BA Hons

  • UCAS Code W281
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 4

    4th for Art and Design

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • 7

    7th for Graduate Prospects (joint)

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • £1.8 million investment in purpose-built design studios

Why Lancaster?

  • Develop a broad range of physical and digital creative design skills and learn how to apply these skills to a diverse range of important, contemporary issues
  • Learn how to visualise your ideas to a professional level using a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional industry standard design software as well learn processes such as 3D printing and laser-cutting.
  • Add real world experience to your portfolio and CV by working on live briefs, including a design consultancy project
  • Become a graduate in demand from a top university, capable of pursuing both traditional design jobs and exciting new and emerging roles
  • Be taught by staff from ImaginationLancaster, our globally renowned design research lab where your tutors push the boundaries of design via cutting-edge design research and practice.

Question what design actually is in our rapidly changing world - and what your ideas can contribute to help build a better world. Studying at Lancaster, you’ll search for ways design can solve complex social, technological, business and environmental problems.

Prepare for a fast-moving industry

Our distinctive degree provides you with a broad grounding in creative design practice as well as robust design research skills due to staff expertise at ImaginationLancaster. You will graduate with a keen understanding of how different types of design can be applied across varied contexts to create positive change. Moreover, the broad set of skills you acquire in design research and design practice enable you to operate with agility and flexibility in an industry increasingly characterised by fast-paced change.

Think differently

We think of design as a way of seeing the world and you will develop this kind of thinking as you progress through your degree. You’ll learn about the many different ways in which design can contribute to a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world and you will conceptualise, develop and visualise both physical and digital solutions accordingly. You’ll also learn to generate innovative ideas and be confident to communicate and iterate these ideas until you reach the best solution for the problem you are addressing. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with design professionals as we organise for them to come and talk about design and design careers so that you can keep up to date with where the industry is and where it is going.

Leading design research

You will be taught by staff from ImaginationLancaster, a globally renowned design research lab – and one of the largest in the world. Our teaching staff work on a diverse array of design projects and are at the cutting edge of advancing the theory and practice of design. You will have plenty opportunities to engage with staff from ImaginationLancaster and learn from their varied specialisms, especially as you develop your own design direction and interests – which we encourage you to do from the beginning of your degree.


Many different types of organisations are increasingly recognising the value that graduates with a creative imagination and broad-ranging design skills can bring. Our graduates shine, as they are able to articulate how design can bring value to an organisation and are capable of pursuing a wide range of design-related careers such as:

  • User experience designer
  • Design researcher
  • Design ethnographer
  • Graphic designer
  • Interaction designer
  • Brand manager
  • Design facilitator
  • Service designer
  • Design consultant

Some of our graduates have gone on to work in large organisations as design researchers, design facilitators and brand innovation consultants whilst others have begun their careers in more traditional roles such as graphic design and multimedia design. We also have a strong track record of graduates going on to study postgraduate courses at prestigious institutions.

Our Careers and Employability Service will be on hand to offer tailored advice and guidance throughout your journey, and you’ll also receive careers support on a departmental level.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you 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 activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

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

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.






Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Undergraduate open days 2023

Our summer open days give you Lancaster University in a day. Visit campus and put yourself in the picture.

Undergraduate Open Days
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A tour of the Campus

Join Meenal and Vlad as they take you on a tour of the Lancaster University campus. Discover the learning facilities, accommodation, sports facilities, welfare, cafes, bars, parkland and more.

Undergraduate Open Days

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.