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This interior design course at Northumbria focuses on designing innovative interiors within new architecture and via the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and their exterior presence.

Design projects will be set in the context of existing architecture or new build sites, covering all aspects of the interiors industry. Projects will cover a diverse range of commercial interiors that include;

  • Leisure (bars, restaurants and nightclubs)
  • Hospitality (hotels)
  • Retail
  • Exhibition/event design
  • Workplace
  • Museums
  • Public Spaces
  • Theatre and TV set

You will explore complex architectural intervention down to the finer detail of commercial interior design. Exciting design proposals will develop through the study of design history and theory and be explored via investigations into existing site and architecture, function, materials, brand, tactility, space, form and human interaction. All projects are set in the context of industrial practice and communicated through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3d visualisation, sketching and model-making.

Our unique collaborative relationships with national and international clients and practices allow you to work on real life project briefs with companies such as Topshop, Gensler, John Lewis, Live Theatre, Fuse and Dalziel and Pow. In addition, we were invited to participate in the prestigious Open Studios Programme at The Bauhaus, Dessau with our final year students. This took place in October 2018 and we anticipate a return in January 2020.

This studio-based course is an affiliated member of Interior Educators, the UK organisation representing established degree programmes in Interiors education.

Northumbria University is ranked 11th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2022).

Results from the National Student Survey (2020) show 96% of Interior Design students are satisfied with their course.

 

This interior design course at Northumbria focuses on designing innovative interiors within new architecture and via the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and their exterior presence.

Design projects will be set in the context of existing architecture or new build sites, covering all aspects of the interiors industry. Projects will cover a diverse range of commercial interiors that include;

  • Leisure (bars, restaurants and nightclubs)
  • Hospitality (hotels)
  • Retail
  • Exhibition/event design
  • Workplace
  • Museums
  • Public Spaces
  • Theatre and TV set

You will explore complex architectural intervention down to the finer detail of commercial interior design. Exciting design proposals will develop through the study of design history and theory and be explored via investigations into existing site and architecture, function, materials, brand, tactility, space, form and human interaction. All projects are set in the context of industrial practice and communicated through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3d visualisation, sketching and model-making.

Our unique collaborative relationships with national and international clients and practices allow you to work on real life project briefs with companies such as Topshop, Gensler, John Lewis, Live Theatre, Fuse and Dalziel and Pow. In addition, we were invited to participate in the prestigious Open Studios Programme at The Bauhaus, Dessau with our final year students. This took place in October 2018 and we anticipate a return in January 2020.

This studio-based course is an affiliated member of Interior Educators, the UK organisation representing established degree programmes in Interiors education.

Northumbria University is ranked 11th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2022).

Results from the National Student Survey (2020) show 96% of Interior Design students are satisfied with their course.

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
W250

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 2022

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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

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: 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

Throughout your course you will be expected to purchase specialist equipment, this may include: layout pads, drawing pencils, sketching pens, craft knives etc. These will vary in cost and as a guide can range from approximately £400-£500. There are optional field trips (subject to Covid-19) that you may wish to participate in and as a guide these can range from approximately £250-£1000. Students have in the past visited Manchester, London and New York. You are also expected to budget for final year graduate exhibitions, should you take part - This covers travel, accommodation and exhibition set up.

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


Please keep checking back for updates on 22/23 Scholarships.

For more information on Fees and Funding, please visit the main funding pages.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your course you will be expected to purchase specialist equipment, this may include: layout pads, drawing pencils, sketching pens, craft knives etc. These will vary in cost and as a guide can range from approximately £400-£500. There are optional field trips (subject to Covid-19) that you may wish to participate in and as a guide these can range from approximately £250-£1000. Students have in the past visited Manchester, London and New York. You are also expected to budget for final year graduate exhibitions, should you take part - This covers travel, accommodation and exhibition set up.

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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.

