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WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS?
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WHAT IS HARTLEPOOL LIKE TO STUDY/LIVE IN?
The Northern School of Art is a great place to study with over 91% student satisfaction as reported by the National Student Survey. We are based in a distinctive part of the UK. Hartlepool is a vibrant coastal town offering a wealth of attractions and artistic inspiration. Good transport links allow quick and easy access to nearby towns and cities such as Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland. We also benefit from being only a stones-throw away from stunning countryside. Iconic places include the 500-berth Marina with its superb restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs which is linked to the Hartlepool Maritime experience. Our neighbor town of Seaton Carew is a traditional seaside resort and only a 15 minute walk away too! The Campus is located within the heart of the innovation and skills quarter of Hartlepool, with a popular art gallery, a range of places to eat and drink and the town shopping mall just across the road. Students at The Northern School of Art benefit from a unique experience and homley environment. We also provide some of the most competitive accommodation rates in the country. Some of our halls are located within two minutes walking distance from the Campus. You can find more information on Hartlepool by visiting destinationhartlepool.com
WHAT IS THE STUDENTS' UNION LIKE HERE?
We have an on site SU area and a dedicated student liaison officer who is responsible for developing our students' union and will act on behalf of the students to voice their opinions and ideas. Our student liaison officer is heavily-focused on developing, what’s already, a very positive student experience here. We also have several student ambassadors, who are actively engaged with local event organisers in the area to ensure there’s something fresh and fun to suit most tastes all year round. The Northern School of Art has a fantastic support service in terms of pastoral support, as well as high contact time with teaching staff.
WHAT ARE THE TRANSPORT LINKS FOR HARTLEPOOL?
Train and road connections are exceptional, giving you easy access to exciting cities such as Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Sunderland and other major parts of the country - including a direct train to London, which is only 3 hours away.
WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR NORTHERN SCHOOL OF ART?
Fees for all HE full-time programmes offered by the Northern School of Art commencing September 2020 are as follows: Undergraduate: £9,250 (p.a.) Masters: £6,500 Students are not expected to pay fees upfront; if in receipt of a Tuition Fee loan from Student Finance England. You will repay your loan after graduation when you start earning over £25,000 per year. Applicants are responsible for applying for their tuition fee loans and should contact Student Loans Company early in the application cycle to avoid delays. Our students receive excellent value for money for a number of reasons: • Almost double the contact time compared to many other institutions • Teaching is delivered by expert staff who have fantastic links with industry • Students have more freedom to use professional facilities and equipment gov.uk/studentfinance www.slc.co.uk
DO I GET HELP WITH LIVING COSTS?
Maintenance loans are available for each year of study to help with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel. These are normally only applicable to UK residents, for more information on eligibility you can visit the Student Finance website. There is also information in the student finance and support section of the UCAS website.
WHAT OTHER FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?
As well as the standard loans and grants available from Student Finance England, The Northern School of Art offers bursaries to eligible students! You can find out more information regarding our bursaries by visiting Fees and Financial Support.
WHAT'S THE STUDENT TIMETABLE LIKE?
Taught sessions are delivered 16 hrs a week in the first year and are spread across 5 days (Monday to Friday) Students are expected to attend classes everyday between 9am and 4pm. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to pursue their independent learning on campus and to make use of our excellent facilities both inside and outside of scheduled lesson time. The Northern School of Art offers very high contact time with staff which is unique compared to most other institutions. Technical demonstrators are also on-hand to help and guide students with their projects. Detailed timetables are given to students upon enrolment in September.
WHAT'S THE NIGHTLIFE LIKE?
Although Hartlepool is small compared to a city environment, it still has a wide range of pubs, clubs and entertainment venues to suit everyone! Our small town means most of our amenities are within a short walking distance. Hartlepool Marina offers a great selection of bars and restaurants, which becomes very busy over the Spring/Summer months. The university is central and provides easy access to the towncentre, large supermarkets and entertainment outlets such as VUE cinema which is a five minute walk away from our campus. The railway station close-by has direct links to Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough, which all have fantastic nightlife scenes. At the start of year new students take part in Fresher’s activities, which will induct them into what’s available in the town.
WHAT ARE THE PARKING FACILITIES?
