Interior design is a discipline which encompasses many different aspects. It is essentially the study of designing spaces, which are occupied by humans, based on successful creative solutions. You will learn how to think creatively, how to problem solve, all the way through to learning about the importance of practical and functional requirements. As interior design covers such a broad and diverse variety of types, consequently the study of it needs to cover areas from residential design, retail design, commercial design to hotel design. You will learn how to execute all stages of an interior design project from the concept stage, to schematic design, to detailed design stage. By the time you have completed your studies you will have a portfolio which will help in securing the job you always wished for!
The course provides an intensive design curriculum, with the ultimate aim to teach and guide you through all the core aspects of interior design. The main design studios offer you the creative opportunity to study a variety of interior situations. Alongside the design studios are numerous supporting modules, aimed at fine tuning your technical skills. In your first year modules are concentrated on teaching the fundamentals of design and in order to express your ideas visually you will be taught various different techniques such as Photoshop and Illustrator for compositional layouts to advanced 3D rendering and animation software.
Basic skills such as sketching and perspective drawing are also taught in the first year. After the first year there will be more advanced areas, such as environmental lighting and budget and costing, culminating in the final term of an internship period, where students discover what it is really like to work as an interior designer.
Graduates of interior design will typically begin their working careers as junior designers within a design or architecture company. The skills that you have learnt as a student will certainly be put into practical use now. Whilst gaining valuable experience through working on projects you will soon discover where your real passion lies, and which particular aspect within interior design you favour most. Perhaps you like the challenge of working on large office projects, or you may find that you prefer a more personal touch required for residential projects. Interior design is a career which can take you anywhere in the world, and the beauty of this subject is that it is something that can truly enhance, and better the world which we live in.
Bachelor Degree In Interior DesignBA (Hons) Interior Design
DE1071 - COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE
This level 6 module is designed to give students the opportunity to combine and integrate the core design principles already embedded as part of the previous taught modules. The practical design project will be an appropriately selected design competition, collaborative project or staff initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved commercial design solution in response to an increasingly complex brief. Students will be challenged to consider and develop strategies related to personal design philosophy, brand, manufacture, materials and processes, construction and technology, ergonomics and lighting in producing a resolved interior design solution. Learning will be studio based and delivered via demonstration and practice with directed and independent learning. Assessment is through a portfolio of 2D and 3D design work.
DE1072 - DESIGN PROPOSITION
This level 6 module will provide the platform for the student to build their research knowledge base in readiness for the self directed final project. It will deal with establishing or identifying the final project proposition and selecting and researching an appropriate site. It will also enable the student to build upon their current knowledge of precedence, materials, finishes, detailing etc. upon finalising the proposition. Ultimately it will result in the development of the brief for the main design project and in turn establish parameter or agenda’s to work within. Learning will be studio based and delivered via lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed and independent learning. Assessment is through an appropriately presented extended written document
DE1073 - ADVANCED INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE THROUGH DEVELOPMENT
This level 6 module allows the student to demonstrate their comprehensive understanding of the design process through a complex final self determined project proposed by the student in Module DE1072. The student will reflect upon experience to date to demonstrate the creative, professional, analytical and intellectual ability that will enable them to practice Interior Design in various areas and disciplines of the Industry. The self determined project brief will research and develop key themes such as; design, site, brand, sustainability, technologies, construction, customer, user experience and the future. Learning will be studio and workshop based and delivered via demonstration and practice with directed and independent learning. Assessment is through a portfolio of 2D and 3D design work.gn problems.
DE1074 - ADVANCED INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE TO MANUFACTURE
This level 6 module is designed to provide a platform for the student to demonstrate their understanding and skills in communicating a resolved interior design solution. Responding to module DE1073 students will further develop design intentions through various methods of communication including, modeling [both computer generated and physical], verbal and continued drawn design development. Students will be required to demonstrate how design solutions are realised through the use of 2D and 3D communication, to industry level, that enables clear communication and dialogue with clients, construction firms and manufacturers. Learning will be studio, workshop and laboratory based and delivered via demonstration and practice with directed and independent learning. Assessment is through a portfolio of 2D and 3D design work.
DE1075 - INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
This level 6 module is designed to provide the student with a preparation for professional design practice, from design brief to construction stage. The module will further build upon the student’s experience of project management delivered within design project modules and will cover the main areas of professional practice, which include: Management of a construction project, needs of the client, administration of contract and the impact of projects on the management of a practice. Assessment is through two written assignments dealing with key issues related to design project work and future employment.
