Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Interior Architecture

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020

Introduction

In a nutshell

Finding imaginative and sustainable uses for buildings in our space-constrained cities is a key challenge for interior architects and designers. Become part of the solution to this vital urban challenge with our unique Interior Architecture degree.

Working alongside our Architecture and Architectural Engineering students in our dynamic studios, you’ll experience action-learning as you build design principles, understand how to shape better building experiences, appreciate the ergonomics of a space and spot how a building can maximise its potential. Through live briefs and guest lectures from local architecture, interior architecture and engineering firms, you’ll graduate excited and inspired, ready to help change our built environment for the better.

If you are unsure about this level of study, this course is also available with a Foundation year entry pathway

You will:
  • Explore intelligent design and critically examine how space is occupied and understood, at both individual and group levels
  • Consider a building’s total design, exploring themes and issues such as heritage, ergonomics, materials, structures and connected systems
  • Collaborate with other built environment disciplines which focus on the 'making of buildings’
  • Work on live briefs across Greater Manchester and beyond
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment

2.

You want to combine highly imaginative creative design skills with sound technical and management knowledge

3.

You are creative and an original thinker

Course details

All about the course

Exploring a creative approach to building adaptation and reuse, through strategic design, construction and sustainability, this course brings together all aspects of the built environment in a collaborative and imaginative way. The course promotes an action learning environment, with a focus on the workplace and current practice-based developments.

In year one, you will develop a basic understanding of architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. Studio-based modules will be complemented by lecture and seminar-based modules which will challenge you to think creatively and form your own ideas. During year two you will consider the performance of buildings from different perspectives and learn how to design according to performance criteria, linking this with conceptual frameworks. As the year progresses, the focus of design moves to a more urban scale, history and theory. There is also an optional overseas study visit where you will gain additional inspiration and context for your studies.

In your final year you will combine and apply all the theoretical, technical and creative skills you have developed throughout the course in an interior architecture design project.

Year one

Interior Architecture Design Studio 1A

You will be introduced to architectural design thinking through the understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their immediate environment in place making.

Design Representation and Modelling

You will be introduced to the concept and techniques of drawing, modelling and alternative forms of representations of architectural design. The module will develop your ability to interpret and produce 2-D and 3-D architectural representations (e.g. plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and perspective projections) and models (e.g. analogue, physical and digital).

History and Theory of Architecture 1

You will be introduced to the canon of western architectural history and its underlying ideological assumptions. It locates the major practices and sites of western architecture in a wide visual and cultural context and critically examines its relevance to the practicing architect today.

Interior Architecture Design Studio 1B

You will develop your interior and architectural thinking and appreciate the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of a building design of a low to medium level of complexity.

Introduction to Building Services and Systems

You will learn about environmental factors which influence decision making with regard to Building Services in a building and systems installations. You will develop an understanding of thermal and environmental comfort systems which address ecological challenges. You will gain awareness of the impact of heat transfer, illumination and acoustics on buildings and their users. You will be able to demonstrate how building type and usage informs building systems and performance of buildings.

Principles of Architectural Structure

This module aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will be introduced to nature as a generator of structure. You'll explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies. You will be able to understand the mutual dependencies between architectural design, structural performance and manufacturing technologies in the past and present through the knowledge of historical and contemporary structural forms and materials. The module also enables you to investigate the implications of nature, people and technology in the design of architectural structures.

Year two

Interior Architecture Design Studio 2

This module will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of interior and architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings.

Construction Technology in Architecture

This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.

Performance Modelling and Integrated Design

You will gain the skills and ability to deploy digital technologies such BIM in the development of design alternatives for a client brief and justify design selection with the accurate adoption of the digital technologies.

Principles of Sustainable Built Environments

You will develop a comprehensive recognition and understanding of global and local principles of sustainability in the built environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes and their social, environmental and economic impact. This module will also provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in the design, procurement, and construction of sustainable built environment.

History and Theory of Architecture 2

You will gain a broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture.

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year three

Design Studio 3

You will develop, apply and test the student’s architectural design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will apply the necessary skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs. You will expand your design methods to include (fine) art practices, in particular those which focus on the development of spatial interventions.

Re-creating the City - Re-use and Regeneration

You will explore the theme of regeneration and application of architecture practice in the regeneration of cities and urban environments.

Practice Management and Law

This module aims to prepare you for industry practice by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of interior architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the interior architect in society. You will learn about the management of the construction industry, the role of the architectural practice and responsibilities of each within the regulatory legal context within which interior architecture operates.

Interior Architecture Design Studio 4

You will apply and test your interior architecture design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will develop the skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs.

Ideas and Issues in Interior Architecture

The aim of this module is for you to develop your design thinking and appreciate the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of an interior design intervention of a medium to high level of complexity.

Design Research Project

You will learn to write and deliver an extended and coherent study on a design related topic. On completion, you will demonstrate competency in research skills in support of future learning development. This module will help you to develop the skills of reflective practice through engagement with contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

As an Interior Architecture student, you will spend a lot of time in the Architecture studios, where you will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Design portfolios
  • Examinations

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly-changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Delivered by a team of dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment, where you can take your potential further.

Facilities

Our carefully designed architecture studios provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Location

There are few better places in the UK to study the built environment. Located at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, our expert academic team can draw on close industry partnerships and live local case studies to enrich your learning experience. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

Interior Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the creative industries.

You may be working within an architectural practice (i.e. Foster and Partners, Benoy, Gensler, etc.), a retail and experience design agency (i.e. Household, Brinkworth) or within the hospitality, workplace and exhibition design arenas. You may also specialise in lighting design and consultancy (i.e. Arup, Buro Happold).

FURTHER STUDY

We offer specialist postgraduate study options to help you take your architecture career even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

A taste of what you could become

An interior architect

An experiential designer

A retail designer

A workplace consultant

A lighting designer

And more...

Career Links

Our experienced team maintain strong links with the interior, architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as networking opportunities.

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE 

This course is ideal for those with an interest in building design who want to combine highly imaginative creative design skills with the sound technical and management knowledge base that is essential for success in today’s design, architecture and construction industries.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each applicant. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but they are also essential if you want a successful built environment career.

All candidates must submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is your own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can use school/college headed paper and be signed by your tutor. For mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with an industry connection. 

Please read our guidance for portfolio preparation and submission. Your portfolio must be sent to the School office Administrator: sobe-admissions@salford.ac.uk 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

 

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

96-112 points

A Level

96-112 points

BTEC National Diploma

DMM

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

96-112 points

Scottish Highers

96-112 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

96-112 points

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

28-30 points

Other Qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12,960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship and the Architecture International Excellence Scholarship

To find out more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

 

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K120

Institution S03

Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.

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