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This design-led, studio based course is a member of Interior Educators, the National Learned Society for the subject, and provides you with the practical skills and specialist knowledge to work as an interior architectural specialist from an acclaimed academic team. 

Within live and directed design projects, you will develop creative, intelligent and meaningful design proposals for existing buildings thorough investigation of the existing site as a precursor to your designed intervention. You will learn to control the relationship between the existing context and your proposed interior adaptation, supported by studies in design, communication, history and theory, construction technology, environment and management.

You will take part in site visits within live projects and a European study trip to help contextualise and expand your learning. At the end of year 2 you can choose the option of an additional study abroad year, or complete the course as originally intended; all of which are designed to enrich your experience as a subject specialist and as a global citizen.

You will develop a creative portfolio of directed and self-directed design project work which will allow you to fully explore your interests within interior architecture and building adaptation, while fully expressing your ability as a designer and a future professional. You will showcase your final project work at an exhibition here in Newcastle and as part of Interior Educators in London, to maximize your reach to industry

Successful graduates can progress onto our 60 credit, one semester  PG Cert in Interior Architecture course, which is professionally accredited and allows you to satisfy the ARB Part I criteria, when combined with undergraduate interior architecture study and Northumbria. This is the only course of its type and allows our graduates to achieve Part I status, as specialists in building adaptation and creative reuse.

100% of Interior Architecture students said that Northumbria staff are good at explaining content, make the subject interesting and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey, 2016).

Northumbria ranks top in the North East for sustained employment of Architecture graduates one and three years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

 

This design-led, studio based course is a member of Interior Educators, the National Learned Society for the subject, and provides you with the practical skills and specialist knowledge to work as an interior architectural specialist from an acclaimed academic team. 

Within live and directed design projects, you will develop creative, intelligent and meaningful design proposals for existing buildings thorough investigation of the existing site as a precursor to your designed intervention. You will learn to control the relationship between the existing context and your proposed interior adaptation, supported by studies in design, communication, history and theory, construction technology, environment and management.

You will take part in site visits within live projects and a European study trip to help contextualise and expand your learning. At the end of year 2 you can choose the option of an additional study abroad year, or complete the course as originally intended; all of which are designed to enrich your experience as a subject specialist and as a global citizen.

You will develop a creative portfolio of directed and self-directed design project work which will allow you to fully explore your interests within interior architecture and building adaptation, while fully expressing your ability as a designer and a future professional. You will showcase your final project work at an exhibition here in Newcastle and as part of Interior Educators in London, to maximize your reach to industry

Successful graduates can progress onto our 60 credit, one semester  PG Cert in Interior Architecture course, which is professionally accredited and allows you to satisfy the ARB Part I criteria, when combined with undergraduate interior architecture study and Northumbria. This is the only course of its type and allows our graduates to achieve Part I status, as specialists in building adaptation and creative reuse.

100% of Interior Architecture students said that Northumbria staff are good at explaining content, make the subject interesting and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey, 2016).

Northumbria ranks top in the North East for sustained employment of Architecture graduates one and three years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
W251 BA/IA

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

Book an Open Day / Experience Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interior Architecture. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our research-informed teaching methods, design studio culture and student-centred learning and support have led to unmatched levels of student satisfaction and employability. We use live projects and regional sites to enrich your learning as you develop your specific and transferable skills and knowledge towards employability as we work together as co-creators of knowledge. We have regional partnerships with national bodies, such as the National Trust, that allow us to authenticate your learning through partnership projects on the creative reuse of historic structures.

Your learning will be centred on project work, all within our dedicated studio facilities. Studio space is provided for each student, within a large environment that is shared with students from all three year groups to ensure you learn as much from each other as you do from the highly experienced staff. Our CAD resources, model-making workshops and rapid prototyping facilities are state-of- the-art, allowing you to maximize your potential and explore your design ideas in full.

The skills you will develop through this course embed the key transferrable skills of autonomous learning, analytical methods, critical curiosity, social responsibility and communications skills into the curriculum.

Student Profiles / Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Interior Architechture BA (Hons) from our current students.

Interior Architecture Portfolios and Student Showcases

Architecture attracts a lot of applicants; we receive seven applications for each place. Your portfolio will be a collection of your creative work which may be showcased at a number of Northumbria events.

