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Are you interested in developing your skills and knowledge across the various areas of Design?

The Foundation Year in Design provides an opportunity for you to study across a broad range of creative design elements including Communication Design, Product Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design.

You will develop your knowledge and core skills in areas of practice such as drawing, making, materials, form and colour; as well as being closely guided through a rigorous academic and studio based learning experience that will build on core creative skills, enriching and enhancing your design, academic and creative abilities.

Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress onto one of the following courses:

Are you interested in developing your skills and knowledge across the various areas of Design?

The Foundation Year in Design provides an opportunity for you to study across a broad range of creative design elements including Communication Design, Product Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design.

You will develop your knowledge and core skills in areas of practice such as drawing, making, materials, form and colour; as well as being closely guided through a rigorous academic and studio based learning experience that will build on core creative skills, enriching and enhancing your design, academic and creative abilities.

Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress onto one of the following courses:

Course Information

UCAS Code
W270

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 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 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Northumbria School of Design

Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

The Design Foundation Year provides a broad curriculum of design modules, allowing you to explore a number of distinct, yet complementary disciplines and discover which you would like to pursue at Level 4 study. To prepare you for advancement into Level 4 and beyond, a year-long portfolio skills module will give you a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of design and professional presentation.

Throughout the course you will be exposed to a range of assessment formats including two and three dimensional solutions to problems, practice based submissions, essay writing, presentations and portfolio work. This focus on assessment strategy will enhance your creative design practice, allowing you to develop both general and discipline specific knowledge and understanding of design.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your newly-learned skills and knowledge in an end of year showcase that brings all the elements of the course work together.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

The course is delivered by our team of specialist staff who have a wealth of Industry and academic experience, so you can rest assured that the skills you learn will be at the forefront of this vibrant and exciting industry. Alongside our teaching staff community, you’ll also learn from high-calibre visiting design practitioners and researchers including many with an international reputation as experts in their field.

The teaching team will further support your personal development, practice based skills, intellectual growth and transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, time and project management, research and digital literacy; all of which are essential in the 21st century workplace.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

Using our range of professional facilities and supported by an expert technical team, learning will take place in dedicated studio spaces that include access to computer suites with complete Adobe and Cad packages and professional exhibition spaces.

In this course, specialist industry standard software and equipment is used to enhance overall learning experience. This Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) plays a key role in supporting learning, teaching and assessment principles.

Our University Library is open 24/7. It holds more than 570,000 books and an extensive e-book and e-journal collection that enables students to access learning resources at the point of need.

 


 

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Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

To ensure that your skills and knowledge meet the demands of an increasingly diverse industry with global reach our dynamic practice and research-rich programme has interdisciplinary learning across a range of design disciplines embedded in the curriculum. For example, throughout the year you will experience research and practice-informed teaching that is both contemporary and innovative in its approach. With such teaching and learning strategies underpinning the curriculum you will be encouraged to develop personal approaches to design that you can build upon in Level 4 studies.

Research / Northumbria School of Design

Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

Gaining industry experience and contacts are invaluable to building your career in design. The strong relationships and lasting partnerships that we have built with cultural and creative organisations such as BrandOpus, Fitch, GQ, H&M, Microsoft, Nike, Old Navy, Penguin Books Pentagram, Proctor and Gamble, River Island, Samsung and Unilever afford opportunities for you to engage in industry lectures and educational site visits. Progression onto one of our undergraduate degree programmes afford further opportunities to undertake an industry work placement or study abroad for a semester or full year.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

The foundation year is designed to provide you with subject specific skills and knowledge that will ensure that you are well prepared for a seamless transition onto any one of our Level 4 design courses, all of which represent pathways to professional careers in the creative industry or further studies via graduate degree.

Whilst learning the skills and knowledge you will need to continue onto an undergraduate degree, your engagement in a vibrant and creative community, that encourages collaboration and idea sharing across multiple disciplines, will build valuable interpersonal and transferrable skills that will help you to reach your full creative potential and meet your career goals.

Book an Open Day / Experience Design Foundation Year

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

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will study introduction modules on topics covering fashion, communication, product and interior design. You'll develop a solid understanding on these ares which will allow you to progress onto your chosen degree programme upon successful completion.

Who would this Course suit?

This course is designed for creative individuals who are keen to develop an imaginative, explorative and hands-on approach to design through an introductory route. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

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

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

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

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 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 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:
There are no additional requirements for this course

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

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Mandatory: Materials, for example, sketch book, drawing pencils, note books etc. £50 (annually) Optional: Field trips £150 (annually)

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 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


Scholarships and Discounts

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

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

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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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.

