Diploma of Higher Education Architectural Interior Design

Interior design courses

Aims of the programme:

The Diploma in Higher Education programme is validated by Wrexham Glyndŵr University, in partnership with and delivered by Inchbald School of Design.  The Diploma HE Architectural Interior Design constitutes level 4 and 5 (240 credits) of the BA programme.  Students completing the Diploma HE can continue and undertake level 6 for full BA (Hons) award (360 credits).

The skills and knowledge gained in undertaking this programme will be applicable, not only to the situations experienced whilst completing their studies, but also to future work opportunities. The programme aims to acknowledge students’ past and current experiences and offer an opportunity to enhance those experiences in the light of new learning. The opportunity to learn from each other is also significant in relation to co-operative and collaborative practice. Embedding theory into practice, which supports the gaining of new knowledge and skills to underpin existing experience, is a key factor for learners and employers.

  • General course information
    Validation

    Wrexham Glyndŵr University

    Length

    1 Academic Year

    Dates

    7 Jan – 22 Mar, 23 Apr – 10 July 2019 (Glyndŵr Cert Level 4),

    Please check the website for further details and fee for the Glyndŵr Certificate course or speak to Admissions regarding qualification for exemption from this level.

    9 September 2019 – January 2020 (Level 4 cont’d),

    February 2020 – September 2020 (Level 5)

     

    Days

    Monday – Friday

    Times

    10am to 4pm

    Study Type

    On Campus

    Student / Tutor Ratio

    8:1

    Location

    7 Eaton Gate, London, SW1W 9BA

    Course Director

    Alan Hughes

    Course Administrator

    Kate Radford

  • Subject Overview

    Objectives

    To develop learner’s knowledge, skills in the creative and technical aspects of interior design and in the specialist skills associated with the profession

    To promote the attainment of the skills and knowledge required to gain appropriate professional status in the design discipline

    Develop an awareness and appreciation of design in general and interior design in particular to enable students to work with confidence and skill in their future careers

    Encourage in depth design analysis

    Introduce or develop research skills in support of design training and practice

    Provide a historical context against which students can develop their ideas

    Encourage individuality and creativity in all design work

    Understand the nature of design as a problem-solving exercise and as a relationship between functional, technical and aesthetic elements

    Successfully prepare and present a finalised design solution complete with all the necessary visual material and information to communicate a scheme fully, including a well-organised verbal presentation to their client

    Make a valuable contribution within the interior design profession, or multi-disciplinary design practices; or as self-employed designers

    Be able to successfully communicate concepts at sketch design stage with freehand sketches, visual material and rationales

    Be aware of the value of research and sourcing in support of their design work.

  • Course Content

    Module Structure

    Level 4 

    Introduction to Design

    Research and Learning Skills

    Skills for Design

    Initial Design

    Level 5

    Architectural Interior Design

    Communication and Analysis

    Interior Detail and Professional Practice

    Commercial Interior Design and Structural Analysis

    Introduction to Design / Research and Learning Skills

    These two modules introduce the subject and examine learning the language of design. Developing and understanding of the differing aspects of interior design, across both spatial and decorative modes, is an essential stage to prepare students for the design projects to follow and the design development and research that will underpin them.

    Skills for Design / Initial Design

    These modules explore the design process through a residential project and explore the skills required to develop and communicate your design ideas considering a variety of audiences. You will approach visual communication through hand and computer aided drawing, development of a design solution will be progressed through initial concept sketches, orthographic drawing and the exploration of materials both hard and soft. Lectures will introduce design strategies, construction, colour, light and finishes. The development of a client brief and the collection of information to support the design is a major element of these modules.

    Architectural interior Design

    Residential design projects are delivered using increasingly complex sites and will cover space planning and structural alterations; decoration and delivery of samples, materials and furniture; planning regulations and services; the client brief, interpretation and delivery and the acquisition of design approaches that will equip students to define and deliver their solutions.

    Lectures on the roots of design, the work of key practitioners and the core knowledge, e.g. space and proportion, ergonomics, light and colour theory, sourcing and evaluation of material. Will be delivered within this module.

    Communication and Analysis

    This module addresses the critical analysis of the design process and how this can be communicated graphically through to the design solution. The process of how to design is explored through a number of differing scenarios as tutors, outside designers and clients, brief the students. An intensive graphic investigation, including hand and computer generated orthographic drawings, model making and collage develops an approach to delivery of the design scheme and the student’s individuality as a professional design communicator. Lectures on the meaning of design, research and analysis and the first steps in studio support and relevant computer aided drawing facilitate the deeper analysis of the process of design and support this module.

    Commercial Interior Design and Structural Analysis

    Projects will include retail, hospitality and commercial/public spaces in all their complexity.

    Architectural structure will be explored to facilitate knowledge, understanding and the design potential in terms of the integrity of space, materials and build. Lectures explore the ideas of retail and hospitality design with contributions from designers working in the field. Further structural information is given for larger and more complex builds as students choose their final project for exhibition. The final design project will be examined and investigated through a written dissertation.

    Interior Detail and Professional Practice

    Technical detailing underpins this module with an exploration of plumbing and bathroom design, cabinetry, upholstery and lighting design and specification. The costing processes and the production of working drawings for contractors complete the picture. Project management, CDM (construction design management) and job administration are supported by work placements during the course giving valuable experience prior to graduation.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants applying for the courses are required to come to the School for interview wherever possible.

    Students can apply to enter the programme via two routes:

    Completion of a level 4, 60 credit, Glyndŵr Certificate (duration 3 months), which runs prior to the usual September start date.  (The Glyndŵr Certificate is also available as a stand-alone qualification – please find further details on the relevant Course page).

    Students can also apply for an exemption from this Certificate level if they can evidence prior learning or prior study relevant to the course, through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) questionnaire in accordance with the University General Regulations which should be returned to the School prior to, or at, interview.

    The DipHE course is a recognised exit point and constitutes the first two levels (4 & 5) of the BA (Hons). Successful completion of these modules, that attract 240 credits, will permit progression to level 6 and completion of the BA.

    Experience in the professional/industrial field leading to attainment of similar standing to that of HE level 5 may be considered in place of the academic qualification. Two years’ experience is required and in order for the application to be considered, portfolios are required where appropriate and/or applicable.

    All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category.

  • Tuition Fees

    £29,550.00 inc VAT

  • Teaching Methods

    Studio based with lectures, workshops and tutorials.

    Faculty

    Interior Design

    Work Experience

    Applicable to this course usually organised during Easter vacation

    Career Development

    Ongoing consultation on portfolio and employment during and after the course, CV and exhibition preparation during the course

    Further study

    Successful graduates at levels 4 and 5 will be eligible for further study to complete a BA Hons at academic level 6

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