Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma Architectural Interior Design

Institution
Inchbald School of Design · Interior Design
Qualifications
PGDipMA

Entry requirements

A first degree, either at first or upper second level or relevant experience (2 years minimum, supported by a portfolio and R(P)EL application. All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 with no individual score lower than 6.0

First degree and/or over 25 years of age with work experience

Months of entry

September

Course content

Based around a series of design projects, some of which are shared with the Diploma course, this course requires the student to critically analyse design in their own terms and explore the philosophical background to the subject. Aimed at those students who wish to understand interior design in more depth, it explores through seminars, projects, written work and self directed study, the issues involved in creating and understanding effective interior spaces.

The Post Graduate Diploma Course (Part 1) is an intensive professional programme enabling students to investigate more fully the impetus and consequences of their design solutions. Alongside the practical content is a more investigative emphasis that prepares students for the demands of this competitive profession or for further research. Students will approach project work through the introduction of the Survey/Analysis/Design method and will develop an approach to design through, learning to explore conceptual method and practice. Projects increase in complexity facilitating the understanding and development of the core skills of Design, Design Analysis, Graphics and Presentation, Construction, Job Administration and Research Methodology. Contemporary visualisation skills, hand and computer drawn, are introduced and developed throughout the programme enabling the student to prepare a portfolio that communicates a clear and practical approach to professional requirements and client need.

Students have the opportunity to investigate design theory and its impact on their work that of their peers and the wider established design community. Further explanation through lectures, seminars, workshops and site specific projects cover aesthetic and practical issues forming the basis for self-directed study and student led discussion in preparation for possible entry to Part 2, the MA programme.

Post graduate study at Inchbald is introduced and explored through the Research Methodology module. This module investigates and elucidates issues of place, space, materials and atmosphere, as well as considering the creation of any built or designed environment through seminars and investigations instigated by staff and student contributions.

Key modules, Design and Design Analysis in particular, are filtered through the outcomes of dedicated seminars. Students are encouraged to draw conclusions that inform working methods, and produce designs, which communicate authentic atmosphere, design details and decoration. They are also expected to expand on interior design sourcing or planting considerations.

Key factors to be considered are the interaction of human beings to their spaces. The resonance and performance of materials, the understanding of the sensory perception of space and the effects of movement, fashion and interpretation will be considered in depth in both the classic and contemporary context.

Post Graduate students are also required to exercise a greater degree of autonomy in their own studies; through the Personal Development Journal they will chart and analyse their own work, the areas of design they wish to pursue professionally (perhaps to Master's level) and those issues they consider relevant to the career path they wish to follow. For PG students the final project is a self-directed study. Site, client and brief are composed in consultation with the Course Director, but the choices and the direction of the project are student-led.

Post Graduate study at the Inchbald builds upon, but is distinctly different from, the Core Diploma. It is designed to exercise the students’ individual responses to those theoretical and philosophical issues, which require a deeper understanding of how we react to constructed space. Importantly, it explores issues that inform and expand the students' understanding of the professions to which they have dedicated themselves.

Objectives

1. To develop in our students an understanding of design as it relates to the domestic and commercial interior together with the capability to present design ideas visually, verbally and in written form.

2. To evaluate site and functional constraints and evolve design solutions through critical analysis and research.

3. To develop spatial awareness, the capability to organise space with a knowledge and understanding of ergonomics and ability to handle interior decorative elements.

4. Students develop a portfolio demonstrating their skills and their design approach.

Modules

Design

Students will study how to organise complex spaces with multifunctional uses, in relationship to the particular requirements of a client. Through a variety of domestic and commercial projects, students will be expected to support their design concepts by a sophisticated handling of the core elements of scale, light, form, colour and texture. Verbal presentations and crit sessions take place in studio with a record of design development work showing how they achieved their goals. In addition, a critical diary is maintained through all assignments in which students identify, describe and evaluate their design rationale and progress throughout the course.

Design Analysis

This module encourages spatial awareness and the analysis of site in terms of quality, character and scale. Students are required to explore the geometry of spatial organisation, concept and expressive technique. Exploration of accurate survey method as the basis for design development coupled with an interpretation of the client brief, contributes to a dynamic process of critical analysis and reflection. The development of alternative solutions through loose freehand graphic overlays. This is further considered by the use of diagrammatic assessments of tasks and the space needed to carry them out in conjunction with analysis of survey, circulation and ergonomics. Intensive studio tuition is the best method of promoting analysis and students are encouraged to keep a record of their progress through each design assignment to be submitted for assessment alongside the finished project. Students also develop a methodical approach to the evaluation of alternative schemes which informs and confirms the final design solution. Precedence study and the evaluation of like situations contribute to the analytical approach alongside the investigation of issues of feasibility that crucially inform the creation of any spatial design.

Graphics & Communication

This module is preceded by a preparatory drawing programme initiated prior to enrolment. Within the programme and in studio sessions, intensive examination and practice of a wide range of alternative graphic communication skills prepares the way for later, more specialised application and development in the MA programme. Students have the opportunity to produce and compare manual graphic work with computer generated communication using Vectorworks software. The module also establishes the basic principles of graphic composition relating to layout and the arrangement of visual presentations.

Research Methodology

The module is introduced through a short course, delivered to both Interior and Garden Design students. Students are introduced to research strategy and practice, the ISD library and other important reference libraries, the use of IT in research and the identification of primary and secondary research resources. Within this module, students will be required to undertake two pieces of coursework – a research report exercise and a proposal exercise linked to the thesis, which will eventually complete the MA programme. Explored through seminars and written assignments this module looks at the methods used to express and evaluate findings and conclusions as a direct result of analysis of design and design writing. It also covers more formal critical development as students are required to critically analyse and reflect upon the work of other designers, presenting written reports in standard academic formats. Analysis of the peer group, renowned practitioners, or critics and commentators is expected to evidence clear results in the students own work. Preparation of research on design projects and exploration of subjects in preparation for possible consideration at MA level make up part of this module. A critical diary, kept by students throughout the year, encourages an ongoing discussion between the course director and the student which assists and determines the self directed scope of each individual students work.

Construction

This module is supported by a series of lectures beginning with the principles of building construction and structural behaviour, developing with more detailed information on domestic construction, the technical application of hard and soft finishes and the detailed installation of services. Within the programme, the principles of staircase design and an understanding of the design of built in fitments forms an intensive theoretical and practical part of the syllabus. More specialist and applied construction studies dealing with the fabric of commercial buildings complete the module. The understanding of constructional issues informs and exposes what is possible in interior design terms and it is crucial that students comprehend the constraints and regulations with regards to the alteration of the built environment.

Job Administration

The module introduces the processes relating to job administration covering contract management, planning and legal issues, and the control of quality built into a design contract through the specification and scheduling of all elements relevant to the scheme proposal. The process of on-site management including site supervision, site meetings, and the co-ordination of the contractor and consulting professionals is considered and debated.

Information for international students

Comparative validation of academic qualifications is subject to examination by the school in consultation with the awarding body, namely Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
12 months

MA

part time
12 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Creative work75
Dissertation (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Secretary
Email
kate@inchbald.co.uk
Phone
020 7730 5508
Fax
020 7730 4937