.

Extras at LCC

There are several exhibitions open to LCC students, such as the cross-college community of practice, the final show for LCF fashion students and LCC interactive design students. These allow students to be actively involved with colleagues and get insight into other courses, which they may go on to study for a postgraduate qualification.

LCC business and innovation applies the imagination and resourcefulness of their staff and students to challenges faced by organisations. They also provide workshops to enhance CVs, portfolios, finding jobs and internships, freelancing skills, finance, legal advice, showcasing, selling, self-promotion and marketing.

Fun facts!

  • Total Undergraduates: 4,606
  • Male: 37%
  • Female: 63%
  • UK students: 73%
  • Student Population: 6,979
  • Postgraduates: 8%
  • Undergraduates: 66%
  • FE Students: 26%

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