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Design for Industry BA (Hons) fosters a critical, analytical and creative approach to designing products, services and experiences.

For over forty years, Design for Industry BA (Hons) has empowered graduate designers with the knowledge, skills and creative confidence to design products, services and experiences relevant to the needs of people, society and business. We are proud to state that the world’s foremost design leaders and countless globally respected design practitioners are ex-graduates of our course.

Combining industry-run projects with academic learning, we ensure that you have the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to your chosen field of professional design practice.

Northumbria University is ranked 10th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020)

94% of students believe that their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (National Student Survey 2018)

 For more information in relation to studying design for Industry, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Design for Industry updates.

 

 

Design for Industry BA (Hons) fosters a critical, analytical and creative approach to designing products, services and experiences.

For over forty years, Design for Industry BA (Hons) has empowered graduate designers with the knowledge, skills and creative confidence to design products, services and experiences relevant to the needs of people, society and business. We are proud to state that the world’s foremost design leaders and countless globally respected design practitioners are ex-graduates of our course.

Combining industry-run projects with academic learning, we ensure that you have the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to your chosen field of professional design practice.

Northumbria University is ranked 10th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020)

94% of students believe that their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (National Student Survey 2018)

 For more information in relation to studying design for Industry, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Design for Industry updates.

 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
W240

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Northumbria School of Design

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

 

 

Design for Industry BA (Hons) / Digital Portfolio Guide

We are interested in what inspires you, who inspires you and how you communicate that enthusiasm through your statement and your work.

Self-Directed Projects / Creative Freedom

In the final year, our students have the creative freedom to design their own project. Take a look at some of our students past projects.

Graduate Work

A selection of projects from this years graduates, including Design For Industry's first publication 'Batch 40' now available on the Apple Bookstore.

By making use of my surroundings, I tried to give a recognisable connection between person and place within the objects

Student Work / Blog and Instagram

Our students produce high quality work, demonstrated through our enviable track record of design competition wins. Follow the links and take a look at some examples.

Student Life / #IAMNORTHUMBRIA

Discover more about life in Newcastle and studying at Northumbria.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Design for Industry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our exciting curriculum is responsive to current industrial design practices through our collaboration with partners in both research and global industry. It promotes a learning environment that supports creative approaches to research, iterative practice-based activities, and, the use of new and emerging technologies.

Our adaptable studio spaces provide a learning environment conducive to both independent and collaborative work, helping you to take ownership of your individual learning experience.

Predominant use of project and portfolio based assessment, supplemented with scheduled tutor-led studio sessions, allows multiple opportunities to receive feedback on both an informal and formal basis.

Competition Projects and Live Briefs / Competitive Advantage

Throughout your study on the course, we will run several competition projects and live briefs with our industrial partners. A shortlisting or win can really help your portfolio stand out. Take a look at our track record.

James Dyson Award / Mi Plug | Stackable Wall Plugs

Current student, Will De Brett, was driven to redesign the plug and develop a solution that truly support 21st century living. Placing runner up in the James Dyson Awards, Mi Plug has shown promise to several industry leaders including the John Lewis Design and Innovation Award.

Self-Directed Projects / Creative Freedom

In the final year, our students have the creative freedom to design their own project. Take a look at some of our students past projects.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Design for Industry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our staff team can offer you a holistic academic support system due to their wealth of experience in teaching and working in global industry. They are also active researchers in areas such as ‘Responsible Innovation Practice’, ‘Design History’ and ‘Pitching Design Concepts’. Their expertise ensures currency in the quality of the teaching you will receive.

Thanks to our unique alumni network, your learning experience is further enhanced by visiting lectures and one-to-one sessions with world-leading industrial designers. In recent years these has included:

  • Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple
  • Rob Law MBE, Trunki
  • Richard Stevens, British Airway’s Creative Director and co-founder of Forpeople
  • Gavin Proctor, Director of Philips Lifestyle Design Innovation
  • Kevin McCullagh, founder of Plan Strategic
  • David Brisbourne, Jaguar and Land Rover Lifestyle Products Manager

You will also have access to dedicated technicians with skills in woodwork, metalwork, model making, experience prototyping and 3D printing.

