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Undergraduate and Postgraduate study options at the Northumbria School of Design.

At the School of Design we have a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from which cover the discipline areas industrial design, fashion design, and design innovation.

Whilst learning the skills and knowledge you will need to continue into a professional career you will also build great interpersonal skills by joining a vibrant creative community which encourages collaborations and idea sharing between our design courses so that you get the best learning experience.

Our undergraduate degrees in Design provide a comprehensive education that lays a solid foundation for a successful career in the creative industry. These programs combine theoretical insights with hands-on experiences, nurturing students' creativity, conceptual thinking, and technical proficiency. By emphasizing collaboration, real-world projects, and exposure to industry practices, Northumbria's undergraduate design degrees empower students to emerge as well-rounded, adaptable professionals equipped to make a meaningful impact in the dynamic world of design. Our Masters in Design degrees cater to a diverse range of design interests, fostering innovation and preparing graduates to tackle complex design challenges with confidence.

Professional Skills

You’ll learn in dedicated studio spaces using our range of professional facilities including access to professional exhibition spaces, industrial woodwork and metal workshops, sewing and print workshops and computer suites with full Adobe and Cad packages.  Alongside our community of teaching staff with experience and knowledge as designers, technicians, craftsmen, journalists, scholars and educators you’ll also learn from high-calibre visiting designers and design professionals including many with an international reputation as experts in their field. 

Industry Experience

We recognise that industry experience and contacts are invaluable to you and so have built strong relationships and partnerships with cultural and creative organisations including Abercrombie & Fitch, Microsoft, Mars, Dunhill, Mulberry, Samsung, Unilever, Phillips, Nike and Intel, with opportunities for educational visits, work placements, site visits and industry lectures.  You’ll also get the chance to show your work at our industry attended degree showcase REVEAL and, for some of our courses, at top graduate shows in London such as New Designers, Graduate Fashion Week and Free Range. 

 

Design Students / A Day in Their Life

Watch BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Daniela, and MA Fashion Design student, Amir, as they show a typical day as a student at Northumbria.

Student Digital Portfolios / Fashion BA (Hons)

Our Fashion BA (Hons) course is internationally renowned for its high-caliber graduates, recognized for their creative and conceptual fashion design talents. View some of our student digital portfolios.

3D Design 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.

Facilities / Northumbria School of Design

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29 courses found

Design Foundation Year

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 1 year Full Time followed by a further 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2025 entry. Develop your skills across the various areas of design and study a broad range of design elements with this foundation…

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Design Foundation Year

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 1 year Full Time followed by a further 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2024 entry. Develop your skills across the various areas of design and study a broad range of design elements with this foundation…

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Design MA

Postgraduate | Newcastle | 1 year Full Time

The MA Design course will enable you to focus on your own specialist area of design practice and offers the perfect blend of theory…

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Digital Design BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2025 entry. Our Digital Design course is for designers who want to help connect people, tell stories, communicate information, and…

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Fashion BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2025 entry. This course offers you the chance to explore craftsmanship, aesthetics and the encapsulation of the body through a range…

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Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle

2024 entry. This course offers you the opportunity to explore the communication of fashion through images, experiences, film and the…

3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad / Sep start

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3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad / Sep start

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Fashion Design and Marketing BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle

2024 entry. This course offers you the opportunity to creatively explore fashion design, products and promotion for future markets.

4 years with placement / Sep start

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3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad / Sep start

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Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2024 entry. Develop your creative eye through thinking, making, crafting and realising your concepts to completion on this course.

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Interior Design BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2024 entry. Interested in design? This course focuses on designing innovative interiors within new architecture and existing buildings.

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Interior Design BA (Hons)

Undergraduate | Newcastle | 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

2025 entry. Interested in design? This course focuses on designing innovative interiors within new architecture and existing buildings.

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