Emma Donovan - Programme Leader
Emma's research specialisms include scenography and architectural design, exploring explicit and implicit narrative. A key focus is exploring sustainability; through social legacy, conservation, authenticity of materials, and environmental impact.Academic Staff List
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.
The course also offers opportunities for collaborations with established practitioners through ‘live’ projects and students gain professional experience through engagement with visiting lecturers and by presenting their work to practising designers at our final-year ‘Industry Forum’.
We work with a wide variety of people depending on the type of project. In the commercial field, teams will include marketing and advertising professionals and event organisers. For cultural projects we work with curators, educational teams, art directors, choreographers, and even performers. We also work with lighting and audio-visual designers and specialist technical contractors.
Due to the multi-disciplinary approach of the course, graduates may choose to work on event, retail, theatre, or communication design-based projects. The programme is well respected with long-standing industry links which can help prepare students for careers regionally, nationally or even internationally. Graduates have gone on to work in design practices, or as freelance designers once they’re more established.
The Lincoln Learning Environment
The studio space is open plan so allows for collaboration. This course shares links with the Interior Architecture and Design course (including a shared first year). Each year group has a designated area and each student has their own space within that.
The programme has a partnership with the Hong Kong Design Institute. A top-up degree is presented in Hong Kong, utilising a mixture of live and virtual studio technology and paving the way for student exchange opportunities.
Students are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk software, as well as lynda.com to aid them during their studies.
Through instilling in our design students a thoughtful and critical approach to the way they think about design and apply their creative skills, we aim to prepare them to be leaders in the creative industries.
The University of Lincoln has a comprehensive range of facilities designed to provide a supportive environment for creative practitioners. Students have regular access to workshops, labs, studios, and industry-standard equipment, as well as highly knowledgeable technicians. This environment can help students to develop their knowledge and skills, and complements our purpose-built design studios.
Lincoln School of Design students have a long history of winning and being shortlisted for international and national student design competitions, and the last few years have been no exception.
There is the opportunity to gain practical work experience through an optional work placement year between the second and third years.
Students may apply for an internship at the British Museum in year two as part of a partnership within the course.
The course has established links with other institutions in Europe and the USA for students wishing to study abroad.
Please note that students are required to cover their travel, accommodation, and general living costs during any placement, internship, or period of study abroad.
Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio of work. We look for evidence of your creative potential, current skills and artistic process. Your portfolio should ideally showcase a range of design skills, include a range of 2D (drawing and graphic work) and 3D (model making, sculpture) work.
We hope to see both your process work and examples of final ideas or solutions. You could include sketchbooks, photographs, documentations of events, exhibitions, performances, artists and designers you respect and any other work that reflects your interests in this broad subject area.
"The best thing about the course is the sheer diversity and number for skills taught. It’s great working in the family studio environment where everyone has different design interests and career paths ahead."Layla Holland, BA (Hons) Design for Exhibition and Museums graduate
Owing to the multi-disciplinary approach of the course, graduates may choose to work on event, retail, theatre, exhibition, or communication design-based projects. Recent graduates have gone on to successful careers at organisations including Eureka!, The National Children's Museum, Imagination, MET Studio, Kingsmen (Singapore), Rapier, Equinox, and the British Museum.
93% of the University's most recent Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance* graduates were in work or further study within six months of finishing their course, according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.
Graduates have secured creative roles such as designer, 3D designer, and Store Designer at organisations including Auto-Trail VR Ltd, Clive Agency, DMN DesignBuild, Equinox Design, Estee Lauder Companies, EventLab, Freeman/Large Creative Limited, Form Atlarge Ltd, GES Middle East, Korten Ltd, Leo Associates Ltd, Mad About Design, Oliver Bonas, Park Display, Rapiergroup, RTH Plc, Scotch Whiskey Experience and Shaggy Sheep Designs.
The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to join us for one of our Open Days. Visiting us in person is important and will help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.Book Your Place
Students can become skilled visual communicators with the opportunity to work on practical projects to develop their creativity.
Interior architects shape the spaces in which we live our lives, combining aesthetics with philosophy and function.
With links to the design industry and support to launch business start ups, this course aims to support the product designers of the future.
At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.