• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length30 weeks

Graduate Diploma Photography

Graduate Diploma Photography will help you enter the field of photography and work at the cutting edge of contemporary practice. You will build a foundation of technical skills, from analogue to the latest digital technologies and develop professional skills through set course projects. Finish the course with a high-quality portfolio, a strong conceptual approach and personal identity to your practice.

Reasons to Apply

  • Our strong relationships with industry provide opportunities and collaborations for students outside of the course structure. Previous external professional projects include collaborating with London Fashion Week and working closely with Canon Cameras, Genesis Imaging, Capture One - Phase One and The Flash Centre.
  • An introduction to key industry contacts including camera and lighting manufacturers, bespoke printers, post-production companies, photographic organisations, photographic professionals, gallery owners and seasoned art buyers.
  • An opportunity to gain awareness of the varying demands of the differing markets, which comprise the international professional photographic industry.
  • A structured timetable that focuses on the technical and professional skills needed in contemporary photography practice including optional choices, combining taught and independent study.
  • An opportunity to study professional photography in the rich international cultural and professional context of London College of Communication, with its long-established courses, guest speaker programmes, research culture and industry networks.

Student Films and Profiles

Course Director Adrian Mott talks about the Graduate Diploma Photography course at London College of Communication (LCC). 

Photography by Chiara Bellamoli, showing to men sitting within a kitchen/living-room space. One man sits on a sofa, another sits on steps into a kitchen, he is bathed in sunlight.
Image © Chiara Bellamoli

Chiara Bellamoli's work featured in Aesthetica Magazine, Next Generation 2017: Human Introspection. Watch an interview with Chiara here.

LCC Student Voices // Sofya Bredikhina

Graduate Diploma Photography, Image Nation final year exhibition, 2017

LCC Student Voices // Manuel Perez de Guzman

Interview with Course Leader Adrian Mott about the Graduate Diploma in Photography
Anna Peftieva

Course Leader Interview

Interview with Course Leader Adrian Mott - LCC Blog.

Course Catalogues

  • Photographic image by Claire Barthelemy in a red house and mountain by a river in Norway.
    Image © Claire Bathelemy

    Image Nation, 2017

    Graduate Diploma Photography, course catalogue 2017

  • Black and white photographic image by Jiayi Chen, showing a naked figure standing on top of a car, firing a bow and arrow towards the viewer.
    Image © Jiayi Chen

    14. catalogue, 2016

    Graduate Diploma Photography course catalogue, 2016

  • Exhibition catalogue, 2015 for Graduate Diploma Photography. Showing two pieces of photographic work: on the left a concrete bridge surrounded on the top and bottom by blue sky, on the right a black and white portrait of a man.
    Image © Yugo Ito (left) and Xing Huang (right)

    Camera Work 2015

    Camera Work 2015 is the course catalogue for Graduate Diploma Photography, 2015.

