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3D Design BA (Hons) engenders a creative, analytical and skilful approach to the designing and making of products and furniture.

You will join a community of staff and students who share a firmly held conviction that an understanding of how to make something leads the designer to better understand the logic of use, the potential for beauty and the ability to place the activity of design in a broader cultural, environmental and economic context.

A creative studio culture and thoughtful workshop practice engenders an understanding that however ephemeral a trend or how immaterial a technology or intuitive an interface might be, manufactured ‘things’ play important roles as the props and backdrop to the theatre of everyday life.

The course vision is to create the most able graduates – primed to make significant contributions to their chosen field of professional design practice.

 

Northumbria was ranked 16th in the Complete University Guide 2017 for Art and Design.

3D Design BA (Hons) engenders a creative, analytical and skilful approach to the designing and making of products and furniture.

You will join a community of staff and students who share a firmly held conviction that an understanding of how to make something leads the designer to better understand the logic of use, the potential for beauty and the ability to place the activity of design in a broader cultural, environmental and economic context.

A creative studio culture and thoughtful workshop practice engenders an understanding that however ephemeral a trend or how immaterial a technology or intuitive an interface might be, manufactured ‘things’ play important roles as the props and backdrop to the theatre of everyday life.

The course vision is to create the most able graduates – primed to make significant contributions to their chosen field of professional design practice.

 

Northumbria was ranked 16th in the Complete University Guide 2017 for Art and Design.

Course Information

UCAS Code
W260

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Northumbria School of Design

Location
Design Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Project / Self Directed Project

Final year students have the freedom to determine their individual approach to creative design practice.

Alumni / Deadgood Ltd

Meet 3D Alumni Dan and Elliot who went on to setup their own successful Design and Manufacturing Company - Deadgood Ltd.

Dan Ziglam

Deadgood Co-Founder

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Elliot Brook

Our vision is to develop one of the world's leading design brands, recognised for developing a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products

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Learn what it takes to be Deadgood

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

An inspiring Design curriculum will encourage you to develop a flexible and imaginative approach to problem solving through enquiry and practice-based learning. You will become an active participant, integrating design practice with academic and intellectual skills.

The course makes use of industry standard workshops and studios as places for you to learn, develop and rehearse both the practical and theoretical skill sets required of a professional product/furniture designer. Hands-on learning, rehearsal and exploration of making skills enable you to display evidence of creative thinking whilst understanding the importance of workmanship.

Contextual studies provide the social, cultural, economic and historical background to the subject discipline, developing your knowledge and insight into your own personal practice. A framework of industry facing projects/work provides you with the opportunity to hone specialist design skills, professional qualities, enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through real-life scenarios. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at national degree shows.

Project / Designing for Production

In year 2 students develop their making skills in the context of designing for repeat production of furniture and product.

Project / Self-Directed Projects

Final year students have the freedom to determine their individual approach to creative design practice.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

Throughout your degree you will work closely with a core team of academic staff, who are all actively involved in design research/practice and deliver a curriculum that is designed to develop the intellectual, and subject-specific skills you need to define your own professional practice. This team is further supported by other specialist disciplinary staff, which ensures our students are supported across all aspects of design learning.

Realising your ideas through making will play a huge part in your design learning experience and you will be supported to do this by a team of dedicated technical staff. This team has significant industrial experience and manufacturing skills across numerous materials and processes including furniture, engineering, fabrication, model making, CAD and digital 3D printing.

The nature of studio and workshop teaching allows individual academic support to be accessed as an inherent part of your learning experience. One to one academic tutorials with an academic member of staff at regular intervals during Level 4 and at key stages and after every project that make up the larger portfolio based modules of levels 5 and 6 mean there are multiple check-points to monitor and feedback on academic progress. Your Personal Tutor is also available ensure you receive adequate personal and academic support should any matters arise.


Course Leader / Rickard Whittingham

Rickard has a background in furniture design for both production and limited edition. He teaches in a variety of contexts from graduate education through to community-based projects.

Rickard Whittingham

Course Leader

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Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

The technical facilities at Northumbria University are excellent. The course is housed in industry-standard studios and workshops with facilities designed to allow a materials led and process driven approach to design practice. Studio and workshop culture promotes intellectual freedom and the development of a creative collaborative community.

You’ll have access to large well-equipped timber and metal workshops, specialist CAD laboratory, CNC machinery and 3d printing as well as several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working. The photographic studio is equipped to industry standards. Everything is supported by skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of all the facilities that are available.

We use technology to enhance your learning with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Electronic Submission and Feedback (eSAF) facilitates feedback on your project work, while Turnitin reinforces a critical approach to research and the development of your own ideas.


