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|Foreign Institution:||The School of Design at Northumbria University|
Get hands-on experience in Northumbria University’s School of Design in Newcastle! Students interested in design will find an invigorating atmosphere in the School of Design with energetic instructors, and can build an artistic community with their fellow students. Near the city centre, Northumbria University is the perfect place for the aspiring designer to learn, explore, and grow. This program runs for the academic year, fall semester, and spring semester. Please note that studying for the spring semester only is closed to Industrial Design students.
Program Specific Information
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Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
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Where you will study
The School of Design at Northumbria University is located on the City Campus East, and has become a Newcastle landmark since opening in September 2007. The campus has even won awards from The Journal newspaper. Northumbria's School of Design has established an enviable reputation for producing innovative, highly creative designers who go on to make directional contributions within the international design arena.
This program is also suitable for students interested in Fashion, Fashion Communication, Fashion Marketing, Interactive Media Design, and Motion Graphics & Animation.
Northumbria University's Students' Union has been officially named as the UK's Union of the Year by the National Union of Students (NUS). The Students' Union houses a restaurant, 4 bars, live music, dance events, and various other entertainment. The new sporting facility on campus opened in 2010 and offers first class sports provision across a number of facilities, including a 12m climbing wall, 25m swimming pool, golf simulator and fitness centre to name a few. In addition, there are modern indoor and outdoor sports facilities at Coach Lane Campus.
The Semester/Year Program at Northumbria is particularly ideal for students in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Design students typically study abroad in their junior year and enroll in Year 2 modules at Northumbria. Visit Northumbria University's website more information on the Graphic Design and Industrial Design modules.
Students intending to study Industrial Design must study for the academic year or fall semester, due to the course structure at Northumbira. Students intending to study Graphic Design may study during fall semester, spring semester, or the academic year. Study abroad students who participate in the academic year program may have an opportunity to apply for an internship in the second half of spring semester.
It is important to note that students will be placed in a semester's worth of courses based on their application and portfolio and will not necessarily be able to choose each individual course. For this reason, students are encouraged to be flexible with their course selection for study abroad.
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
As this program involves various styles of classes, including regular lectures as well as studio time, class sizes may vary.
All classes (called “modules” in the UK) in this program will be taught in English.
Off campus, students can explore city of Newcastle. Newcastle offers a wide array of cuisine in more than one hundred restaurants and cafes. There are all kinds of pubs and clubs located throughout the city, especially in the Quayside area. The nightlife in Newcastle is considered one of the best in the world. Travel about an hour outside of Newcastle to relax on the golden beaches, wild moorland, the biggest man-made lake in Europe, and more castles than any other county in the UK.
International Student Office
Northumbria University has its own on-site international student office to assist students with local issues (from classes to accommodation) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester. Find out more about Northumbria’s International Student Office by clicking here.
Students live in University housing with British and other international students. Students studying at Northumbria may opt for a residence hall or rented housing. Accommodation is less appointed than in the U.S., particularly in rented housing, but the location in the centre of an exciting city usually makes up for that. Click here fore more information about your housing options.
- Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completed 2 university semesters at the time of application
- Many of the courses require some form of supporting documentation, whether in the form of a portfolio, showreel or piece of written work. Click here for advice on portfolio content.
Spring Semester Programs: September 15
*please note that the spring semester is closed to Industrial Design students
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: February 15
How to Apply
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1 .) The Study Abroad Office Application, which includes:
- 2 letters of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
- Personal essay questions
- Official transcript
- Online questionnaires
- Portfolio (click here for advice on portfolio content)
Step 2.) The Host University Application, due (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
- If you are nominated by the Study Abroad Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to the Northumbria University School of Design. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
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Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Study Abroad Office Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
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Program Contact Info
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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