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An acclaimed academic team will teach you, comprising of architects, designers and subject specialists who have created award-winning projects nationally and internationally, as well as staff who have published research around the world.

This unique team will provide you with authentic, exemplary and supportive guidance to help you shape your personal identity, your specialist interior architecture knowledge and for a career path within the subject, the wider architecture and design professions and beyond. You will be assessed through regular feedback within each module, to provide ongoing constructive guidance and confirmation of your learning; all within dedicated design studios.  Design tutorials will help you discuss, develop and improve your ideas and assessment for learning will help you progress and achieve.

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Book an Open Day / Experience Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interior Architecture. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Whatever your aspirations in interior architecture, you will find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios.

You will have full use of the design studio, specialist model making, rapid prototyping and IT workshops and professional plotting services to help you synthesise and apply your learning through increasingly complex design projects. This supports the accumulation and curation of a personalised portfolio relevant to your future professional career.

Through our Electronic Learning Platform (eLP) you will have access to project and assignment information and learning materials for the course and for each module of study. The course emphasises self-directed learning, critical thinking, and independent research to support your academic and personal development, set within a supportive and academically rigorous learning studio culture.

Architecture Facilities

Whatever your aspirations in Architecture, you'll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios.

Virtual Tour

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interior Architecture. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Research-rich methods, particularly in the format of project based learning, are embedded within the learning, teaching and assessment strategy of Interior Architecture. The development of skills of critical curiosity, informed judgement and the evaluation of alternative proposals all have professional relevance to the discipline, and these are embedded within your progressive academic journey. Our specialist academic team has wide ranging research interests within the subject, including creative reuse, architectural intervention, design narrative and context, art and design practice and architecture and design.

Architecture and Built Environment is a top 30 research department with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA16). The department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact (REF2014, UoA16).

Research / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and the Built Environment is an essential part of the modern world. Our research combines pioneering technology and unique industry partnerships while addressing issues with international impact.

Book an Open Day / Experience Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

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Collaborative and individual projects allow you to function as both an independent thinker and a team member, skills which have seen our graduates gain worldwide employment within architectural and design practices, as well as in other relevant roles and professions. In addition, the course is recognised by an expansive network of employers and contacts at local, national and international level, who provide useful guidance, including visiting lectures and contribution to studio based teaching to ensure the contemporary relevance of your learning, whilst encouraging employment opportunities.

You will graduate equipped with a project portfolio of relevant professional and academic outputs, and a variety of skills in design, visualisation, communications, practice management and research. Throughout the course transferable skills will develop to an extremely high level, along with your problem-solving skills, preparing you for a wide range of design careers.

Our newly validated, professionally accredited 60 credit PG Cert Interior Architecture top up course (accredited by ARB; Architects Registration Board) is the only course of its type in the country and allows our BA Interior Architecture graduates to achieve Part I status for Architecture. This unique and exciting addition allows you to progress within your career as an accredited subject specialist and onto our MArch Architecture Part II course. This pathway will further enrich your professional profile, allowing you to become qualified, with specialist skills and knowledge in building adaptation and creative reuse, which are of distinctive value within the profession.

Book an Open Day / Experience Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interior Architecture. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

With 95% of students in work or post graduate study within six months of graduating (Unistats 2014) and the opportunity to exhibit your portfolio to industry in Newcastle and London, this course is a springboard to a bright future in interior architecture.In addition to secured positions in a range of leading architecture and design practices, our graduates are equipped to work within the broader creative fields, including exhibition and set design, retail design, design journalism, property development, building conservation and visualization.

Book an Open Day / Experience Interior Architecture BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interior Architecture. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You will be introduced to the fundamentals of interior architecture through studio based design projects, as well as the history, theory and evolution of architecture and interiors.

Year 2

Year two You have the opportunity to undertake more advanced building adaptation and creative reuse projects, often live with real clients, which use and build upon the skills learned in the previous year.

Year 3

Year three You will develop a creative portfolio of self-directed project work in response to live projects which allow you to fully explore your interests within building adaptation and express your ability as a designer.

Who would this Course suit?