Course Instagram

  • #Repost @yashoda1212 with @get_repost
Fashion week backstage series #bts 
#londonfashion #lccdipphoto #londonfashionweek 
#backstage #backstagephotography 
  • #Repost @vishal_8l with @get_repost
When the hype’s too real! A group of creative minds have collaborated over the year to create an exquisite collection of photographs within an anachronistic architecture. Stay tuned for the “when & where”. #lccgraddipphoto #trumanbrewery #ual .
#icu_architecture #arkiromantix #excellent_structure #ink #archimasters #creative_architecture #unlimitedlondon #modern  #canonphotographer #tv_architectural #fineart #canoneos #thisislondon #canonphotos #canonrebel #sculpture #londoncalling #jj_architecture #contemporary #london_only #lccdipphoto #shutup_london #photographs
  • #Repost @katyrosepritchard with @get_repost
From ‘Proof Sheet’ on show at the Truman Brewery from 21st-25th June. Private View is 6-10pm on Thursday 21st. 
Part of the Free Range shows- London College Of Communication exhibition:
Block F - Room S4 - 2nd Floor
#lcclondon @lccdipphoto @freerangeshows #lccdipphoto #freerangeshows
  • #Repost @martinadlam with @get_repost
Music by @davidkittmusic
Please come along to our group exhibition for a chance to experience my video installation, Metropolis. 
We’re on the 2nd floor, F block, room S4 from 21st to the 25th June. 
Looking forward to seeing you there. 
Free Range Exhibition 
The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL 
@lcclondon @unioftheartslondon 
#art #fineart #monoart #instatag #insta_pick_bw #insta_pic_of_the_day #bnw_captures #lccdipphoto #blackandwhite #monochrome #bw_lover #bnw #bnw_rose #day #London #atmospheric #walk #walking #street #streetphoto_bw #streetleaks #London #art #augmented
  • CHECK OUT: ‘Imago’
LCC Grad Dip Photography Exhibition 2018-19 .
Please click on the link in the bio for more details .
#lccdipphoto #oldtrumenbrewery #exhibition #photooftheday #photography #lcc #lccdegreeshows #lccphotography #ual #universityoftheartslondon #artofvisuals #visualsofart #visualsoflife #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #catalog #coverpage #checkout #ig_shutterbugs #ig_masterpiece #ig_london #ig_longexpo #elephantandcastle #artschool
  • ~ Its EXHIBITION time again
Follow the link 
Check the bio for more details.
#lccdipphoto #exhibition #lccfinishingschool #londoncollegeofcommunication #lccdegreeshows #lcc #universityoftheartslondon #ual #oldtrumenbrewery #theoldtrumenbrewery #photooftheday #photography #photographyexhibition #photographyart #artistsofinstagram
  • #Repost @myc29 with @get_repost
#fashionphotography #fashionphotographer #studioshoot #fashionshoot #lccdipphoto 
#lccfinishingschool .
#hairandmakeup by @cphairmakeup
#styling by @stylistjoet
#modelling by @ceciliaherring
Location: London College of Communication, UK
  • #Repost @niaz69 with @get_repost
Never bored @lcclondon learning about fashion photography with the greatest tutor ever. #lccdipphoto ##lcc #lovephotography #lovelcc #fashionphotography #fashionphotographer #fashionshoot #studioshoot .
#hairandmakeup by @cphairmakeup 
#styling by @stylistjoet 
#modelling by @ceciliaherring 
Location: London College of Communication, UK
  • #mondaymotivation #everydaymotivation #photographerslife #lovemycamera #liveauthentic #ripanthonybourdain
  • ‘Best Days of Your Life’
#Repost @judewacks with @get_repost
The voice of a caffeine free student!

