Introductory Course in Interior Design and Decoration, 21 - 24 May 2018

Postgraduate Diploma Architectural Interior Design (MA Part 1)

Dates: Sept 2018 – July 2019, 10am – 4pm

Length: Part 1: Postgraduate, Full-time, 1 academic year / 2 trimesters
(successful completion of trimester 1 equals PG Cert)
(successful completion of trimester 2 equals PG Dip)

Course Director: Alan Hughes MA

Location: 7 Eaton Gate, London SW1W 9BA

Course Contact: Kate Radford, Tel: 020 7730 5508

Fee Part 1: £30,858.00 inc VAT. An Instalment Plan is available, please ask the Course Administrator.

Entry Requirements: A first degree, either at first or upper second level or relevant experience (2 years minimum), supported by a portfolio and RPEL/RPL application.

All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria are required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (with no individual element below 6.0).

Postgraduate Diploma Architectural Interior Design (Master of Arts, Year 1)

The course aims to help you to:

  • develop an understanding of design as it relates to the domestic and commercial interior together with the capability to present design ideas visually, verbally and in written form
  • evaluate site and functional constraints and evolve design solutions through critical analysis and research
  • develop spatial awareness, the capability to organise space with a knowledge and understanding of ergonomics and ability to handle interior decorative elements
  • Develop a portfolio demonstrating your skills and your design approach

Throughout the course you will develop skills in the following modules:


You will study how to organise complex spaces with multifunctional uses, in relationship to the particular requirements of a client. Through a variety of domestic and commercial projects, you will be expected to support your design concepts by a sophisticated handling of the core elements of scale, light, form, colour and texture, and maintain a record of design development work showing how you achieved your goals. Verbal presentations and critique sessions take place in studio. In addition, you will need to maintain a critical diary through all assignments in which you identify, describe and evaluate your design rationale and progress throughout the course..

Design analysis

This module encourages spatial awareness and the analysis of site in terms of quality, character and scale. You will 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 and the development of alternative solutions through loose freehand graphic overlays. This is further considered by the use of diagrammatic assessments of tasks and the space needed to carry them out in conjunction with analysis of survey, circulation and ergonomics. Intensive studio tuition is the best method of promoting analysis and you are encouraged to keep a record of your progress through each design assignment to be submitted for assessment alongside the finished project. You also develop a methodical approach to the evaluation of alternative schemes which informs and confirms the final design solution. Precedence study and the evaluation of like situations contribute to the analytical approach alongside the investigation of issues of feasibility that crucially inform the creation of any spatial design.

Graphics and communication

Within the programme and in studio drawing 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 Master of Arts programme. You will have the opportunity to produce and compare manual graphic work with computer generated communication using Vectorworks software. The module also establishes the basic principles of graphic composition relating to layout and the arrangement of visual presentations.

Research methodology

This module is introduced and delivered to both interior and garden design students. You will be introduced to research strategy and practice, the Inchbald library and other important reference libraries, the use of IT in research and the identification of primary and secondary research resources. You will be required to undertake two written pieces of coursework – a research report exercise and a proposal exercise linked to the thesis, which will form the basis for completing the Master of Arts programme. You will explore, through seminars and other written assignments, the methods used to express and evaluate findings and conclusions as a direct result of analysis of design and design writing. You are also required to critically analyse and reflect upon your work, the work of other designers, presenting written reports in standard academic formats. Analysis of the peer group, renowned practitioners, or critics and commentators is expected to evidence clear results in your own work. Preparation of research on design projects and exploration of subjects in preparation for possible consideration at Master of Arts level make up part of this module. Through a Personal Development Plan, which you keep throughout the year, you maintain an ongoing discussion with the course director, which assists and determines the self-directed scope of your work.

Construction/Job Administration

In this module you will explore 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. You will also study the principles of staircase design and an understanding of the design of built-in fitments. More specialist and applied construction studies dealing with the fabric of commercial buildings complete the module. The understanding of constructional issues informs and exposes what is possible in interior design terms and it is crucial to comprehend the constraints and regulations with regards to the alteration of the built environment.

Also covered is an introduction to the processes relating to job administration covering contract management, planning and legal issues, and the control of quality built into a design contract through the specification and scheduling of all elements relevant to the scheme proposal. The process of on-site management including site supervision, site meetings, and the co-ordination of the contractor and consulting professionals is considered and debated.

Postgraduate Diploma Architectural Interior Design – teaching methods and entry requirements

Places are strictly limited to ensure that you gain close working relationships with the teaching staff. You will be supported in studio at a ratio of 8 or 9:1.

Entry requirements are as follows: first degree, generally at a first or upper second level which could be in a non-design subject; or aged over 25 with relevant experience, to be assessed. The Postgraduate course is open to students enrolled on the Diploma course and runs concurrently with it.

All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria are required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (with no individual element below 6.0).

If you are interested in the Postgraduate Architectural Interior Design (Master of Arts, Year 1), please contact the Course Administrator to arrange an interview with the Course Director.

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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