This course is ideal for creative thinkers who aspire to develop imaginative interiors for existing architecture and are enthusiastic about building alteration. If you are excited by the creative reuse of environments and the possibility of refurbishing existing buildings to create dramatic contemporary spaces, this Interior Architecture course will suit you perfectly.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBB at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admi

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media
The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBB at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

FUNDING INFORMATION

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4000 -

Space and Design Investigations (Core, 30 Credits)

In this module you will experience the fundamental practices and processes of design through appreciating existing settings and producing appropriate narrative and space based proposals. You will develop knowledge in the diversity and richness of contemporary ideas and be able to respond effectively as an individual or as part of a team to given narrative and design based scenarios to help you understand design language. You will interpret set design briefs for generating small scale grouped spaces to test and evaluation atmosphere, language, space and form, whilst being introduced to the appropriate two and three-dimensional representation skills to explore your ideas.
Within this module you will participate in the following design related activities:

• Research and analysis
• Site analysis and context studies
• Precedence research
• Narrative studies
• Spatial diagramming
• Concept modelling
• Design development and modelling
• Communication and presentation

More information

KA4004 -

Introduction to Communicating Interior Architecture (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the basic skills of two and three dimensional visual communication used within interior architecture to explain design ideas. The emphasis of this introductory module is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills to allow you to communicate existing site characteristics and your design ideas with clarity. You will understand and employ manual techniques to develop an appreciation of the formal language of design communication and architectural drawing conventions, before moving onto digital methods of drawing production, including:

Two dimensional representation:
• Sketching and diagramming as tools for analysis and design development
• Orthographic set: Site plan, plan, section, interior elevation
Three dimensional representation:
• Projections, internal perspectives
• Model making, studio and workshop practice
Computer based techniques:
• An introduction to two dimensional computer representation
• An introduction to digital drawing conventions
• Manipulation of visual images and multimedia techniques

More information

KA4022 -

Interior Architecture Projects 1 (Core, 30 Credits)

This module focuses on design project activities and aims to provide you with the opportunity to experience the practices and processes of design in relation to built interior space, in more detail through set design briefs for intended users. Through the production of appropriate interior architecture proposals, you will generate design solutions which satisfy set spatial and functional requirements and enable you to respond effectively as an individual and as part of a team. Through project work you will be introduced to design method, the dynamics of interior environments and practical communication skills in two and three-dimensional representation. Namely you will develop an introductory awareness of:

? Site research and analysis
? Precedence research
? Design method and ideas
? Ergonomics
? Spatial diagramming and planning
? Concept modelling
? Design development and modelling
? Sketch design proposition
? Communication and presentation

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KA4023 -

An Introduction to Interior Architecture History & Theory (Core, 20 Credits)

Through this module you will be introduced to the historical categories and theoretical stances which govern the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Architecture. The chronological exposure to the main phenomena of the Architecture of the Past will be paired with its main theoretical positions. Key works across from the Pre Greeks civilisation until the Industrial Revolution (more than thirty centuries) will be displayed, discussed and interpreted not as a mere sequence of ‘styles’ rather as a ‘continuum’ of experiences. An exciting journey through the developments, failures and great achievements and of both Architecture (as the principal discipline that relates to the creation of buildings) and Interior Architecture (as the disciplines which relates to its internal spaces). This module will be a great support, and a source of references for your Design projects.

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KA4028 -

Introduction to Environmental and Constructional Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of environmental and constructional design that are applicable to architecture and interior architecture design studio projects. Such principles may be used to satisfy issues of aesthetics, ergonomics, environmental control, ecology, sustainability, structure, and regulations, all of which influence key design decisions. This module will introduce you to the concept of buildings and interiors as environmental modifiers, enabling you to identify, compare and appraise the variety of methods and technologies employed to satisfy the end-user experience. Through research and analysis of precedents, directed presentations, and building visits, you will develop relevant skills and knowledge of environmental and constructional design. Case studies of completed buildings and interior spaces will be used to contextualise your learning, with a focus on the relevance of your learning in its application to your studio design projects.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5007 -

Interior Architecture Projects 2 (Core, 30 Credits)

