The Course

Design for Exhibition and Museums focuses on the design of engaging, narrative environments for commercial exhibitions, events and museums and offers a bridging of artistic disciplines in a creative, spatial design programme.

The course specialises in ‘storytelling’, whether for a brand, a collection or an idea. Projects integrate aspects of graphics, spatial and interactive design. Students work on creative briefs, including designs for commercial projects such as trade stands and brand experiences, as well as exhibition projects for visitor attractions, museums and theme parks.

Students can explore how to construct a narrative that acts as an ‘interpretive bridge’ between the client and the audience. The outcome is the creation of interactive spaces that communicate messages in a memorable and innovative manner. The course is shaped by long-established links with the exhibitions industry, museums and heritage organisations.

How You Study

The first year focuses on three-dimensional design skills and aims to ensure students become increasingly aware of the social and contextual factors of design production, in addition to gaining a thorough introduction to the importance of visual literacy and spatial awareness. In the studio, students can develop drawing and modelling techniques, as well as the ability to address communication and spatial problems creatively.

In the second year, the focus is solely on exhibition briefs and students can explore how narrative, multi-media and interactive design can enhance visitor experiences. There is the opportunity to gain practical work experience through an optional work placement year between years two and three.

The final year concentrates on areas of personal interest with opportunities to develop briefs for exhibition projects, culminating in a final showcase exhibition. Additionally, the course offers live projects and the opportunity for collaborations with established practices and museums, as well as feedback from practising designers in our Industry Forum in the final year.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

For this course, assessment is 100% by coursework each year. The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports, projects, or reviews of creative output. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.


Professional Experience

  • Expert visiting lectures from commercial design practices and museums.
  • Interdisciplinary studio environment which has strong links with Interior Architecture and Design (including a shared programme in year one).
  • Opportunity to take a work placement year between years two and three can help students to gain practical experience. Potential costs relating to the placement can be found below.
  • British Museum internship opportunity in year two as part of a unique partnership with the course.
  • Live projects and collaborations with established practices and museums.
  • An Industry Forum in year three where students have the opportunity to get direct feedback from practising designers.
  • A Final Show in year three, which is a dedicated public showcase of student work.
  • Links with the Hong Kong Design Institute. A top-up degree is presented in Hong Kong, paving the way for student exchange opportunities. Costs relating to study abroad opportunities are outlined in the Fees tab.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Students on this course are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk software, as well as during their studies.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

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Last updated April 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
3 years
15,900 GBP
per level. International students. | Home/EU students: £9,250 per level
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