Diploma of Higher Education Architectural Interior DesignInterior 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 informationValidation
Wrexham Glyndŵr UniversityLength
1 Academic YearDates
19 April – 7 July 2021 (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.
6 September 2021 – January 2022 (Level 4 cont’d),
February 2022 – September 2022 (Level 5)Days
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
Introduction to Design
Research and Learning Skills
Skills for Design
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
To ensure that students gain close working relationships with teaching staff and are fully supported within the learning programme the ratio of teaching staff to students is 1:8. Studio is therefore tutorial based with a group catch up each morning and then one to one sessions at the drawing board or laptop.
Lectures are discussion based allowing students to interact with the lecturer and their fellow students. These lectures and talks allow for dialogue between students which highlight the differing cultures and understandings that an international group of students bring to the School. This is particularly important during the early stages of the course in order to develop ideas, understanding and begin the process of each student evolving an individual approach to design.
Workshops are primarily based around skills building such as computer aided drawing (CAD), hand rendering, estimating software and so on. These are usually run with two groups together (sixteen students or less) with a lead tutor and when needed, an assistant.
The Inchbald is staffed by working designers who are recognised for their creative input and for their professional standards. Lecturers are drawn from relevant practices and academic institutions and senior designers are invited as guest lecturers.
During the first term the course will be taught virtually, and this virtual learning environment will replicate the in-house experience. This has been possible to implement because of the extensive experience gained through the development of our Online Courses and the delivery of digital education over many years.
Students will work in studio groups led by tutors communicating one- to- one in tutorials, as well as via written and live forums. All the tutors will be Inchbald staff members who have extensive knowledge of teaching students in- house, on- line and virtually. You will enjoy the same weekly schedule, syllabus and projects that would normally be presented in the first term of study, the only difference being the learning platform.
During the 2nd and 3rd terms the course is taught on campus to the schedule detailed above, namely lecture, workshop and studio. Students are allocated their own drawing spaces with the make-up of the studio changing from time to time to expose each student to all of their colleagues and to allow them to experience differing tutors across the duration of the course.
Students should be aware that this is a very intensive course and tutors support the development of independent learning encouraging students to devote a significant amount of their own time to further study and completion of projects and assignments.
The aim of Inchbald programmes is to enable students to be work ready when they graduate. The profession requires allrounders but a developed ability to conceptualise and think for yourself is an essential part of a designer’s make-up. Your opportunity to take the lead in a project may come at any time, tuition is focused on the development of the creative confidence to step into this position comfortably.Faculty
Interior DesignWork Experience
Work observation with a design studio, subject to availability and the candidates suitability, can be organised for the Easter vacation but it is not an assessed part of the course.Career Development
Ongoing consultation on portfolio and employment during and after the course, CV and exhibition preparation during the courseFurther 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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