Design at Lancaster


Undergraduate Degrees

Why Should I Study Design at Lancaster?

Lancaster’s distinctive approach to design reflects a department that is at the cutting-edge of the field. Taught by global design experts, our courses move beyond the scope of traditional disciplines such as graphic or product design, to place design in a central role in shaping the world around us. Our ethos is forward looking, placing emphasis on developing design skills that will be needed in the future.

Design at Lancaster actively responds to rapid changes in technology, complex societal challenges and the pressing need for new ways of thinking about the world. We foreground the designer’s ability to engage with the most difficult of problems, bringing individual and collective creativity together to propose and test new ways forward.  This involves working on real world problems in a professional context.

Closely linked to ImaginationLancaster, a leading global design research centre, our team enables people and organisations to engage with academia in dynamic and creative ways, giving time and space to imagine and explore possible futures.

  • Provision and resources

    Design is based in the LICA building, a purpose built arts building, completed in 2008 at a cost 10 million pounds. Alongside our design studios, LICA houses art studios, performance space, seminar rooms and informal group study areas. LICA has a team of technicians and an equipment store from which students can sign out Digital SLR cameras, projectors and video and sound equipment to support your creative work.

    All books and journal are held by the library and students are encouraged to order new publications to enhance our collection of art books.  The University provides labs and enough PC’s for all students, a laptop loan scheme operates and LICA has an equipment store from which students can sign out Digital SLR cameras, projectors and video and sound equipment.  Technicians are on hand to assist students in selecting and using equipment.


  • International opportunities

    We encourage students to develop an international perspective on their thinking and making.  We have an international exchange programme, conduct study trips, and encourage students to visit exhibitions in the region and beyond.

  • Careers support

    Our aim is to support into the professions rather than simply into work and jobs.  Our graduates secure work in a wide range of professions ranging from journalism, museums and gallery work, media , TV, teaching, at all levels, design and marketing.  Lancaster graduates consistently go onto the very best studio practice and theory MAs in the UK and Europe.

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