#1 Graphic Design is one of the University’s Design courses ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey 2016.
The BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree encourages students to become skilled visual communicators and provides the opportunity to work on project briefs that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions using a variety of media.
This programme aims to introduce students to the social context of graphic design. It covers a wide range of topics such as typography, advertising, branding, editorial, artists’ books, packaging, interactive design, animation, film and installation.
Our research-active academics practise in the industry and have active links to professional bodies and networks. This course has established links to the International Society of Typographic Designers. There are opportunities to undertake work experience and internships at design agencies.
How You Study
In the first year, students have the opportunity to work in both traditional and digital media, while learning about the fundamental principles of graphic design. The course introduces the creative methods needed in the industry to answer briefs and solve communication problems.
In the second year, more advanced concepts of graphic design are introduced.
The final year culminates in an end-of-year show and provides an opportunity for students to develop their own specialism.
Contact Hours and Independent Study
Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.
University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.
Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.
How You Study
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).
Methods of Assessment
The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.
For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.
Interviews & Applicant Days
Applicants are invited for an interview and will have the opportunity to show your portfolio of work to a member of teaching staff.
Applicants should be able to rationalise the work in their portfolio, clearly express their ideas and opinions, and demonstrate their interest and involvement in graphic design. Enthusiasm and a lively approach are welcomed.
What We Look For In Your Application
Work that shows an application of design within a communication context is preferred. Your portfolio should contain a range of design work that reflects your ability to apply analytical and creative thought processes to solve a communication problem. It should also demonstrate engagement with a variety of media and production techniques.
Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.
For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Architecture & Design Staff Pages.
Entry Requirements 2017-18
GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, including grade B from an A Level art, design or media studies related subject.
International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 5 at Higher Level from an art, design or media studies related subject.
BTEC Extended Diploma in an art, design or media related subject: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma in an art, design or media related subject: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.
All applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language.
Applicants will need to complete a successful interview.
Mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.
If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email email@example.com.
Contextualising Visual Practice 1
The module offers an introduction to design history and the study of visual culture and communication. Skills in research, analysis, debate, interpretation and critique can be developed and exercised though progressive stages of study designed to move students through from empirical to historically and theoretically informed analysis and interpretation.
Design Communication 1
This module is concerned with introducing students to the fundamental and underlying principles of graphic communication design practice along with the skills and processes that support it. Through a broad programme of study students will have the opportunity to develop a range of thinking and working strategies relevant to the practice of contemporary graphic design.
Visual Expression 1
This module aims to introduce students to visual expression and personal creative development through the means of appropriate media and processes as they relate to the broad nature of communication design and graphic design practice. The learning experience is intended to start the process of experimentation, speculation, innovation and personal exploration. Key to the module is the initial development of a visual voice.
Contextualising Visual Practice 2
This module will consist of themes of study in design history and theory selected to provide students with the opportunity to gain an enhanced level of understanding, analysis and evaluation, and a range of topics suited to stimulate further independent research. The themes will be presented in sufficient depth to allow engagement with concepts, critical texts, and related disciplines where necessary, as well as a range of substantive materials.
Design Communication 2
This module encourages a conceptual approach to graphic design work and problem solving whilst retaining the highly professional and technical aspects of study acquired in other areas of the course. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience of solving client-related communication problems, meeting client expectations, and presenting creative and original solutions and findings through design projects that reference ethical and social issues.
Visual Expression 2
This module builds upon the aims and themes of Visual Expression 1 but is also compatible with study experiences of a similar nature students may have undertaken elsewhere.
The module operates on the notion that the students’ creative personal development and individual visual voice is developed through familiarity with a broad range of media and creative practices. Students will therefore have the opportunity to explore the various facets of visual communication with the intention of communicating complex and varied messages to a range of audiences.
Contextualising Visual Practice 3
Contextualising Visual Practice 3 is an independent study module which takes the form of a dissertation and offers students an opportunity to explore in some depth a topic of their own choice which reflects their main area of study.
This is undertaken via tutor supported self-directed study and research. The module aims therefore, to broaden the scope of the student’s degree programme by allowing them to identify and pursue relevant academic and creative interests.
Design Communication 3
This module aims to prepare students for the realities of professional life or further study at postgraduate level. It encourages a thoughtful and innovative response to visual communication problems which reflects the intellectual rigour, creativity, knowledge and practical skills appropriate to graphic design practice at this higher level of first degree study.
Students are required to accept significant responsibility for initiating and identifying their individual professional goals within the subject, which may then inform the content of their programme of study. Students who wish to progress to postgraduate study within the University are actively encouraged to display extended intellectual rigour, challenge accepted conventions and develop a thoroughly investigative and highly critical approach in the pursuit of creative solutions to communication issues.
Visual Expression 3
This is a module that allows projects to be chosen from a range of areas within the subject by negotiation with the academic staff. At this level Graphic Design students have the opportunity to take responsibility for initiating and selecting the content of their study programme, according to their specific interests and career aspirations.
The themes studied in preceding Visual Expression modules are further developed at this level. This would include aspects of personal creative development, the further development of a visual voice along with the exploration and exploitation of a broad range of traditional and digital media. The aim is to provide the student with an opportunity to be innovative and where appropriate include authorial content in their work.
The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Students have the opportunity to engage with both live project briefs set by external clients and also national and international competition briefs.
Professional design specialists enhance the curriculum through a visiting lecturer programme.
ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD
Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge
Although not a set part of the curriculum, all students are encouraged to seek placements in design agencies during their time with us. These placements have the potential to lead to further opportunities within the Graphic Design industry.
We also make every effort to get our students work seen by potential employers; final year students produce a website in conjunction with their final year show. This aims to showcase their individual talents.
When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.
Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.
View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.
Currently, 96% of Lincoln Graphic Design graduates are employed or in further study within six months of finishing this course, according to the latest (2013/14) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.
Graduates who pursue careers as graphic designers work across both print and digital platforms. Recent graduates have worked for agencies including True North, Iris, Jaywing, Landor, Design Bridge, Coley Porter Bell, Brass, Raw, Elmwood, Jack Renwick Studio, as well as setting up their own independent studios or working as freelance graphic designers.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.
Additional costs on this course will be dependant on the projects undertaken by the student. Where possible the course will aim to supply materials and equipment but students are encouraged to discuss project ideas with tutors to ascertain any costs that may be incurred prior to undertaking work.
|Full-time||£9,250 per level||£14,500 per level|
|Part-time||£77.09 per credit point†|
The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.
In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.
We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.
†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.
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Congratulations to Level 3 students Richard (Patch) Patrick and Kristian Sear and Level 2 student Josh Ost, who have all successfully gained membership to the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). This annual award scheme gives students the opportunity to explore and develop typography as an inherent part of the design process. All three students submitted work for the Design Museum rebrand project.
We’re incredibly proud to say five of our year 3 students were short listed for the Shine Awards this year. Shine is a graduate scheme run by Coley Porter Bell (CPB), an amazing and high profile branding agency in London. The brief was to design a presentation pack for the Chivas 18 whiskey brand. Each student had to present to a judging panel consisting of CPB team members, their client from Chivas and one of our own, lecturer Dave Pettitt. It was a close ran thing but Liam ran out the winner! Suzie also received a commendation for her work.
Katherine West, Hannah Tomlinson, Liam Richardson, Suzie Armstrong and Summer Onley before the event at CPB in London.