Facilities / Workshop

large well-equipped timber and metal workshops, specialist CAD laboratory, CNC machinery and 3d printing as well as several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working

Facilities / Studio

Our studios are open plan to allow collaborative working and each studio is equipped with the latest iMacs and PCs. You'll also have access to dedicated computer labs with the latest Adobe and Cad software.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

3D Design is a practice-based course that is driven by research and delivered by inspiring, research active and entrepreneurial staff. This creates an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to complex design challenges.

Throughout your studies, you will learn through research-informed teaching, and undertaking research yourself to encourage enquiry, and to define and refine your practice. Live projects allow you to contextualise your prior learning and further develop your practical competencies to work collaboratively to industry standards.

By your final year, your design practice will be informed by current critical debate, and a creative and exploratory approach to your own specialism of practice.

Tools For Everyday Life / Research Informed Learning

Drawing on the community of practice that surrounds 3D Design and the Designers in Residence scheme, the Tools for Everyday life project results in both commercially viable artefacts and opportunities for the designers to articulate their position on the relationship between craft knowledge and industrial design. The project content provides both context and content for the 3D Design course.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

This course is a creative platform with a track record in educating a significant number of respected designers. Our vision is to combine skillful and intellectually engaged design and making practices with academic learning to create the most able graduates – ready to make important contributions to their chosen field of professional practice.

You will develop the theoretical and practical skills that are required by professional practices in the creative Industries sector, where our graduates find employment.

Collaborative projects with external organisations allow you to be coached and advised by leading industry professionals. You will be encouraged to build and curate a portfolio of your own creative work, developing your own individual design identity that will enhance your future employability.

Heals Discovers / Will Baugh

Following in the footsteps of Northumbria 3D Design graduates Phil Luscombe and Josh South in 2014, Will Baugh has been selected by Heals for their discovers programme.

Exhibitions / Degree Shows

During your studies you may be offered the chance to showcase your work at various exhibitions and events such as New Designers or Northumbria's own REVEAL Degree Showcase.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

The 3D Design course is designed to support the development of your intellectual, practical and transferable skills to prepare you for employment upon graduation or further study.

You will graduate as a highly employable, industry-ready professional, able to confidently offer solutions to complex and challenging design briefs. You will be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities and resourcefulness in the application of processes, aesthetics, function and materials.

Our graduates go on to forge successful careers as designers and makers across the creative industries sector. We also support entrepreneurial graduates who are keen to set up their own businesses through our Designers in Residence Scheme.

Our many success stories in 3D designing include: David Irwin whose work is produced by Another Country, John Lewis and Design Within Reach. Max Lamb whose work is exhibited and collected throughout the world. Ellen Thomas working at United Visual Artists. Neil Conley voted Elle Decoration Young Designer of the Year 2013. Elliot Brook and Dan Ziglam establishing the leading furniture and interior product Deadgood.

Alumni / David Irwin

As a practice, Irwin works for leading manufacturers and design led companies such as Habitat, Deadgood and Juniper. Irwin operates specifically within the spectrum of contemporary furniture, product and lighting design.

David Irwin

David Irwin

Designer

M-Lamp

Alumni / Deadgood Ltd

Meet 3D Alumni Dan and Elliot who went on to setup their own successful Design and Manufacturing Company - Deadgood Ltd.

Dan Ziglam

Deadgood Co-Founder

View Profile

Elliot Brook

Our vision is to develop one of the world's leading design brands, recognised for developing a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products

View Profile

Learn what it takes to be Deadgood

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one Delivered via hands-on projects in a studio environment, our first year is a fast-paced introduction to the design and making skills fundamental to professional 3D design practice.

Year 2

Year two A focus on developing high-level workshop skills sees our second year students realise increasingly sophisticated and intelligent responses to design projects.

Year 3

Year three Throughout a year of self-directed projects, third year students develop their own programme of research and practice, developing the skills necessary to make valuable contributions to industry.

Who would this Course suit?

This course is designed for creative individuals who are keen to develop an imaginative, explorative and hands-on approach to the designing and making of 3 Dimensional products that address real human needs and desires.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview.

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential.

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3. Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level or equivalent

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your course you will be expected to purchase specialist equipment these may include; layout pads, drawing pencils, sketching pens and a camera. There are optional field trips that you may wish to participate in and as a guide will cost approximately £900.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AH4008 -

Design Culture (Core,20 Credits)

You will acquire the basic building blocks of Design Enquiry that will underpin your further learning experience in both Three Dimensional Design and the knowledge and skills for Life Long Learning. These skills are grouped around the 4 main first level questions: What, where, when and who? What is Design, the object of study, what is included or excluded? Where is design located, where did it originate, change, spread to? When did design emerge as a discrete subject? Periodisation and the key periods and movements: Classicism, Eclecticism, Modernism and Post-Modernism. You will become familiar with the main thinkers and designers who have influenced the development of design as it became the Global Phenomenon we know today. (At level 5 you develop these questions to include How and Why?)