Within this module you will advance your creative enquiry and design knowledge within set design projects with an emphasis on building intervention and alteration. They will allow you to analyse and apply the principles of interior architecture within an existing context that contribute to a sense of place and give specific consideration to the human scale. You will have opportunities to develop concepts and research towards meaningful integrated design proposals with increasing complexity as you progress. Through design project work, you will demonstrate your understanding of the application of design, technology and management within a small to medium scale solution and improve your verbal and graphical communication skills, both traditional and contemporary. In particular, you will develop and advancing appreciation of;

- ergonomics
- site research and analysis
- context and narrative studies
- spatial diagramming and planning
- concept modelling
- design development
- sketch design proposition
- advanced communication

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KA5008 -

Interior Architecture Projects 3 (Core, 30 Credits)

Within this module you will develop your research and design skills further, through design project work with an emphasis upon the relationship between given site contexts, narratives, histories and your design responses. Projects will examine and expand your personal attitude towards existing space within the context of building adaption proposals and creative reuse. You will respond to set criteria, through an exploration of narrative, the manipulation of language and the development of interpreted form into meaningful and integrated design proposals as a continued history of the site. You will be encouraged to create a synthesis of design, technology, environmental control and communication within medium scale solutions that are centred upon the urban context and specifically building adaption and creative reuse. In accordance with this, you will gain a greater understanding and an advanced appreciation of:

? research and analysis
? site analysis
? context studies
? precedence research
? narrative studies
? spatial diagramming
? block planning
? building and architectural strategy
? concept modelling
? design development
? modelling
? sketch design proposition
? detailing
? communication
? presentation

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KA5009 -

Technology and Environmental Applications (Core, 20 Credits)

Within this module, you will advance your knowledge and understanding of structural, constructional, environmental and finishes technologies related to the structure, envelope and detailing of medium scale buildings. The thematic lecture programme will introduce and explain key technologies, typologies and principles. A supporting series of seminars will provide you with the opportunities to directly apply this knowledge to studio based project work. Your communications and research skills will be advanced in order to successfully articulate and argue for the technological and environmental choices you will make in the design of studio projects. You will be encouraged in individual and group work to carry out independent learning to reinforce core concepts of technological and environmental design, and to develop a personal knowledge base applicable to academic and professional practice. In particular, you will develop an appreciation of:

- Structural principles
- Passive environmental design
- Building regulations
- Daylighting of spaces
- Building envelopes

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KA5011 -

Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Architecture (Core, 20 Credits)

Within this module, you will develop your inquisitive and analytical approach to architectural and design theory and will learn about the art, architectural, cultural and design influences upon and by the Modernist Movement, including its definition, origin and evolution towards contemporary interior architecture. You will appreciate and appraise the defining work of key protagonists and of key works to assist you individual appreciation, interpretation and reflection upon the historical and theoretical background of the last two centuries. Innovative and radical solutions will be appraised alongside key theoretical concepts and paradigms to assist you appreciation of the disciplines of Interior Architecture and Architecture as contributors to arts informed cultures. Your studies will thus include;

The 20th Century in context
The Modernist Movement in Europe and USA
The Pioneers and Masters of Modernism
Premises and limits of the History of Western Architecture
Theoretical approach to Modern and Contemporary Space
Place derived narrative and language
Civic, architectural and interior space
Skins, surfaces and layers
The theory of the detail
Intervention theory
The Modern and Contemporary Architect/Interior Architect
The separation and development of the Interior Architect/Architect/Engineer

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KA5031 -

Communicating Interior Architecture (Core, 10 Credits)

Within this module, you will have opportunity to develop your appreciation and use of more advanced digital communication to articulate your ideas and the broader concept narratives that have informed a design proposal. You will use and develop ownership of a wide variety of software packages, including but not limited to: Adobe InDesign. Adobe Photoshop, Google Sketch Up, Autodesk CAD, Autodesk 3DsMax, and Autodesk Revit. You will expand upon an initial outline of each package, the necessary workflows to communicate an Interior Architecture scheme and how such methods are utilised in Interior Architecture practice, into a self-directed approach. As such, your learning will include;

Communication theory
3D Modelling
Render and post production
Diagramming
Narrative communication
Layout and compositional arrangement
Semiotics and information hierarchy

