Design (Study Abroad) at Lancaster University - UCAS

Course summary

Lancaster’s approach to design reflects a department that is actively seeking new and innovative ways to apply design to complex cultural, social and environmental problems. This degree is taught by leading design researchers who advance the theory and practice of design, moving it beyond the scope of traditional disciplines such as graphic or product design. You will learn how to conduct robust design research so that you are able to conceptualise physical and digital products, services, systems and environments that seek to responsibly enhance human, non-human and planetary wellbeing. This intellectually stimulating course introduces you to a broad range of areas in which design plays a critically important role. These areas may include (but are not limited to) designing for:

  • sustainability
  • healthier lifestyles
  • urban wellbeing
  • future workplaces
  • meaningful home environments
You will develop vital, transferable skills in problem-finding and problem-solving that enable you to creatively address a broad range of issues through design. You will learn how to research, ideate, prototype, visualise, iterate and present your design work as well as learning how to work effectively in a design team. You will also experience working with various types of materials and processes including 3D printing and laser-cutting as well as developing skills using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. The study abroad option is an exciting and informative experience for anyone who is thinking of working abroad during their career or who simply wants the experience of living and studying overseas as part of their degree. You will study in your third year at one of our international partner universities. This will help you to develop your global outlook, expand your professional network, and gain cultural and personal skills. During your year abroad, you will choose specialist modules relating to your degree as well as other modules from across the host university. Our distinctive design course will equip you for a range of exciting careers in existing, new and emerging industries. You will gain real world experience through authentic projects and live briefs, including a group consultancy project. We also aim to include guest speakers and external organisations to provide insight into design and related industries, giving you the opportunity to build professional contacts and gain work experience during your degree. You can find out more about our facilities, research and the work experience we offer on our departmental website. Lancaster University will make reasonable endeavours to place students at an approved overseas partner university that offers appropriate modules. Occasionally places overseas may not be available for all students who want to study abroad or the place at the partner university may be withdrawn if core modules are unavailable. If you are not offered a place to study overseas, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent standard 3-year degree scheme and would complete your studies at Lancaster. Lancaster University cannot accept responsibility for any financial aspects of the year abroad.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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For details of the fees for Channel Islands and international students, please visit our website for details of the specific fees for the degree programme you wish to study.
Design (Study Abroad) at Lancaster University - UCAS