AH4007 -

Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)

This level 4 year long module examines historical influences on interior design within a global context and is designed to develop your knowledge of interior design history, expanding your visual vocabulary as a designer and enabling you to take inspiration from the design of the past and the world at large. You will explore the history of interior design through a chronological and global survey of key styles, movements and practitioners from c.1800 to the present. You will also address the underlying historical and cultural factors that shape this design history. You will consider the wider social and cultural significance of design practice, reflecting on issues such as the meanings of design, the role of the designer and the position of design within society. Through blended learning activities such as seminars, workshops, archival visits, off-campus field trips, and library and online research, you will develop study skills vital for academic success and for your future career as interior design professionals. You will learn how to research specific buildings and sites in order to understand the context and setting of your own work. You will also learn how to present your research findings and design ideas in group presentations and written work to enhance and inform and enhance verbal presentation skills.
A diverse range of topics relevant to developing the visual vocabulary of the interior designer and responsive to developments in your studio modules will be covered, including;
• European stylistic movements including: Neo-Classicism, Gothic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, Bauhaus, Postmodernism
• Global styles including: Scandinavian, Japanese, Chinese and Islamic design
• Histories of interiors including: Design history as a profession, exhibition design, retail design

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DE4001 -

Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 4 semester 1 module is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of the design process within the context of interior and spatial design. It provides an opportunity to undertake a series of practical interior design projects and respond to set design briefs that will enable you to gain an understanding of the discipline. You will develop your approach to design projects through an increasing understanding of key skills and knowledge such as; responding to a brief, design development, materials and processes, products, contemporary issues, ergonomics and architectural technologies, while ongoing practical feedback will embed theories.
You will be encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach and offer solutions to increasingly challenging interior design briefs. Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. You will be introduced to a diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer, including;
• Introduction to the discipline.
• What is interior and spatial design.
• 2d and 3d development drawing and communication.
• Spatial planning.
• Modelmaking.
• Learning skills.

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DE4002 -

Introduction to Commercial Interior Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 4 semester 2 module is designed to enable you build upon the fundamental skills and techniques of the design process, delivered in DE4001, within the context of commercial interior design. It will allow you to practice and embed those new technical and design skills through a series of practical interior design projects and respond to set design briefs that will enable you to gain a greater understanding of the discipline in a commercial setting. You will develop your approach to design projects through an increasing understanding of key skills and knowledge such as; responding to a brief, design development, materials and processes, products, contemporary issues, ergonomics and architectural technologies, while ongoing practical feedback will embed theories.
You will be encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach and offer solutions to increasingly challenging interior design briefs. Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. You will develop and practice a diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer, including;
• Commercial Interior and spatial design.
• 2d and 3d development drawing and communication.
• Spatial planning.
• Modelmaking.
• Presentation skills.
• Employability.

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DE4003 -

Architectural Technologies and Communication for Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)

This Level 4 year long module is designed to introduce you to how architectural and material technologies integrate with interior design at a practical level. This enquiry based module provides an opportunity for you to better understand the relevance and importance of planning, construction and process in the manufacture and completion of designed interior spaces. There will be a particular focus on visual communication and representational techniques both in 2D and 3D, material properties and technologies. The module will enable students to understand the importance drawing, visualisation, model making and ultimately technical drawing plays in the manufacture and completion of designed interior spaces.
You will be encouraged to carry out research and practice into a variety of topics that will underpin your knowledge of what is possible within the interior design profession, including;
• Site, environment and the urban context.
• Building and architectural technologies.
• Material and furniture specifications.
• Technical drawing including plans, sections, elevations and perspective drawing.
• An introduction to 2D cad software.
• Lighting.
• Accessibility.

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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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AD5008 -

Design Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional,40 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 40 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University elsewhere. 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 constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from 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). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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AH5007 -

Critical Issues in Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)

This level 5 year long module builds on the chronological stylistic and contextual understanding of historical and contemporary interior design that you gained in year one by immersing you in the most current debates and critical issues around interior design practice. The module explores topics such as the relationship of interior design to the complex ecological, ethical, social and technological issues of modern society through the close critical visual analysis of examples of design practice. The critical investigation of these topics are responsive to changes in the discipline of interior design and developed collaboratively alongside studio project briefs from your other Level 5 modules. By familiarising yourself with the social, environmental, cultural and political issues around these debates in relationship to interior design practice, you will develop the ability for critical thinking and the cultural and ethical awareness vital for academic success and a successful career in interior design. You will further gain the ability to conduct and apply detailed and analytical research and visual analysis to interior design practice and the confidence to articulate your viewpoints clearly in speech and writing.
This course is responsive to changes in interior design and subject matter is updated yearly. Examples of topics likely to be discussed in relationship to interior design include:
• Sustainability
• Branding
• Globalisation and Localism
• Regeneration and heritage
• Identity: ethnic, national and gender

