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Course summary

The FdA Design programme prepares students for entry into the creative design industry through a multi-disciplinary approach. Creative skills are developed through the exploration and application of a variety of employable, technical and academic skills within each module, with a focus on interior and spatial design environments. Students will utilise historical and contemporary design research along with current design thinking and sustainable influences being at the forefront of their design responses. What will I study? Year 1 (Level 4) Modules:

  • Academic Skills Development
  • Visual Studies
  • Design Principles
  • Contextual Studies
  • Studio Practice
  • Design project
Year 2 (Level 5) Modules:
  • Large Scale Design
  • Context and Environment
  • Design Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Critical Study
  • Final Design Project.
Learning and Teaching Approach Emphasis is placed on design and the design process introducing initial research, drawing development, the client brief, site survey and analysis, concept development through to final design presentation. Students progress from observational hand-drawn elements to experimentation with 2D and 3D visualisation techniques utilising computer software, and are encouraged to consider the implications of sustainability and the impact the design could have on the environment, along with the generation of detail design and technical elements. Academic research and professional skills are embedded throughout ensuring that the transferable skills acquired aid students in their academic and professional development. There is an emphasis on the development of employment skills and entrepreneurship throughout both Level 4 and Level 5 within the Studio Practice and Design Enterprise and Entrepreneurship modules, enhancing students’ employable skills and building a portfolio of evidence to take into the workplace. Students also have opportunities to engage with industry and work on ‘live’ projects and Design Industry-led competitions to gain first-hand experience of design process and delivery within a collaborative working environment. Contact Time For each 20 credit module you will receive approximately 54 hours of class/contact time with your tutor. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (146 hours per module). What else can I expect?
  • Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, dedicated University Centre, study spaces and social areas, and modern Learning Resources Centre.
  • Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
  • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
  • Our experienced Life Coaches are on hand to help you through your University journey from mentoring and coaching to health, wellbeing and resilience. Learn more about how our Life Coaches can support you:
  • Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
  • Opportunities to attend trips to enhance learning.
  • Students have access to a range of support through our study skills, and health and wellbeing teams. Further information can be found on our website:
  • Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.
Career Opportunities This programme will enable you to take up opportunities in interior, exhibition and graphic design industries. These options include self-employment and fee-earning opportunities.


You will study; Year 1/Level 4: Academic skills Development Visual Studies Design Principles Contextual Studies Studio Practice Design project Year 2/Level 5: Large Scale Design Context & Environment Design Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Critical Study Final Design Project

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

University Centre Bishop Burton welcomes applicants from overseas. You will need to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for your student visa to the UK. You will need to pay your course fees in full prior to a CAS being sent to you. In order for us to process this and for us to comply with our duties as a Sponsor we are required to check other aspects of your application, for example your financial status. For more details please visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements



GCSE English at grade C/4 or above

English language requirements

If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6160 Year 1
England £6160 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6160 Year 1
Scotland £6160 Year 1
Wales £6160 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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