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This Interior Design course focuses on a dynamic future-fit approach to spatial and experiential design.

You are encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach, through the ability to confidently offer solutions to challenging interior design briefs.

Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will cover a diverse range of topics that include;

  • Retail
  • Leisure (bars, restaurants and nightclubs)
  • Exhibition/event design
  • Workplace
  • Theatre and TV set
  • Museums
  • Public Spaces

This course will allow you to explore complex architectural intervention down to the finer detail. These exciting design solutions will come about through the study of brand, function, materials, tactility, space, form and human interaction, all set in the context of industrial practice and communicated through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3d visualisation, sketching and model-making.

Our unique collaborative relationships with national and international clients and practices allow you to work on real life project briefs with companies such as Topshop, Gensler, John Lewis, Live Theatre, and Dalziel and Pow.

Why not follow the Interior Design team on Twitter @IdeaBag

95% of Interior Design students say that they are satisfied with the teaching on their course and 97% agree that Northumbria staff make the subject interesting (National Student Survey, 2016).

 

Northumbria was ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Design and Crafts

This Interior Design course focuses on a dynamic future-fit approach to spatial and experiential design.

You are encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach, through the ability to confidently offer solutions to challenging interior design briefs.

Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will cover a diverse range of topics that include;

  • Retail
  • Leisure (bars, restaurants and nightclubs)
  • Exhibition/event design
  • Workplace
  • Theatre and TV set
  • Museums
  • Public Spaces

This course will allow you to explore complex architectural intervention down to the finer detail. These exciting design solutions will come about through the study of brand, function, materials, tactility, space, form and human interaction, all set in the context of industrial practice and communicated through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3d visualisation, sketching and model-making.

Our unique collaborative relationships with national and international clients and practices allow you to work on real life project briefs with companies such as Topshop, Gensler, John Lewis, Live Theatre, and Dalziel and Pow.

Why not follow the Interior Design team on Twitter @IdeaBag

95% of Interior Design students say that they are satisfied with the teaching on their course and 97% agree that Northumbria staff make the subject interesting (National Student Survey, 2016).

 

Northumbria was ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Design and Crafts

Course Information

UCAS Code
W250 BA/INTDES

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Northumbria School of Design

Location
Design Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Northumbria School of Design

Our School of Design covers Industrial, Fashion, Communication and Innovation Design. Our design community examines design in the context of use, beauty and social and cultural contexts.

Student Projects

Examples of work which our Interior Design BA students produce during their learning on our course.

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

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

This course will encourage you to acquire a flexible and imaginative approach to problem solving through enquiry-based learning. Cultural, critical, and professional practice studies provide a social, historical and professional context to the subject discipline, developing your knowledge and insight into your own personal practice.

Working in studio groups, you will learn to be flexible and collaborative, to identify and redefine problems in a creative way, and focus on solutions that are both relevant and considerate.

You will create your work from concept to realisation using traditional, new and emerging technology, and you will learn to present your work and ideas to a variety of audiences in both academic and industry practice situations.

Assessments are planned to support your progression and use a range of different methods, including design project portfolios and design project work, in line with skills required by industry.

Interior Design Student Profiles

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

Interview and Portfolio Guidelines

Your interview provides us with the chance to meet you, see your portfolio of work and discuss your interest in studying Interior Design at Northumbria.

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

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

This course has an excellent academic support system provided by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, that have a shared passion and belief for the profession and the course.

Our teaching team have ran their own companies, both small and large, which have employed over 300 graduates. They have designed interiors for police headquarters and indoor ski centres, and exhibited at international fairs in Stockholm and Milan.

We will present you with opportunities and connections, keep up to date with current technologies and designs worldwide, and develop you intellectually, supporting you throughout your journey.

Tutor-guided Independent learning time will help you to use the feedback received in class to further your studies and to take responsibility to direct your own learning needs.

Read more and view staff profiles.

