Natalie Brett has been appointed as the new head of the London College of Communication at Elephant & Castle.
The college has had a turbulent recent history including the departure in March of controversial head of college Professor Sandra Kemp.
Natalie Brett is currently dean of the Camberwell College of Arts and will take up her new post in January after the retirement of the current interim head of college at LCC, Professor Elizabeth Rouse.
Both LCC and CCA are part of the University of the Arts London.
Announcing the appointment to staff and students, UAL vice-chancellor Nigel Carrington said: "Natalie has a long-standing relationship with UAL and an acute understanding of what we do and the environment in which we work.
"She has been a popular, inspiring and energetic leader during her time as dean of Camberwell, and I have no doubt that she will build on LCC's unique heritage and expertise to ensure that it goes on to even greater successes in the future."
Before embarking on an academic career, Natalie Brett worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for clients including Penguin, Pentagram, Saatchi and Saatchi, The Guardian and Marks and Spencer.
Natalie Brett said: "I am delighted to be joining LCC during this period of significant change within higher education.
"As a specialist college for design and media within UAL, LCC is in a unique position both geographically and philosophically with its links to industry and research.
"I am excited to be able to contribute to the heritage of LCC which is inherent in all its staff and students."