Master of Arts Architectural Interior Design Year 1 – Postgraduate DiplomaInterior design courses
Aims of the programme:
The MA programme is validated by Wrexham Glyndŵr University, in partnership and delivered by Inchbald School of Design.
Students can follow two routes: the whole MA programme or Part 1 (120 credits taught modules) followed by Part 2 (60 credit dissertation).
The MA combines a highly intensive teaching programme in Part 1 together with a tutorial based supervised study in Part 2.
The Postgraduate Diploma Course (Part 1 of the Masters programme) is an intensive professional programme enabling students to investigate more fully the impetus and consequences of their design solutions. Alongside the practical content is a more investigative emphasis that prepares students for the demands of this competitive profession or for further research. Students will approach project work through the introduction of the Survey/Analysis/Design method and will develop an approach to design through, learning to explore conceptual method and practice. Projects increase in complexity facilitating the understanding and development of the core skills of design, analysis, presentation, construction, professional practice and research methodology. Contemporary visualisation skills, hand and computer drawn, are introduced and developed throughout the programme enabling the student to prepare a portfolio that communicates a clear and practical approach to professional requirements and client need.
Students have the opportunity to investigate design theory and its impact on their work that of their peers and the wider established design community. Further explanation through lectures, seminars, workshops and site specific projects cover aesthetic and practical issues forming the basis for self-directed study and student led discussion in preparation for possible entry to Part 2, the MA programme.
Postgraduate study at Inchbald is introduced and explored through the Research Methodology module. This module investigates and elucidates issues of place, space, materials and atmosphere, as well as considering the creation of any built or designed environment through seminars and investigations instigated by staff and student contributions.
Students are encouraged to draw conclusions that inform working methods, and produce designs, which communicate authentic atmosphere, design details and decoration. They are also expected to expand on interior design sourcing or planting considerations.
Key factors to be considered are the interaction of human beings to their spaces. The resonance and performance of materials, the understanding of the sensory perception of space and the effects of movement, fashion and interpretation will be considered in depth in both the classic and contemporary context.
Postgraduate students are also required to exercise a greater degree of autonomy in their own studies; through the Personal Development Journal they will chart and analyse their own work, the areas of design they wish to pursue professionally (perhaps to Master’s level) and those issues they consider relevant to the career path they wish to follow. For PG students, the final project is a self-directed study. Site, client and brief are composed in consultation with the Course Director, but the choices and the direction of the project are student-led.
Postgraduate study at the Inchbald builds upon, but is distinctly different from, the Core Diploma. It is designed to exercise the students’ individual responses to those theoretical and philosophical issues, which require a deeper understanding of how we react to constructed space. Importantly, it explores issues that inform and expand the students’ understanding of the professions to which they have dedicated themselves.
- General course informationValidation
Wrexham Glyndŵr UniversityLength
1 Academic YearDates
Sept – JulyDays
Monday – FridayTimes
10am to 4pmStudy Type
Full Time / On CampusStudent / Tutor Ratio
7 Eaton Gate, London, SW1W 9BACourse Director
Alan HughesCourse Administrator
- Subject Overview
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
This module explores theory and conceptual development within the field of design. Taught through a series of presentations the student will react to various seminars and academic papers to trigger a wider discussion of the sensory perception of space. Our collective memory and primal responses to space will be contrasted with a more individual understanding of the environments we construct. Preparation for the written stage of the Masters programme forms part of this module with the preparation of a synopsis as consideration for dissertation.
Design Communication for Architectural Interior Design
Within the programme and in studio sessions intensive examination and practice of a wide range of alternative graphic communication skills prepares the way for later, more specialised application and development in the MA programme. Students have the opportunity to produce and compare manual graphic work with computer-generated communication using various CAD programmes such as Sketch Up, Vector works, and Photoshop software.
The module also establishes the principles of graphic composition relating to layout and the arrangement of visual presentations.
Architectural Interior Design Practice
Specialist lectures introduce a series of fundamental design issues followed by and relating closely to design projects. Intensive studio teaching sessions encourage students to comprehensively explore research and design development, appropriate to both final design and sketch scheme presentation. Students are encouraged to examine the theory delivered in lectures with respect to their own work, and to produce creative design solutions, which reflect their own response to the best principles of design. Students are encouraged to analyse the themes and ideas raised in lectures and studio with all tutors, who are aware of this strategy.
Interim presentation of projects provides a formal point for discussion and encourages critical peer involvement and self-assessment. If special support is required personal tutorials are organised with Directors, Course Leaders or specialists.
The industry contributes invaluable expertise to the course content bridging the gap between the domestic and commercial market, in a series of material and trade presentations.
Detail and Construction
The module lectures begin with the principles of building construction and structural behaviour, developing with more detailed information on domestic construction, the technical application of hard and soft finishes and the detailed installation of services. Within the programme, the principles of staircase design and an understanding of the design of built in fitments forms an intensive theoretical and practical part of the syllabus, further supported through technical assignments addressing plumbing and lighting. More specialist and applied construction studies dealing with the fabric of commercial buildings complete the module.
Research and Analysis
This module encourages spatial awareness and the analysis of site in terms of quality, character and scale from master plan to detail. Students are required to explore the geometry of spatial organisation, concept and expressive technique. Exploration of accurate survey method as the basis for design development, coupled with an interpretation of the client brief, contributes to a dynamic process of critical analysis and reflection. Historical precedence and a general overview of designs key events are also considered. Design history is taught to acquaint students with the evolution of style to support self-directed study in the relevant design field. The previous life of buildings and landscapes are therefore taken into account within the analytical process prior to design.
- Entry Requirements
Relevant previous academic qualification / interview / portfolio
Initial degree, a First or 2:1, applicants whose degree is not in the subject or cognate subject should show sufficient experience (usually 2 years) evidenced by portfolio and demonstrate at interview (this is as per the programme specification)
All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (with no individual element below 6.0).
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
£32,400.00 inc VAT
- Teaching Methods
Studio based with lectures, workshops and tutorials.Faculty
Interior DesignWork Experience
Applicable to this course usually organised during Easter vacationCareer Development
Ongoing consultation on portfolio and employment during and after the course, CV and exhibition preparation during the courseFurther study
Successful graduates will be eligible for further study at academic level 7, part 2 / dissertation stage.
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