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BA (Hons) Graphic Design BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Design at Lincoln is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021 (out of 78 ranking institutions).

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Campus

Brayford Pool

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UCAS Code

W290

Course Code

GRAGRAUB

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Barrie Tullett - Programme Leader

Barrie Tullett - Programme Leader

A graduate of St Martins School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, Barrie Tullett has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator with clients including the Science Museum (his drawings are part of the National Collection) and the London Underground. He is the author of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology (Laurence King Publishing, 2014).

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Graphic Design at Lincoln encourages students to become skilled visual communicators, providing the opportunity to work on projects that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions.

The degree introduces students to the social relevance of graphic design. It covers a wide range of topics such as typography, advertising, branding, editorial design, artists' books, packaging, interactive design, animation, film, and installation.

By providing the opportunity to work on projects that require practical design skills, as well as creative insights into finding innovative solutions, our students can become adept visual communicators

Our research-active academics, such as Programme Leader Barrie Tullett, practise in the industry and this course has established links to the International Society of Typographic Designers.

Throughout the programme there are opportunities for students to undertake work experience and internships at design agencies. Currently students are given free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and LinkedIn Learning.

Find out more about our students' recent competition successes: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lsd/studentawards/

You can also find out more about what our staff and students are doing by following the Lincoln School of Design Twitter account at https://twitter.com/Lincoln_GD or by following us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lincoln_gd/.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Graphic Design at Lincoln encourages students to become skilled visual communicators, providing the opportunity to work on projects that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions.

The degree introduces students to the social relevance of graphic design. It covers a wide range of topics such as typography, advertising, branding, editorial design, artists' books, packaging, interactive design, animation, film, and installation.

Our research-active academics, such as Programme Leader Barrie Tullett, practise in the industry and this course has established links to the International Society of Typographic Designers.

Throughout the programme there are opportunities for students to undertake work experience and internships at design agencies. Currently students are given free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and LinkedIn Learning.

Find out more about our students' recent competition successes: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lsd/studentawards/

You can also find out more about what our staff and students are doing by following the Lincoln School of Design Twitter account at https://twitter.com/Lincoln_GD or by following us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lincoln_gd/.

How You Study

In the first year, students are encouraged to work in both traditional and digital media while studying the fundamental principles of graphic design. The course introduces the creative methods needed in the industry to answer briefs, solve communication problems, and meet deadlines, alongside a theory course that underpins the social context and history of the subject.

This knowledge is taken further in the second year, where more advanced concepts of graphic design are introduced. The third year provides an opportunity for students to develop their own specialism with a range of projects to choose from, including projects set by industry. The third year culminates in a physical or online end-of-year degree show.

During the three years of the course, students are encouraged to undertake competition briefs or apply to recognised industry award schemes. The course has an impressive track record of success with the YCN Awards, British Book Design & Publication Awards, the RSA Student Design Awards, Adobe Top Talent Awards, and many others. Depending on the award scheme, these offer opportunities for networking, industry recognition, placements and bursaries.

As the course progresses, students will develop a professional portfolio of work through a mixture of studio projects and independent, collaborative, and industry-led briefs.

Studio practice is a key element of this course, and students will have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in creative studio environments. Teaching and learning experiences may include online and studio activities, peer groups, lectures, workshops, seminars, and group tutorials. Students can also benefit from one-to-one tutorials, portfolio reviews, and self-initiated work experience.

What You Need to Know

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.

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How You Study

In the first year, students are able to work in both traditional and digital media while studying the fundamental principles of graphic design. The course introduces the creative methods needed in the industry to answer briefs and to solve communication problems.

This knowledge is taken further in the second year, where more advanced concepts of graphic design are introduced. The third year provides an opportunity for students to develop their own specialism with a range of projects to choose from, including projects set by industry. The third year culminates in an end-of-year degree show.

During the three years of the course, students are encouraged to undertake competition briefs or apply to recognised industry award schemes. The course has an impressive track record of success with the YCN Awards, British Book Design & Publication Awards, the RSA Student Design Awards, Adobe Top Talent Awards, and many others.

What You Need to Know

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.

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Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

Information for Offer Holders Joining Us in Autumn 2021

Letter from Head of Lincoln School of Design

We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.

We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.

As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.

Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops, studio and practical sessions. Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.

This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.

Teaching and Learning

Your programme will follow an on-campus, blended-learning model. This will involve a range of different learning styles where you will be able to engage with your tutors and peers in physical and virtual environments.

We are planning the majority of your teaching to be delivered face to face. This means that you will be on campus for sessions like seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical and studio classes. We will also be using the benefits of online learning and teaching, particularly for large lectures, which may be delivered as live sessions in which you can interact with others, and/or recorded sessions that you can access whenever you want.

Our efforts to develop your employability within and outside of the curriculum will remain a key focus during your time at Lincoln. As your course progresses, you will be assessed in various ways, including coursework and examinations which may be online.

The spaces on campus where your teaching will take place (including our creative studios which simulate the design agency environment) will be managed in ways that maximise your learning experience while also safeguarding your health and wellbeing in line with the latest Government guidance.

Should a change in Government guidance require a return to lockdown, we are ready to move fully online for the required period. We did this twice last year and managed to successfully deliver our curriculum and maintain our sense of community. Any changes of this kind will be communicated by email from myself and/or the university.

To complete your assignments, you will need a laptop or desktop computer capable of running certain software, details of which will be provided by your programme team as part of your Welcome Pack. We will provide an Adobe Creative Cloud license so that you can access this software at the start of your studies. All students will be provided with full access to Microsoft Office 365.

To support you in your studies, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor – a member of academic staff who is your designated ‘go to’ person for advice and support, both pastoral and academic. You will meet with them regularly in person and/or online. It is important to remember that independent learning is an essential aspect of your programme. Guided reading and other independent engagement remain key to performing well in your studies.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in October for your induction events and supporting you as you embark on this new and exciting chapter in your life.  

The University Campus

We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.

Student Wellbeing and Support

The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.

To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.

Students’ Union

Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.

To start off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.

Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.

Student Accommodation

Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website.

The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.

We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at achick@lincoln.ac.uk.

Professor Anne Chick

Head of Lincoln School of Design

† 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.

Contextual Studies 1 2022-23DES1001MLevel 42022-23This module is designed to introduce students to relevant concepts, debates and case study examples concerning creativity and the creative process, as the basis for the development of a reflective creative practice. This aims to compliment and underpin the studio work students carry out with the programme-specific team during the rest of their programme of study.CoreDesign Fundamentals 1 2022-23GRA1184MLevel 42022-23This module introduces learners into the field of Graphic Design, through an initial skills audit and streamed augmentation process. Thereafter, the module focuses on introducing students to the pertinent theories, technical knowledge, fundamentals, and principles particular to the Graphic Design discipline.CoreGraphic Communication 1 2022-23GRA1185MLevel 42022-23This 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.CoreVisual Expression 1 2022-23GRA1186MLevel 42022-23This module aims to introduces 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 initiate a process of experimentation, speculation, innovation and personal exploration. Key to the module is the initial development of the students own visual voice.CoreContextual Studies 2 2023-24DES2001MLevel 52023-24Building upon issues concerning the development of a reflective creative practice, Contextual Studies 2 introduces students to relevant concepts, debates, and case study examples concerning the professional, economic, and socio-cultural contexts of design within the creative industries. It will also discuss ethical issues as they relate to this professional context of the creative industries and shape the creative motivations of areas such as design activism, ecological orientations, and socially engaged creative practices. These themes and debates will form an overarching discussion of professional design practice.CoreDesign Fundamentals 2 2023-24GRA2188MLevel 52023-24This module will focus on reinforcing the process of applied theories, fundamentals and principles particular to Graphic Design practice at a year two level of study. Students will be required to complete specific stand-alone project outcomes, but which also fundamentally feed into the other level two modules, Visual Expression 2 and Graphic Communication 2.CoreGraphic Communication 2 2023-24GRA2189MLevel 52023-24This module encourages a conceptual approach to graphic design work and problem solving whilst developing the highly professional and technical aspects of study acquired in other areas of the course at level two. Students may 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.CoreVisual Expression 2 2023-24GRA2190MLevel 52023-24This 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 may therefore, explore the various facets of visual communication with the intention of communicating complex and varied messages to a range of audiences.CoreContextual Studies 3 2024-25DES3001MLevel 62024-25Contextual Studies 3 is an independent research study module which takes the form either of a dissertation and/or a number of other options. The module offers students an opportunity to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, chosen generally, but not exclusively in relation to the practice and/or context of their programme-specific studies and studio practice.CoreDesign Fundamentals 3 2024-25GRA3178MLevel 62024-25This Module is aligned with the expectations of the Graphic Design and related industries and is informed by current technological and marketing, industry standards. The module focuses on reinforcing the process of applied theories, fundamentals and principles particular to Graphic Design practice. Students will be expected to complete specific stand-alone project outcomes, but also those which relate to those for the Visual Expression 3 and Graphic Communication 3 modules.CoreGraphic Communication 3 2024-25GRA3179MLevel 62024-25This is a module that allows students to determine their own programme of study within their chosen specialism in graphic design. Projects may be chosen from a range of areas within the subject by negotiation with academic staff. At this level Graphic Design students accept full 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.CoreVisual Expression 3 2024-25GRA3180MLevel 62024-25This is a module that allows students to determine their own programme of study within their chosen specialism in graphic design. Projects may be chosen from a range of areas within the subject by negotiation with academic staff. At this level Graphic Design students accept full responsibility for initiating and selecting the content of their study programme, according to their specific interests and career aspirations. The themes studied in the preceding Visual Expression modules are further developed and consolidated at this level. This includes 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.Core

