The VFS-UAL: LCC Pathway Program


Vancouver Film School (VFS) and University of the Arts London (UAL): London College of Communication (LCC) have partnered to deliver exciting Virtual Reality pathway streams that allow graduates of VFS’s VR/AR Design & Development program to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Virtual Reality in just 2 years, or an accelerated Master of Arts in Virtual Reality in only 15 months.

About The Program

What is the VFS-UAL: LCC Pathway Program?

The UK is home to the largest virtual reality and augmented reality sector in Europe. Students studying in London can benefit from being at the heart of the worldwide immersive technologies market – an educational experience headquartered in an investment capital while surrounded by an ever-growing infrastructure of emerging tech.

Graduates of VFS’s VR/AR Design & Development program will receive advanced placement into year 2 (level 5) of LCC’s 3-year BA (Hons) Virtual Reality undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, all VFS graduates that have also completed an undergraduate degree (hons) will receive guaranteed admissions into LCC’s Virtual Reality program regardless of the Bachelor’s degree discipline. They will also receive an exclusive 20% tuition rate discount.

About UAL: LCC

London College of Communication (LCC), is part of University of the Arts London (UAL) and ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design, according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings®.

LCC is a pioneering world leader in creative communications education, discovering new possibilities in creative communications.They support and encourage their students to explore the power of storytelling, develop a career they love, and to make a difference across wider society.

Taught by experienced practitioners, their graduates go on to shape the creative industries by forging their own paths in thoughtful and experimental ways.

LCC is connected to industry, building partnerships with organizations ranging from start-ups and charities to leading global businesses. Through the use of their diverse voices and experience, LCC works closely with local communities to transform the world around them.


Disclaimer: Admission to VFS does not guarantee access to UAL programs. Applicants must meet UAL requirements. Seat capacity is limited.

Total time to complete your LCC BA in Virtual Reality degree

Total time to complete your LCC MA in Virtual Reality degree

Plan your Pathway


  1. Prior Learning Requirement:

    BA (Hons) Virtual Reality: Successfully pass VFS VR/AR Design & Development Diploma at 65% or above to complete the prior learning admission requirement.

    MA in Virtual Reality: Successfully pass VFS VR/AR Design & Development Diploma at 65% or above and a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in any discipline to complete the prior learning admissions requirement.

  2. English Language Requirements

    BA (Hons) Virtual Reality: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with at least a 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    MA Virtual Reality: IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills

    • All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enroll.

IELTS Online is an intensive course aimed at preparing you for the Academic IELTS exam, developed and taught by the Language Centre at University of the Arts London.

At the end of the course there will be a full IELTS practice exam with individual feedback.

*VFS recommends all students to enter VFS with the required IELTS scores indicated above to ensure a smooth and seamless transfer to UAL after graduation.

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality:

  • Monday 27 September 2021
  • Monday, 26 September 2022

MA Virtual Reality:

  • Monday 27 September 2021
  • Monday, 26 September 2022

UK student visa applications are processed within 3 weeks (15 working days) of the completed application being lodged.

At the London College of Communication campus located in the heart of London, at Elephant & Castle. The College is on a single site, within easy reach of various parts of the city and well served by tube, bus and rail networks.

Students who hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours in a closely related discipline are usually given priority admissions consideration.

However, under this Pathway, VFS VR/AR graduates who also hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours will be guaranteed entry into the MA Virtual Reality program regardless of the Bachelor’s degree discipline.

The honours requirement is any undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree that contains a larger volume of material or a higher standard of study, or both, rather than an "ordinary", "general" or "pass" Bachelor's Degree. 

For example, in Canada, this could represent an award of Honours after four years of undergraduate study, instead of the three years of a 'general' Bachelor's Degree. In the UK, the award of Honours is achieved though completion of an honours project, requiring a higher degree of specialization than non-honours undergraduate degrees.

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree without honours would not be guaranteed admission to LCC’s MA Virtual Reality.

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality: £22,920 per year.

MA Virtual Reality: £22,920 per course. A twenty per cent (20%) fee discount will be applied to each student who commences the MA Virtual Reality at UAL:LCC.

There are no application fees required via a direct application.

You may need to cover additional costs which are not included in your tuition fees. These could include travel expenses and the costs of material. Find out more about additional costs here.

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality: Full time mode only and runs for 93 weeks. Each academic year lasts 31 weeks.

MA Virtual Reality: Full Time mode only and runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study.

Yes, VFS alumni may apply for either Pathway option. Those VFS alumni interested in the undergraduate Virtual Reality stream but did not graduate from the VR/AR Design and Development program will be required to complete the full 3-year program at UAL:LCC. Advanced placement is only rewarded to VR/AR graduates.

All VFS alumni that also hold an honours degree are most welcome to apply for the MA Virtual Reality. Only VFS VR/AR graduates will received guaranteed placement.

If a VFS student is accepted, they will be issued an offer letter. Once the student receives their results, and providing they meet the offer conditions, a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will be issued by UAL. Alternatively, students will receive a conditional offer letter if they do not meet all admission requirements.

The offer, however, remains open until a deposit of £4,000 has been paid. The remainder of the tuition fee for the first year of your course must be paid before you enrol at the start of the academic year. Once you have enrolled, the deposit will contribute towards your total tuition fee payment.

The earliest a student can apply is 3 months before the course begins as the University issues CAS numbers from 3 months prior to the course start date.

A student should aim to apply at least 6 months prior to the start of the course. Later applications will still be considered.

UAL is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings®, and places on our courses are understandably in high demand.

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality: Maximum of 5 VFS student enrolments each year.

MA Virtual Reality: Maximum of 2 VFS student enrolments each year.

The group sizes are typically between 10-15 students.

*Please notify a VFS admissions advisor of your expressed interest in pursuing the VFS – LCC pathway prior to your VFS commencement date to confirm seat availability.

Yes. In the UK, as an international student, you can work for up to 20 hours per week while studying in the desired program.

Currently, international students are allowed to remain and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

Accommodation Services is available to all UAL students looking for a place to live. For more information, please contact a UAL admissions advisor.

Their Country Manager, Jess Gill. Fill out our contact form and Jess will be in touch.


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