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.School Staff List
Design for Event, Exhibition and Performance specialises in ‘storytelling spaces’, whether for a brand, a collection, or an idea.
Students on the course can undertake projects that integrate aspects of spatial, interactive, and graphic design to create engaging, narrative environments.
Students may design brand experiences; exhibition projects for museums, visitor attractions and theme parks; commercial trade stands; and temporary environments for theatrical live events and festivals. They have the opportunity to learn how to construct concept driven 3D proposals that blend atmosphere and experience to create an ‘interpretive bridge’ between client and audience/visitor or performer and observer. The course aims to help students create interactive, engaging spaces that communicate meaning and message in a memorable and innovative way.
This distinctive course is multi-disciplinary and collaborative in nature and will appeal to students with a wide range of interests in all aspects of the Arts.
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In a rich multi-disciplinary studio culture that is relevant and responsive to the needs of industry, students are able to learn how to research, interpret, and present narrative and content through three-dimensional design. ‘Hands on’ drawing and modelling techniques as well as digital communication skills can also be developed by students. Lectures, workshops, seminars, and tutorials focus on providing the cultural, social, and technological context of the subject area.
The course encourages self-directed placements and offers collaborations with established practitioners through ‘live’ projects, and students have the chance to gain professional experience through engagement with visiting lecturers and by presenting their work to practising designers.
The first year focuses on educating and supporting students to help them develop 3D design skills and gain expertise in drawing, modelling, and digital communication. Through seminars and projects, students can become aware of social and contextual issues around design production and be introduced to the importance of visual literacy in spatial, figurative, and performance design.
Building on these principles, the second year focuses on more discipline-specific elements, where students are able to explore and gain expertise in narrative driven design while examining specific areas of interest in a diverse studio environment.
In the final year, students can focus on areas of specific personal interest and develop individual projects that form the showcase for a final exhibition.
The programme offers a vibrant and supportive studio culture, where contact time can be in workshops, computer suites, practical sessions, seminars, or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some projects offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
Learning through practice is a key element of this course, and you’ll have the chance to spend a lot time in a creative design studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences may include workshop activities, peer groups, lectures, workshops, seminars, and group tutorials. Students can also benefit from one-to-one surgeries, portfolio reviews, and self-initiated work experience.
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.
An introduction to conceptual and creative processes in design production; thinking through drawing, graphic communication, and conceptualisation. Essential three-dimensional skills and manipulation of space, which includes a consideration of design and spatial elements, scale, and representation. The module serves as an initial immersion into discovery-mode learning: students produce knowledge through their own design and inquiry.
Visual narratives, as the expression of stories through visual media, are introduced by considering the individual in the environment. Students are introduced to the use of spatial and narrative typologies as possible design strategies. Students collaborate with academics in small design projects by applying the essential design skills previously acquired.
The module consolidates the learning and teaching of the preceding modules: student projects are structured with a member of the academic staff to introduce students to autonomy and accountability in the definition of projects and in the determination of outputs. As an expression of their own agency, students define their own project within the discipline from a matrix of choices; a learning agreement is required. The focus is on installation or insertion as modes of production which includes temporary, transitory, mobile, or transient typologies. The design of a small volumetric environment in a defined physical context.
Design is considered as a form of inquiry to introduce research methods. Students are made aware of design ideologies and societal, geo-political, and cultural drivers as generators for design. Students are introduced to reflective practice and accountability by keeping a research diary. Delivery is through academic presentation, including verbal (written and spoken) and visual communication (digital and physical).
Overall, this module initiates the first period of a year-long exploration of narrative driven spatial design disciplines, commencing with the development and interrogation of previously acquired fundamental exhibition design skills. The focus is on creating installation-based proposals which consider issue, type, narrative, audience, content, and venue. Analysis, interpretation, and thematic planning is used to focus on the audience and content as concept generators to create individual design proposals. Students are introduced to the conservation and curation of tangible artefacts and intangible heritage.
This module further investigates and explores spatial experience design using narrative temporal structure and technology as key drivers. Projects are based around cultural or commercial industry models. Opportunities are presented for the exploration of research, precedents and design development through analog and digital making and drawing. Using defined volumetric areas students are given opportunities to create concept driven installations responding to a variety of topical multimedia driven contexts.
This module considers the evolution of previous spatial and experiential investigations into a narrative driven volumetric proposal for live performance. Structured analysis of tangible narratives and precedent research transfer newly acquired knowledge into conceptual development that gives new interpretation to established texts*. Three-dimensional exploration through both analog and digital model making, and drawing are considered essential. Using installation as the mode of production students are encouraged to produce contemporary interactive proposals that challenge accepted notions of traditional spatial storytelling. (The integration of new media is encouraged). *Including but not limited to scripts, librettos, lyrics, poetry and choreography. Reflecting summatively on the broad study of narrative driven spatial experience design at Level 2, the resolution of the module captures the aspiration and communication of the direction intended for student defined projects in Level 3.
Selected visual research methods are covered in greater depth. The relationship between theory and practice is considered. Students are introduced to meta-theoretical perspectives and expected to formulate their own normative positions in response to context and paradigm. Reflective practice in collaboration is fostered; further at the completion of the module students are expected to be proficient in academic presentation, including verbal (written and spoken) and visual communication.
Students respond to a pre-defined project brief for a small-scale communicative environment. The project requires conceptual thinking and the spatial translation of design intentions. This project offers an opportunity to add a distinctive project to the final year portfolio and illustrate proficiency in a specific are oaf design practice.
Students develop a scheme design for a self-directed medium scale communicative design project, which forms the basis of the exhibition Design Treatise. The module incorporates interpretive and thematic planning, strategic and conceptual thinking, and the spatial translation of design intentions.
The detailed exploration and communication of a complete design resolution for a previously defined and developed communicative environment.
Students are expected to complete a large scale self-directed research study to support the design treatise.
† 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.
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.
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.
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. 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.
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.
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.
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 costs incurred. Costs for the year three Final Show are generally covered by fundraising, however some students may choose to contribute funds for optional extras.
Students have the opportunity to join optional field trips. Attendance on these trips has no impact upon grades. In the second year there is also the opportunity to take part in an optional residential trip. Optional field and residential trips are at the student's own expense.
Study Abroad Outside of Europe
Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university. Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves, including travel, accommodation, visas, insurance, vaccinations and administrative fees at the host institution.
Students on an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.
If your time away is a mandatory part of your degree programme, you may be entitled to extra funding, please contact your funding body for more information. You may also be able to apply to your Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses.
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.
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:
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:
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
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
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.Find out More
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.
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.
"Exhibition Design has the freedom to take you wherever you want to go within the narrative design world. The choice is both endless and entirely yours. It’s an unforgettable degree perfectly shaped within the design industry."Claire Croucher, BA (Hons) Design for Exhibition and Museums graduate
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