DE5008 - Personal Project and Placement

What will I learn on this module?

You will be guided and prepared for placement applications in a series of sessions delivered by tutors and the University’s Placements and Internships team. You will further develop your design portfolio in order to give you the best chance in applying for placements in a competitive environment.

You will also undertake a design projects with external stakeholder(s) or a design competition. You will have the opportunity to apply for a number of placement opportunities offered by a wide range of employers and organisations. Securing a placement will significantly develop your skills and abilities and your direct experience of real world design practice, greatly enhancing your awareness of how design is used in practice.

You will write and submit an illustrated reflective placement report – documenting your activity and reflecting upon what you learn/experience. This will also develop your ability to record and communicate your design process to others, it also will encourage you to think about your work and articulate it in written form.

You will also have the option to undertake a personal live-project if you choose not to apply for a placement, or you are not successful in securing one. This will require you to complete a design project for an external brand or organisation, acting as if you were designing for them in a consultant role or pursuing an agreed project of your own choice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be guided and prepared for placement applications in a series of sessions delivered by tutors and the University’s Placements and Internships team.. You will further develop your design portfolio, application letter and curriculum vitae (CV) in order to give you the best chance in applying for placements in a competitive environment.

You will take part in a collaborative project and/or design competition in in the first part of semester two before the start of the placement period. This project activity gives you a chance to further develop your design process and skills to add further evidence to your portfolio and prepare you for a placement experience. Where these projects involve an external stakeholder they can often lead to a placement opportunity with that organisation, or with a closely related party (e.g. with a brand-owner, or a design consultancy).

In the projects, you may be asked to work alone or in a team, learning to negotiate roles and to work together towards a goal.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Regular contact with tutors and peers will give you formative feedback and advice about your practice. Contact may be on campus or via online platforms. You will be expected to show a greater degree of independence, professionalism and autonomy in the pursuit of your work, both as an individual and when working with others.
Placement opportunities are actively sought and facilitated by the Placements and Internships team and your tutors. Placement opportunities will be advertised to you, clearly explaining the role and requirements. Applications will then be collated and made available to the host organisation, for shortlisting and selection. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to an interview (on campus, online, or at the placement host’s location). The Graduate Futures team and your tutors support the interview process. Placement host companies often give a presentation beforehand to the wider student group and then hold interviews.
The Placements and Internships team ensures that placement hosts complete all necessary forms and agreements prior to the placement starting (Duty of Care, Liability Insurance, Health & Safety). Placements must be processed and recognised through the University’s placement registration system in order to qualify against this module. Placement hosts support and mentor those placed with them and complete feedback forms at the end of the placement. Placement staff will make contact with the host and the student to support the experience.
If you undertake a Personal Live Project instead of a Placement, you will be supported to formulate a suitable project brief that will enable you to demonstrate your competency against the learning outcomes. You’ll be encouraged to get feedback from relevant external experts during the course of your Personal Live Project. Thereafter you will be responsible for managing your time in completing the project to the required deadline and to the acceptable standard.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MK5.5 - Demonstrate an understanding of professional design practice environments, processes, practices and behaviours.

MK5.6 - Show an awareness of the relationship between design and the needs and behaviours of audiences, clients, markets, environments, users, consumers, and/or participants.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MI5.5 – Demonstrate proficiency and care in the realisation of design outputs.
MI5.6 - Show the ability to respond to complex design briefs which meet the needs of a range of stakeholders, including external collaborators.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MP5.6 - Advance your career aspirations through the creation of a portfolio and actively seeking relevant industry experience.
MP5.7 - Uphold professional standards including the ability to work constructively as part of a team.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this module is comprised of the following two components;

Component 1. Portfolio of design practice including a design project and/or design competition completed in the first part of semester 2 in this module.

Component 2. One of the following, A if placed, B otherwise;
A. Placement Report – An illustrated report, documenting your placement activities, feedback from your placement host, and what you believe you learned through the experience.
B. Personal Live Project Report - An illustrated report, documenting the project you completed, feedback from your experts/collaborators, and what you believe you learned through the experience.

In both cases, A or B, your report will be submitted online. It should aim to demonstrate and discuss your design criteria, process and outcomes from the placement period. Layout can be A3 or A4 format, illustrated with images.

Both components (1 & 2 above) are Pass/Fail
You must pass both components to pass this module.

Pre-requisite(s)

DE5006 – Industrial Design Practice
DE5007 – Contemporary Design Contexts

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will be guided and prepared for placement applications in a series of sessions delivered by tutors and others. You will further develop your design portfolio in order to give you the best chance in applying for placements in a competitive environment.

You will have the opportunity to apply for a number of placement opportunities offered by a wide range of employers and organisations. A placement will further develop your skills and abilities as well as your understanding of professional design practice, greatly enhancing your experience of real design work and your employability.

You will have the option to undertake an equivalent collaborative project if you choose not to apply for a placement or you are not successful in securing a placement. This will require you to complete a design project for an external brand or organisation, acting as if you were designing for them in a consultant role.

Course info

UCAS Code W240

Credits 60

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 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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