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.

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.

Closely linked to ImaginationLancaster, an exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University, 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.


People, Products and Places

Our students engage with the complexity of design that responds to the diversity of people, the products they use and the places where they live.


Crossing Disciplines

We work across traditional design disciplines, helping students to develop skills that bridge innovation, technology, business and research.


Studio Learning

At all levels our teaching centres on the design studio, a space for students to develop work in collaboration with staff, students and clients.



From the outset, our students learn to develop their ideas by making them real at different scales, allowing rapid testing and iteration.


Physical and Digital

Our courses enable students to move fluidly between physical and digital materials, creating products, services and experiences.


Design Thinking

We teach a broad array of highly transferable design skills, ranging from ideation, and user research to design management and leadership.

  • Provision and Resources

    Design is based in the LICA building, a purpose built arts building, completed in 2008 at a cost of 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 journals are held by the library and students are encouraged to order new publications to enhance our collection.  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.

  • Employability

    Our graduates leave as creative problem solvers and strategists. Since graduating our students have worked in a variety of creative positions such as Digital Designer at a full-service creative agency, Design Sprint Facilitators at an award-winning design sprint agency, and research analyst at a creative consultancy that specialises in strategic forecasting.

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