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London College of Creative Media
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London College of Creative Media

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London College of Creative Media
Overview
Overview

Overview

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:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Piano and keyboard
  • Saxophone
  • Songwriting
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Vocals

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.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

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.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

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:

  • A personal and friendly environment;
  • Programmes you can customise to match your aims and interests;
  • Small class sizes;
  • High levels of contact tuition;
  • One-to-one tuition on most degrees;
  • Opportunities to collaborate with students on LCCM’s related degrees to form bands and start exciting projects;
  • High-quality academic education that also ensures you are ‘work-ready’;
  • Excellent access to specialist staff, facilities and resources;
  • An education that will remain relevant throughout your life.
Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

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:

  • Film nights;
  • Xmas Party;
  • Pub crawl;
  • Gaming nights;
  • Night of original music gigs;
  • Spoken word night;
  • Boat party.

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.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

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.

Cost of living
Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£6,000

per annum
Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£12,000

per annum
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Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

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:

  • 2 edit rooms
  • 2 digital piano rooms
  • 3 recording studios
  • 4 computer labs
  • 7 classrooms
  • 7 soundproofed performance rooms
  • 10 individual practice booths
  • Quiet space
  • Workspace and library
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Showers and lockers

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.

 

City life
City life

City life

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.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.65

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

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.

Student support
Student support

Student support

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 British School of Osteopathy student clinic;
  • An affordable counselling clinic operated in conjunction with the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

The Student Services team at LCCM also operates an open-door policy to support students through all aspects of their studies.

Fees
Fees

Fees

LCCM Degrees

UK/EU students: Full time £9,250 per year, Part time: £5,580 per year

International students: £15,000 per year

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

There are currently no scholarships or bursaries offered by LCCM.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

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.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Please see their website for more information.

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Mathilde
05 Feb 19

Learning a lot everyday. Wish days where longer to have time to practice...
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05 Feb 19

Really appreciate the teachers real world...

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