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Practice Profile

  • Module code: IR6101
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 6
  • Credits: 30
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

The aim of this module is to enable students to present a personal practice profile alongside their course portfolio to promote employability. Students 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.

Students refine their formal course portfolio and tailor an individual profile presenting their 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.

Aims

  • To enable students to critically review and edit a body of work relevant to a specific public or professional audience
  • To support the research of contemporary interior design practice / thinking and identifying / promoting individual career opportunity in context alongside the course portfolio
  • To enable students to confidently present a substantial and coherent body of work in a creative and appropriate form.
  • To support students in the identification and communication of key specialist and transferable skills relevant to a specified audience

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate individual creative ambition, attainment and communication appropriate to a graduating interior designer.
  • Contextualise and evidence individual career aspiration.
  • Develop a creative, coherent and mature communication of work relevant to aspiration.
  • Reference the requirements of professional practice in the portfolio and profile development.

Curriculum content

  • Portfolio - critical self-appraisal of studio project work in relation to received tutorial comment, assessment feedback and graduate aspirations.
  • Profile - individual career aspiration in context with critical research of broad contemporary interior design practices
  • Refining and editing an accessible and engaging record of studies.
  • Applying supporting study skills.
  • Advanced verbal, physical and digital presentation and communication techniques.

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.

This 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 200
Guided independent study 100
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

Students finalise their graduating course portfolio and produce a practice profile with a view to positioning their own future career aspiration.  Assessment is based on the portfolio and practice profile 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 critique and feedback 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) Demonstrate individual creative ambition, attainment and communication appropriate to a graduating interior designer. Students finalise their graduating course portfolio and produce a practice profile with a view to positioning their own future career aspiration. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
2) Contextualise and evidence individual career aspiration. Students finalise their graduating course portfolio and produce a practice profile with a view to positioning their own future career aspiration. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
3) Develop a creative, coherent and mature communication of work relevant to aspiration. Students finalise their graduating course portfolio and produce a practice profile with a view to positioning their own future career aspiration. Formatively assessed through project reviews and crits throughout the module. Summatively assessed in project work submitted at the end of the module.
4) Reference the requirements of professional practice in the portfolio and profile development. Students finalise their graduating course portfolio and produce a practice profile with a view to positioning their own future career aspiration. 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 Profile communication 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 recommended reading

Powell, D. (1990). Presentation Techniques. Little, Brown & Co.

Eissen, K. (2007). Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers. Bis Publishers

Lombard, M. (2008). SolidWorks Surfacing and Complex Shape Modeling Bible. John Wiley & Sons

Crawford, M.  (2007).  500 photoshop hints, tips and techniques: the easy, all-in-one guide to those inside secrets for better photoshop images.  Hove: RotoVision.

Dawes, B.  (2006) Analog in, digital out: Brendan Dawes on interactive design.  Berkeley: New Riders.

Derakhshani, D and Derakhshani, R.  (2007)  Introducing 3ds Max for beginners. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Niederst, J.  (2006) Web design in a nutshell.  Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media.

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