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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 eager to explore the potential for beauty, usefulness and meaning in contemporary material culture. You will develop both the technical skills required of a designer, and the critical thinking skills necessary to understand design’s role in the social, economic and environmental context of today.

Our creative approach puts three-dimensional prototyping at the heart of the design process. You will be taught how to use the tools and techniques of workshops, computer labs and studio spaces to develop and evaluate designs in three-dimensions. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of how to work with materials, by sensitively incorporating their properties into your work. And you will be challenged to think carefully about the valuable role your furniture and products should play in people’s lives.

The course vision is to create the most able graduates—people who understand both how and why to make things, and are ready to make meaningful contributions to professional design practice.


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 eager to explore the potential for beauty, usefulness and meaning in contemporary material culture. You will develop both the technical skills required of a designer, and the critical thinking skills necessary to understand design’s role in the social, economic and environmental context of today.

Our creative approach puts three-dimensional prototyping at the heart of the design process. You will be taught how to use the tools and techniques of workshops, computer labs and studio spaces to develop and evaluate designs in three-dimensions. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of how to work with materials, by sensitively incorporating their properties into your work. And you will be challenged to think carefully about the valuable role your furniture and products should play in people’s lives.

The course vision is to create the most able graduates—people who understand both how and why to make things, and are ready to make meaningful contributions to professional design practice.


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
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/coming-to-northumbria/portfolios-and-auditions

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/coming-to-northumbria/portfolios-and-auditions

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Cost of placement. Many placement companies will either pay students a wage or contribute to their expenses. We encourage students to seek paid placements but if you choose an unpaid placement you should allow for the additional cost of accommodation and travel for the period. This will depend on the location of the placement but you should allow £1000 per month if outside of Newcastle. Optional field trip (subject to Covid-19). You can elect to attend the 2nd year study trip. In recent years, this has been to New York and costs £1000 for 7 nights to cover flight and accommodation (subsistence is roughly equivalent to UK prices)/ Degree show costs – optional. Final year students may be given the opportunity to attend New Designers in London. If you choose to attend, you should allow for the costs of travel (approximately £20 return by coach or £60 return by train) and accommodation (approximately £75 pp per night in budget accommodation – hostel or air bnb). Final projects. The costs of basic materials including 3D printing are included in your tuition fees. If you choose to use specialist materials or services for your final project, you will have to cover this cost (costs will vary depending on the nature of your project).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* This is the tuition fee for 2021/22 entry, and the maximum permitted to charge UK students as per Government Regulations. Government are yet to announce 2022/23 fees, if there is a change fees will be adjusted accordingly.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500

International Fee in Year 1: £16,500


Scholarships for 22/23 have not yet been announced. Please keep checking for updates.

For information on the range of Scholarships offered in 21/22, visit the funding pages.

 


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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.

Extended 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.

More information

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 abroad at a partner university equivalent to 120 UK credits 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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AT5007 -

Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

What will I learn on this module?

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation which is made up of 4 modules that the students will study in Amsterdam (semester 1) and Newcastle (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ creative thinking and practical problem-solving skills in the context of design thinking approaches, all of which will significantly development academic and research skills and so strengthen employability on graduation. This year of study enhances your employability by unlocking and developing your creative problem-solving skills, knowledge, and expertise to make you more employment and industry-ready when you graduate through in multidisciplinary teams throughout your year of study in Amsterdam and Newcastle to creatively tackle and solve real-world challenges.
Semester 1 in Amsterdam comprises of two 20-credit modules aimed at students new to design thinking which also equips them for a semester in Newcastle, working in creative teams on a series of real-world projects that enhance creative thinking skills and attributes and multidisciplinary working practices. The modules studied in Semester 1, Innovative Design Practices and Tools and Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation provide students with analytical design-inspired tools that enable students to examine real-world case studies that require multidisciplinary professional team-based responses and solution formation and implementation. In Semester 2, students will move to Newcastle to study two modules at Northumbria University. The first module, Design-Inspired Research Methods enables students to critically investigate key social, cultural, and technological challenges that modern urban spaces, cities, and professions. The final module, Creative Cities, enables students to engage in the creative comparative research of problems, challenges and potential innovative developments between Amsterdam and Newcastle (in terms of mobility, sustainable practices, energy provision, smart and digital technologies, urban design, or the role of cultural and humanities-oriented institutions).

