Digital Design{ Foundation Degree Newcastle }

Digital Design course information

Why study on the Digital Design course?

Everyone who joins the course is different, we have students straight from college and those with a bit more life experience coming back to study for a second time. We have students with very little experience of design wanting to learn about a new area and others with backgrounds in Graphic Design, Advertising and Illustration who want to add up to date digital skills to their CV to be able to compete in a modern job market.

They all have one common goal, to gain the ability to work as professionals in the fast growing Digital Design industry. Our aim is to give everyone the very best opportunity to do this.

Our staff have real experience in their field and continue to work in the industry, alongside teaching, to keep up to date with current skills and trends within the industry. All course content is developed with the advice of industry professionals, the very people that often employee our graduates.

We focus heavily on real projects and work placements, to make sure the transition from college to work is a smooth one. Many of our students gain part time work through their placements when on the course. We also have a high rate of our graduates gaining employment directly from the course because employers in the region know we produce graduates taught the skills they need.

What the course covers

You will learn about the creative process, how to be a visual communicator, and understand the language of design for online content. The aim of year one is to establish yourself as a freelance digital designer and take on your own personal projects. Year 2 is focused on your future career, specialising in your chosen areas.

Some of the key areas we cover are:

  • Web Design
  • User Interface Design (UI)
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • Front end development (HTML/CSS)
  • Graphic Design and Branding
  • Responsive Design
  • Application Design
  • Wordpress theme development
  • Motion Graphics
  • JavaScript
  • Adobe Software
  • Editorial design for screen

The required course contact time is 2 full days a week and many students work part time as well as completing the course

Read some of our graduate success stories

katskii

UX Designer at feelunique.com, Europe's largest premium beauty retailer

londonkitten.com @katskii

Kat Thompson

In my job I oversee the whole site and get to fine tune the details, get to know the website and customers inside out, and make the site the best it can be; as well as helping to come up with crazy marketing campaigns, creating graphics, writing code and help drive sales. I've worked for agencies too since leaving the course, which were manic and fun, never a dull moment.

I chose this course because I was able to explore my creativity, learn to code, understand how to get the most out of designing for the web, and work on mobile sites and apps too. I was able to learn the latest skills needed for modern web design, something that no other course offered, at a competitive price.

While on the course, I was encouraged to do placements and freelance work, and this combined with the modern teaching standards meant I had a great understanding of the web industry. I was offered a job at my first agency in London before I finished my coursework, I think it's because the course was like a combination of learning and putting it into practice straight away, instead of learning to pass an exam. Creating a portfolio helped me get a job, and the whole course just made me want to keep learning more web skills. Best decision I ever made.

glenn

UI and Graphic Designer at hedgehoglab.com

glennashcroft.com @GlennAsh69

Glenn Ashcroft

After doing a summer internship, I was offered my job 5 months before the course ended. I work on mobile web & app projects and some print projects. I have worked on pitches, live projects for a wide and varied range of clients in many countries. I’m really enjoying it, working in the mobile industry is a very interesting and challenging job and enrolling in the course at Newcastle College has been instrumental in all this.

Two years ago I was a designer/art director with no experience of web design or any sort of coding. I had only worked in print & advertising and needed to update my skills. I knew nothing of HTML, CSS or any other coding languages, I’d never designed a website, app or anything so I started from scratch. I chose this course because it's geared up for industry, it has great contacts within the digital design community and has a track record of sustained success with many students working in the North East and further afield. There are loads of great opportunities available from his course and over half of my year were working in industry before the course ended.

Our tutor Libby works in the industry herself and stays up to date with the latest technical developments and trends. The course isn’t stuck in the academical world teaching the same course year after year. She knows her stuff and without sounding too soppy has been a great inspiration to me throughout my time on the course. Going on this course has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, I now have a new career in an area I knew nothing about a couple of years ago. I love my new job and am looking forward to an exciting future in a dynamic, young company in an expanding industry.

Why these great companies employ our students

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www.hedgehoglab.com @hedgehoglab

In our employees we primarily look for passion, aptitude, understanding of real world roles, and finally skills (in that order). We felt that all students who came through the Digital Design course had 2 key capabilities any small employer looks for.

They had an extreme amount of passion for digital and they had (surprisingly) a solid understanding how things work in a commercial/business world rather than academic world.

GosepelwareGospelware logo

www.gospelware.co.uk @gospelware

We try to employ for attitude. One of the first thing we will ask a candidate is to demonstrate any work they have undertaken outside of work or study. If they can clearly demonstrate a passion for what they do, an aptitude for learning and pushing themselves, they will rank very highly against others.

The students we employed had a great base skill set to go straight into the world of digital. The knowledge acquired through the course prepared them to move quickly onto client projects that will be seen and used by hundreds of thousands of people.

Status Digitalstatus-logo

www.statusdigital.co.uk @StatusDigi

The Digital Design Course teaches reality. Not a ten year old idea of digital design, but a fully up-to-date, well-informed programme of learning that gives students realistic expectations of the industry they’re entering.

This means that the students leaving this course are not only well-trained in technical skills, but are level-headed, confident people who are eager to take on the demands of a role in a busy company. No-brainer for us really.

Want to join our course? We are still recruiting now for starting September 2014...

Ready to apply? Fantastic!

If you like the idea of studying on the Digital Design Foundation Degree and having as much fun as our current students you can apply through clearing now online through UCAS www.ucas.com.

You can get more information about applying for the course during clearing on the college website

Not sure if it's right for you?

Choosing a higher education course is a big commitment, both financially and for your future career, so it's really important that you pick a course that is right for you.

You can also contact the Digital Design Course team directly to ask specific questions about the course or even visit us to talk to current students and see work done on the course. Just email elizabeth.gardiner@ncl-coll.ac.uk or follow us on twitter @webdesignfuture

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • A BTEC National Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • A full advanced GNVQ in Art & Design
  • A Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)
  • One full A Level in an appropriate subject

Students with alternative experience or qualifications may also apply and may be credited with prior learning. As part of the selection process, places on the course are offered on the basis of an interview and portfolio of work. You must be 18 years old or over to apply for the course

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0870 11 222 11 or email: enquiries@ucas.ac.uk.