AH4007 - Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Design

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What will I learn on this module?

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

How will I learn on this module?

‘Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Design’ is taught through illustrated weekly lectures supported by seminars. Your participation in seminars will help you to develop and communicate your ideas. Each session will involve presentations by the tutor to establish key terms of reference, followed by group discussion of the issues raised. Hands-on workshops will help you to develop study skills relevant to interior design practice, including archival research, fieldwork, visual analysis and presentation skills. Off-campus learning will be delivered through field trips to historic buildings and townscapes. Directed learning and reading will encourage independent research, visual analysis of designed interiors and critical reflection on design theory and practice. You will be supported in the skills of academic essay writing though the use of formative and summative learning and through the use of Turnitin.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support will be provided through seminars, individual tutorials and use of the eLearning Portal;

• Seminars and tutorials will give you the opportunity to identify and discuss assessment criteria, both at the planning stage and as you engage with tasks. Tutorials will offer you support with any specific issues or concerns.
• Sample student work will be provided via the eLearning Portal to guide you in your preparation.
• Study skills sessions will ensure good practice for everyone following the module.
• Formative feedback will be ongoing in group learning sessions.
• Written feedback will be provided upon assignment submission.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

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

What will I be expected to achieve?

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to:

• 1 - Demonstrate your awareness of historical, cultural and contemporary issues in interior design through seminar discussion, group presentation and essay writing.
• 2 - Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of interior design research methodologies through fieldwork, archival research and a formal group presentation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to:
• 1 - Select appropriate methods of research to enable you to produce a critical analysis of designed interiors through group presentation and written work.
• 1 - Identify, review and discuss design related issues or topics in a scholarly manner as evidenced through seminar participation, group work and independent research.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to:
• 1 - Demonstrate engagement and commitment for your studies as evidenced through seminar participation, self-directed learning and engagement with assessment activities.

How will I be assessed?

Semester one
Group Presentation and Script (1000 words) (30%)
The first assignment is a tool to prompt you to think critically about the designed environment around you in Newcastle and the immediate inspiration available to you as a designer.
Each group will select one building from the designated list and will develop a 15-minute presentation providing a critical analysis of the building and its interior. Your group’s presentation should include a PowerPoint and each group should also submit a presentation script to provide evidence of research effort.
The group presentation will assist you in articulating your understanding of interior design verbally. It also gives you the opportunity to work effectively in a group.
Semester Two
Essay (1500 words) 70%

You will develop an individual 1500-word essay that answers one of the designated questions relating to the main themes of the module.
The essay requires you to communicate your investigations into an aspect of interior design history. Before submitting the essay for summative assessment, you have the opportunity to submit it to Turnitin and make any revisions necessary to ensure that all source material has been referenced correctly.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

‘Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Design’ examines historical influences on interior design within a global context. You will explore the history of interior design through a chronological survey of key styles and movements from c.1800 to the present. You will also consider the underlying historical and cultural factors that shape the history of design. The module will 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 alongside the wider social and cultural significance of design practice. You will learn how to research specific buildings and sites in order to understand the context and setting of your own work and 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.

Course info

UCAS Code W250

Credits 20

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 City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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