The Interior Architecture and Design programme centres on the creative improvement of existing and new buildings and spaces. Students learn about how the objects and spaces that make up our everyday landscapes provide pleasure, give meaning to and can enhance the quality of people’s lives. Students develop an understanding of how people and activities interact with the material, environmental, sensory, emotional, functional and cultural qualities of a specific space and situation and how interior architects can design better places.
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design program is validated by University of Hertfordshire.
We focus on studio-based design projects supported by Critical and Cultural Studies. It enables students to learn design through a dynamic process of investigation and analysis, ideas exploration, experimentation, testing and development, realisation and communication. As the programme moves from level 4 to 6, students develop their own ideas through a self-directed design approach. Students increasingly consider some of the key contemporary issues for interior architects, such as the importance of place and site specificity, the role of the architect, sustainable design and the significance of traditional and new materials and traditional and contemporary building techniques on design and construction. Students are also tasked with exploring how buildings are made and how to use and join materials at real scale (1:1). This process engages the students with the process of construction and equips them with the knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in realizing built work. Overall, we aim to cultivate a learning environment to enable the development of independent, innovative and responsible designers with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to existing and new buildings and space making.
The teaching team consists of experienced architects from various European countries, including Russia, with a varied vision and rich professional experience in reputable design offices internationally. Importantly all teaching staff continue to practice and are regularly invited by some of the best European Architecture and Design Universities as guest lecturers and critics through the academic year.
On successful completion of the programme, students will typically:
have a Knowledge and Understanding
- key aspects of the discipline, including current developments and debates in the field of Interior Architecture and Design;
- cultural, historical and professional contexts;
- visual languages, materials and techniques of the practice of Interior Architecture and Design;
- a process of idea development and design realisation to relevant levels of professional competence;
- audiences, markets and requirements of professional practice in the design industries.
- be able to:
- exercise, in a creative design process, analysis, selection and judgement;
- demonstrate a willingness to explore visual languages, materials and techniques;
- generate ideas, present arguments and draw conclusions independently;
- present a range of solutions to design problems in critical response to set briefs and/or self-determined projects.
- be able to:
- produce interior / spatial designs using a range of materials for various professional/audience contexts, using safe working practices;
- demonstrate relevant levels of professional competence in the realisation, presentation and communication of design ideas in a field of Interior Architecture and Design;
- make aesthetic and functional judgements in the realisation of design ideas.
- be able to:
- research, critically evaluate, organise and present information to a range of audiences;
- retrieve and present information digitally;
- demonstrate personal responsibility and initiative in the management of own learning;
- identify personal strengths and learning needs;
- demonstrate effective communication skills through considered use of English language,
both orally and in writing;
- work effectively within a team;
- respond flexibly to change.