23 September 2019
3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
A Level - BBB
BTEC - DMM
The spaces where we shop, drink, eat, sleep and work – each of them has to be designed to ensure that they are fit for their purpose. This course aims to get you thinking about the functional and aesthetic potential of our interior environments. We encourage you to think about just what’s possible, and how you can make the most of any space.
Interior Design transforms ideas into experiences. And we’ll give you the opportunity to be able to create entirely new experiences and relationships between people and the places they spend time in. The emphasis is on creativity, as we explore current design thinking and push the boundaries to come up with new ways of looking at things and transforming our environments.
We also focus on the practical side of things, with the aim of helping you to prepare for a career in interior design. So we’ll give you the chance to get involved in a range of projects set by some of the country’s leading interior and architectural practices. It’s going to be challenging, but it will be engaging and inspiring too.
To give you the best chance to succeed, we’ll aim to give you a thorough grounding in all the technical demands of construction detailing and specification. So you’re not just thinking about the creative potential of an interior space, you know the practical possibilities too.
Whenever possible we’ll get you out into the real world, taking you on field trips to see what professional interior designers have achieved. You’ll also have the chance to take a placement year, working in a business such as a professional interior design practice. It will give you the chance to gain hands-on experience, build up your professional portfolio and develop real-world skills. You’ll have the chance to gain a real insight into the industry during your placement year, and gain the experiences you need to have the best chance to become a professional in your chosen career.
The lecturers all really love what they do, which makes you want to be passionate about the subject as well. We had people coming in from different industries and there is really good placement opportunities. I genuinely do think its the best university I could have ever gone
Jennifer Roberts, Interior Design BA(Hons)
This module introduces and develops your awareness and understanding of 2D and 3D visual language relating to research, analysis, evaluation and synthesis through exploration of the creative process of design. The module comprises three components: visual enquiry, design interpretation and communicative processes. Your knowledge and understanding of these principles will be demonstrated through a portfolio containing visual exploration and development, 2D/3D proposals and design experimentation. 100% Portfolio.
This module focuses on the examination of current and historical design, cultural socio-economic concerns, styles and artefacts and considers their importance within and influence upon the visual and material culture of society. You will be encouraged to develop academic critical appraisal, analysis, evaluation and reflection upon identified issues which are deemed important and relevant to interior/exhibition/spatial designers. 100% Portfolio.
Through the module you will be encouraged to acquire and develop a vocabulary and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles associated with the design of the built environment and the work of an interior/exhibition designer. 40% test paper/60% project work.
This module provides you with an opportunity to develop an understanding and explorative approach to the production of spatial design proposals. Design work will enable you to integrate design process, creative experimentation and visual communication techniques while encouraging the development of organisational, creative and CAD competencies. Explorative design proposals will evidence your knowledge, understanding and developing abilities. 100% design proposals.
In this module you will be asked to consider and investigate spatial, visual and cultural contexts through the exploration of design at a variety of scales – to progressively focus in on a design project to reveal the contextual aspects which effect the design and representation of the spatial and built environment, and to consider varying approaches towards design concept manipulation and expression. Collaborative research enquiry will lead to an individually selected design project for an identified interior design topic area in which you will be expected to develop expertise in design evaluation, exploration and digital communication, and demonstrate the development of an integrated and cohesive approach to the design process. 100% portfolio.
In this module you will develop your expertise in the identification, consideration, selection and specification of materials, products and finishes. Emphasis is placed on the role of design, general arrangement and detailed drawings, appraisal of materials, products and finishes relevant to achieving and effecting well-conceived design proposals. Your knowledge and understanding will be demonstrated through a case study presentation, a closed test paper and the production of contractual drawings. 100% presentation file.
"This module will contain a number of projects and competitions from which to choose, and will include a focus towards audience and client expectations and needs, competitiveness, social and ethical considerations and the identification of design criteria. Design work will continue to develop design exploration studies, in both 2D and 3D, but encouragement will be made to understanding the importance of digital presentation and modelling techniques and related issues in the design process. You will identify an appropriate use for a selected building (or structure) and undertake appropriate research studies to support initial concept proposals, followed by a digital design package of information. Work undertaken in this module will require presentations to be made digitally, verbally and visually to both staff and ‘clients’. 100% portfolio."
This module will introduce strategies for personal development and reflection while developing an appreciation and awareness of strategies related to employability and work placement. You will be required to submit a range of elements for this module: professional development journal, self promotional materials (enhanced curriculum vitae) and a well-planned digital design portfolio evidencing competencies. 40% reflective journal /60% CV package.
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
The module is specifically designed to support, develop and enhance your final major project through the exploration and analysis of design potential within the wider context of professional interior design practice. You will analyse, appraise and synthesise appropriate influences to further define and underpin the trajectory of your design project, while developing your knowledge and practice as a professional designer. 20% development journal/80% project package.
You will build upon and test research developed in THD1373 Research Proposal. You will channel your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual, or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create innovative, original or highly professional proposition(s) appropriate to your discipline through, for example, sketchbooks, worksheets and creative outputs. You will realise the potential of your major project in a form appropriate to your intentions. Your artefacts will act as a group of coherent summative statements. 100% creative project.
This module will establish and inform your major project. Within it you will identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module will re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. The context and parameters of this module will be defined by you through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors. 100% portfolio.
37.3% of the study time on this course in spent in lectures, seminars, demonstrations and tutorials etc.
You'll have the opportunity to learn through participation in studio-based design projects, workshop demonstrations, lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials. Your progress will be monitored by presentation of a portfolio of design work, written assignments, and oral presentations, both individually and in groups.
We will support your career aspirations through a series of specialised projects throughout the course supported by industry led design briefs which give you real world experience of the creative design industry.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University.
BBBat A Level or equivalent
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
You will also be required to attend a satisfactory interview, when strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of your portfolio.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.
Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.
If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.
HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018. *Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
A gallery of work by our Interior Design BA(Hons) students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see work from across the School of Art, Design and Architecture on our gallery page.
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