Practical Product and Spatial Design The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design)


This exciting, innovative and vibrant degree offers exceptional studios, workshops and resources, including your very own individual studio bay, all of which are generous in size to allow you to surround yourself with inspiration all week long.

This unique course will give you the opportunity to investigate and experience using machines to design and make contemporary objects working in the practical disciplines of product, interior design, furniture and develop a professional, practical knowledge of CNC machinery, 3D printing along with more traditional hand and machine craft skills. The two-year course will introduce you to industry standard software and industrial manufacturing and product development machinery and techniques.

The course will give you the opportunity and skills to develop as a three dimensional designer with experience and ability to actually make complex objects. Working on large and small scale projects such as contemporary Shepherd Huts, exhibition design for a fashion show and innovative lighting design. All the projects have a very practical element which will include developing software skills to aid project development and professional presentation. The practical element of the course will develop and refine your understanding and ability to make objects and present working prototypes. Industry standard software includes 3DStudioMax, Photoshop and Solid works, this suite of high level software will give you a very industrial grounding and the opportunity to take your skills straight into industry.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Green Lane

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: * Developing the ‘Design Process’ through live projects and competitions. * Realistic approach to working in an industrial workshop. * Use Photoshop to manipulate and produce professional presentations. * Use Autodesk 3D Studio Max to create realistic three dimensional environments. * Visiting trade shows including 100% Design in London. * Develop own corporate identity…branding in preparation for employment. * Develop first hand skills and experience in the use of industrial woodworking machinery. * Work with industrial CNC router to manufacture components for projects. * Developing basic skills in the use of 3D printing.

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: Develop skills and understanding in 3D modelling and design in Solid Works. * Advanced 3D CNC machining and 3D printing. * Mould making and casting. * Professional and commercial links within industry. * Further development of Autodesk 3D Studiomax. * Live projects. * Confidently communicate visually and verbally to clients and employers.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

This course offers Continued Professional Development. CPD courses allow you to develop your skills and knowledge relevant to your career path.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W2A8
Institution code C71
Campus name Green Lane
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level C C C
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile.
If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview.
Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate.
It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The College offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the College offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact