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Mission Statement

The University of Lincoln's current Strategic Plan covers the period 2016-2021 and sets out the institution's vision and mission, shaping the future direction of the University's development.
One of the most important elements of the Strategic Plan is the University's Mission – a statement which defines the University as:
'A university looking to the future where we serve and develop our local, national and international communities by creating purposeful knowledge and research, confident and creative graduates and a dynamic and engaged staff team.'
The Strategic Plan also articulates a Vision for the future that the University of Lincoln will:
'By 2021 be a global 'thought leader' for 21st Century higher education. We will be known for addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the changing world by developing a new approach to education and knowledge development. We will build on our reputation for excellent student engagement which prepares our graduates for their future and we will work closely with our communities to ensure valuable impact from our research to make a meaningful contribution to our world.'

International Role

The University of Lincoln has been growing a partnership with the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) to collaboratively deliver a select number of BA Design Year 3 ‘top up’ degrees for . students based in Hong Kong, who have successfully completed a relevant Higher Diploma programme at the HKDI Design. Students that complete the year are awarded a University of Lincoln degree. The teaching and curriculum developments with the HKDI academics is managed by the University of Lincoln programme ‘Link Tutors’. Building on the success of the BA Design, Exhibitions, Events & Performance (DEEP) Year 3 ‘top up’ degree, which has been offered since 2018, the The Lincoln School of Design will be offering a new has been collaboratively with the HKDI to deliver a BA Hons Design, Exhibitions, Events & Performance (DEEP) Year 3 ‘top up’ year since 2018. There will be a new BA Hons Interior Architecture Design (IAD) ‘top up’ degree from arrangement starting in September 2021. 

National Role

The Lincoln School of Design instills in its design students a thoughtful and critical approach to the way they think about design and apply their creative skills, they aim to prepare their students to be leaders in the creative industries.
As part of a vibrant and innovative University, our students have the opportunity to mix with peers outside of the visual arts, socially and through multi-disciplinary teamwork. We are a design school within a dynamic University, with all the considerable benefits this brings. Situated in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, the University of Lincoln has established an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.
The University of Lincoln was awarded Gold – the highest standard possible – in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award in 2017, an independent assessment of teaching quality in UK higher education. This award reflects our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes. In the Lincoln School of Design, this can be demonstrated by an impressive number of our students annually winning international design awards, such as the RSA Student Design Awards and D&AD New Blood Awards. Our innovative ‘Student as Producer’ initiative offers students the opportunity to engage in real academic research and external professional projects.
All of this design activity takes place in two purpose-built facilities with specialist studios, labs and workshops. We aim to provide spaces in which our students can explore design, share their ideas through practise-based learning and critically appraise the world of design. This is what attending University is all about!

Main Focus

Design education

Faculties and Departments

Lincoln School of Design

Bachelor Level Programs

BA Hons Creative Advertising
BA Hons Fashion
BA Hons Graphic Design
BA Hons Illustration
BA Hons Product Design
BA Photography

Master Level Programs

MA Design (October intake / 12 months duration – full-time and 24 months – part-time)

MA Creative Advertising (October intake / 12 months duration – full-time)

Research Activity and Main Areas

Despite the range of activities and interests pursued, we at the Lincoln School of Design argue there is a common theme that ties research, professional practice, outreach and business together and that is 'socially engaged creative practice'. What does that mean?
It means two things. The School of Design is committed to both involving others in our full range of activities and to improve the lives and life chances of those with whom we engage. This might be 'social design' research which actively encourages participation and co-creation in the design process; we seek to include those who will be affected by design in the design of those things that will affect them. For example, professor Anne Chick’s research focuses on designing a more inclusive experience for blind and visually impaired exhibition visitors. Socially engaged creative practice also involves outreach activities, for example, working directly with 'Design and Technology' secondary school teachers in order to build stronger paths for students to get to university to study design subjects. It includes inviting school children into the university to explore and experience creativity through, for example, the Saturday Club and the Big Draw events. And, of course the university emphasis on 'student as producer' has always fitted comfortably with what happens in a design school studio culture. Students are always the co-producers of the experience we create and of the designed 'things' which come from creative practice. Creativity is social and our activities reflect that.
Consequently, as academics and creative practitioners ourselves, we are always looking for connections between our various activities, especially our capacity to build research. We seek to build this research out of professional practice and professional practice from research, outreach from research and professional practice, enterprise from research and so on. As a result, much of our school's activity is driven by projects which include some combination of research, professional practice, outreach and enterprise. This then leads to clusters of activity around a theme, for example, creativity, creative industries and pedagogic research on creativity. Where the research around a theme develops particularly strongly and builds a compelling momentum, it is useful to form a research cluster to co-ordinate activities including bidding for research funding, building research impact beyond the university, and providing a focus for the esteem that research can generate. For example, we have a 'Critical Heritage and Place Consumption’ research cluster that does just that. Other themes of interest and activity may be better served by a looser grouping of contributing colleagues, as the topic in question leads to developments in professional practice, outreach, enterprise as well as research. For example, we have a number of colleagues researching social design, co-creation and community engagement.

Doctorate Level Programs

MPhil-PhD Design (3 years full-time / 6 years part-time)

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

BA Hons Creative Advertising
BA Hons Design of Exhibitions, Events and Performance (DEEP)
BA Hons Fashion
BA Hons Graphic Design
BA Hons Illustration
BA Hons Interior Architecture and Design (IAD)
BA Hons Product Design
BA Hons Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) – Year 3 top up (Hong Kong)
BA Hons Design of Exhibitions, Events and Performance (DEEP) – Year 3 top up (Hong Kong)

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Semester Dates

Undergraduate: Semester A – Early October / Semester B – Early February
Postgraduate taught (October start): Trimester A – Early October / Trimester B – Early February / Trimester C – Early June
Postgraduate taught (February start): Trimester A – Early February / Trimester B – Early June / Trimester C – Early October 


Bachelor: 750
Master: 60
Doctorate: 6

Exchange Students

Incoming: Approx. 8
Outgoing: Approx. 8
Others: N/A

Teaching Staff

Professors: 4
Lectures: 48
Other permanent teachers: 6
Part-time Teachers: 26

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