London College of Creative Media

    London College of Creative Media

    United Kingdom
    United Kingdom ,England, London
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      Sceptre Court, 40 Tower Hill, London EC3N

    London College of Creative Media


    LCCM was founded in 2002 by Geoff Hemsley and Darius Khwaja. Both were professional musicians; Khwaja had also worked for various arts organizations on a freelance basis. Initially called London Centre of Contemporary Music, the college specialised both in teaching the technical aspects of contemporary popular music and in preparation for a career in the industry. In 2003 LCCM moved to premises at 50–52 Union Street in the Bankside district of London.

    In its early years LCCM offered the Higher National Diploma (HND) and the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 4 in Music, both of which were validated by Pearson Edexcel. In 2007, the college added a BMus degree course awarded and validated by Middlesex University. Corporate restructuring in 2016 led to the addition of new degrees in Creative and Professional Writing, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Digital Product Development. The Open University replaced Middlesex as the awarding and validating body for all its degrees. That same year LCCM changed its registered company name to the London College of Creative Media to reflect its extended range of undergraduate degrees outside of its core focus on music education. In 2017, the college moved into a new purpose-built campus on Union Street adjacent to its old building.

    Financial difficulties had begun to surface in late 2016. The UK Department for Education decided that LCCM's students would still be eligible to receive student loans, but asked the Open University to put in place a contingency plan to ensure that its students could continue their courses in the event of the college becoming insolvent. During 2017 LCCM's board of governors held discussions with a number of possible financial partners and in November of that year began formal negotiations with Global University Systems (GUS) with a view to the company acquiring the college. The negotiations were ongoing on 8 January 2018 when LCCM went into administration. Four days later, the administrators sold LCCM to GUS. LCCM subsequently announced that as part of Global University Systems it would remain fully operational with no material changes to either tutors or student activity. Students were able to complete their courses without interruption through LCCM's existing collaboration with the Open University.

    In the National Student Survey 2020, LCCM ranked as the top contemporary music institution in the UK with an overall student satisfaction score of 86.5%.

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