Interior Architecture BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeEngineering and Environment
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus
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This degree in Interior Architecture focuses on the remodelling and reuse of existing buildings for continued or reinterpreted use.
This studio-based, design-led programme will cover the theory and practice associated with working with an existing built context.
It will also cover how spatial development, materiality, technology and environmental control can improve the character and performance of existing built spaces. Design projects will provide a mechanism for ideas exploration which will increase in complexity, authority and autonomy through each level of study, starting with smaller manageable contexts and moving into more complex and realistic scenarios towards the final year.
Alongside studio projects, students examine both academic and practical aspects of interior architecture such as architectural history and theory, technology, environmental design and management. Much of the work in these supporting modules is related directly to design project work. Students examine management issues to develop an understanding of the impact on the design process which provides valuable preparation for work in practice.
Year 1 is studied jointly with Architecture students with an increasingly tailored programme developing in Year 2 and independently in Year 3. Graduates will understand the position of interior architecture within the broader built environment industry and become aware of crossdisciplinary roles and activities.
Field study visits are an important feature of the programme. Both first and second year students go on European study visits. Modern studio facilities are provided with good access to CAD facilities and resources. Numbers are limited to ensure that students have a work space within the design studio. Students learn the broader context of the Built Environment by working alongside architecture students and with other programmes in the School.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The programme's focus is on the adaptation, remodelling and reuse of existing buildings for continued or interpreted use. It is design project based and covers the theory and practice associated to working with existing buildings.
The programme's project based activities are undertaken in the studio environment, where you will benefit from dedicated facilities and support from teaching staff and their peers.
The studio will provide you with an authentic practice based experience and will help foster independent learning, time management and the practical skills required to undertake your coursework.
The programme is delivered through studio based tutorials, lectures, seminars, practical workshops and external visits and is enhanced by the production of reports, workbooks and design based media.
The programme is centred upon the thematic strands of design, cultural context, technology, management and communication. In your first year you will be introduced to these themes and in year 2 you will take an analytical approach to your studies. This will take you to your third year where you will confirm your learning.
The majority of year 1 study is shared with BA (Hons) Architecture and provides for a wider understanding and appreciation of the built environment. Years 2 and 3 provide greater autonomy and assist the development of individual ideologies on adaptation and reuse.
The majority of assessment in this studio-based programme is through design project portfolio and studio coursework. Taught lectures provide an opportunity for project related report and analytical work.
This approach of studio and lecture based assessments will provide you with a holistic understanding of the subject and its attributes. Assessment includes measuring your knowledge, understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills. You will receive regular feedback to support you through your learning, development and progression.
The programme is a member of Interior Educators (IE) and its curriculum relates to the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) guidelines and Architects Registration Board’s (ARB) criteria. Graduates can progress onto postgraduate studies in Interior Architecture and other related design disciplines.
Graduates go direct into architectural or design practice or develop individual entrepreneurial practice. With a background in interior architecture, there are a wide range of opportunities for graduates in related fields, including, architecture, interior design, exhibition design, visualisation, model making, design journalism, set design and production.
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