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3D Design BA (Hons) engenders a creative, analytical and skilful approach to the designing and making of products and furniture. 

You will join a community of staff and students eager to explore the potential for beauty, usefulness and meaning in contemporary material culture. You will develop both the technical skills required of a designer, and the critical thinking skills necessary to understand design’s role in the social, economic and environmental context of today.

Our creative approach puts three-dimensional prototyping at the heart of the design process. You will be taught how to use the tools and techniques of workshops, computer labs and studio spaces to develop and evaluate designs in three-dimensions. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of how to work with materials, by sensitively incorporating their properties into your work. And you will be challenged to think carefully about the valuable role your furniture and products should play in people’s lives.

The 3D Design course vision is to create the most able graduates—people who understand both how and why to make things, and are ready to make meaningful contributions to professional design practice.

Northumbria University is ranked 11th in the UK for Product Design studies (Guardian University League Table 2023).

This course has a 90% student satisfaction rate (NSS, 2022) 

For more information in relation to studying 3D Design BA (Hons) contact Northumbria University today on 0191 4060901 or register for 3D Design updates.

See other similar courses you may be interested in: BA (Hons) Design for Industry

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Level of Study

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Northumbria School of Design

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2023

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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T 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:

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:

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

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should 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:

For further admissions guidance and requirements, please visit Please review this information before submitting your application.

Fees and Funding 2023/24 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: £17,500

International Fee in Year 1: £17,500

Scholarships for 23/24 are currently being announced.  Please see the main Funding Pages for more information


Optional field trip. You can elect to attend the 2nd year study trip. In recent years, this has been to New York and costs £1000 for 7 nights to cover flight and accommodation (subsistence is roughly equivalent to UK prices)/ Degree show costs – optional. Final year students may be given the opportunity to attend New Designers in London. If you choose to attend, you should allow for the costs of travel (approximately £20 return by coach or £60 return by train) and accommodation (approximately £75 pp per night in budget accommodation – hostel or air bnb). The costs of basic materials included in your tuition fees. If you choose to use specialist materials or services for your projects, you will have to cover these (costs will vary depending on the nature of your project). Throughout your course you will be expected to purchase specialist equipment, these may include layout pads, drawing pens & pencils, modelling tools, craft knives etc. These will vary in cost but as an approximate guide may range between £400-£500. Whilst we provide access to computers and software on campus machines and accessible via online remote access. If you choose to use additional software on your own personal machines then you will have to cover this cost. (Costs will vary depending on individual software packages.) We would also recommend that students have their own laptops/desktop; Mac or PC (cost will vary depending on the type and specification of the machine, anywhere between £700-£2800, but would advise a minimum of 8GB Ram).

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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