#lcc #ual #lccdipphoto #personalproject #adolescentmentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness 
#teenagementalhealth  #exhibition #photographyexhibition  #teenswhoselfharm
#awareness #visualart
#visualcommunication #bestdaysofyourlife
  • #Repost @chrisdnm with @get_repost
#120mm nina
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday #artofvisuals #visualsofart #visualsoflife #onfilm #filmphotography #filmtronic #lccdegreeshows #lccphotography #womeninphoto #filmisnotdead #filmcamera
  • #Repost @__alice.c__ with @get_repost
#filmphotography #filmisnotdead 
#degreeshow #photography #exhibition #lccdipphoto #lccdegreeshows #lccphotography #photooftheday
  • #Repost @katyrosepritchard with @get_repost ・・・
This Wednesday!!! End of Course Exhibition! (Graduate Diploma in Photography) LCC, Elephant&Castle. Private View open to everyone, 6-9pm. My piece is called Proof Sheet.. ✈️📝👂 We will also be showing the same work and more at the Truman Brewery, opening 21st June. ✨ #lcc #lccdegreeshows .
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday
  • A big thank you to Natasha Caruana  for being such an awesome external examiner! #lccdipphoto #lccphotography #privateview #lccdegreeshows
  • What a night! Exhibition is up for another week so come and see what we’ve gone and done! @lcclondon #lccdipphoto #photooftheday #privateview #photographyexhibition #elephantandcastle
  • EXHIBITION SNEAK PEEK: It's That Time Of Year Again // @lccdipphoto .
Project by @wonkysdeajs .
Shibari is art! Shibari is craft! Shibari is erotic! Shibari is meditation! 
In Japanese, SHIBARI 縛り means ‘to bind or ‘to tie.’ It is a reflection of trust and intimacy 
through the medium of rope. Tying and being tied is a physical interaction between two people 
where one is leading and the other is following, but both moving together. 
My work aims to translate this ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage. I sincerely hope 
that this series of artwork gives the viewer a new insight into the culture surrounding Shibari. “… I only tie up a woman’s body because I know I cannot tie up her heart. Only her physical 
parts can be tied up. Tying up a woman becomes an embrace.” – Araki 
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #visualsofart #alternativephotography #rsa_minimal #conceptualphotography #fineart #fineartphotography #bnwphotography #loveforblackandwhite #blackandwhite_perfection #blackandwhitephotography #worldframeclub #worldframeclubbw #ig_captures #ig_exquisite #ig_worldclub #ig_collection #ig_shutterbugs #ig_bnw #bnwmood #bnw_of_our_world #canonphotography #canonimages #canonvisuals
  • EXHIBITION SNEAK PEEK: It's That Time Of Year Again // @lccdipphoto .
Project by @lita_tatatata 
These images shot during my travel. After being surprised by the good views. I 
started to enjoy the environment where I stay, and what I see, then gaze them. So I 
use the portrait to show my landscape work. It is in order to show my gazing about 
the environment around me. 
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #visualsofart #agameoftones #landscape #landscapephotography #gaze #landscape_lover #landscape_capture #landscapedesign #landscape_hunter #landscape_focus_on #ig_cameras_united #ig_photooftheday #ig_shutterbugs #ig_masterpiece #ig_shutterbugs #ig_exquisite #ig_shotz #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_snapshots #ig_myshot #ig_nature #ig_street #beautifuldestinations
  • EXHIBITION SNEAK PEEK: It's That Time Of Year Again // @lccdipphoto
Project by @yashoda1212 
Fashion Weeks are mostly known for its glitter, glamour and jazz. The splendid couture, 
innovative accessories, gorgeous models and the hundreds of eyes mystified by them. While 
models walk systematically on the ramp, what goes behind the curtain is mostly 
After having worked for four years within the movie industry capturing ͚the making͛ of the 
movies, I was always captivated by what happens behind the scene. This led me to the 
backstage world of London Fashion Week which was beyond this glitz and glam. 
This #BTS series is all about the chaos, the panic, the mayhem behind the stage which stops 
only after models step onstage…
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #visualsofart #blackandwhitephotography #bnwphotography #conceptualphotography #alternativephotography #fineart #fineartphotography #fashionpost #fashionphotography #fashionphotographer #ig_collection #ig_cameras_united #ig_masterpiece #ig_photooftheday #ig_shutterbugs #ig_photostars #ig_great_pics #ig_captures #ig_worldclub #ig_exquisite #ig_great_shots #igpodium_portraits
  • EXHIBITION SNEAK PEEK: It's That Time Of Year Again // @lccdipphoto .
Project by @yohoo828 
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #visualaofart #ig_cameras_united #ig_photooftheday #ig_shutterbugs #ig_exquisite #ig_captures #ig_collection #ig_collection_bnw #blackandwhitephotography #bnwphotography #ghosttown #monochrome #monogram #landscapephotography #bnw_of_our_world #bnw_photo #lightandshadow #shadowphotography #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #conceptualphotography #alternative #rsa_bw
  • EXHIBITION SNEAK PEEK: It's That Time Of Year Again // @lccdipphoto .
Project by @livleopard 
Liv Leopard (Olivia Johnson) is a London based photographer with a passion for 
portraiture and leopard print. 
This series of portraits presents up-and-coming artists: boy bye and Cici Lara. boy 
bye is a PC/Art project formed of Crimson Helles and Sophie Steichen. Their work is 
a reinterpretation of 2000s girly raunch culture and a critique of the male gaze. Cici 
Lara is a creative spirit, enriching an alternative R&B sound. Her earthy tones 
have made her a staple of the East London music scene.
@iamcicilara .
#lccdipphoto #photooftheday #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #visualsofart #agameoftones #leopard #alternativephotography #conceptualphotography #fineart #fineartphotography #ig_collection #ig_collection_portraits #ig_collection_portrait #ig_captures #ig_cameras_united #ig_photooftheday #ig_shutterbugs #ig_exquisite #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics #ig_worldclub #ig_snapshots #ig_captures_people #instagram_faces #endlessfaces #bravegreatphoto #worldframeclub #canonphotography #canonvisuals