† 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.

Contextual Studies 1 2021-22DES1001MLevel 42021-22This module is designed to introduce students to relevant concepts, debates, and case studies relating to the nature creativity and the creative process, as the basis for the development of a reflective creative practice. This aims to compliment and underpin the studio work students carry out with the programme-specific team during the rest of their programme of study.CoreDesign Fundamentals 1 2021-22GRA1184MLevel 42021-22This module introduces learners into the field of Graphic Design, through an initial skills audit and streamed augmentation process. Thereafter, the module focuses on introducing students to the pertinent theories, technical knowledge, fundamentals, and principles particular to the Graphic Design discipline.CoreGraphic Communication 1 2021-22GRA1185MLevel 42021-22This 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.CoreVisual Expression 1 2021-22GRA1186MLevel 42021-22This module aims to introduces 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 initiate a process of experimentation, speculation, innovation and personal exploration. Key to the module is the initial development of the students own visual voice.CoreContextual Studies 2 2022-23DES2001MLevel 52022-23Building upon issues concerning the development of a reflective creative practice, Contextual Studies 2 introduces students to relevant concepts, debates, and case study examples concerning the professional, economic, and socio-cultural contexts of design within the creative industries. It will also discuss ethical issues as they relate to this professional context of the creative industries and shape the creative motivations of areas such as design activism, ecological orientations, and socially engaged creative practices. These themes and debates will form an overarching discussion of professional design practice.CoreDesign Fundamentals 2 2022-23GRA2188MLevel 52022-23This module will focus on reinforcing the process of applied theories, fundamentals and principles particular to Graphic Design practice at a year two level of study. Students will be required to complete specific stand-alone project outcomes, but which also fundamentally feed into the other level two modules, Visual Expression 2 and Graphic Communication 2.CoreGraphic Communication 2 2022-23GRA2189MLevel 52022-23This module encourages a conceptual approach to graphic design work and problem solving whilst developing the highly professional and technical aspects of study acquired in other areas of the course at level two. Students may 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.CoreVisual Expression 2 2022-23GRA2190MLevel 52022-23This 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 may therefore, explore the various facets of visual communication with the intention of communicating complex and varied messages to a range of audiences.CoreContextual Studies 3 2023-24DES3001MLevel 62023-24Contextual Studies 3 is an independent research study module which takes the form either of a dissertation and/or a number of other options. The module offers students an opportunity to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, chosen generally, but not exclusively in relation to the practice and/or context of their programme-specific studies and studio practice.CoreDesign Fundamentals 3 2023-24GRA3178MLevel 62023-24This Module is aligned with the expectations of the Graphic Design and related industries and is informed by current technological and marketing, industry standards. The module focuses on reinforcing the process of applied theories, fundamentals and principles particular to Graphic Design practice. Students will be expected to complete specific stand-alone project outcomes, but also those which relate to those for the Visual Expression 3 and Graphic Communication 3 modules.CoreGraphic Communication 3 2023-24GRA3179MLevel 62023-24This is a module that allows students to determine their own programme of study within their chosen specialism in graphic design. Projects may be chosen from a range of areas within the subject by negotiation with academic staff. At this level Graphic Design students accept full 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.CoreVisual Expression 3 2023-24GRA3180MLevel 62023-24This is a module that allows students to determine their own programme of study within their chosen specialism in graphic design. Projects may be chosen from a range of areas within the subject by negotiation with academic staff. At this level Graphic Design students accept full responsibility for initiating and selecting the content of their study programme, according to their specific interests and career aspirations. The themes studied in the preceding Visual Expression modules are further developed and consolidated at this level. This includes 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.Core