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DE5001 -

Interior Design Practice through Spatial Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 5 Semester 1 module is designed to further develop your understanding of interior space and form. It will also reinforce the importance of sustainability and spatial dexterity and the subsequent impact upon manufacturing, construction, materials and lighting within the interior design industry. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop an individual analytical approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal.
Practical design project/s will deal with increasingly complex challenges, allowing you to define your own boundary-pushing approach to design through the experience of site, scale, manipulation of space, strategic re-use of existing buildings, building technology, remodelling, lighting, branding, virtual environments, ergonomics, materiality and construction detailing. Project/s may deal with areas such as retail, leisure, exhibition etc. through the tactics of architectural insertion and installation in response to site.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Building re-use and re-interpretation.
• Service design as part of a full interior design proposal.
• Building exteriors and facades.
• Embedding design principles through design practice.
• Detailing packages.
• Sustainability.
• Architectural technologies.

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DE5002 -

Interior Design Practice through Branded Environments (Core,40 Credits)

This level 5 Semester 2 module is designed to build upon your increasing knowledge of the interior design industry and allows you to start to identify your place within it. It will reinforce and build upon the importance of brand, customer and service in the design of successful commercial interior and spatial design. You will also start to focus upon site, place and the urban environment to better set project solutions in an appropriate context. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal.
The practical design project will be a staff-selected design competition, collaborative project or staff-initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved design solution that considers the resultant implications of brand, site, materials and construction set in an urban context. Project/s may deal with areas such as retail, leisure, exhibition etc. through the tactics of insertion and installation in response to site.
You will be challenged to consider and develop strategies related to brand, urban environment, manufacture, materials and processes, construction and technology, ergonomics and lighting in producing a resolved branded interior design solution.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Building re-use and re-interpretation – internal and external.
• Branding and branded interior environments.
• Service design as part of a full interior design proposal.
• Architecture, ‘shop fit’ and visual merchandising as part of a cohesive scheme.
• Construction and furniture detailing.
• Architectural technologies.

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DE5003 -

Computer Aided Design for Communication and Realisation (Core,20 Credits)

This Level 5 year long module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of 2D drafting software and 3D visualisation software. The module will begin by introducing you to industry standard drafting software in semester 1, which will naturally progress into 3D modeling and visualisation software in semester 2. You will be introduced to and develop an understanding of industry standard CAD applications within the context of the interior design profession and you will develop proficiency through the production of plans and visuals for design project/s. The production of contractual drawing packs and final CAD renders will illustrate your understanding of the process from ‘drawing board’ to final realisation and construction.
You will be encouraged to carry out research and practice into industry standard cad software that will underpin your ability to create and communicate interior design schemes within the interior design profession, including;
• 2D plan and section renders.
• Contractual drawing packs.
• 3D visuals.

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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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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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DE6001 -

Advanced Commercial Interior Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 6 semester 1 module is designed to give you the opportunity to combine and integrate the core design principles already embedded as part of the previous taught modules. You will be challenged and expected to synthesise your understanding of areas such as site and environment, brand, customer, construction and materials, lighting, ergonomics etc. through comprehensive and autonomous design project/s development and design proposal realisation. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal, set in the context of the final year graduate approaching employment.
The practical design project/s will be an appropriately selected design competition, collaborative project or staff-initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved commercial design solution in response to an appropriately complex and challenging brief.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer set in the context of industry, will be covered, including;
• Client presentations.
• Production of full design packages.
• Contractual drawing packages.
• Working at speed.
• Individual autonomy.

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DE6002 -

Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry (Core,40 Credits)

This level 6 semester 2 module allows you to demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of the design process through a complex final self-determined and resolved major project, proposed by the student in Module DE6003, ‘Advanced Academic and Professional Practice’.