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INTERIOR DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND THEORY
To provide the students with basic knowledge and skills of design principles and theory this will enable them to create abstract design using 3D-models. Following the study of abstract fundamentals of space and form in interior design principles, students will utilize these principles for the planning of interior spaces. Emphasis will be on planning for spatial harmony combining geometric concepts of space and form with fundamentals design principles and planning standards.
To provide the students with the knowledge and skills to use drawing as a mean of communicating ideas and projects. Familiarize students with a range of freehand drawing and rendering techniques, as a means of communicating ideas and thoughts effectively. A series of hands-on exercises enable students to gain experience and confidence in visual communication. Students are encouraged to explore and experiment with various rendering skills and art media.
The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand the application of architectural graphic conventions and drafting techniques. Architectural drafting as means of graphic communication will be examined in this module. Through lecturers, demonstrations and practical exercises students will be able to produce interior architectural drawings.
INTERIOR COLOUR APPLICATION
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to understand the introduction to the basic colour theories and colour design principles. The module emphasis on the study of properties and visual phenomena in the field of interior design using colour application. Students will develop and apply different colour theories for residential and commercial spaces.
The unit will help the student to reflect and analyse upon the interaction between design and associated cultural and social values. To provide the participants with the contextual knowledge to enable them to describe and appreciate historical, cultural, social and economic factors which have impacted upon 20th century design practices. The second part of the subject will focus on the development of design within the 20th century and future trends.
COMPUTURE GRAPHIC SKILLS
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to understand and use basic graphic software in order to create and edit images and layouts. The process of learning will demand the use of appropriate software available in the working market such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Power Point (or equivalent). The emphasis will be to develop skills to produce 2-D presentation layout.
PRESENTATION DRAWING 1
The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to communicate conceptual design through the use of three dimensional drawings and through various rendering techniques. This module will also strengthen students understanding of visual presentation used in Interior Design. Colour rendering using different mixed-media will be used.
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
To provide the students with the knowledge and skills to develop problem solving and creativity as a mean of communicating ideas and design projects. The student will be exposed to paradigm shifts in thinking and apply lateral thinking techniques to real and fictional problems. The emphasis will be on critical skills and problem solving exercises. Students will have to complete practical exercises and integrate problem solving in their design projects.
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to work in computer two- dimensional (2D) drawing environment, using AutoCAD as main drawing software tool. The student must apply the technical drawing knowledge achieved in architectural drafting, learning to adapt them into the computer aided design platform in order to be able to express orthogonal graphic projection drawings in CAD, keeping the same standards of drawing codes (line-weights, symbols, etc) and qualities for expressing any possible project. Knowledge of computer graphic skills is also mandatory due to the module’s nature as introduction to students into the computer working environment.
INTERIOR MATERIALS AND FINISHES
To provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the world of Interior materials and finishes. The student will be exposed to different materials for interior surfaces. A critical understanding of sustainable design and ecological issues related to materials will be discussed and analyzed. Students will learn how to select and apply appropriate materials and finishes for different interior spaces such as residential and commercial projects.
PRESENTATION DRAWING 2
Following Presentation Drawing 1 the module provides the students with the knowledge and skills to develop the ability to communicate conceptual design through the use of tree dimensional drawings and through renderings techniques. This module further strengthens the student basic understanding of rendering concepts and techniques, focusing on more complex perspective drawing and advanced color rendering techniques.
DESIGN STUDIO 1
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to be able to analyze and develop interior spaces for typical residential projects. Following the study of abstract fundamentals of space and form in Interior Design, Principles and Theory module, students will utilize these principles for the planning of interior spaces. Emphasis will be on planning for specific human needs, combining geometric concepts of space and form with pragmatic fundamentals and planning standards.
Following the module 2D-CAD the module will provide the student with knowledge and skills to work in computer three-dimensional (3D) drawing environment, use AutoCAD & Sketch Up as main drawing software tool. This will be done through practical exercises, lectures, demonstrations and examples. Students will learn to work from two-dimensional to three-dimensional drawing environment. Student will apply their knowledge of the software to build furniture and interior spaces. Color and materials will be applied as well to the models. The students are expected to create professional interior design presentations.
BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND CONSTRUCTION
To provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand heavy construction materials, components and systems, including wood, steel, and concrete. Students will research and understand concrete foundations, floors, walls, load bearing masonry, and roof framing. The module will define the installation of doors, windows, stairwells, and interior finishes. Students also produce working drawings related to the subjects.
DESIGN STUDIO 2
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to conceptualize design solutions related to commercial projects (restaurant, retail and/or office). In this module a minimum of 2 projects will be developed – advanced restaurant design and their specialized requirements and thematic concepts; retail related subjects such as store environment, exterior store design and merchandising and or ergonomic requirements and office work environment.
CONSTRUCTION STUDIES I
Following Building Materials and Construction module, this module introduces interior construction details. The module provides students with the knowledge and skills of millwork conventional detailing. Standard reference drawing systems shall be applied to construction detail drawings. Simple sets of construction drawings with carefully coordinated and interrelated groupings of individual graphic components will be created to develop the basic fundamentals for detailing.
COMPUTER RENDERING AND ANIMATION
Following 3D CAD the module provides the students with the knowledge and skills to use 3D Studio Max** software. This will be done through practical exercises, lectures, demonstrations and examples. The students will be working in computer 3- dimensional drawing environment. The student must apply the knowledge to create 3D Virtual models to be used for design presentation as well as animation. The students will develop the correct skills to express their design ideas and convert them into the 3D virtual world. The knowledge and skills attained in this module will help them to create professional interior design presentations.
The students will be exposed to technical information to provide them with necessary knowledge related to lighting design and its use in the practice of Interior lighting. The emphasis of this module will be on the specifications of lighting fixtures and basic calculation according to usages of spaces such as residential and commercial.
CONSTRUCTION STUDIES 2
Following by Construction Studies 1, this module further integrates interior construction details and drawings related to commercial projects. Students will continue to examine working drawing production and techniques, and will be encouraged to do external field research. Environmental systems such as electrical planning, plumbing systems, air-conditioning distribution and security such as sprinkler systems in building will be studied. The principles of acoustic in buildings will be introduced. The project done by the students in Design Studio 2 will be used to develop into a set of construction drawings.
FURNITURE HISTORY, DESIGN AND APPLICATION
To introduced the students to furniture design, history of furniture and construction techniques for furniture. Students will research and analyze furniture through history. They will understand the social and technical aspects considering the function of the furniture. The emphasis of this module will allow the students to understand the specific properties of the materials used, and their ways of being manufactured. Finally students will design a simple piece of furniture.
ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
This unit covers key aspects of research and communication studies in academic contexts relevant to students of design and marketing. Students engage in collaborative learning activities throughout the term in order to develop their teamwork skills. Students learn to locate, understand and critically evaluate information from books, journals, the Internet and primary sources in order to do effective research. Using these sources of information, students then produce an extended piece of analytical writing and give oral presentations to their peers. Skills in doing primary research (i.e. conducting focus groups and surveys), accessing and evaluating information, paraphrasing, using established referencing systems, applying the principles of effective communication and the professional presentation of documents are all covered during the module.
DESIGN STUDIO 3
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to work independently to develop advanced design projects such as; exhibition, stage, institutional or hospitality. The module aims that students will be able of proving their capacities as interior designers by analyzing the criteria of specific projects and relating it coherently with a feasible design proposal.
BUDGET,COSTING AND DOCUMENTATION
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to develop budget estimation and actual pricing for interior design projects. Students will learn how to forecast cost and detailed estimate. They will be working with simple mathematical formulas to complex formulas to obtain the correct data of areas and volumes. The emphasis will also be on how to deal the direct and indirect cost and overheads, and will help them to provide a realistic cost conscious design fit for their future client’s budget. The students will be exposed to the different types of contracts and procedures during the construction phases of a project. This module also include an introduction to Codes and Regulations.
The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop the ability to communicate conceptual interior design through the use of a portfolio. This module will further strengthen the student understanding of the importance of visual presentation used in a design portfolio. Through lecturers, demonstrations and practical exercises students will be able to produce a marketable portfolio.
To provide the students with knowledge and skills to understand and address the fundamental requirements to set an interior design practice. Emphasis will be in understanding various issues in operating an office such as: marketing interior design services; preparing fee proposal, dealing professionally with the clients, consultants, builders and suppliers. The module will also introduce the code of ethics, law and professional responsibility to the clients and to the general public. Professional practice is the management of the procurement, design, production and contract administration of a project within a design office.
To provide the students with the practice and experience of working in a design company for a period between 24 to 40 days. It will allow the student to draw on their knowledge and skills when they investigate a workplace. It exposes them to the ways that professionals deploy their knowledge and skills. The student will have to report to the coordinator of the module and write a report on his working experience.