How you are assessed

As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects, and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.

There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Throughout the degree, students are assessed through their production of practical and written work.

Assessment Feedback
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework for example including design project work and presentations; and written assignments. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Studio assessment methods include presentations and submissions of project work in the form of portfolios. Theoretical assessment takes the form of essays and a dissertation.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Standard workshop induction costs are covered by the University, as are some initial printing and material costs. However, depending on the media/materials chosen by the student, there may be additional material and printing costs incurred.

Students on this course have the opportunity to take part in field trip and international study visits. The University covers the costs of mandatory field trips, but optional study visits are at the students own expense. Previous destinations have included New York and Berlin. Students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking work experience or internships.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Standard workshop induction costs are covered by the University, as are some initial printing and material costs. However, depending on the media/materials chosen by the student, there may be additional material and printing costs incurred.

Students on this course have the opportunity to take part in field trip and international study visits. The University covers the costs of mandatory field trips, but optional study visits are at the students own expense. Previous destinations have included New York and Berlin. Students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking work experience or internships.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

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 admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

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 admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Design Showcase 2020

Explore the creative talents of our final-year students in the Lincoln School of Design Digital Showcase 2020, as part of our Festival of Creativity.

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Features

Live Briefs

Students have the opportunity to engage with both live project briefs set by external clients and also national and international competition briefs.

Competitions

Students are encouraged to enter a range of competitions, for which the course has an enviable track record of success. Previous students have won the RSA Student Design Awards, graduated as members of the International Society of Typographic Designers, won D&AD yellow pencils, had projects reach the semi-finals of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and been commended for the YCN Student Awards. Find out more about our students' recent competition successes: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/lsd/studentawards/

Final Year Showcase

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.

Visiting Lecturers

Professional design specialists enhance the curriculum through a visiting lecturer programme.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Students are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk software, and Lynda.com for the duration of their studies.

Optional Study Trips

Students can choose to participate in optional study visits. Recent destinations include New York. These trips are funded by the students attending.

Specialist Facilities

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.

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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.

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Student Award winners with their certificates

Placements

All students are encouraged to seek optional placements in design agencies during their time at University. This gives them the chance to gain hands-on experience and to establish contacts within the graphic design industry.

Students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking placements.

Portfolios

Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio of work. The portfolio should contain a range of art and design work that reflects your creativity, ability to apply analytical and creative thought processes and demonstrates your exploration of a variety of media and techniques. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their interest and involvement in a broad spectrum of art and design.

We are looking for the following in a portfolio; sketchbooks and preparatory work showing evidence of your creative ideas and development through:

- Primary and secondary research
- Evidence of you developing ideas visually and exploring alternative solutions by sketching, drawing, and trying different kinds of materials
- Intelligent analytical annotation, we would like you to comment on why you did something not simply describe what you have done.

Portfolio Tips

  • Label your work and order it in a logical way
  • Feel free to include anything that isn’t quite finished or is work in progress – if you feel it shows your creative style and interests.
  • 15-20 samples of work in your submission would be ideal.
  • Please title your work with your full name and UCAS number

"My degree made me stand out from the crowd and enabled me to secure my job. I had the necessary experience and knowledge of the design industry because of the work I produced during my degree."

Samantha Hicks, BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate and currently Senior Designer at Ruddocks

Career Opportunities

Graduates who pursue careers as graphic designers can 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, Interbrand, and Johnson Banks. Some set up their own independent studios or work as freelance graphic designers.

Visit Us in Person

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.

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Related Courses

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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