Module
Descriptions

for BA (Hons) Interior Design

Year 1

Communication Skills 1

This module introduces the skills that you will need to communicate interior design proposals throughout the programme. Areas include model-making, drawing, digital imaging, presentation techniques, surveying, orthographic drawings and two-dimensional computer drafting.

Global Perspectives

 This is a new, university-wide module for first-year students. It is not subject-specific and includes a range of inspiring and exciting presentations, performances, keynote addresses, simulations and experiments that are led by internal and external experts and reflect the University’s values. You will discuss topics and undertake activities and creative tasks in cross-disciplinary groups facilitated by academic staff. The module features a strong emphasis on self-assessment and reflective learning.

Interior Design Principles 1

This module introduces the fundamental interior design principles of ordering, proportion, materials, and structure. You will experiment and learn through a series of practical three-dimensional design projects, researching design precedents and testing ideas through model-making to develop your understanding, ideas, and proposals.

Interior Design Principles 2

This module introduces principles for the use of colour and light in the design process. You will experiment and learn through a series of practical three-dimensional design projects, researching design precedents and testing ideas through model-making to develop your understanding, ideas, and proposals.

Interior Design Principles 3

This module explores the principles of concept, form, function and ergonomics and the development of a small scale interior scheme. You will experiment and learn through a series of practical three-dimensional design projects, researching design precedents and testing ideas through model-making to develop your understanding, ideas, and proposals.

Interior Design Principles 4

This module will develop your understanding of the physical materials used in interior design projects, how they are sourced and how they can be applied as interior finishes. You will undertake a series of research projects that explore these issues and develop a portfolio of work. The module also explores sustainability issues and how the use of certain materials affects accessibility.

Interior Histories

This module looks at the historical development of the interior, its design and contexts. You will explore a thematic range of design principles that have evolved across time and place, through readings on architecture and interiors, site visits, sketching, lectures and group seminars. The work is theoretical in nature and you will learn to research, analyse and produce written outcomes and presentations, supported by a range of visual material.

Year 2

Communication Skills 2

This module introduces further methods for communicating interior design proposals effectively. You will explore sketch perspectives, digital imaging and rendering, presentation technique, and three-dimensional computer modelling.

Interior Design Practice 1

This module looks at how to define and organise interior space within a real building. The module introduces site analysis, conceptual approaches, the organisation of spatial configurations and the development of planning proposals. You will experiment through a series of practical three-dimensional design projects, researching design precedents and testing ideas to develop your understanding, ideas and proposals.

Interior Design Practice 2

In this module, you will begin to apply interior design principles to a series of projects situated within real buildings. You will look in particular at large-scale design proposals that consider materials, finishes and detail, producing models and drawings at scales from 1:20 through to full size.

Interior Design Study

This module involves the intensive study of a particular aspect of interior design that interests you, in agreement with your tutor. The module is introduced and developed through a lecture series, with work reviewed at weekly group tutorial sessions. It offers an opportunity to explore what you have learnt so far in developing your own interior design proposal, prior to your final major design project.

Interior Theories

This module looks at theoretical, philosophical and ethical ways of thinking about buildings, spaces and objects through a range of themes that will assist you to develop and discuss your design work with greater sophistication. You will explore how buildings, spaces and objects may be understood in new ways from different theoretical perspectives, and develop the research and analytical writing skills necessary for your final-year dissertation.

Year 3

Dissertation

This is the third and final Histories and Theories module of the programme. Drawing on the skills learned in Interior Histories and Interior Theories, you will embark on an intense process of investigation, reflection and writing in order to produce a 6,000 word dissertation on an aspect of architecture, interiors or design that particularly interests you. This research informs the work undertaken in Major Project: Feasibility, which leads to the creation of the final design project.

Major Design Project Feasibility

This is the first of two modules that form your final design project. In conjunction with the Major Design Project and Dissertation modules, it offers the opportunity to demonstrate your learning through a single design project of appropriate scale and ambition. You will develop a strategy the redevelopment and reuse of a selected site, looking at site analysis, feasibility and concept development leading to the development of a brief for a suitable building programme. This brief is then developed into a three-dimensional organisational and conceptual strategy for the building.

Major Design Project

This is the final studio design project of the BA (Hons) Interior Design programme. Following on from your work on the Feasibility module, you will concentrate on developing the design  detail for part of the proposed building. This will involve selecting and specifying materials, colours and finishes, and preparing drawings and models at 1:20 and above for exhibition at the end-of-year show.

Portfolio and Professional Studies

This is the final communication skills module of the programme. You will learn how to create a brand image and market yourself as an interior designer, developing the communication skills necessary for successful employment. You will prepare a comprehensive portfolio of the work you have completed throughout the programme and undergo mock job interviews. You will also look the basics of business practice for the interior design industry, including areas such as working in or setting up a design practice, job running and contractual issues.