In this module you will reflect upon your learning to-date to demonstrate the creative, professional, analytical and intellectual autonomous ability that will enable the practice of interior design in various areas and disciplines of the industry. The self-determined project brief will research and develop key themes such as; design, site, brand, sustainability, technologies, construction, customer, user experience and ‘the future’. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal, set in the context of the final year graduate approaching employment.

You will subsequently demonstrate your understanding and skills in communicating a resolved interior design solution. Responding to module DE6003 you will further develop design intentions through various methods of communication including, modeling [both computer generated and physical], verbal and continued drawn design development. You will be required to demonstrate how design solutions are realised through the use of 2D and 3D communication, to industry level, that enables clear communication and dialogue with clients, construction firms and manufacturers.
Design projects will be directed by you and set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics and sites relevant to the interior designer will be covered and defined by you.

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DE6003 -

Advanced Academic and Professional Practice (Core,40 Credits)

This level 6 year long theoretical module will provide the platform for you to build your research and professional practice knowledge base in readiness for your self-directed final major project. It will deal with establishing or identifying the final project proposition and selecting and researching an appropriate site. It will also enable you to build upon current knowledge of employability, critical design analysis, site, materials, finishes, detailing, customer etc. upon finalising the proposition. Ultimately it will result in the development of a personal brief for your main design project and in turn establish parameters or agendas to work within.

Furthermore, you will prepare for professional design practice, from design brief through to construction stage, by building upon your experience of project management to date. You will cover the main theoretical areas of professional practice, which include: Management of a construction project, needs of the client, administration of contract and the impact of projects on the management of a practice.
You will be encouraged to develop an integrated, cohesive and professional attitude and acumen to your studies by carrying out research and practice in the following areas of professional practice;
• Formulating a design proposition.
• Carrying out a feasibility study.
• Constructing a research paper.

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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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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AH4007 -

Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)

This level 4 year long module examines historical influences on interior design within a global context and is designed to develop your knowledge of interior design history, expanding your visual vocabulary as a designer and enabling you to take inspiration from the design of the past and the world at large. You will explore the history of interior design through a chronological and global survey of key styles, movements and practitioners from c.1800 to the present. You will also address the underlying historical and cultural factors that shape this design history. You will consider the wider social and cultural significance of design practice, reflecting on issues such as the meanings of design, the role of the designer and the position of design within society. Through blended learning activities such as seminars, workshops, archival visits, off-campus field trips, and library and online research, you will develop study skills vital for academic success and for your future career as interior design professionals. You will learn how to research specific buildings and sites in order to understand the context and setting of your own work. You will also learn how to present your research findings and design ideas in group presentations and written work to enhance and inform and enhance verbal presentation skills.
A diverse range of topics relevant to developing the visual vocabulary of the interior designer and responsive to developments in your studio modules will be covered, including;
• European stylistic movements including: Neo-Classicism, Gothic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, Bauhaus, Postmodernism
• Global styles including: Scandinavian, Japanese, Chinese and Islamic design
• Histories of interiors including: Design history as a profession, exhibition design, retail design

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DE4001 -

Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 4 semester 1 module is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of the design process within the context of interior and spatial design. It provides an opportunity to undertake a series of practical interior design projects and respond to set design briefs that will enable you to gain an understanding of the discipline. You will develop your approach to design projects through an increasing understanding of key skills and knowledge such as; responding to a brief, design development, materials and processes, products, contemporary issues, ergonomics and architectural technologies, while ongoing practical feedback will embed theories.
You will be encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach and offer solutions to increasingly challenging interior design briefs. Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. You will be introduced to a diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer, including;
• Introduction to the discipline.
• What is interior and spatial design.
• 2d and 3d development drawing and communication.
• Spatial planning.
• Modelmaking.
• Learning skills.

