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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:


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 or September 2021

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.

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 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU 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 body of work demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Design Foundation Year. The skills, knowledge and understanding you acquire will demonstrate an awareness of core design methods and principles, cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, as well as how to conduct research, reflect critically, learn independently, present your work and work in teams. Through a progressive model of learning that follows the widely recognised design process of discovery, definition, development and delivery (Design Council’s double-diamond), you will learn to meet challenges, resolve problems, and think and work flexibly and productively toward realising your designs. Finally, you will learn to present your work to graduate standards in portfolio format.

More information

AD3024 -

Communication Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

This module acts as an introduction to Communication Design and related disciplines, positioning it within the broader field of professional design. There will be an introduction to topics within the discipline and approaches to meeting communication design challenges 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 such as layout and composition, image and type, the design of interactions and designing for experience will be explored to create emphasis and frame the conditions for your subsequent design work. You will learn about design methods and design practices, how to ‘brainstorm’ and what it means to create an intervention. Through experimentation, discussion and evaluation, you will learn to use the design process to meet challenges and complete briefs. Finally, you will learn to present all your development work and final outcomes in a professional manner for summative assessment.

More information

AD3025 -

Product Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

While completing this module, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Product Design and its related disciplines of Industrial Design and 3D Design, and learn to appreciate their role within the broader field of professional design. You will be introduced to design processes relevant to producing products and services in a professional, practice-based environment. You will learn to conduct research necessary to successfully complete challenges and briefs, and gain enhanced skills in 2D and 3D conceptualisation, sketching and model-making. Working towards a portfolio-based assessment of your work you will become familiar with how to communicate and present product design work to graduate standards. In addition, you will further your skills, knowledge and creative design practice by working both independently and collaboratively with peers and by observing and reflecting upon each other’s design practices. Through discussion with peers and tutors you will quickly learn to conduct fruitful thought experiments, express and iterate ideas, evaluate your designs and develop novel solutions to challenging problems.

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 creative thinking. Practice-based activities are integral to this form of study, for, supported as they are by a staff and peer collaborative community, they encourage development of individual intellectual freedom. In this Level 3 programme you are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design. Here, you will be encouraged to foster understanding of fashion’s formal elements (silhouette, colour, fabric, detail, proportion), as well as 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 is designed to engage you in self-initiated research which will enable you to develop independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
Gaining an appreciation for how Fashion can be viewed as a discipline within a broader field of related professional practices will, upon completion of your programme of studies, aid your understanding of employability within the industry sector. To support your learning in this area, context will be given to the background, histories and influences of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and production. Finally, you will learn to present all your development work and final outcomes in a professional manner for summative assessment.

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 main discipline topics and the processes of producing an interior design solution in a professional environment. The module will use a series of processes that will explain the activities of the discipline and help develop knowledge of the professional practices of the discipline and how you can become employed following the programme. The context and background of the subject will be revealed and its effect on the processes of design and how user behaviour affects the design process. Key topics like organisation of space, materials, lighting and furniture will be used to help frame a series of connected design projects that build towards and integrated solution and portfolio work.
You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of a portfolio showcasing your curated work for the module and demonstrate your ability to think spatially and link creatively between the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional activities within this discipline. This will help to create a bridge into level 4 and the degree of your choice. Working both individually and in a team, you will learn in a reflective and collaborative manner working with 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 body of work demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Design Foundation Year. The skills, knowledge and understanding you acquire will demonstrate an awareness of core design methods and principles, cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, as well as how to conduct research, reflect critically, learn independently, present your work and work in teams. Through a progressive model of learning that follows the widely recognised design process of discovery, definition, development and delivery (Design Council’s double-diamond), you will learn to meet challenges, resolve problems, and think and work flexibly and productively toward realising your designs. Finally, you will learn to present your work to graduate standards in portfolio format.

More information

AD3024 -

Communication Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

This module acts as an introduction to Communication Design and related disciplines, positioning it within the broader field of professional design. There will be an introduction to topics within the discipline and approaches to meeting communication design challenges 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 such as layout and composition, image and type, the design of interactions and designing for experience will be explored to create emphasis and frame the conditions for your subsequent design work. You will learn about design methods and design practices, how to ‘brainstorm’ and what it means to create an intervention. Through experimentation, discussion and evaluation, you will learn to use the design process to meet challenges and complete briefs. Finally, you will learn to present all your development work and final outcomes in a professional manner for summative assessment.

More information

AD3025 -

Product Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)

While completing this module, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Product Design and its related disciplines of Industrial Design and 3D Design, and learn to appreciate their role within the broader field of professional design. You will be introduced to design processes relevant to producing products and services in a professional, practice-based environment. You will learn to conduct research necessary to successfully complete challenges and briefs, and gain enhanced skills in 2D and 3D conceptualisation, sketching and model-making. Working towards a portfolio-based assessment of your work you will become familiar with how to communicate and present product design work to graduate standards. In addition, you will further your skills, knowledge and creative design practice by working both independently and collaboratively with peers and by observing and reflecting upon each other’s design practices. Through discussion with peers and tutors you will quickly learn to conduct fruitful thought experiments, express and iterate ideas, evaluate your designs and develop novel solutions to challenging problems.

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 creative thinking. Practice-based activities are integral to this form of study, for, supported as they are by a staff and peer collaborative community, they encourage development of individual intellectual freedom. In this Level 3 programme you are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion design. Here, you will be encouraged to foster understanding of fashion’s formal elements (silhouette, colour, fabric, detail, proportion), as well as 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 is designed to engage you in self-initiated research which will enable you to develop independent judgement and critical self-awareness.
Gaining an appreciation for how Fashion can be viewed as a discipline within a broader field of related professional practices will, upon completion of your programme of studies, aid your understanding of employability within the industry sector. To support your learning in this area, context will be given to the background, histories and influences of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and production. Finally, you will learn to present all your development work and final outcomes in a professional manner for summative assessment.

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 main discipline topics and the processes of producing an interior design solution in a professional environment. The module will use a series of processes that will explain the activities of the discipline and help develop knowledge of the professional practices of the discipline and how you can become employed following the programme. The context and background of the subject will be revealed and its effect on the processes of design and how user behaviour affects the design process. Key topics like organisation of space, materials, lighting and furniture will be used to help frame a series of connected design projects that build towards and integrated solution and portfolio work.
You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of a portfolio showcasing your curated work for the module and demonstrate your ability to think spatially and link creatively between the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional activities within this discipline. This will help to create a bridge into level 4 and the degree of your choice. Working both individually and in a team, you will learn in a reflective and collaborative manner working with other’s design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation of the design disciplines.

More information

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