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INTERACTION DESIGN Level 5 Foundation Degree

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Interaction Design

Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Newry Campus


Our innovative practice-focused course is designed to prepare the learner for a variety of exciting careers across the IT industry. During the 2-year course, learners will be introduced to industry-standard creative design skills as well as the technical know-how to support their progression, both on-screen and, importantly, off-screen.

This creative course provides the right amount of 'Design’ with a flavour of some Computing modules, therefore providing many opportunities for progression into areas which can include, Graphic Design, Website Development, 3D Modelling, Imaging Visualisation and Computer Programming. It will equip you will the practical skills and professional abilities with a solid understanding on analysis, fundamentals of design and implementation to take up employment, or enable you to progress to honours level study in this field. 

Ongoing consultation with employers ensures the industrial relevance of the programme and an integral part of the course is appropriate work-based learning.  In year 2, full-time students will undertake a supervised work placement of approximately 14 weeks.

The taught modules are delivered by experienced lecturing staff. You will normally have classes for 16 hours per week comprising lectures and practical sessions. In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent study of approximately 20 hours per week.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access, or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or approved equivalent. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language.
  • When applying for the Foundation Degree in Interaction Design, you are required to attend for interview and submit a portfolio of work as an entry requirement.
  • For the digital Portfolio you need to include 8 to 10 pieces of your best work which could be a mix of paper based (e.g. line drawings, sketching, tonal drawings, paint, collage) and screen based (e.g. posters, logos, web graphics, 3D graphics, animation graphics, flyers).
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. 

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


Modules include:

  • Introduction to Multimedia Authoring.
  • Interaction Design Fundamentals.
  • Introduction to Communication Design.
  • Advanced Web Authoring.
  • Creative 3D Modelling.
  • Web Programming Fundamentals.
  • Imaging and Data Visualisation.
  • Web Server and Platforms.
  • Web Programming and Databases.
  • Exploring Identity.
  • Work Based Learning.


2 Years


This course is validated by Ulster University.


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If a student chooses to undertake Work Placement within a school setting, they may be subject to an Advanced AccessNI check. The cost incurred for this will be covered by the College.


On successful completion of this course and depending on your final grade and evaluation of your portfolio, you may progress onto year 2 of BDes (Hons) Interaction Design, BSc (Hons) Interactive Media or BSc (Hons) Interactive Computing at Ulster University.

You also have the opportunity to complete your programme of study in other universities that offer similar courses.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

You will need to make sure that the modules you complete in this course, map into your future course of study, so if you are unsure, please speak to the course director Mr Edward Fearon (see contact details).  


All Higher Education courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button above to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Edward Fearon

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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

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