Design BA Hons - 2017 Entry

UCAS Code
W281

Entry Year
2017

A Level Requirements
AAB-ABB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

The programme is taught by world-leading staff and it integrates history, theory and intellectual content with creative design practice. This provides opportunities for you to develop a range of design skills including drawing, prototyping and communication. Studio based design modules explore design interactions through a series of practical projects and live briefs enable you to apply design and creative thinking to address a range of real world issues. Emphasis is placed on the development of your problem-finding as well as problem solving abilities.

In your first year, you will gain a broad knowledge of history and theory in design and the arts, coupled with group practical exercises. In the second year, you will gain first-hand practical experience via themed design interaction studios, supplemented with courses in design thinking, design interactions theory, design management, and critical reflection. This leads on to your third year, where you will conduct a group-based consultancy project, an individual dissertation (which can be either theoretical or practical) and themed design interaction studios supplemented by theoretical courses in advanced design interactions, innovation and design.

Throughout the course you will also have the opportunity to engage with external organisations and your learning experience will be enhanced by the inclusion of guest speakers from experts in specialist fields in design and related disciplines.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    The programme is taught by world-leading staff and it integrates history, theory and intellectual content with creative design practice. This provides opportunities for you to develop a range of design skills including drawing, prototyping and communication. Studio based design modules explore design interactions through a series of practical projects and live briefs enable you to apply design and creative thinking to address a range of real world issues. Emphasis is placed on the development of your problem-finding as well as problem solving abilities.

    In your first year, you will gain a broad knowledge of history and theory in design and the arts, coupled with group practical exercises. In the second year, you will gain first-hand practical experience via themed design interaction studios, supplemented with courses in design thinking, design interactions theory, design management, and critical reflection. This leads on to your third year, where you will conduct a group-based consultancy project, an individual dissertation (which can be either theoretical or practical) and themed design interaction studios supplemented by theoretical courses in advanced design interactions, innovation and design.

    Throughout the course you will also have the opportunity to engage with external organisations and your learning experience will be enhanced by the inclusion of guest speakers from experts in specialist fields in design and related disciplines.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB-ABB

    International Baccalaureate 35-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

    IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

    Further Information

    General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.

    Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk


     

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Graduates will be well prepared to respond creatively to tomorrow’s fast moving business environment through the development of future visions for innovative products and services. Our degree addresses the need for graduates that are capable of transcending the traditional boundaries of design and possess the requisite knowledge, skills and creative experience to develop novel interactions between people, products, virtual and physical environments.

    Graduates from the scheme will have a number of potential career avenues including: concept designer, user experience designer, design researcher, design ethnographer, interaction designer, graphic designer, product designer, service designer, design developer or design manager.  You will also build-up numerous transferrable skills, which can be applied to a variety of creative practices and careers.

    Ultimately, the Design Interactions course at Lancaster will provide students with the necessary skills and experience to work in the fast-paced, changing, creative and digital industries.  


    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

    Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2017/18 are:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £15,080

    Tuition fees for programmes are set annually for all new and continuing students. If you are studying on a course of more than one year’s duration, the fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Such increases are normally calculated based on increases in the costs incurred by the institution, or in relation to UK government regulations which set the maximum fee for certain categories of student.

    For the majority of undergraduate students, the most recent annual increase was 2.8%. Any change in fee rates will be communicated to students and applicants prior to the start of the academic year in question, and normally at least eight months prior to enrolment. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications 
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications.  In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
    • An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning

    • Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600 

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.