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DE4002 -

Introduction to Commercial Interior Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 4 semester 2 module is designed to enable you build upon the fundamental skills and techniques of the design process, delivered in DE4001, within the context of commercial interior design. It will allow you to practice and embed those new technical and design skills through a series of practical interior design projects and respond to set design briefs that will enable you to gain a greater understanding of the discipline in a commercial setting. You will develop your approach to design projects through an increasing understanding of key skills and knowledge such as; responding to a brief, design development, materials and processes, products, contemporary issues, ergonomics and architectural technologies, while ongoing practical feedback will embed theories.
You will be encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach and offer solutions to increasingly challenging interior design briefs. Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. You will develop and practice a diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer, including;
• Commercial Interior and spatial design.
• 2d and 3d development drawing and communication.
• Spatial planning.
• Modelmaking.
• Presentation skills.
• Employability.

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DE4003 -

Architectural Technologies and Communication for Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)

This Level 4 year long module is designed to introduce you to how architectural and material technologies integrate with interior design at a practical level. This enquiry based module provides an opportunity for you to better understand the relevance and importance of planning, construction and process in the manufacture and completion of designed interior spaces. There will be a particular focus on visual communication and representational techniques both in 2D and 3D, material properties and technologies. The module will enable students to understand the importance drawing, visualisation, model making and ultimately technical drawing plays in the manufacture and completion of designed interior spaces.
You will be encouraged to carry out research and practice into a variety of topics that will underpin your knowledge of what is possible within the interior design profession, including;
• Site, environment and the urban context.
• Building and architectural technologies.
• Material and furniture specifications.
• Technical drawing including plans, sections, elevations and perspective drawing.
• An introduction to 2D cad software.
• Lighting.
• Accessibility.

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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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AD5008 -

Design Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional,40 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 40 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University elsewhere. 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 constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from 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). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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AH5007 -

Critical Issues in Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)

This level 5 year long module builds on the chronological stylistic and contextual understanding of historical and contemporary interior design that you gained in year one by immersing you in the most current debates and critical issues around interior design practice. The module explores topics such as the relationship of interior design to the complex ecological, ethical, social and technological issues of modern society through the close critical visual analysis of examples of design practice. The critical investigation of these topics are responsive to changes in the discipline of interior design and developed collaboratively alongside studio project briefs from your other Level 5 modules. By familiarising yourself with the social, environmental, cultural and political issues around these debates in relationship to interior design practice, you will develop the ability for critical thinking and the cultural and ethical awareness vital for academic success and a successful career in interior design. You will further gain the ability to conduct and apply detailed and analytical research and visual analysis to interior design practice and the confidence to articulate your viewpoints clearly in speech and writing.
This course is responsive to changes in interior design and subject matter is updated yearly. Examples of topics likely to be discussed in relationship to interior design include:
• Sustainability
• Branding
• Globalisation and Localism
• Regeneration and heritage
• Identity: ethnic, national and gender

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DE5001 -

Interior Design Practice through Spatial Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 5 Semester 1 module is designed to further develop your understanding of interior space and form. It will also reinforce the importance of sustainability and spatial dexterity and the subsequent impact upon manufacturing, construction, materials and lighting within the interior design industry. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop an individual analytical approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal.
Practical design project/s will deal with increasingly complex challenges, allowing you to define your own boundary-pushing approach to design through the experience of site, scale, manipulation of space, strategic re-use of existing buildings, building technology, remodelling, lighting, branding, virtual environments, ergonomics, materiality and construction detailing. Project/s may deal with areas such as retail, leisure, exhibition etc. through the tactics of architectural insertion and installation in response to site.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Building re-use and re-interpretation.
• Service design as part of a full interior design proposal.
• Building exteriors and facades.
• Embedding design principles through design practice.
• Detailing packages.
• Sustainability.
• Architectural technologies.

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DE5002 -

Interior Design Practice through Branded Environments (Core,40 Credits)

This level 5 Semester 2 module is designed to build upon your increasing knowledge of the interior design industry and allows you to start to identify your place within it. It will reinforce and build upon the importance of brand, customer and service in the design of successful commercial interior and spatial design. You will also start to focus upon site, place and the urban environment to better set project solutions in an appropriate context. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal.
The practical design project will be a staff-selected design competition, collaborative project or staff-initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved design solution that considers the resultant implications of brand, site, materials and construction set in an urban context. Project/s may deal with areas such as retail, leisure, exhibition etc. through the tactics of insertion and installation in response to site.
You will be challenged to consider and develop strategies related to brand, urban environment, manufacture, materials and processes, construction and technology, ergonomics and lighting in producing a resolved branded interior design solution.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Building re-use and re-interpretation – internal and external.
• Branding and branded interior environments.
• Service design as part of a full interior design proposal.
• Architecture, ‘shop fit’ and visual merchandising as part of a cohesive scheme.
• Construction and furniture detailing.
• Architectural technologies.

