Inchbald Diploma Architectural Interior DesignInterior design courses
Aims of the programme:
This course is a professionally recognised course and has, since the 1960s, been the central pillar of an Inchbald education.
The skills and knowledge are specifically aimed at equipping the graduate for the world of work. The programme is open to all those who have completed A level or the equivalent, potential students must be 18 years of age or older. Studio learning facilitates the development of ideas and the acquisition of the skills required to interact with other designers, contractors and suppliers. The course approaches design method through the investigation and a varied number of projects and workshops that explore residential and commercial sites to familiarize students with the expectations of the professional design studio.
- General course informationValidation
1 Academic YearDates
6 September 2021 – 8 July 2022Days
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
Communication and Analysis
This module explores the various techniques used in graphic communication, linked into studio sessions where tutorial support develops and refines skills. Students are encouraged to experiment and to find their own means of communicating their analysis and subsequent development as soon as their skills develop, moving towards the standards of the profession.
Intensive tutoring in studio, during design projects, provides the basis for the delivery of this module, refining and guiding students as they develop solutions. Students maintain a record of development, supporting every design assignment in which they submit and analyse all their alternative design development material in relation to the whole site and to detailed spaces.
The programme allows specific time for the development of computer graphics, allowing students to compare and critically assess outcomes. Visual and verbal presentation of projects to the studio group provides opportunity for further communication, critical analysis and discussion.
Students will study how to organise spaces with multi-functional uses, in relationship to the particular requirements of clients, both residential and commercial. Through a variety of projects, students will be expected to support their design concepts by a sophisticated handling of the core elements of scale, light, form, colour and texture. Verbal presentations and crit. sessions take place in studio exploring design development work indicative of how students achieved their goals.
All design assignments provide opportunities to manipulate the principles of design and decoration considering the underlying geometry and its relationship to the plan. The integration of artificial lighting supporting the ambience of the interior or exterior scheme proposals is an essential consideration within this module. In addition, the appropriate technical and decorative use of materials, especially in relation to the theory and application of colour, texture and light, and the co-ordination of functional and aesthetically appropriate furniture are developed and analysed.
The Programme includes the methods and organisation required to produce full notes, keys, comprehensive schedules and specifications to describe fully presented scheme design. It also includes sketch scheme techniques looking at communicating sufficient information to market a proposal or concept successfully.
Commercial Interior Design and Structural Analysis
Students will study how to organise complex commercial spaces with multi-functional uses, in relationship to the particular requirements of a client. Through a variety of projects, (conceptual, detailed and fast paced), students will be expected to support their design concepts and brand identification across the core elements of scale, light, form, colour and texture. Understanding the more complex structural systems and the use of commercially relevant materials compliments the process.
All design assignments provide opportunities to manipulate the principles of design and decoration considering the underlying geometry and its relationship to commercial environments. In addition, the appropriate technical and decorative use of materials, especially in relation to the application of colour, texture and light, and the co-ordination of functional and aesthetically appropriate material is developed.
This module continues the development of methods and organisation required to produce full notes, keys, comprehensive schedules and specifications to describe fully presented design schemes. It also includes the sketch scheme techniques as part of scheduling, to provide sufficient information to market a proposal successfully.
Construction and Detail
The module is supported by a series of lectures beginning with the history, principles and materials of building construction and structural behaviour. Through the exploration of craft and decorative arts and with more detailed information on domestic construction and the technical application and installation of hard and soft finishes further discussion of interior fit out and detailing is possible.
Within the programme the articulation of specific fitments and services forms an intensive theoretical and practical part of the syllabus. More specialist and applied construction studies dealing with the fabric of commercial buildings complete the module.
The module also introduces 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.
The history element is delivered in a series of lectures geared to introduce key events, in design terms. Important styles, from the classical orders to post war Europe, are discussed to acquaint students with the evolution of style and method.
- Entry Requirements
Although suitable for those with no previous experience, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to deal with a heavy workload and the maturity to contribute to the course group. Students are expected to attend an interview.
All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 5.5 (with no individual element below 5.0).
- Tuition Fees
£27,870.00 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 may be eligible for further study at academic level 4/5 and after a suitable period in work, usually 2 years, to level 6.
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