Design Principles and Interventions
School of Arts & Media
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Designing for interiors requires both artistic flair and technical know-how. These are two very distinct skill sets that you will develop throughout this course.
Specialist subject tutors and dedicated resources ensure that you gain a sound understanding of interior architecture while also developing interdisciplinary attitudes toward design. A combination of studio-based modules and seminar lectures allow you to shape your studies around areas of interior design that particularly interest you.
With well-established links to the architectural and interior design industry, this course has a strong record of inviting specialist design professionals to deliver guest lectures and contribute to the teaching and learning experience. You will also benefit from a range of industry placement and live brief opportunities, which will enable you to work on real world projects and experience the cutting edge of design practice.
In addition to delivering quality teaching and a wealth of opportunities, the course has an enviable reputation for producing graduates who have gone on to work for a variety of architectural and interior design practices including large retail organisations, construction departments, and film and TV companies.
- Be able to specialise in the areas of interior design that particularly interest you
- Learn from industry trained tutors who have led successful careers in the discipline
- Engage in real world projects, live briefs and industry placements
This is for you if...
You have good visual communication skills
You have the ability to understand 3D form and scale
You are keen to develop artistic flair and technical know-how
All about the course
This is a broad based course which covers many aspects of interior architecture (commercial building interiors) and designs for temporary structures such as exhibitions, museums, and film and TV sets. A combination of both studio-based modules and seminar lectures will enable you to shape your studies around areas of interior design that particularly interest you.
The course has extensive links with the architectural and interior design industry and is taught by tutors who have led well-established careers in the field. This course also has a strong record of inviting key figures and specialist design professionals to deliver guest lectures and contribute to the teaching and learning experience. Visits to developments, buildings, practices and showrooms are embedded within the course in order to ensure practice-based learning, as are overseas exchanges.
The course opens with a challenging course of projects to stimulate your creativity and develop your design thinking, including spatial awareness, form materials and structures, alongside the core skills required for design. While the majority of your time is spent working on design projects, you will have the opportunity to acquire experience of computing for design, to extend your awareness of visual communication and workshop practice, and to develop an understanding of cultural and theoretical studies in relation to design.
Your second year focuses on technical know-how, employability and sustainable design principles. You will explore professional practice and what it means to be a designer, project work is underpinned with the technology and statutory regulations particular to the design practitioner, and will include marketing, business and management issues. Sustainable design practice will be investigated to gain knowledge and understanding which will be applied to design projects. Year 2 involves examination of the global context of design in the early 21st century and may include the opportunity to undertake a study visit abroad (Erasmus). As with Year 1 there is a wide range of supporting studies including further specialisation in technological media (CAD), international cultural studies, visual communication and visual language.
In year three, you have the ability to shape your course around your own personal interests by choosing your own direction. You will also have the opportunity to pursue a detailed study of a relevant creative, cultural & contextual issue that is of particular interest to you through a self-directed research and design project. There is plenty of scope for experiment, to explore boundaries and to investigate new areas, further increasing your portfolio of skills.
This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of 3D design, and builds the awareness of a design vocabulary through a series of short projects to develop skills. Application of established design communication techniques will provide a basis for exploration, and the subsequent development of your own 2D and 3D design outcomes. You will gain an understanding of materials and associated processes within the context of specific design problems, and you will appreciate the choice of materials available to you alongside understanding how your decisions will affect your design proposals.
Design is a creative tool that is employed widely by a number of industries, this module aims to provide you with an understanding of design procedures and ways of working which will help you generate, develop, communicate and realise design solutions.
This module introduces you to the variety of individuals or customers who as a designer you need to please. Whilst full consideration is given to the end user, an understanding of the client, supplier and those involved with construction/manufacturing is critical.
Exploring Design Contexts
In this module, you are encouraged to consider a range of perspectives on creative practice - including critical, ethical, cultural, political and commercial viewpoints. Alongside this you will develop an understanding of professional practice as a core theme which runs throughout the course. This module encourages you to start aligning your skills with the identified requirements of industry and includes an emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills.
Building Analysis for Interior Structure
The particular characteristics of a specific situation can influence the redesign of an existing space. This module will explore the manner in which these defining qualities can be examined and exploited by encouraging you to investigate methods of interpretation and evaluation of the urban form. You will be introduced to appropriate forms of technology, construction and materials and study how these elements are utilised in the production of interior design project work.
Architectural Technology and Spatial Design
Interior design practice is constantly influenced by regulatory issues as well as new and existing technologies. This module will provide you with a strong insight into challenging and exciting ways of utilising these developments in your own practice. You will also build an awareness of architectural technologies in current practice as well as an understanding of the processes involved in design development and production.
Specialist Studies in Design – Interior Architecture
Interior architecture can include user-specific commercial interiors such as offices, banks, retail, education, health or cultural facilities as well as interiors for hospitality or entertainment. You will gain a strong foundation in one of the above forms of interior architectural design by undertaking an appropriate design project which will expose you to the challenges and creative opportunities of interior architecture.
Developing Professional Practice for 3D Design
Building upon the professional practice skills introduced in Year One, this module looks at business, employability and enterprise issues, encouraging you to reflect upon your own work and ongoing development. This module is also used to identify and pursue placement opportunities for the final module of the year.
Experience within Professional Contexts
You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement at the end of semester two. This will enable you to demonstrate and develop your skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the relevant working procedures within industry and the professional activities of design.
Advanced Studies in Interior Design
This module will further extend and strengthen your knowledge and skills in producing design solutions within the area of specific building interiors, with an emphasis on the creation of appropriate and suitable ambience through the use of materials and lighting. Commercial client and user needs will be studied in relation to particular aims and requirements and conditions developed within a brief appropriate to interior architecture. The creative reuse of existing buildings for a variety of commercial uses will involve you in research and analysis to understand the specific natures of such spaces. Such considerations will lead to the production of more fully developed design solutions which will be implemented up to full client presentation standards.
Advanced Research Strategies
Building upon the research methods introduced in year two, your work in this module will provide an evidence base with which to inform and evaluate design directions within the Negotiated Major Project.
Negotiated Major Project
The Negotiated Major Project module is designed to allow you to bring together and synthesise your prior learning and experiences on the course through the definition, negotiation and implementation of a self-determined programme of study. You are encouraged to identify a theme, topic, issue or set of issues around which to focus your exploration leading to the development and presentation of a significant body of work.
Applied Professional Practice for 3D Design
This module supports you in your final year whilst also encouraging you to consider your career options and define your personal objectives. You will take the first critical steps in pursuing your career aspirations by producing a self-directed portfolio of work, which demonstrates your skills, knowledge and understanding via the use of appropriate professional methods and techniques.
Independent Research Project
The emphasis of this module is on independent research, exploration and investigation. This module provides you with the opportunity to pursue a detailed study of relevant creative, cultural and contextual issues in a subject area that is of particular interest to you. You can choose from one of the four following project options: 1. Dissertation, 2. Original visual work with critical text, 3. Presentation with extended essay, or 4. Business report.
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?
The course is taught by a variety of teaching and learning methods, however the design project forms the basis for the majority of activities on the course. Most modules include lectures, practical workshops or skills sessions, one-to-one tutorials, group seminars and design studio practice.
You will work on a variety of design projects in a way that reflects contemporary design issues, culture and professional design practice. In addition to studio projects, computing skills are developed throughout the course to develop skills in 2D, 3D and multimedia computer applications. Theory modules are delivered through a series of formal lectures and seminar discussion groups that again reflect contemporary design issues and, where possible, align to studio practice modules.
School of Arts and Media
The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.
This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.
The course has extensive dedicated facilities including a large studio with a permanent work space in our £55 million New Adelphi building. Close to the studio are well resourced computer suites (Mac and PC) with up to date software.
A main feature of the course is the 3D workshop which boasts up to date wood, metal and plastic facilities, spray shops, hot metal, laser cutting and rapid prototyping resources, including CNC and 3D printing.
What about after uni?
When you graduate you will be equipped for a range of careers in the interior design field. Graduates have gone on to work in all areas of design in architectural and interior design practices, large retail organisations, construction departments, film and TV companies
The course has an outstanding graduate employment record, both in the local design community and recently further afield in both architecture and interior design practices in Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco.
Through the strong industry links and vibrant visiting lecturer programme the course can provide a stepping stone for those students wishing to work within the design community – our alumni are now working in premier design organisations – BDP, Judge Gill, Stephenson Bell, Leach Rhodes Walker, Sheppard Robson, the Co-Op, MBLC, as well as further a field in Hong Kong and Australia.
Some students also follow more typically general graduate routes into teacher training, office design and retail, with others undertaking further studies at postgraduate level in interior design or CAD.
You will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals and all have practical experience across the field of interior design – ranging from building renewal, commercial interior design, and television and film design.
We have a programme of visiting speakers and the valuable knowledge and experience that they bring ensure that you are kept informed of the current changes and demands within the Interior Design industry. Guest speakers have included Maurice Shapero, George Mills, Anthony Chadwick, Andrew Thurman, Trevor Stratford, and Graham English.
Many students who completed their studies here have continued to maintain a strong link with the university and the course, and are regularly invited to deliver talks, advise students and offer work placements. These include ex-graduates, who are currently working as interior designers, event and museum designers, and interior architects on projects such as retail, leisure, education, sport.
You will be regularly informed by professional practitioners who teach on the course, from varying and appropriate sections of the industry in-line with your needs and learning outcomes. This professional perspective complements your knowledge and development while providing an acute awareness of the interior design world
What You Need To Know
The UCAS application should indicate, as well as the required academic qualifications, an awareness of Interior Design through the applicant’s statement. This may be evidenced by some knowledge and understanding of the chosen subject area through visits to exhibitions, buildings, knowledge of practitioners, appropriate technical journals. You should be verbally articulate and be able to demonstrate reasoned judgment in written formats relevant to their chosen subject of study.
As with all design courses, good visual communication skills are required. This can include drawing in its broadest sense, from observational drawing through sketch development, to presentation drawings and scale technical drawing.
The ability to understand 3D form and scale needs to be shown within a portfolio of work if invited for interview. The portfolio should contain evidence of both observed and experimental media application.
All suitable applicants to the course are interviewed.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
English Language and Maths 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 including Art & Design or Design & Technology
GCE A level
96-112 points, including an A2 in an art and design or a design and technology subject at grade C or above
BTEC National Diploma
MMM-DMM including Art & Design/Design & Technology
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Applicants may be considered for entry into year two
96-112 points including Art & Design/Design & Technology
Irish Leaving Certificate
96-112 points including Art & Design/Design & Technology
29 points including Art & Design/Design & Technology
Access to HE
96-112 points, overall pass including an appropriate subject
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,400per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID 8G22