Interior Design BA(Hons)
Facts about Interior Design
|Year of entry||2014|
|Application route||3 years full time: apply through UCAS (code W250)|
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About this course
Why choose this course?
Interior design is concerned with the creation of the spaces in which we live, and the design of the interface between buildings and the people who use them. This studio-based, research-led course explores the subject through a series of design projects of increasing complexity. You will develop a strong appreciation of materials and making in context and gain the practical skills needed to succeed in the industry.
What will you study?
The course will provide you with practical skills and heightened awareness of the made environment. As you engage with each level of the course, you will begin to strategically shape a personal attitude towards interior design which you will build on throughout the modules studied. This attitude is reflected in both individual projects and the developing personal portfolio, firmly connecting you to industry and current topical debate.
The levels of the course are structured to deliver the principles of interior design in Year 1, the processes of interior design in Year 2 and the practice of interior design in Year 3. You will conclude your programme by completing a dissertation, a strategic portfolio of work and a major design project. This project reflects a culmination of your learning on the course and will be the single most significant expression of your personal design vision.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
Ideation and Communication
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles of ideation and communication in interior design. You undertake a range of projects, workshops, experiments and exercises to expand your knowledge, challenge preconception and to stimulate confidence and risk taking. You communicate this project work and other exercises appropriately through a range of newly acquired and developing visual communication skills. The emphasis in this module is on expanding creative outlook and approach and in developing core communication competencies that underpin interior design practice.
This module introduces you to the full interior design process in context. It addresses the significance of research, observation, documentation, evaluation, idea generation, concept development, iteration and communication. It also introduces you to core interior design considerations including proportion, ergonomics, scale, function, form, structure and spatial organisation. Conscious awareness and practice of all aspects of the design process is understood as the means for the successful development of project work from inception to resolution.
Materials and Construction
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principle of the workshop and studio as integrated creative environments for the interior designer. The workshop is seen as an extension of the design studio, with special facilities for particular activities eg the 3D workshop and digital media workshop. This principle is explored in the context of materials and construction and their impact on the interior through a series of projects centred on physical (and digital) modelling. Digital modelling facilitates physical modelling which is used to explore materials and construction through scale representation and the model's own attributes. Judgements are made on model aesthetics and communication. The modelling process develops basic workshop skills and refines an awareness of attention to detail.
Material characteristics and properties, manufacturing processes and technologies are also introduced and explored. The module simultaneously grounds you with key competencies and subject context knowledge.
Situating the Interior: Themes in Design History
Through image-based lectures, discussions and study visits, this module presents a thematic history of designed spaces, situating in particular the emergence of the interior in modernity. Themes include: relations between design practices and professions, relations between politics, labour, craft and technology, taste and display, consumption and design, and spatial concepts within and beyond architecture. Each session is intended to address particular ideas and practices that have shaped our contemporary understanding of designed spaces as part of meaningful social, cultural and economic activity. The module engages with critical texts to allow you to examine the relationship between theory and practice, and to develop an understanding of how designed spaces emerge and are situated as cultural responses to modernity.
Interior Context 1
The aim of this module is to give you an insight into professional practice issues and scenarios closely associated with interior design. The main areas covered centre on selection and specification and project management. It is understood that one of the roles of the interior designer is to select and specify furniture, fixtures and equipment (FFE) as well as lighting, colour and finishes. These choices naturally have a huge impact on interior space and need to reflect a sensitivity and appropriateness to context. It is also understood that considerable effort has been made to formalise the practice of interior design and bring it closer in line with recognised professional practice procedure, notably exemplified by architecture. The practice of interior design is considered across the spectrum.
Interior Context 2
The aim of this module is to explore interior contexts in greater breadth and detail through practical project work. The module is a natural continuation of the Level 4 (Year 1) Design Process module. It is intended to expand outlook and increase awareness of theoretical positioning and recognises that the most engaging and resonant projects do not occur in isolation as hermetic events, but recognise their context and communicate viewpoint contributing to broader subject and topical discussion. A number of diverse attitudes and approaches with clear parameters are offered according to context eg social, commercial, cultural, environmental, political. You explore these through practical project work, synthesising all previous learning in the process and contextualising your personal design vision and ambition.