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Design for Industry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The technical facilities at Northumbria University are excellent. Our industry-standard studios and workshops support a culture of intellectual freedom, and the development of a creative community of practice.

You’ll have access to timber and metal workshops, a fully equipped photographic studio, a specialist CAD laboratory, CNC machinery and 3D printing for rapid prototyping. There are also several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working. All workshops are supervised by skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of the facilities available.

Your learning is also enhanced by the eLearning Portal (Blackboard); an online software package that organises your module assignments, supportive learning materials, electronic reading lists and when appropriate, electronic submissions and feedback on your work.

Where the Action Happens / Studio and Workshop Facilities

Our open plan studios offer adaptable spaces to accommodate all sorts of design projects. Each studio has a suite of iMacs and PCs equipped with the latest industry standard software. Our workshops are full of industry standard equipment and the latest in rapid prototyping machinery.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Design for Industry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our Design for Industry staff team are entrepreneurial, research active and in some cases, still working in industry part-time. This ensures that our students have a truly inspiring experience, driven by current research and relevant up-to-date knowledge.

You will also undertake your own research activity, learning how to use and adapt methods employed by leading design consultancies; many of which our staff have worked for.

By the final year, you will have adopted your own design philosophy and be fully prepared to carve your own unique career in this exciting field.

Research Active / Our Publications

Our research is ingrained in the teaching we provide so that you benefit from the latest advances in design. Take a look at some of the most recent publications from our staff team.

Exhibitions and Degree Shows / Showing Your Work

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 Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Design for Industry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

After completing your four years of study, you will have developed your intellectual and practical skills in preparation for employment or further study. You will be able to employ the full range of communication skills at a designer’s disposal (such as sketching, model making, CAD work) towards the research, exploration and execution of a design project.

The course culminates at the annual New Designers exhibition in London, where our graduates are given the opportunity to make contact with industry and celebrate the outcomes of their final major projects on a public platform.

Some of our recent graduates have secured jobs in many London based agencies, such as ForPeople, DCA and Native. They always make an appearance at New Designers, scouting for new talent and often inviting newly graduating students to interview.

Real-world industrial experience lies at the heart of our course, as we believe that it is key to building the knowledge and skills for a successful career in design.

You have the opportunity to apply for a professional placement in your second and third years of study. Placement experience gives you a competitive edge as it can considerably develop your skillset and is highly sought by graduate employers. Many students acquire placements with global brands and leading designers/design consultancies such as: Grohe AG, Mars, Tom Dixon, Unilever, The Alloy, Black + Blum, Forpeople, Native, Seymourpowell, Therefore, Tin Horse and Plan. We believe this ‘real-world’ experience is invaluable.

You also have the opportunity to study abroad with a partner institution on our exchange programme, helping you to gain a more global perspective on design. Recent exchange destinations include Australia, Taiwan and South Korea.

 

 

Alumni / Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Our graduates are really making an impact, transforming their lives and others. Here are a selection of some of our Alumni who have been taught Design for Industry BA (Hons).

Brands We Work With

We regularly collaborate with leading international companies and cutting edge consultancies on live briefs and projects.

Career Edge / Added Experiences

You can boost your CV and develop your experience whilst studying at Northumbria.

Careers and Employment / Develop

From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, we are here to help.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Design for Industry. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

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.

A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design, or Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

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

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

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

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page 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
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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: 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 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

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. Print costs. You should allow up to £50 a year for the print costs of presentation quality material. Optional field trip. You can elect to attend the 3rd 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).

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* It is anticipated that fees for 21/22 will be £9,250. EU fees status will be confirmed following confirmation from Government


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

Design for Industry BA (Hons)

Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

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