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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Design for the Creative Industries

UCAS Code: W2W9

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


Relevant subject area preferred.

Relevant subject area preferred.

80 - 96 points from Irish Highers; relevant subject areas preferred.

Relevant subject area preferred.

Relevant subject area preferred.

Relevant subject area preferred.

UCAS Tariff

80-96

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Design

**Note: Due to the course delivery location and visa restrictions, this course is NOT available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa**.

**Location**: This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000).

**Course overview**: This foundation degree in design for the creative industries explores spatial design, product design, graphic design, and interactive media. This innovative and unique course offers a holistic approach to develop your academic and vocational skills to help you succeed in the creative industries. You focus on creativity, specialist skills, new media and technology, and learn to respond to the challenges of a dynamic and rapidly changing range of professions in the creative industries. The flexible nature of the curriculum content allows you to develop your own individual pathway or specialism within the broad subject areas of spatial design, product design, graphic design and interactive media. You have the opportunity to work in a professional design studio developing autonomy in your professional skills along with gaining an academic qualification.

Work Based Learning modules provide exciting opportunities for you to work in a professional design studio developing autonomy in your professional skills along with gaining an academic qualification. You can find your own work placement or work freelance supported by in-house staffing and resources.

**After the course**: You work in a specialist design discipline towards a professional career in spatial design, product design, graphic design and interactive media. Opportunities exist for future employment links with a strong vocational element to the course aiding and developing career progression. Academic rigour is promoted and encouraged, along with a suitable curriculum, to allow progression to Level 6 qualifications.

Modules

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Assessment methods

You assess your performance against the National Occupational Standards for Design while gaining valuable experience of working in the creative industries under supervision from a design practice mentor and academic tutor. Opportunities exist for you to develop your own client base with active encouragement and support for entrepreneurship. Teaching staff are highly qualified and have significant recent and current experience of working within the creative industries enabling them to give relevant support and experience in both academic and commercial settings.

You are actively involved in the assessment process for project-based modules. Interim critiques and regular tutorials provide you with formative feedback on your progression during tasks. Projects culminate with a group critique in which you take part in a presentation simulating the client pitch scenario. This provides opportunities for you to share best working practice and develop your understanding of assessment requirements. Informal oral feedback is provided at this time followed shortly afterwards by formal written feedback giving clear indication of achievement against module criteria.

The Uni


Course location:

Hartlepool College of Further Education

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.

82%
high
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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
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
86%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Design occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£16k

£16k

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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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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