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A specialist higher education college for creative people, LCCM (London College of Creative Media) is the only independent college in the UK offering degrees in music and writing, along with postgraduate degrees in creative entrepreneurship, music production and music performance.
LCCM offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as short courses, all of which are tailored for those seeking a career in the creative industries. LCCM is the only higher education college in the UK to specialise in music and writing within creative and commercial settings. This will provide you with the knowledge, skills and opportunity to excel in your craft, as well as to prosper in the industry of your choice.
Alongside a number of compulsory and optional subjects, music students can choose to learn the below as a first or second instrument:
Full-time undergraduate courses at LCCM range from one to three years and some courses are available with the option of a Foundation Year. Three-year courses can be studied full time or part time (over six years) and postgraduate degrees are studied over one year.
LCCM offers a friendly and creative environment where you can develop and find the inspiration you need to further your talents. To ensure you receive a high level of contact tuition and get the most from your tutors, class sizes at LCCM are kept small.
The purpose-built campus includes recording studios, edit rooms, performance rooms, practice booths, quiet study spaces and a live gig venue which is filled with new professional equipment. These facilities make LCCM the perfect place to get all the practice and inspiration you need to prepare for a life in the music.
The college was awarded a provisional recognition in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
LCCM degrees are designed and taught by leading professionals from the worlds of music, publishing and software technology. This means that when you study at LCCM, you can expect to leave fully prepared for graduate-level work in or beyond the creative industries.
LCCM also has links with a range of organisations in the creative industry, meaning students are regularly recommended professional projects and work experience.
LCCM alumni have found success in a wide range of roles as original artists, musicians, producers, doctors, broadcasters, journalists, music business professionals, entrepreneurs, teachers and academics.
Music graduates from LCCM have been signed to major labels, composed music for BBC and Hollywood films and won awards. They have also toured and worked with top-selling artists including Brian Eno, Labrinth, Jess Glynne, George Ezra, Take That, Paolo Nutini and Ellie Goulding.
Tutors at LCCM come straight from the music and creative industries, having worked with an impressive array of artists. They have decades of practical experience and knowledge which they wish to pass on to you. LCCM tutors will not only work with you individually to refine your talent, but they will also help you understand the culture and practices of the creative industries and how to succeed in this competitive sector.
As a degree or Cert HE student at LCCM you will benefit from:
There is currently no students' union at LCCM, but an active Student Committee represents students’ views at the college and organises a number of social events throughout the year.
Recent projects and activities organised by LCCM’s Student Committee have included:
Alongside this, the Student Committee organises the SkillShare mentoring scheme. This allows students to gain extra support and learn new skills from their classmates while sharing their own talents and building their CV.
At present, LCCM does not have any accommodation or accommodation services, so students will have to search for their own place to live. However, an active LCCM Facebook group means you won’t be on your own in your search for finding suitable roommates. There are also many rental opportunities in London, including private student accommodation.
LCCM’s campus is located in the cultural hub of Southwark, a lively area in central London. Here, there are plenty of live music venues, theatres, clubs, pubs and other exciting places to meet like-minded people and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving arts, music and night scene.
The college has invested around £5m into their brand-new creative campus, known as the ‘Music Box’. This new site offers unrivalled resources for music, writing and entrepreneurship, including a dedicated live performance venue, and:
It’s the perfect place to get all the practice and inspiration you need to prepare for a life in the music and creative industries.
Get the feel for our campus and brand new facilities – check out our 360 virtual tour.
London is the heart of the European music industry and an irresistible hub for artists, musicians and creative thinkers.
Based in Bankside, an increasingly creative area in the heart of London’s vibrant live music scene, LCCM is only a short walk from the concert halls and theatres of the South Bank, Borough Market and the Tate Modern. It is also a short tube ride from London’s Tech City in the Old Street and Shoreditch areas, giving students endless inspiration and ways to further develop their skills and practical experience.
You will be in the perfect place to kick-start your creative career surrounded by inspiration and opportunities.
There currently are no traditional clubs and societies at LCCM, but there are plenty of opportunities to join student-led groups and workshops. The college’s Student Committee also organises a range of activities and projects for students to get involved with.
Lecturers are on hand and approachable, with plenty of one-to-one time to address any questions or concerns you may have about your course. LCCM also offers non-financial support to students across a number of areas including academic, pastoral, accommodation and student services.
Studying at LCCM entitles students to heavily discounted access to additional services through the college, including:
The Student Services team at LCCM also operates an open-door policy to support students through all aspects of their studies.
UK/EU students: Full time £9,250 per year, Part time: £5,580 per year
International students: £15,000 per year
There are currently no scholarships or bursaries offered by LCCM.
Since 2002, LCCM has existed to address what the founders saw as shortcomings within music industry education in the UK, becoming the first college to develop a combined Music Performance and Production programme. It has offered degrees since 2008, the year it doubled in size and launched the popular BMus (Hons) in Music Performance and Production in partnership with Middlesex University. It is now an approved institution of The Open University and has launched new degrees in Creative Music Technology, Music Business Management validated by Falmouth University.
Degree programmes at LCCM are also intentionally designed to encourage collaboration among students from across the college, inspiring the creation of new work and business start-ups.
Music courses at LCCM focus on all forms of popular music, from rock and pop, R&B, soul, funk, reggae, jazz and blues to Latin, world and electronic music.
Undergraduate entry at LCCM requires two A-level passes or the equivalent in any subject. Offers tend to be higher with an expectation that one of your subjects will be relevant to the degree for which you are applying. All candidates who meet the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the capability to complete the relevant programme will be offered an interview. Entry will then be determined by your audition (for music performance subjects) and interview.
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