 

Staff / Meet the Team

We are an enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and likeable staff team, who are here to motivate you and propel you through your degree and beyond.

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

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

The technical facilities at Northumbria University are excellent. You will work and learn in studio, CAD Lab and workshop environments, encouraging your intellectual freedom and a creative collaborative community.

You’ll have access to a specialist CAD laboratory as well as several mobile laboratories that deliver IT facilities for creative working. The photographic studio is equipped to industry standards and everything is supported by skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of all the facilities that are available.

We use technology to enhance your learning with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Electronic Submission and Feedback (eSAF) facilitates feedback on your project work, while Turnitin reinforces a critical approach to research and the development of your own ideas.

Read more about your learning environment. 

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 Design BA (Hons)

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

Interior Design is predominantly a practice-based course, driven by research and delivered by inspiring, research active and entrepreneurial staff. This creates an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to complex design challenges.

Throughout your studies, you learn through research-informed teaching, and undertaking research yourself to encourage enquiry, and to define and refine your practice. Live projects allow you to contextualise your prior learning and further develop your practical competencies to work collaboratively to industry standards.

By your final year, your design practice will be informed by current critical debate and a creative and exploratory approach to their own specialism of practice.

 

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

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

A framework of industry-facing collaborative projects and study abroad options provide you with the opportunity to hone specialist skills, professional qualities, academic, enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through real-life scenarios.

Our unique collaborative relationships with national and international clients and practices allow you to work on live projects with companies such as Topshop, Gensler, John Lewis, Live Theatre and Dalziel and Pow. Industry leaders deliver directly into the programme and actively engage with students during field trips to London and New York and in undergraduate and graduate internships and employment.

These projects allow you to use the practical skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the course, and engage with external professionals who will offer coaching/mentoring, constructive critique and direct feedback. This provides you with the opportunity to hone specialist skills, professional qualities, and enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities. You will also be able to build a portfolio of this work in preparation for applying for industrial placement opportunities. You will be supported through preparatory exercises for job applications and interview techniques. You will also be encouraged to produce a video CV and blog.

 

Collaborative Projects with Industry

Our Interior Design course has great links with industry who we work with on live projects to help enhance your learning experience.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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

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

The Interior Design course is designed to support the development of your intellectual, practical and transferable skills to prepare you for employment upon graduation or further study.

You will graduate as highly employable industry-ready professionals, able to confidently offer solutions to complex and challenging interior design briefs. You will be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities and resourcefulness in the application of processes, aesthetics, function and materials.

Our Interior Design degree graduates work as interior designers for leading design companies and architectural practices across the UK and abroad, such as Foster and Partners, Met Studio, Dalziel and Pow, Gensler, Paul Smith, Imagination and Zebra.

Alumni / Interior Design BA (Hons)

Our graduates are really making an impact, transforming their lives and others. Here are a selection of some of our Alumni who have been taught Interior Design BA (Hons).

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

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Interior Design. 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 encouraged to engage in structured and problem-based learning, relating the processes of interior design to their cultural functions, whilst beginning to identify your personally preferred area of practise in relation to the subject.

Year 2

Year two You will have the opportunity to shape your learning journey, with the ability to define and refine your own area of practise. You will take part in authentic live projects, working collaboratively with and towards industry standards, to develop your practical and theoretical skills.

Year 3

Year three You will be encouraged to use the creative and exploratory approaches you have developed over the last three years to work and solve complex design challenges. You will demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities through the skills, aesthetics, functions, materials and construction that you apply to your final year project.

Who would this Course suit?

This course would suit independent creative thinkers with an interest in interior design, architecture, furniture and product.  You will aspire to have a career as a commercial interior designer who isn’t afraid to take risks and use your individuality when designing.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview. 

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential

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:
120-128 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 - BBBCC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 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 18 credits at Distinction and 27 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 Int

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview. 

