This programme aims to introduce students to the social context of graphic design. It covers a wide range of topics such as typography, advertising, branding, editorial design, artists’ books, packaging, interactive design, animation, film, and installation.
Our research-active academics practice in the industry and this course has established links to the International Society of Typographic Designers. There are opportunities to undertake work experience and internships at design agencies and to work with industry mentors.
How You Study
In the first year, students have the opportunity to work in both traditional and digital media while learning about the fundamental principles of graphic design. The course introduces the creative methods needed in the industry to answer briefs and solve communication problems. In the second year, more advanced concepts of graphic design are introduced. The third year provides an opportunity for students to develop their own specialism and culminates in an end-of-year show.
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
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 (unless stated differently above).
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.
Students have the opportunity to engage with both live project briefs set by external clients and also national and international competition briefs.
Students are encouraged to enter a range of competitions, for which the course has an enviable track record of success. Previous students have won the Royal Society of the Arts’ Student Design Awards, graduated as members of the International Society of Typographic Designers, won D&AD yellow pencils, had projects reach the semifinals of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards and been commended for the YCN Student Awards.
Professional design specialists enhance the curriculum through a visiting lecturer programme.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Students are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk software, and Lynda.com for the duration of their studies.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
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 http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
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.
For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/AFYAFYUB/
If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the School
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