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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 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.


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 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.


Course Information

UCAS Code
W260

Level of Study
Undergraduate

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

Department
Northumbria School of Design

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

3D Design BA (Hons) / Digital Portfolio Guide

We are interested in what inspires you, who inspires you and how you communicate that enthusiasm through your statement and your work.

Project / Self Directed Project

Final year students have the freedom to determine their individual approach to creative design practice.

Alumni / Deadgood Ltd

Meet 3D Alumni Dan and Elliot who went on to setup their own successful Design and Manufacturing Company - Deadgood Ltd.

Dan Ziglam

Deadgood Co-Founder

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Elliot Brook

Our vision is to develop one of the world's leading design brands, recognised for developing a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products

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Learn what it takes to be Deadgood

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

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.

Contextual studies provide the social, cultural, economic and historical background to the subject discipline, developing your knowledge and insight into your own personal practice. A framework of industry facing projects/work provides you with the opportunity to hone specialist design skills, professional qualities, enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through real-life scenarios. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at national degree shows.

Project / Designing for Production

In year 2 students develop their making skills in the context of designing for repeat production of furniture and product.

Project / Self-Directed Projects

Final year students have the freedom to determine their individual approach to creative design practice.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

Throughout your degree you will work closely with a core team of academic staff, who are all actively involved in design research/practice and deliver a curriculum that is designed to develop the intellectual, and subject-specific skills you need to define your own professional practice. This team is further supported by other specialist disciplinary staff, which ensures our students are supported across all aspects of design learning.

Realising your ideas through making will play a huge part in your design learning experience and you will be supported to do this by a team of dedicated technical staff. This team has significant industrial experience and manufacturing skills across numerous materials and processes including furniture, engineering, fabrication, model making, CAD and digital 3D printing.

The nature of studio and workshop teaching allows individual academic support to be accessed as an inherent part of your learning experience. One to one academic tutorials with an academic member of staff at regular intervals during Level 4 and at key stages and after every project that make up the larger portfolio based modules of levels 5 and 6 mean there are multiple check-points to monitor and feedback on academic progress. Your Personal Tutor is also available ensure you receive adequate personal and academic support should any matters arise.


Course Leader / Rickard Whittingham

Rickard has a background in furniture design for both production and limited edition. He teaches in a variety of contexts from graduate education through to community-based projects.

Rickard Whittingham

Course Leader

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Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

The technical facilities at Northumbria University are excellent. The course is housed in industry-standard studios and workshops with facilities designed to allow a materials led and process driven approach to design practice. Studio and workshop culture promotes intellectual freedom and the development of a creative collaborative community.

You’ll have access to large well-equipped timber and metal workshops, specialist CAD laboratory, CNC machinery and 3d printing as well as several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working. The photographic studio is equipped to industry standards. Everything is supported by skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of all the facilities that are available.

We use technology to enhance your learning with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Electronic Submission and Feedback (eSAF) facilitates feedback on your project work, while Turnitin reinforces a critical approach to research and the development of your own ideas.


Facilities / Workshop

large well-equipped timber and metal workshops, specialist CAD laboratory, CNC machinery and 3d printing as well as several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working

Facilities / Studio

Our studios are open plan to allow collaborative working and each studio is equipped with the latest iMacs and PCs. You'll also have access to dedicated computer labs with the latest Adobe and Cad software.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

3D Design is a practice-based course that is driven by research and delivered by inspiring, research active and entrepreneurial staff. This creates an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to complex design challenges.

Throughout your studies, you will learn through research-informed teaching, and undertaking research yourself to encourage enquiry, and to define and refine your practice. Live projects allow you to contextualise your prior learning and further develop your practical competencies to work collaboratively to industry standards.

By your final year, your design practice will be informed by current critical debate, and a creative and exploratory approach to your own specialism of practice.

Tools For Everyday Life / Research Informed Learning

Drawing on the community of practice that surrounds 3D Design and the Designers in Residence scheme, the Tools for Everyday life project results in both commercially viable artefacts and opportunities for the designers to articulate their position on the relationship between craft knowledge and industrial design. The project content provides both context and content for the 3D Design course.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

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.

Heals Discovers / Will Baugh

Following in the footsteps of Northumbria 3D Design graduates Phil Luscombe and Josh South in 2014, Will Baugh has been selected by Heals for their discovers programme.

Exhibitions / Degree Shows

During your studies you may be offered the chance to showcase your work at various exhibitions and events such as New Designers or Northumbria's own REVEAL Degree Showcase.

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

The 3D Design course is designed to support the development of your intellectual, practical and transferable skills to prepare you for employment upon graduation or further study.

You will graduate as a highly employable, industry-ready professional, able to confidently offer solutions to complex and challenging design briefs. You will be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities and resourcefulness in the application of processes, aesthetics, function and materials.

Our graduates go on to forge successful careers as designers and makers across the creative industries sector. We also support entrepreneurial graduates who are keen to set up their own businesses through our Designers in Residence Scheme.

Our many success stories in 3D designing include: David Irwin whose work is produced by Another Country, John Lewis and Design Within Reach. Max Lamb whose work is exhibited and collected throughout the world. Ellen Thomas working at United Visual Artists. Neil Conley voted Elle Decoration Young Designer of the Year 2013. Elliot Brook and Dan Ziglam establishing the leading furniture and interior product Deadgood.

Alumni / David Irwin

As a practice, Irwin works for leading manufacturers and design led companies such as Habitat, Deadgood and Juniper. Irwin operates specifically within the spectrum of contemporary furniture, product and lighting design.

Alumni / Deadgood Ltd

Meet 3D Alumni Dan and Elliot who went on to setup their own successful Design and Manufacturing Company - Deadgood Ltd.

Dan Ziglam

Deadgood Co-Founder

View Profile

Elliot Brook

Our vision is to develop one of the world's leading design brands, recognised for developing a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products

View Profile

Learn what it takes to be Deadgood

Book an Open Day / Experience 3D Design

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study 3D Design at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the workshop facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design, or Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/coming-to-northumbria/portfolios-and-auditions

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or 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 you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-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: www.ucas.com/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: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/coming-to-northumbria/portfolios-and-auditions

 

 

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 www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

 

 

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud 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: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Cost of placement. Many placement companies will either pay students a wage or contribute to their expenses. We encourage students to seek paid placements but if you choose an unpaid placement you should allow for the additional cost of accommodation and travel for the period. This will depend on the location of the placement but you should allow £1000 per month if outside of Newcastle. Print costs. You should allow up to £50 a year for the print costs of presentation quality material. 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). Final projects. The costs of basic materials including 3D printing are included in your tuition fees. If you choose to use specialist materials or services for your final project, you will have to cover this cost (costs will vary depending on the nature of your project).

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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