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Major Design Project

  • Module code: IR6100
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 6
  • Credits: 30
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

The Major Design Project is the course capstone project. It provides the opportunity for students to consolidate and practice all prior learning during their time on the programme in a culminating design expression of their personal interior design journey. Students 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 student's future study or career.

Aims

  • To consolidate all prior learning and to develop a practical design response stemming from self-initiated interior design research.
  • To produce a substantial body of developmental work evidencing constructive developmental investigation.
  • To manifest a clear expression of personal position.
  • To execute a capstone project that prepares students for future trajectories.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Initiate and sustain a substantial personal design project from inception to completion
  • Synthesise and apply prior learning to inform the design process
  • Originate design propositions through the application of appropriate design ideologies, research principles, methods, materials and technology, forms, means, actions or interventions.
  • Engage in the critical self-reflection employing skills of evaluation, contextualisation and communication.
  • Communicate the research process and outcomes with appropriate currency to a public audience.

Curriculum content

  • Critical self-reflection on previous design projects and experiences, leading to a skills/aspirations/knowledge and understanding audit.
  • Self-initiated investigation and research of Major Design Project theme/s and field of study acknowledging context, need and objective
  • Considered investigation and application of materials, technologies and processes throughout the development, realisation and presentation.
  • Self-directed testing and production of project development iterations
  • Critical self-reflection on the Personal Design Project development process and outcome.

Teaching and learning strategy

Independent self-directed study is paramount and individual's work is guided by group seminars and individual tutor guidance in the context of the studio. Students are expected to make arrangements to gain access to relevant resources and technical support as required. 

The module will be delivered through studio tutorials, workshops, seminars, lectures, peer reviews, group crits and self-directed study.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Studio practice, workshops, seminars & crits Tutorial reviews 400
Guided independent study 200
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

1.    A comprehensive body of practical, self-initiated, interior design project work that identifies and explores a subject issue through holistic practice of prior learning, reaching an appropriate level of concluding resolution.

AND

2.    A parallel, carefully edited and presented Project Reader visually documenting the project development and with a critical reflective summary of 1,000 words. This document is manifest at early interim review stage as the Personal Design Project Proposal and evolves accordingly.

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 after crit presentation and review. Students are expected to improve and refine work in response to critique and 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. Initiate and sustain a substantial personal design project from inception to completion. Students engage with a self-initiated, practical interior design brief to demonstrate the culmination of their course learning and pave their path to future objectives. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
2. Synthesise and apply prior learning to inform the design process. Students engage with a self-initiated, practical interior design brief to demonstrate the culmination of their course learning and pave their path to future objectives. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
3. Originate design propositions through the application of appropriate design ideologies, research principles, methods, materials and technology, forms, means, actions or interventions. Students engage with a self-initiated, practical interior design brief to demonstrate the culmination of their course learning and pave their path to future objectives. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
4. Engage in the critical self-reflection employing skills of evaluation, contextualisation and communication. Students engage with a self-initiated, practical interior design brief to demonstrate the culmination of their course learning and pave their path to future objectives. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
5. Communicate the research process and outcomes with appropriate currency to a public audience. Students engage with a self-initiated, practical interior design brief to demonstrate the culmination of their course learning and pave their path to future objectives. 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 Self-initiated personal design project 75%
Coursework Project Reader 25%
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 recommended reading

Reading recommended according to personal project theme.

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