There is student parking at our 1 church street building, competitively priced averaging £2 per day. Students can purchase a permit per semester £150*. *subject to increase for 2019. Alternatively there is a wide range of parking facilities close-by to the campus, which are charged at very reasonable rates. Students often park in the nearby transport interchange, leisure complex and supermarket car parks.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT, AFTER I HAVE ATTENDED MY INTERVIEW?
Anyone who attends an interview will receive written notification of the outcome (usually within 48hours – unless more time is needed to assess support needs). Successful applicants will receive an offer letter, stating any relevant conditions. Your UCAS status will also be updated. Throughout the rest of the year, we will keep you posted about enterprise news and any student support-related matters. We’ll also send you a special invitation to our annual degree shows, which always attract a huge amount of visitors.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY OUTCOME IS UNSUCCESSFUL?
In the unfortunate case an applicant is unsuccessful, we will write to you, giving you the opportunity to request written feedback. Where possible, we will make applicants aware of any other courses which may be suitable for consideration.
WHAT MAKES THE NORTHERN SCHOOL OF ART UNIQUE?
The Northern School of Art is one of the leading specialist institutions for art and design in the country. We offer skills in niche areas from practicing professionals that are successful in their fields. We are a school of makers and equip students with everything they need to gain successful employment after their chosen degree. We offer: • A friendly and welcoming atmosphere • Supportive, encouraging and experienced practitioners • Close-knit community • High contact time • Dedicated individual work-bays on most degrees. • We were rated GOLD in the Teaching Excellence Framework • We have excellent Student Satisfaction ratings (91% in the TOP 20% of Universities)
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER TO STUDENTS?
We have a dedicated Student Services Team who are committed to providing students with high-quality advice and guidance. Their main areas of expertise include: • Accommodation • Counselling • Disability Support • Finance & Funding • Pastoral & Welfare Support • Specialist Tuition • Safeguarding In the event that student services are unable to help with your questions, they have links to a range of external agencies who will be happy to provide you with the information you need. Contact time with staff is very high compared to most other institutions. Technician demonstrators are on-hand too, to help and guide students with their projects.
HOW DOES THE NORTHERN SCHOOL OF ART ENHANCE EMPLOYABILITY?
The unique feature we have over any general university is that we offer specialist 1-2-1 mentoring and support for progressing, or, gaining employment within the creative sector. We have a dedicated Enterprise and Employability centre, where a team of experienced specialists will help and guide students on all employment related issues. Work placements, industrial links, mock interviews and help with CVs. Our experienced staff are practicing professionals with strong industry links that bring live briefs and work experiences to their courses. Students are supported in securing connections and have opportunities to exhibit their throughout their degree. Please refer to individual degree pages for specific information on our industry links, alumni and live briefs.
WHAT ARE THE STAFF LIKE HERE?
• Our staff have excellent contacts with the industry, which give students the opportunity to work with well-known brands, designers and makers. • We have a large team of creative practitioners who have won prestigious awards, and sell their work nationally and internationally. • All staff are friendly and approachable. • Our staff are committed and dedicated to their specialisms and provide students with a bespoke learning experience. • Contact time is high and there's a very supportive environment.
WHERE ARE OUR GRADUATES WORKING?
Our alumni have gone on to have successful careers in their respective fields working in both local and internationally known companies. Including: • Vogue • Ted Baker • BBC Sport • The Hut Group • End Clothing • Creative Arts Review • Mountain Bike UK • 20th Century Fox • BBC • Disney • ITV • Media Monks • Allgood • Curious 12 • Good Fridays Creative Agency • Emap International Limited • Epiphany Studio • Visualsoft • BCG Digital Ventures
WHAT WORK EXPERIENCE & LIVE BRIEFS HAVE OUR STUDENTS WORKED ON?
Our close connections to the creative industry have given our students the opportunity to work on a number of live briefs and exhibit in public shows and exhibitions. In recent years this has included: • Zandra Rhodes • Alexander McQueen • Graham & Brown Wallpapers • BBC • TV programmes such as Vera, Inspector George Gently, Strictly Come Dancing, The Paradise • Movies such as Harry Potter, Maleficient, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Iron Lady • Trendbible • Hallmark UK • Premiere Vision, Paris • Surtex Exhibition, New York

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