The BA (Hons) Interactive Design degree at Lincoln is home to the next generation of creative technologists and designers. This is a broad-based design course providing opportunities to work on inspiring briefs to develop the innovative thinking, artistic creativity, flexibility and technical ability needed to succeed in the digital design industry.
The course focuses on the planning and design of the interaction between people, technology and objects, which is inherently multi-disciplinary. Through a mix of hypothetical and real professional briefs, students have the opportunity to work with two-dimensional designs such as responsive websites, mobile apps, games and print as well as three-dimensional designs including interactive installations, objects, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.
There is also a focus on digital media, motion graphics, animation, sound, graphic design and typography across analogue and digital platforms. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge through play and experimentation, questioning the conventions of digital design practice.
How You Study
Design studies, experimentation and visual development, including coding, are all taught over the three years of the course.
The first year of study on the degree offers a broad introduction to the technical, practical and theoretical skills of traditional and digital design. Students are given the chance to acquire the necessary skills to make more advanced work with greater confidence.
In the second year, with tutor supervision, students can conduct their own research and develop a creative voice and professional approach.
Students can determine the direction of their work during the third year, with support and input from academic staff. The year concludes with a collaborative degree show, which usually takes the form of a substantial installation that relates to human-computer interaction.
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.
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.
This course has close links with a number of professional bodies, including BIMA, YCN and the RSA, and hosts an impressive visiting lecturer and workshop programme with internationally-acclaimed practitioners, including Hellicar & Lewis, Karsten Schmidt, Yuri Suzuki, Seb Lee-Delisle and Brendan Dawes. Members of the teaching team are also practising designers/artists within the digital design industry.
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.
- 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 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.
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