Course Insight

The course is a well-balanced mix of practice and theory and construction technology. Interior Design is primarily concerned with the manipulation and creation of spaces in a way that communicates ideas, facts, sensations, feelings and emotions. Our definition of Interior Design is very broad: visual imagery through drawing, collage, mixed media or 3-D based through models. Tuition is based on lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed study and one-to-one individual tutorials supported by informative feedback sessions. The course consists of a series of modules that build into a coherent study of the ‘craft’ and discipline of interior design as both a two and three-dimensional activity.

Course Content

Year one introduces the field of Interior design and creative thinking as a means of generating ideas. Modules focus on drawing, design concepts, technical and aesthetic principles essential to understanding space planning, colour, materials and form in the built environment.

In the second year, skills are developed further and you will begin to identify areas that are of particular interest to you. Projects will embrace a range of interiors and environments related to the home, leisure, work and media. Themes on special harmony, lighting, acoustics and safety applied to both new and/or the restoration/ re-use of historic structures will be explored.

Year three provides space for creativity, individuality and development. Both set and personal project work are undertaken. Professional Practice helps prepare you for the world of work. At the end of the year, you will have a professional portfolio of work which you will exhibit in the Final Show.

Learning Environment

The course is distinctive because it is a challenging mix of 2D and 3D work, using computer-aided design and material manipulation to develop creative ideas and solutions taught by dedicated staff. The Department has a fun, friendly atmosphere where creativity is nurtured and students and staff enjoy excellent working relationships. Interaction between students from all courses is encouraged by common projects, social events and educational visits. Interior Design students are viewed as a crucial part of a community of designers all with a common interest in Art and Design.

Course Aims
  • to develop in students the creative and manipulative ability necessary for a professional standard of work and the potential for future employment within the subject area
  • to initiate and develop professional working altitudes and method, making students aware of their personal ability and responsibility to others
  • to provide students with knowledge of the historical, social and theoretical contexts of design and how they can be linked to everyday design solutions
  • to develop visual and other communication skills which will enable students to confidently enter and work within the varied nature of the profession
  • to develop students cultural, social and commercial awareness enabling them to identify and apply their specialist design function in the broader context of subject, community and business activities