BA (Hons) Design is a unique degree taught in a friendly and supportive environment which embraces a range of disciplines in the first year with the opportunity to specialise in year two. This broad based approach enables students to produce some highly original and innovative work. Students on the course have a strong record of winning national competitions and gaining meaningful employment upon graduation. Past students have progressed to employment in graphic/textile design studios, advertising agencies, publishers, teaching, arts administration, fashion and interior accessories, textiles, furniture and ceramic design. Others have set up their own studios and worked on a freelance or self employed basis. Students have also progressed to postgraduate level at a number of institutions including the Royal College of Art.
The well lit studios have fantastic views of the sea and create an inspiring atmosphere in which to learn.
This course is for the student who is looking for a multi disciplinary and experimental approach to design problems that will inform and enrich their chosen specialism in either Graphics, Textiles, Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design.
Content and Modules
The first year gives the students the opportunity to encounter a wide variety of working processes associated with the disciplines of Graphic Design and Typography, Textiles (knit, print and stitch), Ceramics (hand building, throwing, slip casting), and Three Dimensional Design (wood construction and plastic forming). These are supported by modules in Printmaking, Photography and Digital Media.
This explorative introduction enabling the development of new ideas through conceptual thinking, materials handling and visual research, is supported by academic modules in design history and contextual studies.
In the second years students go on to develop an individual specialism within one of the four broadly defined areas of Graphics, Textiles, Ceramics or Three Dimensional Design. Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop a professional awareness by entering national competitions and by participating in external exhibition opportunities for their work. Regular study trips are organised to London, whilst an annual European trip to a destination city such as Berlin, Paris, Lisbon or Valencia takes place in the spring semester.
First year modules include: Visual Studies and Technology, Historical and Contextual Studies, Design Concepts and Materials Exploration – Part 1, and Design Concepts and Materials Exploration - Part 2.
Second year modules include: Advanced Design Technology, Design Professional Practice, Design Process, and Design Development.
Third year modules include: Design Dissertation, Design Refinement, Final Major Concept, and Final Major Production.
What is included in your tuition fees
At UCS your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
Read full details of the included and additional costs for Design.
Please note, UCS reserves the right to change this information as and when required.