Emma Donovan and Jason Wiggin - Programme Leaders
Emma has enjoyed a long and varied career in industry designing for live performance, event and exhibition before returning to teaching. Her work is multidisciplinary, from scenography to architectural design her primary aim is the creation of atmospheric spatial experiences that enable storytelling. A key focus is exploring sustainability, through social legacy, conservation, materiality, and environmental impact. Jason recently joined the University after a successful career in industry and academia in South Africa. He has a passion for lecturing and design and prefers to be known as an Imagineer. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries, including art installations, interior architecture, as well as stage and set design.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BA (Hons) Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance
"A work placement provided me with the opportunity to show a company that I'm a hard worker and that I enjoy what I do, I believe this was the main influence behind being offered a permanent position with my placement company after graduation.”Edward Robinson, BA (Hons) Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance
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Entry Requirements 2023-24
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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.
Student Design Awards
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. Please carefully select and edit your work to produce an exciting, creative and representative portfolio which informs us about your skills, interests, and ambitions. Your portfolio may include (but not exclusively) examples of observational drawing, design project work, painting and sculpture, textile works, design development drawing, photography, model-making, use of colour, perspective drawing and technical drawing. We would like to see a collection of 15-20 pieces of your work.
- A title on the main design work which explains the project will assist us to understand your work
- Order your work logically, for example chronologically or by theme
- Feel free to include anything that isn't quite finished or is work in progress, if you feel it shows your experimential and innovative development
- Please photograph/document any large examples to describe scale
- Please title your work with your full name and UCAS number
"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 Event, Exhibition and Performance 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.
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