Design Studies

Shape the World Around You

From the buildings we live in to the adverts we see every day, designers create the world around us. As well as being a process-driven discipline, effective use of design allows us to create an experience and communicate visually in a variety of ways.

At Lincoln, you can study design across a range of mediums in a stimulating studio environment, utilising specialist equipment and facilities to develop hands-on practical skills. Our supportive and collaborative environment aims to help you find and hone your creative voice.   


Our professionally accredited Architecture degree aims to prepare you for a career in the exciting field of architectural practice, placing an emphasis on design and creativity, and laying a strong foundation of cultural and technical knowledge. 

You can develop an understanding of histories and theories of architecture, design theory, processes and practices, building construction, and environmental design. We also run RIBA/ARB Parts 2 and 3 courses, which upon successful completion will allow you to become a registered architect. 

This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), as providing exemption from Part 1 examinations, which are required to register as an architect in the UK.

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Creative Advertising

Creative Advertising at Lincoln allows students to explore the relationship between conceptual thinking, copywriting, and design to develop an understanding of the integrated nature of effective advertising.

Working in small teams, you’ll have the opportunity to work on creative briefs for clients through a range of media, from television and print to digital and ambient advertising, gaining the practical skills and insight needed to meet real-world challenges. 

The course has an extensive range of long-standing relationships with some of the biggest advertising agencies in the world such as VCCP, Grey, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ogilvy. 

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Graphic Design and Illustration

During the first year of Graphic Design, you can study the fundamental principles of the subject while having the opportunity to explore and work across both traditional and digital media. The course introduces the creative methods needed by graphic designers in the industry to answer briefs, solve communication problems, and meet deadlines. You can develop your own specialism with a range of projects to choose from, including projects set by industry.  

Illustration at Lincoln offers an opportunity develop your visual communication with audiences by seeing relationships between image and text or the spoken word. You can develop your visual and conceptual skills through drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage, as well as associated digital, design, illustration, and thinking processes.


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Did You Know?

There are opportunities to enter national and international industry competitions in which our students have an enviable track record of success. Previous students have won RSA Student Design Awards, YCN Student Awards, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and D&AD New Blood Awards.

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