Welcome to Northbrook College
Northbrook’s University Centre in Worthing is the largest provider of creative and arts undergraduate degrees in West Sussex. It provides a wide range of full-time and part-times degrees, validated by the University of Brighton, which are developed with a focus on employment and industry relevance.
Students and graduates of Northbrook have had a number of notable industry successes. These include providing prop making and special effects support on the ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ with Tom Cruise, styling the likes of Kate Moss for Vogue, co-editing Elle and Company magazine, and even creating the music used in a Budweiser advert that premiered at the 2013 Superbowl.
Alumni include Jamie Hewlett, creator of virtual band Gorillaz and winner of the £25,000 Designer of the Year award.
As well as the University Centre, Northbrook College also has a further education campus that caters for 16-19 year olds and an automotive engineering facility at Shoreham Airport.
Courses and fees
Northbrook College courses and fees
The most important requirement is that your portfolio, audition or interview, depending on the course you want to study, is the best it can be. You can find out the exact requirements for your course on the college’s course pages. You will also need to have a minimum of 160 UCAS points.
Tuition feesUndergraduate fees for 2015/16
Home/EU students - £7,650
Home/EU students on a one year ‘top up’ degree course in theatre arts and music departments - £8,200
International students should contact Northbrook’s International Officer for more information about fees and funding: 0044 1903 273410 / [email protected]
Northbrook College facilities
Upgraded, modernised and expanded facilities will open at the University Centre in 2015, but students already have access to a 200-seat theatre that runs more than 30 shows a year, a student-run FM radio station called NSR and even their own recording label working out of 25 studios. In 2015, the music facilities will be improved further with the addition of a brand new studio complex at the University Centre.
Library & study facilities
The libraries provide a focal point at each campus, providing access to more than 40,000 books, online databases and a large collection of periodicals. Students are also allocated a learning centre with drop-in access to computers, internet and a virtual learning environment.
To bridge the gap between the library and studios, creative arts students have access to six ‘Flexible Learning Areas’. They provide software packages, cuttings, slides and other textual and visual materials that have specifically been chosen to support the curriculum.
Northbrook’s industry standard facilities include music, dance and media studios, Apple Mac computer suites, specialist workshops and a 200-seat professional theatre.
Welfare & financial aid
Northbrook has a number of support services including a Student Financial Support Office to help you with any questions you may have about student finance, bursaries, grants or loans.
You’ll also have access to Additional Learning Support if you need it. The service is structured around making sure that students have the tools and help they need to succeed. A 2012 QAA report highlighted that "enthusiastic, inclusive and supportive approaches to teaching and learning were all identified by students."
Any students wanting to access mental health and wellbeing or disability support can do so through Specialist Support Advisers. The campuses have a Pastoral and Learning Mentor who can help to advise you on any problems or life circumstances that might impact your studies.
Northbrook’s courses are employment-focused and developed with the industry in order to support student employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Many of the course lecturers are still current practitioners and have links to the creative industries. The college holds regular ‘meet the industry’ days and students often have the opportunity to work on live projects or work placements for real organisations. For example, Theatre and Make Up students were recently asked to work on an advert for a new BBC talent show and Costume Design students worked on Marvel Studios film ‘Thor: The Dark World'.
You’ll also get help with completing your CV from experienced staff throughout your course. Some courses provide the opportunity for placements both nationally and internationally, others provide industry-based projects to ensure that you gain experience and skills for your future career.
As well as smaller class sizes with tutor support that can be really helpful for international students, accommodation is available via a network of privately owned student houses located in and around Worthing town centre or some students choose to rent a room with a host family.
Worthing is a lively seaside town situated just a short distance from Brighton. It is 60 miles from London and 35 miles from Gatwick Airport.
Northbrook College accommodation
New students tend to rent privately owned student houses located in and around Worthing, which is seven minutes by train from the main campus. These houses are owned by landlords that have signed up to the college’s ‘Student Accommodation Code’.
The houses tend to accommodate up to four or five Northbrook students but the college-owned house on Broadwater Road has 12 rooms. Single rooms typically cost around £395 per month and a double room costs about £420 per month.
Once you have been accepted into the college you can contact the landlords to enquire about room availability. Northbrook will also send you instructions on how to join its Housemate Finder Group on Facebook so that you get in touch with other Northbrook students looking for accommodation.
Alternatively you may choose to live in the wider area, including Brighton, where there is a large student population. There are lots of websites that can help you to find the right accommodation for you. You should always double check whether the landlord or letting agency belongs to a trade association or accreditation scheme which will give you slightly more protection if something goes wrong.
Northbrook College open days
Open days are usually held in October each year and they are a great opportunity to look around and really get a feel for what it would be like to study at Northbrook College. As well as having the chance to meet staff and students and tour the facilities, you’ll also be able to attend sessions to find out more about the course, finance, accommodation and student support.
As well as open days, the annual End of Year Art and Design Exhibitions, Fashion Shows, Musical, Theatrical and Dance performances take place in June and July for two weeks. This is a really exciting time on campus and a good time to visit Northbrook.
“The extensive range of well developed and integrated employer-related initiatives available clearly prepare students for their future career or study options.” - QAA Integrated Quality Report 2012
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