for BA (Hons) Interior Design

Year 1

Design: Spatial Investigation

This module begins a series of studio projects throughout the year that develop your abilities in the interior design process from generating ideas through to detailed resolution. You will experience the fundamental processes of design through understanding existing contexts and devising appropriate narrative and spatial proposals.

Interior Histories 1: Close Looking

Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and visits, you are introduced to chronological histories of the interior and architecture based on a thematic range of design principles that have resulted in its evolution across time and place. The module engages your abilities to look closely at the world around you, so as to develop a rich design vocabulary from both the past and the present: and to recognise different perspectives on, and experiences of built space. This will be done by developing looking and writing skills, to build up observation and investigation skills, central to both history and theory and to the design studio.

Communication Skills 1: Representing Space, Structure & Form

In this module, you will start by learning a range of traditional hand drawn orthographic techniques used in interior design – plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, axonometrics and isometrics – followed by an introduction to basic software packages, such as Photoshop and 2D CAD. These are some basic techniques of representation that will enable you to effectively communicate your interior design proposals throughout the programme, supported by the analytical mapping, modelling and visualisation techniques you are learning in the design studio. Through the study and practice of different ways of drawing, measuring and representing the characteristics of space, structure and form, you will also become familiar with design terminologies and with how to communicate to different audiences, by being both accurate and evocative.

Global Perspectives

This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and trans-disciplinary learning for all Year 1 students enrolled on Regent’s degree programmes. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages you to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, to cross the physical and intellectual borders of your degree programmes. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares you for your subsequent studies by familiarising you with the resources available to meet your lifelong learning needs.

Design: Inhabitation

This module introduces a dynamic process of investigation and analysis in design thinking and solving practical problems, whilst building on skills and consolidating techniques developed in the first term. Projects in this module will explore more complex public sites and programmes and, where appropriate, will engage with real clients in form of live projects. The projects will be located within an existing site, introducing you to survey techniques and asking you to design a scheme in response to a specific context. You will be encouraged to develop and test a design process through multiple iterations, working from initial site analysis, concept and programme development towards the complexity and detail required to inform a final proposal.

The first project ‘Designing for People’ introduces you to the knowledge and skills required to understand how the interior spaces we design affect and enhance the experience of the occupation.

Interior Histories 2: Experiencing Interiors

Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and visits, you will develop a deep understanding of the poetic and practical qualities of different interiors through history. This is done by investigating some key London domestic interiors, supported by lectures that provide a contextual history of both interior design/architecture and the development of the interior design profession.

Communication Skills 2: Digital Skills

This module builds on the drawing, digital imaging and 2D CAD skills you learnt in your previous Communication Skills module. You will study and practice more complex 2D CAD, as well as adding forms of digital imaging to explore video-based representations. You will also be introduced to the basics of digital fabrication, creating physical models from CAD and other digital files. The work is practical in nature and is designed to provide you with skills-based learning that supports and reinforces studio design work.

Year 2

Design: ReHab ReUse

In this module you will develop your explorations of how to creatively and positively intervene into existing buildings. This is the central activity of the interior designer - to work with what already exists, by adapting and transforming it for a new context and use. The site(s) and brief for the module will vary each year, with an emphasis on exploration of commercial programmes, such as retail, leisure or offices. If appropriate, the brief will be a Live Project.

Interior Theories 1: Design Philosophies

This module aims to expand your comprehension of design and the design process that positively informs your practice. Through the module, you will develop your research and analytical writing skills to also support your understanding of interior design and its practice.

You are introduced to a variety of designers’ approaches from modern and contemporary periods worldwide, so as to better understand how designers think about what they do; to critically investigate the relationships between such ideas and built results; and to assist you in beginning to develop your own design attitudes and methods. The module also explores where changing ideas about design come from, and how this generates cycles of different movements and styles.

Communication Skills 3: Rendering and 3D Modelling

This module aims to give you a range of advanced digital skills for representation and communication of interior design proposals. You will investigate the narrative details of your work in relation to an identified concept and programme, and develop an understanding of the importance of ‘storytelling’ in developing, representing and communicating design proposals. Areas include 3D digital modelling, rendering and digital fabrication techniques.

Design: Events & Exhibition

Throughout the term you will create a real-world event design that takes into account the site, context, brief, event planning and associated design elements - such as refreshment and relaxation facilities, exhibition stand design and promotional elements. You will be asked to design the end-of-year exhibition for final year students on the BA (Hons) Interior Design at Regents University London. You and your fellow students will be responsible for organising the building, installation and management of this event in the second part of the design module.

Year 3

Design: Site, Research & Initial Investigations

The whole year provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your learning, creativity and professionalism through the development of a single design project of appropriate scale and ambition. Typically students select from a given site or set of sites and develop a strategy for its redevelopment and reuse. This module concentrates on site selection, 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.

Dissertation: Research and Development

You are required to embark on an intense process of investigation, reflection, and writing in order to produce a 6,000 word illustrated dissertation. In the first semester you are required to choose and develop a research topic and immerse yourself in an area that has specific interest to you relating to an aspect of architecture, interiors, and design. This research informs the work undertaken in your Major Project, which leads to the creation of the final design project. Following the submission of a formal proposal document, you will develop a first draft of at least 3,000 words comprising an introduction, literature review and some chapter outlines.

Professional Practice 2

The module aims at building an understanding of the administrative, financial and marketing issues involved in setting up your own design business. You will have the opportunity to create a brand idea and graphic identity, aimed at different types of audiences you might encounter as a designer and develop your abilities to compete successfully in this market internationally.

Design: Major Project

This module provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your learning from the rest of the programme through the development of a single design project of appropriate scale and ambition. You will work independently to develop the design concept, programme and strategic decisions established in Term one, into complex and resolved spatial transformations within an existing context. The Major Project provides an opportunity for you to focus on your personal interest and ambitions as a designer and to create a body of work preparing you for professional practice or postgraduate studies.

Technology & Sustainability

The module aims to emphasise that technology and sustainability are integral to every aspect and at every scale of a design project, from the impact of environmental, economic and social conditions of the site on the initial design strategy and programme, to the relationship with the host building, to the materiality and construction of the proposal and down to the minute detail of the door handle.

The module focuses on the development of your understanding of important technical and legal requirements as a professional designer. Within this module you will identify and develop technological and environmental aspects of your individual design project, in order to support the design development of the Major Project from the initial design strategy to the final detailed resolution.

Final Dissertation

Building on your research, development and draft writing in your first semester, you will now complete a 6,000 word illustrated dissertation. This will include a substantial conclusion that draws themes together and answers the research questions you have set yourself. This research informs the work undertaken in Major Project Design.