Northumbria University Newcastle - 3D Design BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

3D Design BA (Hons)

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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.

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*).

Career Prospects

This course is a creative platform with a track record in educating a significant number of respected designers. Our vision is to combine skillful and intellectually engaged design and making practices with academic learning to create the most able graduates – ready to make important contributions to their chosen field of professional practice.

You will develop the theoretical and practical skills that are required by professional practices in the creative Industries sector, where our graduates find employment.

Collaborative projects with external organisations allow you to be coached and advised by leading industry professionals. You will be encouraged to build and curate a portfolio of your own creative work, developing your own individual design identity that will enhance your future employability.

Course Details

An inspiring Design curriculum will encourage you to develop a flexible and imaginative approach to problem solving through enquiry and practice-based learning. You will become an active participant, integrating design practice with academic and intellectual skills.

The course makes use of industry standard workshops and studios as places for you to learn, develop and rehearse both the practical and theoretical skill sets required of a professional product/furniture designer. Hands-on learning, rehearsal and exploration of making skills enable you to display evidence of creative thinking whilst understanding the importance of workmanship.

Year One

Design Culture (Core,20 Credits)
Design Theory: The Designer, The User and their Technologies (Core,20 Credits)
Design Methods: The Lab, the Studio and the Workshop (Core,40 Credits)
Design Projects (Core,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Design: Atelier (Core,80 Credits)
Design: Context (Core,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Three

Design Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Design Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

Professional Design Practice (Core,40 Credits)
Major Design Study (Core,60 Credits)
Critical Design Evaluation (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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