This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior space and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies in spatial design. It gives you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior spatial design or specialist areas of three dimensional design, through concise and focused study.
You will cover a range of issues, both theoretical and practical. Design modules deal with contemporary issues in a variety of interior design typologies, including retail, exhibition, gallery, performance and space syntax in workplace design. Careful studies are made in the pursuit of a fresh approach to their design resolution, through analogous and figurative studies, as well as comparison using suitable contemporary exemplars. The thesis can be undertaken as a design project, a dissertation or a piece of research – effectively a hybrid, both a project and a written summary or theoretical proposition.
You are normally required to have a good Honours degree in architecture, interior design or a related design discipline. If your qualifications are in subject areas cognate to the course you will be considered on merit. In certain cases, and subject to evidence of equivalent prior study, or acceptance of Credit Transfer, entry may be permitted into the course at an assessment point other than the first. If your background is in another field you may be considered providing you are able to demonstrate practical experience or knowledge of interior design at the appropriate level. Part-time students are normally expected to be employed by an interior design practice or related profession, and to have at least two years’ relevant work experience. Full-time students would normally be expected to have some relevant experience in interior design practice.
UK students will usually need to attend an interview. Overseas students are asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.
Interior Design Case Study
This module is committed to the thorough investigation of a chosen interior environment(s), designed or otherwise, contemporary or historical, and the relationship to/within the architectural setting. It should provide a vehicle for you to examine particular design criteria and articulate your personal philosophical agendas about spatial design, together with the perceived and ambient quality of interior space. Investigation is published both as written work and through a short film media.
Introduction to Design Computing
This module will introduce you to twodimensional digital graphics and image manipulation, and considers the use of these techniques in relation to the broader context of architectural/art-based representational practices and conventions.
Major Thesis Project
The module specifically deals with the research, development, exploration, synthesis and conclusion of your chosen area of study for your Major Thesis Project. The aim is to evolve the project developed from the position formulated in the Thesis Development module. The project requires substantially greater commitment than any previous project task, and can be either design based or text based. You will work individually on the project, which will need to embrace the highest standards of critical review – whether in challenging particular theories and their manifestations in design and architecture, or in demonstrating a personal or innovative approach to the design process.
Making Interior Space
This module provides a holistic investigation of interior place-making, from a theoretical and practical viewpoint. You will look at historical and contemporary interior design, covering psychological, cultural, social and economic aspects that influence the making of designed interior space.
You will consider in context how design is utilised as an effective and persuasive tool in the contemporary retail environment. You will investigate issues of product marketing, branding, promotion and evaluation of public perception and the potency of image, through a range of focused design projects.
This module prepares you for the subsequent Major Thesis Project by introducing research issues and themes, and covers research methods, analysis, agenda, concept and strategy. You will undertake a series of short projects and/or studies throughout the module. It is important to note that the Major Thesis Project can take a form that is design based or text based, depending on your choice. The course of study for the Thesis Development module will as a consequence depend also on the type/format of research methods that you are evolving for your thesis project.
Former graduates from the Interior Design MA practise in a variety of areas of design. These include interior design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, retail and product design, and interior conservation, as well as multidisciplinary and traditional architectural and design practice. The MA may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. For students who take the course and are interested in further study, we offer suitable applicants the opportunity to study for a MPhil/PhD degree, not only through the traditional research mode, but also through a PhD by design route.
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