DE6001 - Advanced Commercial Interior Design

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

‘Advanced Commercial Interior Design’ is a project-based experiential learning module. You will learn in design studios, CAD labs and, where appropriate, workshops in order to create a professional design-studio approach. The aim is to encourage the interaction of the student body, through peer learning, which is regarded as a critically important factor in the learning process and will be facilitated through staff-led group tutorials, one-to-one sessions and reviews.

Project brief/s will be introduced through a briefing session/s where the brief will be fully explained and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The module is delivered via a combination of studio teaching, weekly seminars, tutor guided independent learning and student independent learning. Informal studio-based feedback will support your progress through the module. Where appropriate, external site visits will support design briefs and your understanding of the interior design process.

You will take part in a final review presentation of your design project work where you will receive final feedback from staff, which you will be required to document and process to advance future design projects and define your own learning. Summative assessment is through the submission of a design portfolio, which will enable you to learn through an enquiry-based/problem-solving learning methodologies and reflect the accumulation and integration of knowledge accrued over the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support and feedback will be provided by a variety of methods throughout design projects, starting at the briefing and concluding upon submission of each design project. Support includes;

Staff Contact
• Module tutors who provide academic support based upon industrial experience.
• Individual staff-student tutorials inform design project direction.
• Group tutorials enable staff to interact with students and encourage peer learning and support.
• Project briefs are normally introduced via a briefing session, where the brief is fully explained and explored by both staff and students.
• The eLearning Portal will be utilised to communicate all relevant module information.

Studio Contact Time
• Modules are delivered through a combination of lecture supported group tutorials and studio activity, practical demonstrations, studio teaching, guided and independent learning new skills are delivered through workshop activities.
• Studio feedback takes place to facilitate students’ development in the areas being studied, to allow formative feedback and the identification of examples of good practice and development areas to be considered.
• Independent study hours will be utilised to continue the development and progression of studio activity.

Peer and Independent Support
• Students are encouraged and expected to maintain a personal development plan (PDP) and are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.
• Studio based activity also supports the development of appreciation and evaluation of peers work.

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:
• (R+D) 1 - Demonstrate your ability to appropriately deploy techniques of enquiry, analysis and synthesis when completing research and experimental design development work.

• (DESIGN) 3 - Display evidence of your critical, experimental and /or innovative thinking by conceiving solutions which have relevance in cultural, aesthetic, technical and commercial design contexts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• (FLEXI) 1- Intellectually engage with a range of appropriate research materials, techniques and analytical tools to enable the undertaking of comprehensive and appropriately considered design and specification.

• (COM) – 3 Effectively present creative and complex design solutions to professional standards as evidenced through a completed commercial interior design portfolio.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• (PERSONAL) 3 -Show an understanding of professional and responsible design in the context of your practice as evidenced through a professional interior design package.

How will I be assessed?

A series of design projects will be carried out sequentially and grades given at the submission of each project. At the end of the module grades will be collated to provide a final mark for the module, which is 100% design project portfolio, incorporating 2D and 3D design work.

The assessment and feedback strategy is;

a. Formative Assessment
Project tutorials and staged reviews with tutors and peers will provide an opportunity for critique and formative direction. This will allow students to reflect upon their own work and act upon feedback prior to final submission. Verbal feedback is designed to help students to identify areas of success and/or further development to be considered.

b. Summative assessment
The project brief/s driving the module will identify the assessment criteria and submission requirements (deliverables) appropriate to the topic of the project. The assessable elements will consist of a project portfolio, which will enable students to demonstrate the process and technical skills developed throughout the module. In addition studio contact, observations and presentations will ensure tutors are able to assess the learners’ overall performance holistically against the learning outcomes for the module. A single grade will then be aligned to the submission based upon multiple deliverables.

c. Feedback strategy
Feedback will be delivered verbally at the point of each tutorial, where discussion will clarify future direction. Upon receiving summative assessment students will receive a grade reflecting achievement against the learning outcomes of the module. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning by recording feedback in order to reflect upon it as they engage in subsequent learning.

Pre-requisite(s)

Prior modules or equivalent experience

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

‘Advanced Commercial Design’ gives 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.
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.
Learning will be based in our industry standard design studios, CAD lab, photography studio and workshops, to give you the practical and observational skills and subject knowledge required for placement or employability in industry.

What will I learn on this module?

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.

Course info

UCAS Code W250

Credits 40

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 2019 or September 2020

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