BA (Hons) Design

UCAS Code: GRIMC G80 W290 BADN Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 360 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 3 years full time
BA (Hons) Design Awarding body

Your Programme

About the BA (Hons) Design programme

BA (Hons) Design (validated by the University of Hull) seeks to encourage students to expand upon design thinking and a range of expertise through real-life applications and collaborations, gaining the confidence to creatively problem solve and manage across peers, projects, clients and multiple disciplines.

It aims to facilitate opportunities for students to develop both innovative and practical skills alongside conceptual understanding in order that they are able to critically evaluate research, practices and approaches to gain a broad understanding of design.
Application of the knowledge gained will shape and inform their own future studio practice and chosen career that is able to withstand the vigour of industry.

The degree aims to facilitate opportunities for students to develop both innovative and practical skills alongside conceptual understanding in order that they are able to critically evaluate research, practices and approaches to gain a broad understanding of design. Application of the knowledge gained will shape and inform their own future studio practice and chosen career that is able to withstand the vigour of industry.

Applicants come from a variety of backgrounds with a range of skills and academic abilities. The course is aimed at students that have a passion and interest in the design disciplines and wish to work within this sector. To apply for this course, it is recommended that you have an understanding of creative processes and potential design outcomes.

Entry Requirements

Regardless of formal qualification on entry, you will be interviewed and will be required to bring a portfolio of artistic/design work, applying creative practice. Tutors will then use this, along with the interview, to gauge your suitability for the programme.
You will require 80 UCAS points with a minimum of grade C in both GCSE maths and English. This equates to MMP at Btec National Diploma level, grades CCD at A’ Level, and on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media) this is equal to a Merit.

In line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute also encourages applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. In these instances, students will be set an appropriate piece of academic work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

Students who have successfully completed another relevant programme of study at least at the equivalent level may be eligible to apply for APcL. Claim forms must be supported by the official transcript or certificate of the awarding body of the original qualification and any guidance explaining the allocation of credit and grading scheme used to enable module comparison.

What you will learn

Year One (Level 4) Certificate Stage

Year one of this course is designed to give you an introduction the key areas of design.

  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Communication
  • Visualisation
  • 3D Innovation
  • Studio Practice
  • Contextual Studies 1

Year Two (Level 5) Diploma Stage

Year two of this course is designed to give you a more specialist approach to the design disciplines. The year requires you to apply your knowledge to a number of areas.

  • Studio Practice 2
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Applied Digital Design
  • Location Design
  • Design Research
  • Commercial Design

Year Three (Level 6) Honours Stage

Year three is all about you critically applying your knowledge to your chosen specialist area.

  • Dissertation
  • Final Major Project – Pre Production
  • The Creative Industry
  • Final Major Project – Production
  • Final Major Project – Exhibition

Learning & Teaching Methods

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community.

Emphasis is placed on individual interpretation of projects and themes, with students encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. It is also designed to ensure that all learners have equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of programmes, regardless of disability, age, race, religion or gender. The learning and teaching approach is designed to be inclusive and celebrates diversity within the study body.

Student engagement is build into the design programme; representatives are invited to attend regular team meetings to give suggestions and feedback up on the content and curriculum design. the entire teaching and learning strategy is focused on producing independent, competent and industry ready designers.

Programme Benefits

Studying at the University Centre Grimsby gives you a unique opportunity to experience and engage in the many disciplines of creative design. The small size of our design groups is a strength giving you the ability to develop strong working relationships with peers and teaching staff to offer individual support and guidance for all.
We enjoy strong industry links both locally and nationally, wherever possible a range of sessions and master classes are offered with experienced professionals and scholarly academics to gain expertise and mentoring for all our students.

Emphasis is placed on individual interpretation of projects and themes, with students encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. It is also designed to ensure that all learners have equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of programmes, regardless of disability, age, race, religion or gender. The learning and teaching approach is designed to be inclusive and celebrates diversity within the study body.
Student engagement is build into the design programme; representatives are invited to attend regular team meetings to give suggestions and feedback up on the content and curriculum design. the entire teaching and learning strategy is focused on producing independent, competent and industry ready designers.

What next?

Upon completion of the programme graduates are equipped with the expertise to become gainfully employed either in a design studio or within a freelance capacity offering creative consultancy services. There are many career pathways; potential areas of employment have included graphics, illustration, fashion and textiles, spatial design, interior architecture, product design and creative project management within related and chosen fields.
Students could progress to maters provision at other Universities or a PGCE programme.