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
AT5005 Innovative Design Practices and Tools (20 credits)
AT5006 Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation (40 credits)

Semester 2
DE5012 Design-Inspired Research Methods (20 credits)
DE5013 Creative Cities (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in a creative environment in the Amsterdam campus dedicated to full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place in sessions and workshops that bring together AUAS and Northumbria students and staff. The focus of the teaching and learning is on creative interdisciplinary team activities that develop creative thinking and address real-world issues and problems. In semester 2, students engage in comparative city-based research to identify differing challenges facing Amsterdam and Newcastle. Students will approach a range of real-world issues from the perspective of their academic discipline and work with students from other perspectives to see how differing knowledges and skillsets can combine to address challenges in innovative and creative ways. These can include cultural institutions, design, technology, IT, and engineering, architecture, history, and the social sciences. Therefore, the programme is relevant for students from a range academic disciplines who will work together to stress how differing disciplines combine to provide solutions to challenges. 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 Multidisciplinary Innovation 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 Contextual Review 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.

More information

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?)

More information

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.

More information

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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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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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.

Extended 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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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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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 abroad at a partner university equivalent to 120 UK credits 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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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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Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

What will I learn on this module?

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation which is made up of 4 modules that the students will study in Amsterdam (semester 1) and Newcastle (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ creative thinking and practical problem-solving skills in the context of design thinking approaches, all of which will significantly development academic and research skills and so strengthen employability on graduation. This year of study enhances your employability by unlocking and developing your creative problem-solving skills, knowledge, and expertise to make you more employment and industry-ready when you graduate through in multidisciplinary teams throughout your year of study in Amsterdam and Newcastle to creatively tackle and solve real-world challenges.
Semester 1 in Amsterdam comprises of two 20-credit modules aimed at students new to design thinking which also equips them for a semester in Newcastle, working in creative teams on a series of real-world projects that enhance creative thinking skills and attributes and multidisciplinary working practices. The modules studied in Semester 1, Innovative Design Practices and Tools and Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation provide students with analytical design-inspired tools that enable students to examine real-world case studies that require multidisciplinary professional team-based responses and solution formation and implementation. In Semester 2, students will move to Newcastle to study two modules at Northumbria University. The first module, Design-Inspired Research Methods enables students to critically investigate key social, cultural, and technological challenges that modern urban spaces, cities, and professions. The final module, Creative Cities, enables students to engage in the creative comparative research of problems, challenges and potential innovative developments between Amsterdam and Newcastle (in terms of mobility, sustainable practices, energy provision, smart and digital technologies, urban design, or the role of cultural and humanities-oriented institutions).

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
AT5005 Innovative Design Practices and Tools (20 credits)
AT5006 Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation (40 credits)

Semester 2
DE5012 Design-Inspired Research Methods (20 credits)
DE5013 Creative Cities (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in a creative environment in the Amsterdam campus dedicated to full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place in sessions and workshops that bring together AUAS and Northumbria students and staff. The focus of the teaching and learning is on creative interdisciplinary team activities that develop creative thinking and address real-world issues and problems. In semester 2, students engage in comparative city-based research to identify differing challenges facing Amsterdam and Newcastle. Students will approach a range of real-world issues from the perspective of their academic discipline and work with students from other perspectives to see how differing knowledges and skillsets can combine to address challenges in innovative and creative ways. These can include cultural institutions, design, technology, IT, and engineering, architecture, history, and the social sciences. Therefore, the programme is relevant for students from a range academic disciplines who will work together to stress how differing disciplines combine to provide solutions to challenges. 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 Multidisciplinary Innovation 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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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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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 Contextual Review 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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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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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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