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London Metropolitan University

Retail Design (including foundation year)

UCAS Code: WK26

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You will be required to have English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

UCAS Tariff

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Design

**Why study this course?**

This Retail Design (including foundation year) bachelor’s degree is designed to provide an alternative route into higher education. The programme will help you find an individual focus and build a portfolio of work that will enable you to progress to the subsequent three years of this degree. The course is also the ideal choice if you can’t meet the entry requirements for the standard three-year course.

Following the foundation year, after you’ve built a portfolio, gained important study skills and learnt key workshop techniques, you’ll focus on retail design. Studies in retail design offer a number of career opportunities as you’ll examine a range of design and commercial fields, including branding, visual merchandising, interior design and communications. Equipped with specialist knowledge and skills in the area you’ll be a valuable asset to retail design consultancies and brands.

**More about this course**

Our Retail Design (including foundation year) BA consists of two parts, a foundation year and a bachelor’s degree. The foundation year is an intense preparatory year that will help you develop knowledge and skills related to a range of art and design disciplines at undergraduate level.

During the foundation year you’ll have the opportunity to create a portfolio of work, as you’ll practise and develop techniques used by designers and artists in a range of fields. This year is diagnostic in nature and you’ll get the opportunity to find your individual focus and direction by experimenting with different disciplines of art and design.
The foundation year will be shared with students on other art and design courses with a foundation year, which will be the perfect opportunity to meet students outside your course.

In the subsequent three years of your studies you’ll specialise in retail design and join students on the standard three-year course. You’ll also graduate with the same award and title as those students. During these years you’ll be introduced to practices within two disciplines of interior design and visual communications. The course will allow you to explore projects of varying scales – from designing packaging to reinventing large spaces such as shopping malls and restaurants. To learn more about the content you’ll study during these years, visit our Retail Design BA (Hons) page.

If at the end of your foundation year you’d like to change your specialism to a different area of design, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.

Modules

Year 0 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies: Foundation
Formats
Project
Techniques
Year 1 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Interiors)
Design Principles for Interiors
Retail Strategies and Techniques
Spatial Design and Development
Year 2 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Interiors)
Design Detail
Human Scale
Interior Technologies and Production
Year 3 modules include:

Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Interiors)
Integrated Design Practice
Major Project Realisation: Retail Design
Project Design and Development for Interiors

Assessment methods

We will use a range of assessments and provide constructive feedback to help you grow academically and as a designer. The methods include studio-based work, workshops, computer-aided design, as well as digital projects and exercises.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aldgate

Department:

The School of Art, Architecture and Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
49%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Design

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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