Graduate Diploma Photography will give you the practical skills you'll need to define yourself as a leading photographer. You will be encouraged to develop a strong conceptual approach to your personal practice – to achieve a more defined identity within your work.

Building on the rich heritage of photography teaching at London College of Communication, Graduate Diploma Photography will open a variety of career opportunities in professional photography.

You will gain an invaluable understanding of the photography industry and the business aspect of professional photography. The course will introduce you to key contacts and help you to build relationships.

During your studies, you'll work towards developing a high-quality portfolio suitable for presentation when approaching clients for future commissions or industry roles. In addition, you'll work on set and self-initiated projects which promote learning through discovery, interaction and response to change.

For those wishing to continue their study, the theory and research elements of the course will also prepare you for continued learning at Masters level.

The Graduate Diploma in Photography is taught within the Media School at LCC.

Course units

During the first two weeks there will be an induction programme in which you will:

  • Get an overview of the structure of the course and each unit and discover the ethos of the course.
  • Get to know the facilities on offer to you at course, College and University level, including those provided by the Learning Resources department, Student Services and Students' Union.
  • Get to know your tutors and colleagues.
  • Learn about the difference between working at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Autumn, Term One (11 weeks)

Unit summary:

  • Professional Photography in Practice (Photographic Technology and Applied Production Skills) (40 credits)

Through a series of workshops and project briefs, this unit will enable you to develop and utilise specialist photographic skills and knowledge to solve photographic problems. Through planning, implementation and review, and engagement with industry, you'll be able to apply your photographic skills in a realistic professional context and identify areas in which you may wish to develop your practice.

  • Critical Approaches (Photographic Culture, History and Theory) (20 credits)

This unit will give you the opportunity to study major developments and critical approaches in photography. This will enable you to gain an understanding of the contemporary significance of photography and to place your own work in a historical-cultural context. This unit is particularly useful to those students wishing to bridge to Master level study.

Spring, Term Two (10 weeks)

Unit summary:

  • Professional Photography in Practice (continued)
  • Critical Approaches (continued)
  • Personal Project (Research and development) (20 credits)
  • Professional Identity and Portfolio Development (Professional Context and Progression) (40 credits)

Through the research and development of a comprehensive project, you will be able to recognise creative influences in your own work and develop an understanding of your own creative ambitions.

The Professional Identity and Portfolio Development unit is a culmination of the previous units, offering you the hands-on opportunity to develop a professional body of work that showcases your personal identity.

This is the most significant unit in that you are expected to produce a professional portfolio of work in which you'll be required to demonstrate a rigorous and critical analysis of your interests in professional photography, strongly influenced by your area of specialism.

Summer, Term Three (10 weeks)

Unit summary:

  • Personal Project (continued)
  • Professional Identity and Portfolio Development (continued)

You will explore and gain working knowledge of contemporary business practice, with an emphasis on operating as a freelance practitioner. The process for all units will involve you in original applications of knowledge, together with a practical ability to use and critically assess existing photographic techniques and formats.