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DE5003 -

Computer Aided Design for Communication and Realisation (Core,20 Credits)

This Level 5 year long module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of 2D drafting software and 3D visualisation software. The module will begin by introducing you to industry standard drafting software in semester 1, which will naturally progress into 3D modeling and visualisation software in semester 2. You will be introduced to and develop an understanding of industry standard CAD applications within the context of the interior design profession and you will develop proficiency through the production of plans and visuals for design project/s. The production of contractual drawing packs and final CAD renders will illustrate your understanding of the process from ‘drawing board’ to final realisation and construction.
You will be encouraged to carry out research and practice into industry standard cad software that will underpin your ability to create and communicate interior design schemes within the interior design profession, including;
• 2D plan and section renders.
• Contractual drawing packs.
• 3D visuals.

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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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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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DE6001 -

Advanced Commercial Interior Design (Core,40 Credits)

This level 6 semester 1 module is designed to give you the opportunity to combine and integrate the core design principles already embedded as part of the previous taught modules. You will be challenged and expected to synthesise your understanding of areas such as site and environment, brand, customer, construction and materials, lighting, ergonomics etc. through comprehensive and autonomous design project/s development and design proposal realisation. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal, set in the context of the final year graduate approaching employment.
The practical design project/s will be an appropriately selected design competition, collaborative project or staff-initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved commercial design solution in response to an appropriately complex and challenging brief.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer set in the context of industry, will be covered, including;
• Client presentations.
• Production of full design packages.
• Contractual drawing packages.
• Working at speed.
• Individual autonomy.

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DE6002 -

Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry (Core,40 Credits)

This level 6 semester 2 module allows you to demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of the design process through a complex final self-determined and resolved major project, proposed by the student in Module DE6003, ‘Advanced Academic and Professional Practice’.

In this module you will reflect upon your learning to-date to demonstrate the creative, professional, analytical and intellectual autonomous ability that will enable the practice of interior design in various areas and disciplines of the industry. The self-determined project brief will research and develop key themes such as; design, site, brand, sustainability, technologies, construction, customer, user experience and ‘the future’. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal, set in the context of the final year graduate approaching employment.

You will subsequently demonstrate your understanding and skills in communicating a resolved interior design solution. Responding to module DE6003 you will further develop design intentions through various methods of communication including, modeling [both computer generated and physical], verbal and continued drawn design development. You will be required to demonstrate how design solutions are realised through the use of 2D and 3D communication, to industry level, that enables clear communication and dialogue with clients, construction firms and manufacturers.
Design projects will be directed by you and set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics and sites relevant to the interior designer will be covered and defined by you.

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DE6003 -

Advanced Academic and Professional Practice (Core,40 Credits)

This level 6 year long theoretical module will provide the platform for you to build your research and professional practice knowledge base in readiness for your self-directed final major project. It will deal with establishing or identifying the final project proposition and selecting and researching an appropriate site. It will also enable you to build upon current knowledge of employability, critical design analysis, site, materials, finishes, detailing, customer etc. upon finalising the proposition. Ultimately it will result in the development of a personal brief for your main design project and in turn establish parameters or agendas to work within.

Furthermore, you will prepare for professional design practice, from design brief through to construction stage, by building upon your experience of project management to date. You will cover the main theoretical areas of professional practice, which include: Management of a construction project, needs of the client, administration of contract and the impact of projects on the management of a practice.
You will be encouraged to develop an integrated, cohesive and professional attitude and acumen to your studies by carrying out research and practice in the following areas of professional practice;
• Formulating a design proposition.
• Carrying out a feasibility study.
• Constructing a research paper.

More information

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

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