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 designer in relation to common trends, sustainable design and materials, with a consideretaion of cotemrorary approaches in construction. Students are also provided with oportunity to collaborate with various contructors and professionals from the Industry. This process engages the students with direct contact with a client and equips them with the knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in Interior design and construction. 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.
Britanka Degree Show 2021
What makes the programme unique
Overseas field trips
Meetings with experts in the field
Variety of techniques
The centre for modelling and prototyping
Hardware & software
- Design Studio 1 (IAD)
- Design Skills 1
- Introduction to Technology
- C&CS L4 History and Theory - Introduction
Importantly the design briefs are located in real public buildings in Moscow, with unique and particular problems that need to be identified and successfully analysed. We believe that a genuine understanding of context leads to progressive and nuanced design proposals.
- Design Studio 2 (IAD)
- Design Skills 2 (IAD)
- Advanced Technology
- C&CS L5 History and Theory – People, Buildings and Cities
These investigations act as the foundation upon which the major design project in the second semester is based. This forms the central component of the portfolio of work completed over the three year Bachelor (Hons) programme.
- Final Project (IAD)
- Advanced Design Skills
- C&CS L6 Degree Essay : Dissertation
Required level of English
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English);
- FCE (First Certificate in English).
If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.
Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.