I wanted to speak about my experience at University Of Lincoln studying Graphic Design. Currently i've just finished my second year of uni and going into third year in September. My first year and beginning of second year were incredibly hard for me due to my mental health - which i'll speak about in another blog post.
I wanted to speak about my Graphic Design experience with being at University, applying and much more. Lets get into it!
Lincoln first of all is a beautiful city, like absolutely beautiful. You actually graduate in the theatre like i'm sorry it's a winner already. Lincoln has got everything you ever need shopping wise and good food and the Christmas Market's are incredible - so even if you aren't coming to University here, it's an incredible place to visit!
This is the Lincoln University website and let's say... these doodles were the exact same as the information I doodled on the pages when I was looking at all different Universities to apply to. Lincoln is an incredible Uni - This year it has been rated TEF Gold in standard. Lincoln University is a smaller campus, there's not much to get lost in. Everything is on campus including the accommodation - no buses or long walks into Uni each day. It's absolutely wonderful and absolutely love studying here. The Lincoln University website is incredibly easy to navigate around and you will be able to find everything really easy. I'll leave important links at the bottom of this post!
In the 2019 University League Tables, the University of Lincoln is rated 22nd out of 121 Institutions – up from number 47 last year. Lincoln University are rated 5th for Design & Crafts (just behind Leeds, Kingston, Goldsmiths and Loughborough). Lincoln University is 3rd in the country (BRONZE!) for Graphic Design (beaten only by Leeds and Kingston).
Taken from the University Website:
" The BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree encourages students to become skilled visual communicators and provides the opportunity to work on project briefs that require practical skills and creative insight to find innovative solutions using a variety of media. This programme aims to introduce students to the social context of graphic design. It covers a wide range of topics such as typography, advertising, branding, editorial design, artists’ books, packaging, interactive design, animation, film and installation. Our research-active academics practise in the industry and this course has established links to the International Society of Typographic Designers. There are opportunities to undertake work experience and internships at design agencies, and to work with industry mentors. "
The main reason why I came to Lincoln University was because of the use of your skills, creative mind and innovative solutions I also loved the way you work in a studio environment as it gets you ready for work life for when you leave Uni and get ready to go into work life. You really do cover a massive range of topics and I am incredibly grateful for that as you really get the chance to experiment
How you study at The University Of Lincoln:
" In the first year, students have the opportunity to work in both traditional and digital media while learning about the fundamental principles of graphic design. The course introduces the creative methods needed in the industry to answer briefs and solve communication problems. In the second year, more advanced concepts of graphic design are introduced. The third year provides an opportunity for students to develop their own specialism and culminates in an end-of-year show. "
I really enjoy the way our course is laid out and the way we've learnt throughout. I didn't want a course that is all on the computer and no drawing or making and this is why I started studying here and enjoy it so much because I didn't want to be stuck behind a computer for three years and not being hands on. I looked at 11 Universities when applying and my favourites were Lincoln and Northumbria due to the course layout and the way you study, However I ended up picking Lincoln due to the way they treat you as a student.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree:
" Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork. "
" It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. "
I wanted to include a snippet about the way we learn, the amount of teaching hours we have and more. Last year I had a one hour lecture one hour seminar on a Monday, four hours on a Tuesday for one of my modules and four hours on a Thursday for another of my modules. I loved having the break on a Wednesday to catch up work for both modules and then Friday-Sunday to do the rest of the work. Work load = if you are looking at studying Graphics or any art subject keep on top of it. Don't let yourself get behind even if its by a day. You study three modules - CVP Contextualising Visual Practice. VE Visual Expression. DC Design Communication.
I wanted to add doodles to these images as they are literally exactly what would have been on my print out's for each University. I looked through all the different courses and it's candidates and I looked at all their different pieces of work and look at them to decide which I prefer and which I enjoy and whichever style fits mine. My portfolio which i've also linked above doesn't include everything i've ever done but includes the best bits. Everything you produce at UOL you may look at it like ? what am i doing ? but when you look back you'll be incredibly thankful as you learn how to do many things rather than just the one thing behind the computer if that makes sense.
Lincoln University is an incredibly good university - stay tuned for my university experience in general. I've highly enjoyed my time at Lincoln University and I can't wait to go back in September. If you are going to Lincoln University in general or studying Graphic Design! hit me up!
I hope you enjoyed this informative post!
Thank-you for reading!
See you soon,
Lincoln University Room Tour 2018