This portfolio containing examples of your work is to help us understand your creative experience and potential ability to undertake a degree in Design. It should evidence your interests in your creative specialism to date. It may include past and current school or college work, personal projects, work in progress and other work that you feel demonstrates your creative potential

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:
120-128 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 - BBBCC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 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 18 credits at Distinction and 27 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

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 2018/19 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

For International course fees please visit Northumbria University Fees for 2018/19

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your course you will be expected to purchase specialist equipment, these may include; layout pads, drawing pencils, sketching pens craft knives and a camera. These will vary in cost and as guide can range from approximately £400-£500. The printing of design projects and dissertations may cost approximately £500. There are optional field trips that you may wish to participate in and as a guide these can range from approximately £100-£900. Students have in the past visited Manchester, London and New York.

 

FUNDING INFORMATION

Further information on managing your money at university

Find out more about funding and scholarships for undergraduate study

Find out more about International discounts and scholarships

Find out more about about fee liability for your studies.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Throughout your course you will be expected to purchase specialist equipment, this may include: layout pads, drawing pencils, sketching pens, craft knives and a camera etc. These will vary in cost and as a guide can range from approximately £400-£500. The printing of design projects and dissertations may cost approximately £500. There are optional field trips that you may wish to participate in and as a guide these can range from approximately £200-£900. Students have in the past visited Manchester, London and New York. You are also expected to budget for final year graduate exhibitions, should you take part - This covers travel, accommodation and exhibition set up.

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.

AH4007 -

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

This level 4 year long module examines historical influences on interior design within a global context and is designed to develop your knowledge of interior design history, expanding your visual vocabulary as a designer and enabling you to take inspiration from the design of the past. You will explore the history of interior design through a chronological survey of key styles, movements and practitioners from c.1800 to the present. You will also address the underlying historical and cultural factors that shape design history. You will also consider the wider social and cultural significance of design practice, reflecting on issues such as the meanings of design, the role of the designer and the position of design within society. Through seminars, workshops and off-campus field trips, you will develop study skills vital for academic success and for your future career as interior design professionals. You will learn how to research specific buildings and sites in order to understand the context and setting of your own work. You will also learn how to present your research findings and design ideas in group presentations and written work to enhance and inform and enhance verbal presentation skills.
A diverse range of topics relevant to developing the visual vocabulary of the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Neo-Classicism
• Gothic Revival
• Arts and Crafts
• Art Deco
• Modernism
• Postmodernism
• International influences such as Japanese, Chinese and Islamic

More information

DE4001 -

Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 4 semester 1 module is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of the design process within the context of interior and spatial design. It provides an opportunity to undertake a series of practical interior design projects and respond to set design briefs that will enable you to gain an understanding of the discipline. You will develop your approach to design projects through an increasing understanding of key skills and knowledge such as; responding to a brief, design development, materials and processes, products, contemporary issues, ergonomics and architectural technologies, while ongoing practical feedback will embed theories.
You will be encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach and offer solutions to increasingly challenging interior design briefs. Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. You will be introduced to a diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer, including;
• Introduction to the discipline.
• What is interior and spatial design.
• 2d and 3d development drawing and communication.
• Spatial planning.
• Modelmaking.
• Learning skills.

More information

DE4002 -

Introduction to Commercial Interior Design (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 4 semester 2 module is designed to enable you build upon the fundamental skills and techniques of the design process, delivered in DE4001, within the context of commercial interior design. It will allow you to practice and embed those new technical and design skills through a series of practical interior design projects and respond to set design briefs that will enable you to gain a greater understanding of the discipline in a commercial setting. You will develop your approach to design projects through an increasing understanding of key skills and knowledge such as; responding to a brief, design development, materials and processes, products, contemporary issues, ergonomics and architectural technologies, while ongoing practical feedback will embed theories.
You will be encouraged to push boundaries and take risks in your creative approach and offer solutions to increasingly challenging interior design briefs. Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. You will develop and practice a diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer, including;
• Commercial Interior and spatial design.
• 2d and 3d development drawing and communication.
• Spatial planning.
• Modelmaking.
• Presentation skills.
• Employability.

