AD3027 - Interior Design - Foundation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module outlines the discipline and its position in the design professions and the built environment. There will be an introduction to the topics within the discipline and the processes of producing an interior design solution in a professional environment. There will be outline to the professional practices of the discipline and how students can become employed following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background and histories of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and design production. Key topics like organisation of space, materials, lighting and furniture will be used to help frame a design project.
You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course. This will help to create a bridge into level 4 and the degree of your choice. Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation of the design disciplines.

How will I learn on this module?

Through directed and self-directed approaches around a range of workshops, seminars and studio and practices you will produce a portfolio of work that documents the design project and the key aspects of the discipline. Academic staff from across the department will give presentations on their design practice and relevant research activities outlining the range and reach of this creative design discipline through a number of diverse case studies. This research-rich and research-informed environment for learning will enable you to gain an appreciation for the wider contexts within which design is practices, furthering your knowledge and development. There will be site visits to experience key interior design topics including, exhibition, retails, leisure, office and museum design. The module encourages you to apply previous experiences from the other discipline-based modules to formulate a fully rounded final proposal to your Design Foundation Course.
You will be given both formative and summative feedback on the progress of your work to support your development towards a final output which along with your design project material will inform a final assessment of your exhibition at the end of semester 2.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through guided studio and workshop activity by your academic tutors and technical support staff.
The module handbook provides details of sessions, reading lists and assessment criteria. Teaching and learning materials are made available on the e-learning portal. The module tutors will be available in taught sessions, as well as in feedback and consultation hours and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to succeed on the module. Moreover, feedback on formative work and the first summative assessments will also serve as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module.
In addition, you have a designated Personal Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Personal Guidance Tutor’s role includes:

• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)

You are advised to see your Personal Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding
1. Demonstrate your awareness of widely recognised theoretical, technical and professional practices in Interior Design and an understanding of how they both inform and give context to your work.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities
2. Demonstrate appropriate use of fundamental principles of design in your conceptualisation of interior spaces.
3. Demonstrate your ability to achieve particular aims by shaping interior spaces.

Personal Values Attributes
4. Show your awareness of the relevance of designing interiors and the part it plays in changing perceptions and social interactions.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative feedback is provided as an integral part of teaching and learning sessions, which may take the form of individual or small group critiques that include tutor and peer review.

Summative Assessment
Portfolio submission of research, design development and a final presentation of design work (MLO1, 2, 3).

Demonstrate that this is based on the processes of design and is enquiry led (MLO1, 2, 3 and 4).

Portfolio submission and evidence/documentation of studio/ workshop-based activities that are linked to the development of creative and technical skills (MLO 2 and 3, 4).

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

AD3023 40 YL Design Portfolio Skills

Module abstract

The Interior and spatial discipline is outlined and its relationship to the built environment is revealed through a series of spatial projects that culminate in an exhibition of your work. The range of the discipline is explained through practical projects that highlights the importance of the human user and how the interior is used to change the experience of space. Drawing on the research practices of staff and using Technology Enhanced Learning, specialist design staff will guide your knowledge and understanding in both 2 dimensional and 3 Dimensional elements to highlight key components of the discipline like lighting, products, and materials will be explored and experimented with to form portfolio work that will enable you to produce entry level interior design work. This module will culminate in the design of an exhibition space for your portfolio work for the foundation course. The module will help you develop understanding of the discipline and integrate into the culture and community of the Northumbria Design School. Work completed in this module will help you to gain entry into subject-related undergraduate programmes which represent pathways to employment and a career in design.

What will I learn on this module?

This module outlines the discipline and its position in the design professions and the built environment. There will be an introduction to the topics within the discipline and the processes of producing an interior design solution in a professional environment. There will be outline to the professional practices of the discipline and how students can become employed following their education programmes. There will be some context to the background and histories of the subject and how this affects the processes of design and design production. Key topics like organisation of space, materials, lighting and furniture will be used to help frame a design project.
You will use the design process to formulate a summative proposal for the design and completion of an exhibition showcasing your curated work for the module and the Design Foundation course. This will help to create a bridge into level 4 and the degree of your choice. Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s design practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation of the design disciplines.

Course info

UCAS Code W270

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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