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KA5034 -

Management Principles and Practice (Core, 10 Credits)

Within this module you will develop your knowledge of the wider professional and regulatory context of architecture and interior architecture practice. The taught content will also discuss aspects of business and management as related to design professionals. You will acquire an overview of the interrelated functions, professions and practices which professional designers must engage with in the realisation of their projects. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project enables the practical application of taught content to your learning. You will develop an appreciation of:

- the Construction Industry and its Professional Roles & Functions
- Professional Institutions within the Construction Industry and their functions – eg ARB, RIBA, RICS, CIOB
- the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the many aspects of design and development
- the challenges and opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- procurement routes and the workstages of construction projects (including the RIBA Outline Plan of Work)
- concepts of professionalism
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- organisational structures and management
- consents, contracts and law

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA6011 -

Major Interior Architecture Projects (Core, 60 Credits)

Within this module you will synthesis your creative knowledge of interior architecture and building adaptation within self-directed and expressive responses to complex, site defined briefs. You will realise two major design propositions that will develop from your individual response to context conditions, typological studies and end user needs that draws upon your research enquiry into narrative, volume, atmosphere and form. Your self-directed approach will develop rigorous responses to building adaptation with cognisance of their impact upon and contribution to the genius of place, as a holistic body of work, from inception to detail and resolution. You will design with ownership of the poetic assemblage of each scheme, whilst exploring individual and imaginative methods of ideas development, communication and resolution. You will exhibition your design portfolio to a professional standard to express your knowledge and understanding to a wider audience. You studies will include …

research and analysis
concept development
concept modelling
spatial order and diagramming
space planning and modelling
design development and modelling
design proposition
materiality studies
poetic assemblage
environmental strategies
integrative detailing
communication and presentation

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KA6013 -

Detail, Assembly & Integration (Core, 20 Credits)

Within this module you will advance your comprehension of the relationship between structural and constructional technologies existent within the given context and that of the inferred interior intervention. Using your own design project work as a point of reference, you will also explore the implications of environmental and systems design upon your proposal; investigate the impact of sustainable design upon space, fabric and constructional technology; and demonstrate the integration of environmental systems within design. It provides you with opportunities to develop individual attitudes and critical choices towards fit out, material assemblage and integration technologies in relation to a studio based design project. Your studies will include:

Design and construction integration
Human scale interior detail and fixture
Material properties
Assembly; standardisation and craft fabrication
Structural alteration in existing buildings
Acoustic, ventilation, thermal control and design integration
Environmental technologies and control - high & low-tech solutions
Alternative energy systems
Application of regulatory frameworks - Heritage, Accessibility & Fire strategies
Case studies

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KA6014 -

Theorizing Interior Architecture (Core, 20 Credits)

Within this module you will explore and evaluate contemporary research and theory on the interior condition, architectural environments and the relationship between interior, building, place and authenticity. The module provides you with an advanced platform to confirm the link between contemporary theories of architecture, interior architecture and the related arts, where you will be encouraging to develop an inquisitive and analytical approach to interior architectural theory, confirming skills in the analysis of evidence, which will aid the formulation of judgements, founded on knowledge of theory as well as on personal observation and experience. You will study

comparative analysis
restoration and tradition
narrative
intervention
authenticity
genius loci
poetics of space
phenomenon
the manipulation of language
complexity and simplicity
historical precedents and influences on the modern tradition
art practice

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KA6037 -

Architectural and Design Project Management (Core, 20 Credits)

This module prepares you for entry into professional practice. You will critically appraise aspects of management on the procurement of design projects, with consideration of the wider professional and regulatory context of the construction industry. Presentations will also discuss the varieties of practice management and business models. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project encourages the critical application of taught content to your learning. The production of an employability portfolio bridges the link from the academy to professional practice, and demands your active consideration of potential areas of employment. You will develop an appreciation of:

- funding mechanisms and procurement methods
- the regulatory roles of professional bodies within the Construction Industry
- wider opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- principles of the workstages of traditional construction projects (RIBA Outline Plan of Work, etc.)
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- business models and types of practice
- consents, contracts and law
- employability, marketing and promotion
- critical evaluation of current practices, models and sectors

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