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DE4003 -

Architectural Technologies and Communication for Interior Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This Level 4 year long module is designed to introduce you to how architectural and material technologies integrate with interior design at a practical level. This enquiry based module provides an opportunity for you to better understand the relevance and importance of planning, construction and process in the manufacture and completion of designed interior spaces. There will be a particular focus on visual communication and representational techniques both in 2D and 3D, material properties and technologies. The module will enable students to understand the importance drawing, visualisation, model making and ultimately technical drawing plays in the manufacture and completion of designed interior spaces.
You will be encouraged to carry out research and practice into a variety of topics that will underpin your knowledge of what is possible within the interior design profession, including;
• Site, environment and the urban context.
• Building and architectural technologies.
• Material and furniture specifications.
• Technical drawing including plans, sections, elevations and perspective drawing.
• An introduction to 2D cad software.
• Lighting.
• Accessibility.

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YB5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Design (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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Design Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional, 40 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 40 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from 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). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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AH5007 -

Critical Issues in Interior Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This level 5 year long module builds on the chronological stylistic and contextual understanding of historical and contemporary interior design that you gained in year one by immersing you in the most current debates and critical issues around interior design practice. The module explores topics such as the relationship of interior design to the complex ecological, ethical, social and technological issues of modern society through the close critical visual analysis of examples of design practice. The critical investigation of these topics will relate directly to studio project briefs from your other Level 5 modules. By familiarising yourself with the social, environmental, cultural and political issues around these debates in relationship to interior design practice, you will develop the ability for critical thinking and the cultural and ethical awareness vital for academic success and a successful career in interior design. You will further gain the ability to conduct and apply detailed and analytical research and visual analysis to interior design practice and the confidence to articulate your viewpoints clearly in speech and writing.
A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including:
• Sustainability
• Branding
• Globalisation
• Regeneration and heritage
• Identity: ethnic, national and gender

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DE5001 -

Interior Design Practice through Spatial Design (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 5 Semester 1 module is designed to further develop your understanding of interior space and form. It will also reinforce the importance of sustainability and spatial dexterity and the subsequent impact upon manufacturing, construction, materials and lighting within the interior design industry. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop an individual analytical approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal.
Practical design project/s will deal with increasingly complex challenges, allowing you to define your own boundary-pushing approach to design through the experience of site, scale, manipulation of space, strategic re-use of existing buildings, building technology, remodelling, lighting, branding, virtual environments, ergonomics, materiality and construction detailing. Project/s may deal with areas such as retail, leisure, exhibition etc. through the tactics of architectural insertion and installation in response to site.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Building re-use and re-interpretation.
• Service design as part of a full interior design proposal.
• Building exteriors and facades.
• Embedding design principles through design practice.
• Detailing packages.
• Sustainability.
• Architectural technologies.

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Interior Design Practice through Branded Environments (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 5 Semester 2 module is designed to build upon your increasing knowledge of the interior design industry and allows you to start to identify your place within it. It will reinforce and build upon the importance of brand, customer and service in the design of successful commercial interior and spatial design. You will also start to focus upon site, place and the urban environment to better set project solutions in an appropriate context. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal.
The practical design project will be a staff-selected design competition, collaborative project or staff-initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved design solution that considers the resultant implications of brand, site, materials and construction set in an urban context. Project/s may deal with areas such as retail, leisure, exhibition etc. through the tactics of insertion and installation in response to site.
You will be challenged to consider and develop strategies related to brand, urban environment, manufacture, materials and processes, construction and technology, ergonomics and lighting in producing a resolved branded interior design solution.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer will be covered, including;
• Building re-use and re-interpretation – internal and external.
• Branding and branded interior environments.
• Service design as part of a full interior design proposal.
• Architecture, ‘shop fit’ and visual merchandising as part of a cohesive scheme.
• Construction and furniture detailing.
• Architectural technologies.

