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Undergraduate study
Design for the Creative Industries

Design for the Creative Industries
FdA

W2W9 FdA/DCI

 
 
 

Course overview

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

A 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.

 

Course details

Level 4 modules develop generic skills in design and provide opportunities for you to work in a chosen specialist discipline including spatial design, product design, graphic design and interactive media. At Level 5 it is anticipated that you develop your own learning plans in negotiation with your tutors.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Design Communication

This module introduces you to the basic principles of design communication. You will perform practical tasks to demonstrate your awareness of some of the key principles by means of techniques such as sketch, drawing, image making or model making. Through the study of design contexts you will explore how other designers use visual language to communicate their ideas.

Design Processes in the Creative Industries

This module allows you to explore the core practical skills that you’ll need as a designer working in the Creative Industries. You will be introduced to the design process and explore the working methods, skills and techniques used by design practitioners across a range of design disciplines

Digital Design for the Creative Industries

This module introduces you to digital processes, equipment and the fundamentals of key software applications for use in the Creative Industries. You’ll develop technical knowledge in the context of creative projects.

Understanding the Creative Industries

This module will provide you with an introduction to the context of the creative industries. You will explore who works in the creative industries, their roles and the contexts within which they work.

Work-related Learning 1

This module is the starting point from where you are able to link the skills and knowledge achieved in the programme with the National Occupational Standards. You are expected to show the transfer of knowledge and understanding in both directions between this module and the other associated modules. This module is the submission of evidence relating to five given key standards (chosen by the tutor and subject or specialism specific).

Work-related learning is appropriate for those who want to work in a range of design-orientated careers in the creative industries. Whether you want to work in 2D or 3D, digital design or work in a team as a creative thinker, problem solver and generator of ideas, you need to be able to explain your skills and underpinning disciplines in practice.

This module refers to the National Occupational Standards for Design as identified by the Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries. The Standards are used to provide a framework for portfolio building that demonstrates your competence in the key areas of work within the Creative Industries. You write reflectively on your practice, making the connections between your works related learning and your design education.

Work-related Learning 2

This module is the starting point from where you are able to link the skills and knowledge achieved in the programme with the National Occupational Standards. You are expected to show the transfer of knowledge and understanding in both directions between this module and the other associated modules. This module is the submission of evidence relating to five negotiated key standards (negotiated by the tutor with the student and subject or specialism specific).

Work-related learning is appropriate for those who want to work in a range of design orientated careers in the creative industries. Whether you want to work in 2D or 3D, digital design or work in a team as a creative thinker, problem solver and generator of ideas, you need to be able to explain your skills and underpinning disciplines in practice.

This module refers to the National Occupational Standards for Design as identified by the Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries. The Standards are used to provide a framework for portfolio building that demonstrates your competence in the key areas of work within the Creative Industries. You write reflectively on your practice, making the connections between your work related learning and your design education.

 

Year 2 core modules

Advanced Digital Design for the Creative Industries

Interactive and New Media allows the creative designer to open up a broad range of new digital platforms and applications to promote and share their creative ideas.

In this module you’ll review and develop a range of digital and specialist skills working with software for screen, web and mobile applications in response to creative project themes.
Advanced Work Based Learning

This module aims to further develop the competence of your work in a creative design studio. You will be provided with the opportunity to reflect and build on your experiences in a work based environment.

Advanced Work related Learning 3

Advanced Work related Learning 4

Design Contexts

It is essential for every designer to develop a broad and theoretical understanding of the context in which their design work exists. For years theorists and practitioners of design have analysed and debated its purpose in society and in doing so defined and shaped its role in our lifestyles.

You are introduced to the cultural history, current issues, theories, debates and contexts in the creative industries. As a designer you need to adapt to changes in society and understand how attitudes towards design, social responsibility, current trends and design principles have an impact on your practice. Emphasis is on research and study skills and you acquire source material and knowledge and present these in written and practical contexts.

You develop advanced skills in research, academic writing and communication, suitable for progression to further level study and/or employment in the creative industries.

Design Project 1: Specialist Skills

This module provides the opportunity for in-depth development and exploration of creative project work in a specialist area chosen from Product Design, Spatial Design, Graphic Design and Interactive Media. You’ll be able to build specialist knowledge and skills and explore themes that can be developed for a specified audience or in a wider cultural context.

Design Project 2: Advanced Specialist Skills

This module provides you with an opportunity for more advanced development and exploration of a creative project in a chosen design specialism. You are required to manage your project from the initiation of a negotiated brief, through research ideas and development through to final presentation work appropriate for display.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

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.

How you are assessed

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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typical offer 80-96 tariff points, including a portfolio of work. Consideration will also be given to students with evidence of practical art and design experience at an appropriate level.

Because this course is taught at Hartlepool College of Further Education, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

For additional information please see our entry requirements


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Work-related 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.

Career opportunities

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.

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: W2W9 FdA/DCI
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 80 - 96 tariff points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£3,960 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 3 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295000
  • Semester dates

Apply online (part-time)

 
 
 

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