BA (Hons) Architectural Interior Design

Dates: dates on application, 10 – 4pm

Length: Full-Time, Taught over 3 semesters

Course Director: Alan Hughes MA

Location: 7 Eaton Gate, London SW1W 9BA

Course Contact: Kate Radford, Tel: 020 7730 5508

Fee: £30,858.00 inc VAT. An Instalment Plan is available, please ask the Course Administrator.

Aims of the programme:

The skills and knowledge 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.

For many applicants, the intensive nature of the course is the main consideration and this point is emphasised and clarified at interview.

The aims of the programme are to:

    • develop learners knowledge, skills in the creative and technical aspects of interior design and in the specialist skills associated with the profession
    • 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 / Modules

Design 1

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.

Communication and Design 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 students 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.

Design 2: Commercial 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.

Construction, Detail and Job Administration

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.

After graduation

Students are supported through the programme and beyond as they move into the professional arena. Building on the work experience undertaken during the course, in the Easter break, students are counselled in how to prepare for interview, deliver a portfolio and approach employers. Jobs, internships and further work experience allow students to decide where they fit within the industry and how they might progress. Graduating Inchbald BA students will be able to call on this service throughout their careers.

Enrolment / Application

Students wishing to undertake the BA (Hons) Architectural Interior Design programme will be expected to have completed the appropriate Inchbald Diploma in Architectural Interior Design (level 5) or equivalent Level 5 qualification from another HE provider, supported by an RPEL application, in order to be admitted to the programme.

Applicants applying for the courses are required to come to the School for interview wherever possible. Applicants are required to complete a questionnaire as part of the application form, which should be returned to the School prior to, or at, interview. Explanatory documentation, such as a portfolio, should accompany the questionnaire to provide a more detailed background. This is designed to enable the School to make an informed decision.

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 listed above. 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 is required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 (with no individual element below 5.5).

Students must provide two references, preferably one from an academic referee together with original certificates and transcripts of their prior qualifications.

Those applying on experience and/or portfolio need to provide a further reference from an employer / colleague detailing the extent and scope of their experience within the professional arena.

Once the application form and interview process is completed satisfactorily, prospective students are offered a place. The courses are filled on a first come first served basis and waiting lists are introduced as necessary.

For those applying for enrolment on University validated courses, please note that the fee is due at the time of application and will only be refunded if the application is unsuccessful. This fee will not be liable for refund if the enrolled student subsequently requests withdrawal from the course regardless of the duration of study time already completed.

This course is validated by Wrexham Glyndŵr University.


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