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Interior Practice

  • Module code: IR5100
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 5
  • Credits: 30
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

The aim of this module is to give students 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.

Aims

  • To establish a specialist and informed knowledge of particular industry sectors,.
  • To establish the basis for a personal industry reference archive.
  • To establish live engagement within an industrial product context.
  • To introduce principles and practices of project management.
  • To establish an evolving, industry course archive of specialist contacts and material.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Research industry and the market place with effect and discerning focus.
  • Collaborate with industry and engage creatively with specialist industrial product in a practical project.
  • Establish a specialist industrial product reference archive and network
  • Engage with the basic principles of interior project management
  • Contribute towards an evolving course archive.

Curriculum content

  • Studio-based design project brief(s), industry collaborations exploring industrial product
  • Research into the industry market place for specialist interior product
  • Group work and collaboration
  • Standard project management procedure (aligned with RIBA work stages).
  • Professionalism and practice.

Teaching and learning strategy

Teaching will be delivered through studio-based projects and workshops, together with seminars, subject-specific talks and guest lectures. These will be linked to group tutorials and tutor-led group discussion throughout. Students are expected to develop work independently following formative feedback. 

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Studio practice, workshops, seminars & crits Tutorial reviews 200
Guided independent study 100
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

Students engage with a practical design brief set to facilitate the process of collaboration / familiarisation with industrial manufacturers, suppliers and experts relevant to the practice of interior design. They also compile a focussed commercial reference archive study (contributing to a course archive) to engage with the process of specification research.  A professional practice case study report is  produced to demonstrate an aspect of professional practice procedure.      

Assessment is through evidence presented at critiques of sustained application, an exploratory attitude and advancing technical knowledge across the full range of project work.

The submission of project work is subject to final assessment at the end of the module when the body of the work will be summatively assessed.

Students are expected to improve and refine work in response to formative feedback/feed forward throughout the module and Level. This provides an ongoing opportunity to improve their position prior to summative assessment at the end of the module.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1) Research industry and the market place with effect and discerning focus. Engagement with a practical design brief set to facilitate the process of industrial collaboration / familiarisation. Compilation of a commercial reference archive to inform the process of specification. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
2) Collaborate with industry and engage creatively with specialist industrial product in a practical project. Engagement with a practical design brief set to facilitate the process of industrial collaboration / familiarisation. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
3) Establish a specialist industrial product reference archive and network. Compilation of a commercial reference archive to inform the process of specification. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
4) Engage with the basic principles of interior project management. Production of a focussed professional practice case study report. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
5) Contribute towards an evolving course archive. Compilation of a commercial reference archive to inform the process of specification. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Coursework Studio project, reference archive, practice study 100%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS a requirement that the major category of assessment is passed in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Yakeley, D & Yakeley S. (2010) The BIID Interior Design Job Book. RIBA publishing, London

BIID.  (2012) BIID Concise Agreement for Interior Design Services: CID/12. RIBA Publishing

Bibliography recommended reading

Lutz, B. (2010) Knoll: A Modernist Universe. Rizzoli International Publications

Windlin, C. (2007) Project Vitra: Sites, Products, Authors, Museum, Collections, Signs, Chronology, Glossary. Birkhauser

Fraser, M. (2011) London Design Guide 2012-13. Spotlight Press

Relevant trade literature.

Library E - Resource:

To access the library e-resource:

Canvas>library>finding the information you need>e-resources>subject list of e-resources>architecture and landscape>construction information service (choose 'on' or 'off' campus)>construction information service (select view product)>type The BIID Interior Design Job Book into the search box>select The BIID Interior Design Job Book> select 'download now'.

Also available as e-resource:

A Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

Standard Form of Agreement (SFA/99)

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