AD3023 -

Design Portfolio Skills (Core,40 Credits)

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Design Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of core design skills, cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, critical reflection, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, identifying key skills in design, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other design modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

More information

AD3024 -

Communication Design – Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

This module outlines the discipline and its position in the design professions and the communication environment. There will be an introduction to the topics within the discipline and the processes of producing communication design solutions in a professional environment. There will be instruction on the professional practices of the disciplines and how you can become employed following your education programmes. There will be some context to the background and histories of the subjects and how these affect the processes of design and design production. Key topics like composition, layout and hierarchy of composition will be explored to create emphasis and frame the conditions for your subsequent design work. You will use the design process to formulate summative proposals for the design projects and submit a portfolio of completed design work for assessment. You will learn design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, design production, discussion and evaluation.

More information

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Product Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

During this module, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the disciplines and appreciate their position within the design profession. There will be an introduction to the design process relevant to producing Product Design and 3D Design products and services in a professional environment. You will undertake design research necessary to successfully completing the design briefs along with enhanced drawing skills, sketch generation and initial concept model-making. You will gain a familiarisation into the communication and presentation process of your work to a profession level for your portfolio and assessment. You will have the opportunity to work both individually and as part of a team to further your knowledge and creativity, learning from each other’s design practices and innovation through experimentation, design iteration and production, discussions and evaluation.

More information

AD3026 -

Fashion Design – Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

Learning and teaching strategies on the Fashion Module centre around hands-on craft activities and the exploration of technical skills, materials and processes that enable you to display evidence of your creative thinking. Studio activities are integral to this process of your study, encouraging individual intellectual freedom, and are supported through a staff and peer collaborative community. In this Level 3 programme you are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design, fostering understanding of the formal elements (silhouette, colour, fabric, detail, proportion), and the use of research, drawing, materials and experimental form making to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake enquiry-based learning. This type of experiential activity engages you in self-initiated research, encouraging the development of independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
The module situates the Fashion discipline in the wider professional Fashion environment where the different professional practices of the discipline are discussed and framed. This will aid your understanding of employability within the industry sector following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background, histories and influences of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and production. You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course.

More information

AD3027 -

Interior Design – Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

This module outlines the discipline and its position in the design professions and the built environment. There will be an introduction to the topics within the discipline and the processes of producing an interior design solution in a professional environment. There will be outline to the professional practices of the discipline and how students can become employed following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background and histories of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and design production. Key topics like organisation of space, materials, lighting and furniture will be used to help frame a design project.
You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course. This will help to create a bridge into level 4 and the degree of your choice. Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation of the design disciplines.

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.

AD3023 -

Design Portfolio Skills (Core,40 Credits)

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Design Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of core design skills, cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, critical reflection, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, identifying key skills in design, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other design modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

More information

AD3024 -

Communication Design – Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

This module outlines the discipline and its position in the design professions and the communication environment. There will be an introduction to the topics within the discipline and the processes of producing communication design solutions in a professional environment. There will be instruction on the professional practices of the disciplines and how you can become employed following your education programmes. There will be some context to the background and histories of the subjects and how these affect the processes of design and design production. Key topics like composition, layout and hierarchy of composition will be explored to create emphasis and frame the conditions for your subsequent design work. You will use the design process to formulate summative proposals for the design projects and submit a portfolio of completed design work for assessment. You will learn design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, design production, discussion and evaluation.

More information

AD3025 -

Product Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

During this module, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the disciplines and appreciate their position within the design profession. There will be an introduction to the design process relevant to producing Product Design and 3D Design products and services in a professional environment. You will undertake design research necessary to successfully completing the design briefs along with enhanced drawing skills, sketch generation and initial concept model-making. You will gain a familiarisation into the communication and presentation process of your work to a profession level for your portfolio and assessment. You will have the opportunity to work both individually and as part of a team to further your knowledge and creativity, learning from each other’s design practices and innovation through experimentation, design iteration and production, discussions and evaluation.

More information

AD3026 -

Fashion Design – Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

Learning and teaching strategies on the Fashion Module centre around hands-on craft activities and the exploration of technical skills, materials and processes that enable you to display evidence of your creative thinking. Studio activities are integral to this process of your study, encouraging individual intellectual freedom, and are supported through a staff and peer collaborative community. In this Level 3 programme you are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design, fostering understanding of the formal elements (silhouette, colour, fabric, detail, proportion), and the use of research, drawing, materials and experimental form making to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to undertake enquiry-based learning. This type of experiential activity engages you in self-initiated research, encouraging the development of independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
The module situates the Fashion discipline in the wider professional Fashion environment where the different professional practices of the discipline are discussed and framed. This will aid your understanding of employability within the industry sector following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background, histories and influences of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and production. You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course.

More information

AD3027 -

Interior Design – Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

This module outlines the discipline and its position in the design professions and the built environment. There will be an introduction to the topics within the discipline and the processes of producing an interior design solution in a professional environment. There will be outline to the professional practices of the discipline and how students can become employed following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background and histories of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and design production. Key topics like organisation of space, materials, lighting and furniture will be used to help frame a design project.
You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course. This will help to create a bridge into level 4 and the degree of your choice. Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation of the design disciplines.

More information

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