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*Please note: This course was formerly know as BA (Hons) Interactive Media Design for 17/18 Entry.

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, Orange 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.

90% of students said that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth. (National Student Survey, 2018).

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*Please note: This course was formerly know as BA (Hons) Interactive Media Design for 17/18 Entry.

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, Orange 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.

90% of students said that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth. (National Student Survey, 2018).

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Course Information

UCAS Code
W280

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

Fee Information

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Interaction 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.

Collaborative Projects with Industry

We seek collaborative opportunities for students on all three years of our degree programme, and have an enviable list of recent collaborations with multi-award winning agencies both nationally and locally.

Award Winning Student Projects

Over the years students have won several prestigious prizes and commendations including Best in Show awards at Design and Art Direction New Blood, an RSA Nomination and winner of the Npower Developer Challenge.

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The studio-based Interactive Design course is research and industry informed and has been developed to be adaptive and responsive to your needs. The variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, online courses, workshops and learning by demonstration, will challenge your ideas and support your personal development.

In year one you will be introduced to key aspects of Interactive Design through a combination of projects, problems and challenges. As the course progresses you will explore key methods and practices in more depth, work to project briefs and you will be given the opportunity to enrol in an internship in an Interactive Design studio.

The course offers flexible, project-based learning with no exams. It is a paperless course, and all submissions are digital. Assessment is designed to support student-centred learning and progress is supported by verbal and written feedback to make clear your achievements, and identify ways for you to grow as an interactive designer.

Collaborative Projects with Industry

We seek collaborative opportunities for students on all three years of our degree programme, and have an enviable list of recent collaborations with multi-award winning agencies both nationally and locally.

App and Web

Core modules introduce students to design for interactive technology including smartphone and tablet applications, website and interactive digital content production.

Game and Experiential

Game development and physical computing modules allow students to explore a wide range of cutting-edge technologies for visual communication, including VR and interactive smart objects.

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

From leading roles in industry to internationally renowned research, our teaching team bring a wealth of experience to the course. You will be able to draw from the expertise of lecturers who are actively involved in projects that range from avatars and the digital revolution and smart environments and digital branding. Our academics also take leading roles in groups such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and have chaired numerous conferences within the industry.

We have extensive industry contacts across creative agencies, interactive design agencies and game design studios, many of whom have been involved in shaping the course. In addition, industry contacts act as clients for the majority of module projects, which enables you to build your network whilst you study.

Northumbria was ranked 4th  in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Design and Crafts

Staff / Meet the Team

When it comes to making sure you learn from the best, our Interaction Design staff are second to none.

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

On this studio-based course much of your design and technical work is carried out using state-of-the-art computing, electronics and prototyping infrastructure. You will be exposed to the latest in web design and programming, applications development, game development as well as developments in physical computing.

Many aspects of the course focus on the use of interactive technology including smartphone and tablet applications, website and interactive digital content production. We heavily use the eLearning portal and other online sources to deliver learning resources and all year groups have a dedicated Facebook group.

The course is paperless, and apart from few specific documents, based on the submission of interactive digital content.

Facilities / Studio Spaces

Each year group has its own studio space which includes specialist design software to support the collaborative working practices to test and develop ideas digitally and on paper. Prototyping spaces and experiential design studio are equipped with specialist technology including 3D printers, robotic lighting rigs and Virtual Reality systems.

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course has research at its foundation and the student at its centre. Each year includes a research-specific module, with an increased level of sophistication and depth as you progress.

All staff are research-active and this is reflected into the design and content of the course. Department research explores the many roles played by the media in a wide range of social contexts.  We have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary work, to the development of relationships with the cultural and creative industries, and to engagement with groups and communities that use and interact with media.

Academics in Interaction Design are focused on meeting the challenges presented by 21st century technology, with work being undertaken in the creative digital economy and in creating innovative products, devices, services and experiences that offer significant improvements to people's quality of life.

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This innovative and highly regarded course focuses on developing key competencies and skills that are highly sought after by industry.

Our extensive contacts across creative agencies, interactive design agencies and game design studios play an active part in the course.  Some of our recent collaborations are based around highly imaginative visions of the future e.g. our work with Orange or Microsoft. Others are grounded in current design practice e.g. app design concepts with leading digital agency R/GA or have immediate real world needs such as branding and website design for local charity Oswin Project. This experience gives you a flavour of life after graduation and helps to make your CV stand out.

You will complete a professional practice module during Year 2 comprising either a company internship or a research project, ideal for those considering postgraduate study.  You are also encouraged to create a digital portfolio throughout the three years to demonstrate your progress and showcase your knowledge and skills.

Degree Shows

During your studies you may be offered the chance to showcase your work at various exhibitions and events, such as Northumbria's REVEAL Degree Showcase or at the D and AD New Blood Festival - an international exhibition of new design talent.

Award Winning Student Projects

Over the years students have won several prestigious prizes and commendations including Best in Show awards at D and AD New Blood, an RSA Nomination and winner of the Npower Developer Challenge.

Career Edge / Added Experiences

You can boost your CV and develop your experience whilst studying at Northumbria.

Careers and Employment / Develop

From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, we are here to help.

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

We have a national and international reputation for producing innovative and highly creative designers with many of our graduates going on to make a significant contribution to the international design and business arena, working at companies such as BBC Digital, Nokia, Philips, Forpeople and AKQA, as well as graduate start-ups including Fuse Box Design, Preamptive, Orangepanda and Plump Digital. At the last three D&AD shows in London most of our students were offered more than three interviews for potential employment.

The academic knowledge, technical skills, industry links and project-based experience gained on this course will open the door to opportunities in a multitude of industries. Graduate career options include web design and new media, interface design, graphic design, games design, digital branding and marketing, information architecture and project management.

Student Profiles / Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Book An Open Day / Experience Interaction Design BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interaction Design. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential.

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A Level or eqi

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit 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 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.

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

Subject Requirements:
No subject requirements.

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

Additional Requirements:
A portfolio of creative design work. 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 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 <

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs


Scholarships and Discounts

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

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Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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