The aim of this module is to extend a natural continuation of Interior Context 1. It further expands your outlook and awareness of theoretical positioning. The module offers greater flexibility of choice to students who may, in agreement with tutors, either continue to develop a position previously established in Interior Context 1 (refining and editing previous material and undertaking new research and study as necessary) or embark upon design investigations within a new range of set or self-initiated contexts. The module consolidates the role of practical design experimentation and making as a key element of the design process and helps build confidence for progression to Level 6 and the Major Design Project. You are encouraged to explore and utilise industry networks and contacts outside the Faculty to expand your knowledge and outlook, lending their work rigour and credibility. The module is undertaken with a conscious focus on detail design consideration (object, component, element) explored at a larger scale (1:1 is encouraged).
Critical Issues in Interior Design: Research and Practice
This module builds on the historical and thematic content introduced at Level 4 (Year 1) and emphasises the theorisation of interior design practice. A series of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, screenings and visits informs and supports your own emerging research interests and the development of independent visual and academic research skills that cross history/theory and design practice. Lectures and seminars will deepen critical and theoretical engagement with contemporary issues in interior design. Seminar tasks and assessments are carefully designed to foreground projects that support the location of interior design as a discipline. Research methodologies are introduced though case studies and practical activities that reflect the issues explored through the module's content.
Major Design Project
The Major Design Project is the course 'capstone' project. It provides the opportunity for you to consolidate and practice all prior learning during their time on the programme in a culminating design expression of your personal interior design journey. You have full responsibility for authoring the Major Design Project from inception through to completion and for demonstrating skills in defining, analysing and developing a substantial response to an individually defined interior design issue of interest. A formal proposal document is produced as part of the module to map out and justify individual intention.
The research and documentation of the project is an integral part of the submission. It reflects the process as well as the critical analysis and methodology of the research itself. The practical project work evolves directly informed by the research. Individual project interests are wide ranging and critically considered. Final project resolutions are supported by a carefully composed and edited project document recording process and reflection. This module forms a bridge to the your future study or career.
The aim of this module is to enable you to present a personal practice profile alongside your course portfolio to promote employability. You research the broad contemporary interior design and design media scene to understand current practices, discourses and trends with a view to positioning their own future career aspiration. The practice and comment of specific exemplar studios, thinkers and other sources are referenced.
You refine your formal course portfolio and tailor an individual profile presenting your own work and outlook in broader context. The profile contains an integrated body of work representing the module research, edited/re-presented course study outcomes and new material as appropriate, interests, observations, critical comment and transferable skills (skills that may not be directly evident in a body of creative work). The practice profile reflects critical industry awareness, personal identity and viewpoint communicating to its desired audience accordingly. The means of communication is a key consideration and should fully explore both digital and analogue options and strategies.
Dissertation: Research and Reflection
Building on the links between research and practice embedded at Level 5, this module focuses on in-depth research, critical enquiry and reflection on questions and critical issues emerging in your own practice, and pertinent to the practice of your own discipline.
During the module, you will initiate and develop an individual research topic; identify and evaluate appropriate archives, bodies of critical literature, visual/material sources and research methods; manage their study time; engage with and respond to tutorial dialogue and peer feedback, and apply critical and analytical skills to produce a 6,000-word written dissertation, supported by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Following the submission of the dissertation, and to support the realisation of studio capstone projects, you will be assisted with the conception and development of an individual statement that enables self-reflection and locates students within the contemporary contexts of their discipline. Consolidating the research, reflexive and critical skills acquired throughout students' programme of study, the statement engages and applies learning undertaken within previous modules to studio practice, supporting your self-presentation at Degree Show, in future postgraduate study, and/or professional practice in a variety of art and design contexts.