12 months
14500 GBP/year
7800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The design arena is filled with opportunity. The Design course from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with optional professional placement, provides the framework and direction for a deep dive into a personal area of interest, so you grow professionally and personally. 

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By the end of the Design course from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) , you’ll have a cohesive body of work, produced to a professional standard that clearly articulates a sound intellectual rationale and a broad critical viewpoint.  

You’ll pursue a unique personal line of inquiry in your chosen subject area and generate a portfolio of work tracking your development towards the goals agreed by you with academic staff.

The course is taught by tutors who are professional design practitioners and who play a prominent role in the University's research activities.

An optional placement year, gives you the chance to spend a minimum of 24 weeks putting theory into practice, and discovering how to make a living from doing what you love.

Future careers

Design graduates go on to pursue successful careers within a wide range of design related disciplines, including designer/maker roles and in house and freelance.  

You could work in manufacturing or become a modeller, animation artist, teacher, design buyer. Other options included working as a set, display or exhibition designer, interior or product designer, a gallery or exhibition curator or a design manager. 

You’ll be guided towards interview opportunities with placement employers and could gain valuable experience with amazing companies, like trend forecasters The Future Laboratory, respected advertising agencies Mother London, Chase, Blue Marlin and a wealth of fashion and design brands including Superdry, Levi’s, Harrods, Fred Perry, etc. As well as opportunities within the fields of interior and product design. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methodologies 
  • Research in Context
  • Reflective Practice
  • Design Advanced Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

UK students can apply all year round. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold a 2:2 degree or equivalent professional experience or learning in a related field
  • Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme
  • Professional experience in the field of design
  • A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application
  • IELTS: Score of 6.5 or above
  • A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere such as North America: Minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • All applicants are requested to submit digital supporting material and where possible will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of recent work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7800 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Part-time: £867 per 20 credits (UK)
  • Sandwich year: £2000 for the sandwich year (UK)

Living costs for Preston

751 - 1425 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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