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Computer Aided Design for Communication and Realisation (Core, 20 Credits)

This Level 5 year long module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of 2D drafting software and 3D visualisation software. The module will begin by introducing you to industry standard drafting software in semester 1, which will naturally progress into 3D modeling and visualisation software in semester 2. You will be introduced to and develop an understanding of industry standard CAD applications within the context of the interior design profession and you will develop proficiency through the production of plans and visuals for design project/s. The production of contractual drawing packs and final CAD renders will illustrate your understanding of the process from ‘drawing board’ to final realisation and construction.
You will be encouraged to carry out research and practice into industry standard cad software that will underpin your ability to create and communicate interior design schemes within the interior design profession, including;
• 2D plan and section renders.
• Contractual drawing packs.
• 3D visuals.

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YB5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Design (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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AD5005 -

Design Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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Design Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad 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, if you pass, 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)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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DE6001 -

Advanced Commercial Interior Design (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 6 semester 1 module is designed to give you the opportunity to combine and integrate the core design principles already embedded as part of the previous taught modules. You will be challenged and expected to synthesise your understanding of areas such as site and environment, brand, customer, construction and materials, lighting, ergonomics etc. through comprehensive and autonomous design project/s development and design proposal realisation. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal, set in the context of the final year graduate approaching employment.
The practical design project/s will be an appropriately selected design competition, collaborative project or staff-initiated design brief, which will respond to current issues and opportunities and result in a resolved commercial design solution in response to an appropriately complex and challenging brief.
Design projects will be set in the context of existing or new build and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics relevant to the interior designer set in the context of industry, will be covered, including;
• Client presentations.
• Production of full design packages.
• Contractual drawing packages.
• Working at speed.
• Individual autonomy.

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Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 6 semester 2 module allows you to demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of the design process through a complex final self-determined and resolved major project, proposed by the student in Module DE6003, ‘Advanced Academic and Professional Practice’.

In this module you will reflect upon your learning to-date to demonstrate the creative, professional, analytical and intellectual autonomous ability that will enable the practice of interior design in various areas and disciplines of the industry. The self-determined project brief will research and develop key themes such as; design, site, brand, sustainability, technologies, construction, customer, user experience and ‘the future’. The module allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge gained in previous design project modules and will allow you to develop your individual approach to design briefs through to a final design proposal, set in the context of the final year graduate approaching employment.

You will subsequently demonstrate your understanding and skills in communicating a resolved interior design solution. Responding to module DE6003 you will further develop design intentions through various methods of communication including, modeling [both computer generated and physical], verbal and continued drawn design development. You will be required to demonstrate how design solutions are realised through the use of 2D and 3D communication, to industry level, that enables clear communication and dialogue with clients, construction firms and manufacturers.
Design projects will be directed by you and set in the context of existing or new build architecture and will ask you to engage with the exciting spatial challenges that interior design poses. A diverse range of topics and sites relevant to the interior designer will be covered and defined by you.

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Advanced Academic and Professional Practice (Core, 40 Credits)

This level 6 year long theoretical module will provide the platform for you to build your research and professional practice knowledge base in readiness for your self-directed final major project. It will deal with establishing or identifying the final project proposition and selecting and researching an appropriate site. It will also enable you to build upon current knowledge of employability, critical design analysis, site, materials, finishes, detailing, customer etc. upon finalising the proposition. Ultimately it will result in the development of a personal brief for your main design project and in turn establish parameters or agendas to work within.

Furthermore, you will prepare for professional design practice, from design brief through to construction stage, by building upon your experience of project management to date. You will cover the main theoretical areas of professional practice, which include: Management of a construction project, needs of the client, administration of contract and the impact of projects on the management of a practice.
You will be encouraged to develop an integrated, cohesive and professional attitude and acumen to your studies by carrying out research and practice in the following areas of professional practice;
• Formulating a design proposition.
• Carrying out a feasibility study.
• Constructing a research paper.

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YB5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Design (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.

More information

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