The BA (Hons) Product Design degree at the University of Lincoln has been developed with people’s needs at the fore, concentrating on the generation, delivery and communication of ideas that challenge conventional thinking and open up new markets.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to become highly skilled, creative designers and shrewd product developers, with an understanding of target markets and consumer experiences, and an appreciation of how to design an object that will sell.
With strong ties to the design industry, collaboration with agencies, placement opportunities and support to launch a business, this course aims to prepare students for a career as a successful product designer. From a theoretical perspective, students have the opportunity to study trends, brands, cultures and ethics, as well as creative approaches to design.
How You Study
In the first year, students have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of product design based on technical skills acquisition — from nurturing an idea to following a client brief and producing prototypes in 3D form.
Design development practice continues in the second year, covering topics such as sensory design and visual language. At the end of this stage, students may opt to complete a paid work placement year in industry. The potential costs for this placement are outlined in the Features tab.
In the final year of the degree, students have the opportunity to complete independent projects alongside a dissertation on a design topic of their choice. Students are expected to exhibit work in an end-of-year show, within the Lincoln School of Design and at an industry event, which is attended by members of the design and production industry and the general public.
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
Students are assessed through an ongoing number of formative and summative presentations. These range from verbal, visual and written and take advantage of a number of scenarios which develop an awareness of industrial practice; for example, students will present individually and in groups and also, at some point in their student experience, have an opportunity to pitch ideas to live project clients. This can form part of the assessment process, alongside more recognised academic submissions of course work. Product Design currently has no examinations.
In the first, second and third years, assessment is 100% coursework.
The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
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.