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Northumbria University

Interaction Design

UCAS Code: W280

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels.

Subjects studied at AS level and not carried forward to A level will be accepted and the UCAS Tariff points achieved will count towards your total UCAS Tariff score where appropriate.

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2-M1,M1,M1

The Extended Project Qualification is welcome and the UCAS Tariff points you achieve from an EPQ will count towards your total UCAS Tariff score.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is accepted by Northumbria University. Please contact Admissions for more information on specific entry requirements.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H4,H4,H4

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C-B,C,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C-B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-128

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

70%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

4 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2019

Subject

Interactive and electronic design

BA (Hons) Interaction Design will equip you with the skills to design the next digital innovation. Smartphones, games consoles, VR headsets, tablets, laptops and smart watches all use interfaces and applications designed by talented graduates who have studied in this programme.This course offers you an opportunity to study and develop the necessary professional skills and confidence to work as a sought-after interaction designer, while recognising the need for your individual growth. You will learn highly relevant and contemporary skills in web design, phone and tablets applications, experience design, game design, tangible interfaces and interactive installations.Our programme has a national and international reputation for producing innovative and highly creative designers who go on to make directional contributions within the international design and business arena. Through project-based briefs with international corporations such as Intel, Microsoft, Ericsson, Oranfe and Unilever, you will develop a network of contacts as well as knowledge, work-based experience and practical skills to step confidently into this dynamic world.

Modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Northumbria University

Department:

Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
Interactive and electronic design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Design occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Interactive and electronic design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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