You will also, in the process of the critical evaluation of your own and others work, develop innovative solutions to creative challenges.


  • Photograph showing a red recording light, indicating the lens and audio visual facilities at London College of Communication.
    Image © Vladimir Molico

    Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

    Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

  • Photograph of computers and work-space within the Digital Space at London College of Communication.
    Image © Ana Escobar

    The Digital Space

    The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

  • Photograph of students kneeling on the floor in a photography studio, with two specialist lights.
    Image © Lewis Bush

    Media Photography

    Photography students benefit from access to resources held in the Media Photography areas.


Course Leader

Adrian Mott

Associate Lecturer

VJ Choolun

Senior Lecturers

Victoria Ahrens, Quentin Tyler

Critical Approaches Senior Lecturer

Dr Selina Chen

Technical Senior Lecturer

Ian Macaulay

Visiting Tutors

Ryan Hopkinson, David Graham, Simon Tomkinson, Lyndsey Goddard

How to apply

We ask all applicants to complete an online application and upload additional digital items, via the Apply now link, below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the course Entry Requirements section to learn about the application process and additional items you would need to supply.

All applications will be considered by the course team who will consider key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • First, they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and portfolio

There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.


You will need to enter the following information in the online application:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history 
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Before submitting your application, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the application form. Once you have submitted the online application, we will send you a confirmation email.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will ask you for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).


You will be asked to supply:

  • Portfolio

After you have submitted your application, the course leader will then review your work and may invite you to interview or interview you via Skype, and will then make a decision on your application.

The admissions team will be in touch soon after that to let you know the outcome and to guide you through the next steps.


Applications are accepted and offers are made throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Apply now

The online application can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you press submit.

As you progress through the application process we will send you emails with important information, so do check your inbox regularly (and junk folder, just in case).

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree or equivalent experience to be considered for this course. We are looking for applicants who may be progressing from an undergraduate course (or equivalent) and who already have a portfolio that demonstrates a good level of practice.

Alternatively, you could be considering a career change and already have a portfolio of good quality photographic images, and now interested in expanding your subject knowledge and understanding, and developing a career in photography.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page

For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.

Selection Criteria

Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of a commitment to the medium of photography and a desire to acquire the skills needed to develop a commercial career in the medium
  • An evident commitment to developing creative practice whilst academically engaging with the subject
  • A demonstrable capacity for intellectual enquiry and openness to new ideas
  • Evidence of an ability/wish to work both autonomously and collaboratively
  • An interest in acquiring the technical skills required to embark on a professional career


Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on Graduate Diploma Photography. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course.

Portfolio and interview advice

All applications submitted must be supported by a digital portfolio of work to be considered at interview. Your online portfolio should be in the form of up to 20 images of your work. Please label your work carefully with your name, plus titles if appropriate.

Interviews help us determine whether your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and philosophy of the course. Not all applicants will be called for an interview.

If you are called for an interview, we advise you to bring strong examples of current work. The interview also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate an objective, critical and reflective relationship to your work.


Deferring an offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

What happens next?

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,500 (2018/19). 


Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQ) fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. For enquiries relating to ELQ fees, please complete the course enquiry form.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Career paths

The Graduate Diploma in Photography provides you with the skills you will need for a career as a professional photographer. You'll be encouraged to research, evaluate and develop projects which directly relate to your future aspirations and be given the chance to develop a portfolio suitable for presentation to clients to help you gain commissions or employment on completing the course.

The creative, research and professional skills gained on the course enable a broad range of careers possibilities, including:

  • Photographer (advertising, fashion, editorial, blogging, documentary, picture researcher)
  • Art buyer
  • Picture editor
  • Publisher
  • Stills production 
  • Digital operator 
  • Art director
  • Entrepreneur

See examples of work by our graduates: