Northumbria University Newcastle - Design Foundation Year

Northumbria University Newcastle

Design Foundation Year

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:

  • BA (Hons) 3d Design
  • BA (Hons) Design for Industry
  • BA (Hons) Fashion
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Communication
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

80 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:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

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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

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.

Course Details

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.

Founddation Year

Design Portfolio Skills (Core,40 Credits)
Communication Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)
Product Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)
Fashion Design - Foundation (Core,20 Credits)
Interior Design - Foundation (Core,20 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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