DE6002 - Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

‘Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry’ is a project-based experiential learning module. Learning takes place 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 where the brief can be fully explained and students 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 visits will support the students understanding of the interior design process in a commercial context.

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) 2 - Analyse the findings from your research material and apply critical analysis to support 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 contexts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• (COM) 2 - Effectively use a wide range of media and advanced communication techniques to accurately communicate concepts and solutions as evidenced through final presentation and realisation.

• (FLEXI) 4 – Demonstrate your advanced ability and reasoning through appropriate and considered design and specification to challenge orthodox approaches with validity and coherence.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• (PERSONAL) 2 - Engage autonomously in your studies, requiring minimal supervision to achieve outcomes.

How will I be assessed?

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

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)

DE6003

Module abstract

‘Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry’ gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your comprehensive understanding of the design process through a complex final self-determined and resolved major project.

You will reflect upon experience 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 future possibilities. 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.

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 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.

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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