Which? uses cookies to improve our sites and by continuing you agree to our cookies policy.

Northumbria University

Design for Industry

UCAS Code: W240
BA (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

62%

Subjects
  • Design studies
Student score
83% HIGH
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
Icon pencil

What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
MDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

UCAS tariff points
120-128

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

62%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Icon docs

Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

So, if you want to join them in shaping the future of design and the world in which we live, bring your passion and hands-on approach to Northumbria. You will learn how to use your individuality to create unique design solutions that tackle everyday problems. Studying in a friendly and competitive studio-based environment, you will have access to industry-standard technology including the latest CNC and 3D printing machinery. You will have the option to work across a range of mediums including sketching and model making and gain experience prototyping interactive designs. Through placements and project briefs you will have the chance to work with global brands giving you realworld experience to prepare you for life after graduation. Recent partnerships have included Unilever, Diageo, Orange and British Airways. Through these collaborations you will get the opportunity to work alongside leading design consultancies such as Native, Forpeople and Seymourpowell.

Modules

Year 1: Guidance in design; contemporary influences on design 1; design communication; industrial design theory; industrial design practice 1; introduction to the history of design. Year 2: Computer-aided industrial design 1; contemporary influences on design 2; industrial design practice 2 and 3; industrial design work placement 1; technology, culture and design after 1900. Year 3: Computer-aided industrial design 2; contemporary influences dissertation preparation; industrial design practice 4 and 5; industrial design work placement 2; design history dissertation preparation. Year 4: Contemporary influences dissertation presentation; industrial design practice competition; critical justification and appraisal (DFI); design major project; design history dissertation presentation 2; graduate enterprise.

Northumbria University

City Campus East

At Northumbria you will be in Newcastle, one of the best student cities in the UK. Think culture, shopping, music, sport, nightlife and cost, with a students' union that is one of the best in the country, voted Union of the Year in 2011. One in seven people living in the city is a student. Plus this is a university where over 90% of graduates go into employment or further study.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
35%
65%

Year 1

23%
44%
33%

Year 2

23%
44%
33%

Year 3

35%
54%
11%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

80%
20%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

Icon bubble

What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 83% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

80%

Feedback on work has been prompt

83%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

?

Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
68% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
399 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
Icon ribbon

What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are design occupations

27%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year, design was behind only nursing in the number of graduates from UK universities with nearly 13,700. Not all areas of design have been affected equally by the recession, so bear this in mind when you look at the stats. At the moment, things are looking a little better for fashion and textile designers and not as good for interior or multimedia 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. This also varies by subject – fashion designers often find jobs in the North West. Some employers in the field, particularly in London, are a little prone to asking graduates to work for free, so while it’s not the norm – one in nine design graduates from 2012 starting design jobs in London were working unpaid – it does go on.
Carousel arrow left Carousel arrow right
Get all the advice
Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up
Follow us