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DE4004 -

Design Theory: The Designer, The User and their Technologies (Core,20 Credits)

This module is made up of 3 components that introduce students to the theories and principles that underpin the conception, manufacture and use of man-made objects. By studying the role of the designer, understanding the role of the end-user and the technologies that contribute to the making and use of artefacts the intention is to increase your awareness and sensitivity to the qualities of the world around you.

The Designer introduces you to the complex nature of design processes and the designer’s place within them. This component encourages you from the outset of your studies to develop critical judgement of your own work and the work of others. The component encourages you to understand your role and responsibilities in professional design practice. You will be urged to reflect upon and manage your own learning and development as a design practitioner.

The User introduces the study of ergonomics and human factors and theories of material culture. Lectures and seminars place the use and consumption of designed products in the wider context of contemporary life. You are encouraged to consider things not as objects which are ‘finished’ once they have been manufactured, but as artefacts which go on to form the backdrop and props for everyday life.

Their Technologies is a component that uses lecture and seminar teaching to build your knowledge of a range of manufacturing processes and explores how technology can drive innovative practice. Factory visits; guest speakers and case studies introduce you to the social, environmental and economic complexities of material use.

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DE4005 -

Design Methods: The Lab, the Studio and the Workshop (Core,40 Credits)

This module introduces you to the practical and professional skills required of the designer to conceive, develop and realise 3 dimensional products. The content of this module reflects the range of skills a 3d designer requires to effectively work out ideas for themselves, as well as communicating this design process to others. The 4 components of this module: Collaborative practice, Visual Communication, Model Making and Computer Aided Design (C.A.D), combine to furnish you with the experience to use studio culture, workshop discipline and a thoughtful use of technology throughout your design practice. This module embraces the notion that skilled making and good workmanship are not just qualities evident in ‘highly finished’ traditional craft based products, but should be introduced as important employable tools in the iterative process of design development.

In Collaborative practice you will experience the potential of co-operation via group projects and discover the benefits of the studio culture which is synonymous with professional design practice.

Visual Communication is delivered via taught sessions and the setting of projects. It develops the practical skills of drawing and sketching as well as introducing industry-standard graphics software packages essential to the contemporary designer.

Model Making is a studio and workshop based component that introduces a range of materials, processes and techniques and encourages you to make reasoned decisions in the selection of appropriate materials and processes to support any given stage in the design process.

C.A.D. (Computer Aided Design) introduces you to the conventions of technical drawing and teaches students to use the appropriate computer software packages in the preparation of the drawings that are the link between concept and realisation.

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DE4006 -

Design Projects (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to develop your ability to creatively answer a brief both as an individual and in team situations within the supporting framework of the year group.

The module is constructed from a series of furniture and product design projects that act as the vehicles for you to learn, select and apply design skills and techniques. The projects encourage you to put the theoretical and practical skills taught on the 3d programme in to practice and provide opportunities to place your learning in a wider professional context. The project briefs explore user centred, technology driven, market led and /or issue based motivations for design practice. You will learn to experiment with a variety techniques for the purposes of research, concept development and communication. You will learn how diverse projects require various blends of practical skills (sketch work, model making and CAD work) as part of a thoughtful design development process. By presenting your work at both interim stages and upon completion you will gain experience of how to effectively communicate both project direction and resolution.

You will be introduced to the use and value of reflective practice so you can begin to take responsibility for your own learning and the evidencing of the module learning outcomes across multiple projects.

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YB5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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DE5004 -

Design: Atelier (Core,80 Credits)

The module embraces the design writer Stephen Bayley’s assertion that ”…If you know how to make something, you understand everything about it. You appreciate its logic, its beauty and its meaning. And its value.”

This module is made up of design projects that extend your experience of designing and making products and furniture. It consists of a series of design briefs that present the creative opportunities and constraints necessary for you to develop both practical and theoretical design skills. The nature of the project briefs challenge you to extend your ability to sensitively address the requirements of defined markets and end users, whilst beginning to articulate your own design philosophies and preoccupations. As the module progresses you are encouraged to take more ownership of project direction and become more confident in justifying your actions.

