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Course summary

The BA Design (Top Up) programme enables students to expand their design practice and further develop their knowledge, critical thinking skills and understanding of the subject specialism. Students develop a greater appreciation of sustainable factors within the design industry while embedding the necessary expertise to critically evaluate concepts and apply them to real-world situations, developing both academic ability and crucial employable and entrepreneurial skills. What will I study?

  • Creative Research Project - 40 credits
  • Responsive Design - 20 credits
  • Portfolio Development - 20 credits
  • Final Major Design Project - 40 credits
Learning and Teaching Approach Level 6 studies are increasingly independent with projects based on realistic design scenario ranging from small scale domestic to larger commercial scale projects, forming a comprehensive design portfolio and culminating in a Final Major Design Project module. This requires the student to work autonomously to apply design skills acquired and showcase their subject knowledge, professional approach and creativity. Communication strategies are explored to support the development of employable and entrepreneurial skills, along with the academic rigour of the Creative Research Project module, which allows the students to complete an independent piece of work specialising in an area of research that reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of their degree programme. 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). Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. 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 Upon graduating, students can progress into a wide range of design-related disciplines, such as:
  • Interior Design practice (including working within an architectural practice)
  • Hotel interior design
  • Kitchen design
  • Exhibition and event design
  • Caravan and leisure industry design
  • Show home interiors
  • Office and commercial design
  • Furniture design
  • Visual merchandising
  • Graphic design practice (including in-house graphic designer)
  • Packaging design
  • Illustration
  • Freelance designer opportunities (i.e. the development of craft workshops, own business start-up)
  • Teaching opportunities (primary and secondary school opportunities in Design and Technology).


You will study; Creative research project Responsive design Final major design project Portfolio development.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

A relevant Foundation Degree or related HND

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 £4625 Year 1
England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Design (Top Up) at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS