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BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

What does the course involve?

On the online BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course our experienced tutors will guide you in developing your 3D design skills in order to improve a variety of spaces. On this undergraduate course, you will study how people interact with these spaces and decide how you can improve them so that they meet user needs.

We have start dates in February, June and October. The next start date for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design is 16th February 2015. You can apply online for future start dates at any time.

You will be guided through a number of practical tasks, including technical drawing by hand and using CAD software. By engaging in various theory based activities you will learn how to articulate your ideas in a professional manner. You will learn through a combination of individual tutorials within your personal online studio, group discussions within our forum pages and independent study.

Our tutors offer unlimited one-to-one support from enrolment to graduation. By the end of your degree, you will be equipped with the skills you need to enter the interior architecture industry and begin to build a career.

As the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree is awarded by the University of Hertfordshire, you will be eligible to become a student member of the British Institute of Designers (BIID). When you achieve a BA, you will be able to join as Associate Members on level 3 of the BIID Professional Pathway, paving the way to becoming a BIID registered Interior Designer.

Subject to minimum cohort numbers being reached you can choose from full-time, part-time or accelerated study modes on all BA (Hons) courses. Find out more about the different modes of study .

Download the Programme Specification for detailed information about the course or read on to find out more about what is involved in each of the three levels of study and for descriptions of each module.

Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education

Study at Level 4 aims to introduce you to the fundamental skills needed in the interior architecture and design industry. Modules at this level are designed to equip you with a range of skills including the use of CAD, Illustrator and Photoshop to create 3D models but also developing your drawing techniques and maquette building abilities. You will also be introduced to the basic design process which will enable you to undertake investigation and analysis.

The comprehensive course materials will introduce you to the limitless use of physical and digital materials and how they, and existing environments, can be used to explore the potential use of space.

Set briefs– such as designing a kitchen based on your individual proportions, a multipurpose table and chair, and an exhibition stand for a lighting company - will introduce you to architectural terms and orthographic drawing techniques; these are fundamental if you wish to communicate and present your work successfully in the design industry. This will be particularly important when completing a set brief focused on the physical making, prototyping and the testing of your designs.

You will also be encouraged to examine critically how people occupy and use their environment to further your understanding of how places are designed for people.

Level 4 Module Descriptions

Design Studio 1: Anatomy of Space

The study of Interior Architecture and Design is concerned with the objects and spaces that make up our everyday lives.

This module will concentrate on developing your ability to understand how people occupy and use their environment and how the basis for the creation of good interior architecture is centred on the design of spaces for people.

For your summative assessment, you will design a cube home for a family of four. You will consider how the interior space available can be organised and how the three dimensions can be utilised to establish a series of creative and functional spaces.

Communication 1: Visual Thinking

During this module you will study different ways of drawing, measuring and communicating the characteristics of material space and form. You will be introduced to architectural terms and orthographic drawing techniques and begin to develop skills in translating these into spatial configurations.

You will explore and develop these skills through the completion of your summative assessment. The summative assessment involves the creation of a contemporary kitchen and dining space, considering spatial layout, colour, materials, light fittings and furniture selection.

Design Studio 2: Learning to Design

This module will introduce you to the basics of the design process. This module will enable you to undertake a process of investigation and analysis before engaging with a specific design brief.

Your brief will require you to create a retreat that provides inspiration for a poet, enabling you to test the creative possibilities of unexpected juxtapositions by designing spaces for both living and working. You will be given the freedom to create a profile for your own client and tailor the brief as appropriate. However you will be required to justify every design decision by referring it to your hypothetical client.

This brief will require you to adapt an existing location by exploring the potential for organising and manipulating materials, activities and space to improve the existing environment.

Technology 1: Introducing Materiality

This module will introduce you to the almost limitless use of materials, both physical and digital, in design. Through research and case studies you will explore the work of other interior architects and designers to gain an insight into how structural and constructural elements which were once considered mundane can be used alongside contemporary thinking on materiality to create innovative and accomplished designs.

Your summative assessment will involve the design and creation of a vessel. This vessel will be designed to hold an object which has significant value to you, giving you an opportunity to be creative. Having designed your vessel, you will choose the materials from which it is to be constructed and then create a 3D model using Photoshop. However, you will not be producing the vessel you have designed. Your design will be constructed by one of your fellow students and you will be making theirs. This exercise is designed to introduce you to physical making, prototyping and testing some of the skills integral to interior architecture and design.

Communication 2: Digital Skills

During this module you will study different ways of drawing, measuring and communicating the characteristics of material space and form. You will be introduced to architectural terms and orthographic drawing techniques and begin to develop skills in translating these into spatial configurations.

You will explore and develop these skills through the completion of your summative assessment. The summative assessment involves the creation of a contemporary kitchen and dining space, considering spatial layout, colour, materials, light fittings and furniture selection.

Critical and Cultural Studies

Critical and Cultural Studies at Level 4 will encourage you to reflect on the relation between art, photography, design, media histories and cultures and your own creative practice. Links to external sources and support materials will familiarise you with academic writing requirements and develop your skills in critical analysis. A series of activities will give you the opportunity to practice your skills in academic writing and receive feedback before you complete the final brief.

Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education

Level 5 of the course enables you to explore opportunities for increasing specialisation within the field of interior architecture and design. At this level of study you will be given the opportunity to acquire the skills of professional practice and develop as an individual creative practitioner

At this level, you will be encouraged to cultivate the personal skills that are important when working in a professional capacity such as communication and self-management.

In addition course materials will allow you to further develop the digital skills associated with the realisation of interior environments. Set briefs will challenge you to develop inventive and appropriate approaches to the detailed working and transformation of existing spaces, both temporary and permanent. Briefs include designing a retail environment for a Scandinavian shoe company, the creation of a blog showcasing the development of a piece of furniture and designing a workspace for a packaging design agency.

You will continue to develop your computer visualisation skills through the application of texture, lighting and sourcing of furniture. In addition you will be introduced to external factor that impact interior architecture and design such as sustainability and designing for destruction.

Level 5 Module Descriptions

Design Studio 3: Close Up

This module sets the framework to enable you to develop inventive and appropriate approaches to the detailed reworking and transformation of existing built spaces. Your brief will focus on the design of a retail environment, namely, a shop. You will

conduct research into how a shop functions and how retail design differs from other types of design. In addition, you will explore how the existing site influences our approach to a space and how our design influences the existing site. The brief also requires you to consider the technology of retail design and how this is used by your client and their customers.

Communication 3: Digital Skills 2

This module is concerned with developing a range of digital communication skills which are supportive of the core skills, such as drawing, that you have been developing to date.

You will create a blog in which you will document the process of creating an animation of a piece of furniture that you believe is significant within the realms of interior architecture. In doing so, you will explore the concept of narrative as a form of ‘storytelling’ about design, as both a process and an end result. This is designed to develop several methods of notation, annotation and documentation to enable you to produce a personal critique of a design. You will also be required to communicate your design idea through a presentation, further developing the skills needed to work successfully in the Interior Architecture and Design industry.

Technology 2: Detail

This module examines how spaces function physically in terms of planning and circulation. You will be required to apply these principles to the design of an office, for a small design company who specialise in creative packaging solutions, carefully balancing the needs of multiple people. In doing so, you will explore the site, not merely as a space but as a deep manipulation of surfaces, structure and construction which integrates functional, environmental and expressive roles.

You will also be required to consider technology within this workplace and to integrate this into your design proposal. The application of texture, lighting and the sourcing of specific pieces of furniture will form part of the development of your computer visualisation skills.

Design Studio 4: Inside Out

This module considers the range of possibilities available to interior architects from temporary installations and events based work to more permanent realisations. Here, we explore how Interior Architecture and Design can create an invigorating and relevant social space. You will be required to draw out conceptual ideas from a study of specific historical, social and physical aspects of this concept. You will collate visual and textual research in order to establish a response to a range of contemporary design issues and will use these to drive your strategic thinking.

The module brings together aspects from previous studies and you will be required to integrate the knowledge and skills you have already learnt. You will be required to adopt a position that demonstrates your personal attitude and approach towards the discipline of Interior Architecture and Design whilst creating something that is relevant on a far larger scale.

Professional Development 1: Preparing for Industry

This module is designed to develop digital skills associated with the realisation of interior and spatial environments, both physical and virtual. You will be given the opportunity to explore the interface between the digital and physical structures. The module offers the opportunity to further develop IT skills for the publication and communication of design ideas and solutions.

Critical and Cultural Studies

At this level you will be introduced to critical theories and methodologies relevant to your own discipline. You will learn how to critically engage with others’, in addition to your own practice. The use of links and references to external sources as integral part of the learning materials, will introduce you to independent research. Tutors’ feedback will support you in the choice of research topic for the final brief.

Level 6 BA (Hons)

Level 6 of the course is described as the ‘portfolio level’; the emphasis at this level being on building a portfolio of work in preparation for entering the design profession.

Students will have the opportunity to enter national design competitions and will work to a series of professional briefs. You will also be able to negotiate personal projects in order to develop your own personal creativity.

As this is your final level of study, before you begin to practice professionally, you will also acquire the self-promotional and marketing skills necessary to establish contacts, work experience and employment within the industry.

When you graduate, you will have developed an individual approach to the field of interior architecture and design, be confident in your own aesthetic and design judgements, and have the skills to market yourself and your work within the creative industries.

Level 6 Module Descriptions

Design Studio 5: Generator

The central activity of Interior Architecture and Design involves the use of design to adapt, transform and improve existing buildings and spaces through enabling new uses and experiences.

In this module you will investigate how Interior Architecture and Design can take on a truly transformational role by undertaking the design of a residential property in line with the requirements set by a specific client.

For this brief you are asked to design an environment based upon food. You will develop your own research and project development programme which will typically include three elements: a research investigation and analysis, a process of experimentation and testing and an outline design proposal, suitable to be taken through to detailed design development, resolution and communication.

Critical and Cultural Studies L6: Degree Essay/ Report (Design)

Designers are informed practitioners. Designers engage critically with their discipline, its history, ideas which inform it and how it is likely to evolve in the future. This module will enable you to conduct an in depth study of an aspect of design culture of your choosing, with the emphasis on the analysis of appropriate social, cultural, economic, technical, historical and aesthetic issues relevant to your chosen topic and your creative work.

In this module you will be able to bring your own interests into your work. Your independent research will be supported through discussion with your peers in the forums and other support materials. You will also develop skills in research, organisation and planning and critical analysis.

The assessed element of this module consists of a 6,000 word essay or negotiated equivalent.

Technology 3: Contemporary Technologies

This module aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of technical principles and methods which inform design development. This module provides the opportunity for self-initiated exploration of thematic cutting edge technologies relating to spatial practices explored in the studio projects.

Innovative design is a result of mixing established knowledge with an element of one's own invention. The module aims to creatively engage with building technology and environmental considerations as part of an emergent design process.

In this project you are asked to design an interior element which exploits the Digital Fabrication techniques of Laser or CNC Cutting. The element is to be considered as an interior feature within your project for the module Design Studio 5: Generator.

Professional Development 2: Professional Practice and Employability

Throughout the module you will acquire the self promotional and marketing skills necessary to establish contacts, work experience and employment within the Interior Architecture and Design industry. In addition, this module will introduce you to legislation, tax issues and grants; all factors that should be considered by those considering careers as freelance designers, business owners or those who are looking towards international employment.

This module will encourage you to develop digital and physical promotional packs, create case studies and produce a report and presentation detailing your design inspirations. On completion of this module you should have an insight into where your individual practice fits into the wider environment of the world at work. You will be able to approach the working world with the confidence, clarity and authority needed to find success in the Interior Architecture and Design Industry.

Design Studio 6: Augment

AUGMENT: COMBINE, ADD TO, TO INCREASE AND IMPROVE SOMETHING. This module focuses on the development of a personal major project that is closely connected with design research and technological investigations. This project will be a significant part of your portfolio and is intended to indicate your readiness for professional practice or postgraduate study. At this level of study you will also be expected to demonstrate an independent and professional approach to your project, in terms of your approach to time and project management and the presentation of your work at the conclusion of the module.

As you will be expected to develop your own project programme in agreement with your tutors, you will be able to tailor your project to your own practice. Your project will use critical and creative analysis to transform and improve an existing environment.

Your chosen sites should be of sufficient complexity to enable you to demonstrate your ability to integrate the different aspects of designing across practical, professional and expressive requirements.

Source: idesigni.co.uk
Category: Architecture

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