Studio and workshop-based teaching develops your ability to manage the complexities of conceiving, proposing and then producing working prototypes to a professional standard. In doing so, notions of workmanship and the importance of materials and processes knowledge to the designer of ‘things’ will be explored.

There is a bespoke workshop induction programme within the module that underpins the practical outcomes required of the projects. These sessions introduce you to materials, processes and safe working practices and crucially provide you with the opportunity to build competency in the workshop environment.

The module includes the introduction of 3d computer software applications to further furnish you with the skills required of the professional designer of products.

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DE5005 -

Design: Context (Core,40 Credits)

This module encourages you to understand the complex issues raised by the proposing and manufacturing of products. The act of design is explored in The Subject component of the module where you investigate the challenges faced by society and the opportunities created by culture. In the designer you begin the lifelong challenge of placing your own practices in the context of wider world.

The subject. This module component is issue driven and is designed to expand your knowledge of the influences on contemporary design. The meanings, values and ethics of design are explored in relation to case studies of current practice, legislation, institutions and major global trends. In doing so it enhances your understanding of theoretical questions introduced at level 4. The craft of writing, debating and presenting informed opinions is central to the teaching of this component.

The designer. This studio and seminar based component requires you to place your own developing practice in the contexts explored in The Subject. You will carefully consider how the skills developed in the ‘Design: Atelier’ module can be used to make a positive contribution to the world of things. Studio based projects provide the opportunity for you to articulate your understanding of a variety of motivations for the creation of things via both design practice and writing. By engaging with user centred and technology driven approaches to design and considering how social comment can be made through or by design practice you will further develop your appreciation of the designer’s role in both cultural and commercial terms. This component develops both the academic and creative skills to formulate the research themes that underpin the self-written Major Design Study in Level 6

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YB5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AD5005 -

Design Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AD5006 -

Design Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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DE6004 -

Professional Design Practice (Core,40 Credits)

This semester 1 module is composed of an advanced project brief selected from appropriate national/international design competition(s) or suitable live briefs. The studio-based module engages you with the criteria and requirements of an external body/client and by doing so necessitates the honing of professional standard communication and presentation skills.

The ‘live’ nature of the module provides the background to the studio teaching and places an emphasis on the effective organisation of an autonomously managed project.

By seeking creative solutions to complex problems and/or opportunities from beyond the studio/atelier walls, the module requires the thoughtful analysis of independently managed research. Ongoing group critiques and interim presentations provide opportunities for reflective practice to be embedded in the module.

The module compliments the self-determined nature of DE6005 Major Design Study providing you with an experience in the first semester to critically apply your own approaches, skills and design philosophies to an externally set project brief.

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DE6005 -

Major Design Study (Core,60 Credits)

The aim of this module is to engage you in a holistic design process from the identification of a problem/opportunity through to the realisation of a designed solution/product.

The module offers you the opportunity to combine your design and making skills in the development and presentation of a Major Design Study that should demonstrate an ambitious and insightful response to an identified opportunity in the contemporary world.

Whilst the nature of the project’s content is ultimately defined by you, this studio and workshop based module will require the negotiated content of the major study to contain an engagement with the complex issues that surround designing, developing and manufacturing economically, culturally, technologically, socially and aesthetically relevant 3d products. Whether you tackle a project driven by technology or respond to an identified commercial opportunity, undertake the designing and making of user centred products or look to make social/political/ cultural comment through or by design practice you will draw upon both theoretical and practical skill sets.

The module requires of you to thoughtfully and effectively manage project research, analysis and design development as well as the skills of making what you have designed.

You will evidence the creative, analytical, practical and ultimately transferable skills required of the professional designer by firstly presenting a Research Proposal and briefing document for formal formative assessment. Using this proposal as a working document/ hypothesis you will collate a project portfolio documenting your design process. Ultimately the project will result in a realised product or piece of furniture that is a manifestation of a Major Study that is the culmination of your undergraduate experience

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DE6006 -

Critical Design Evaluation (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to prepare and enable you to produce a Critical Design Evaluation document for the Major Design Study (DE6005). It represents the culmination and consolidation of your work within the theoretical studies area. The intention is to exemplify your comprehension of the application of design theory in practice. The content and the exact nature of the practices used in the formulation of the document will be determined by the subject matter tackled in the self-initiated Major Design Study.

The module includes a series of professional practice lectures and seminars delivered by both academic staff and specialist external speakers providing a ‘real world’ backdrop to the activities in this module and encouraging an engagement with outside agencies in both the creation and evaluation of the Major Design Study. Taught sessions help place your skills and abilities in a broader context of employment and/or further study. You will learn to explore and reflect upon your own values and be encouraged to act with boldness and professional confidence.

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YB5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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