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Interior Design BA Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
W251
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Jon Mortimer

Interior Design is an interdisciplinary practice that is concerned with the creation of a range of interior environments that articulate identity and atmosphere through the manipulation of volume, the placement of specific elements, such as furniture, and the treatment of both new and existing surfaces.

Why study BA Interior Design at Middlesex University?

The Interior Design programme describes projects that require little or no structural intervention with the existing building. The building is usually retained in it's original architectural condition with the new interior inserted or installed within. It can often have ephemeral and temporal qualities. Interior Design accepts the existing architectural context and evolves new interiors that are sensitively and appropriately responsive.

The programme can also be taken over four years in a sandwich mode that includes a one-year professional placement within the design industry, taken after your 2nd year of study. This enables you to incorporate a substantial professional practice element in your studies, for which you will receive an Advanced Diploma Professional Practice: Interior Architecture & Design at graduation. The programme are highly regarded within both the academic sector and the design industry and, over more than thirty years, have acquired a considerable reputation for providing high quality graduates to the creative industries.

The practice of interiors is frequently described as 'placemaking', which demands an explicit articulation of the functional, physical and experiential relationships between the existing and original, and the new, imagined and sustainable re-use of the built environment. The subject of 'the interior' is explored at Middlesex in two closely related but distinct courses, BA Interior Design and BA Interior Architecture, but both aim to:

  • Question the meaning and limits of the term 'interior', considering both speculative and real conditions
  • Develop a dialogue between the old and the new, the real and the imagined, and time and space
  • Challenge you to experiment and innovate in the processes of creating environments for human occupation
  • Explore the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the interior and its cultural and historical context
  • Consider issues relative to temporality and the interior
  • Promote rigor, professionalism and excellence in the realisation of interior space
  • Encourage the advancement of our lived-in environments and the way we live and experience them
  • Further the sustainable/thoughtful use of materials, buildings and cities; promote awareness of ecological issues.

Course highlights

  • In addition to the three-year full-time course, we offer a four-year sandwich option, incorporating a one-year professional placement recognised by a dedicated Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice qualification
  • Close links with commercial practice, and equal emphasis on employability, design creativity and intellectual rigour
  • The specialist technical and study facilities and resources and support available to students on our campus are extensive and the most up-to-date available
  • A highly experienced and professional staff team of both practitioners and academics, many with an international reputation, to provide teaching, research and technical support in all aspects of the course
  • You will be working on integrated design projects, a project-based approach that allows you to develop your subject knowledge and range of design, technical, communication and research skills
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

What will you study on the BA Interior Design?

Learning on the course is based on a sequence of 'integrated design projects', in which you are asked to apply and demonstrate various aspects of your learning, as well as your individual creativity and originality, to specified design tasks. Projects are supplemented by a variety of lecture, seminar and workshop sessions to provide specialist skills and knowledge. Your ideas and proposals will be tested and explored in regular tutorials and reviews, in which critical evaluation, guidance and feedback is provided, and from which you will be expected to develop and improve your work.

The curriculum focuses on six core learning strands which are developed progressively throughout all years of the course.

  • Design Thinking and Processes — How designers research, analyse and make decisions, and how the design of interiors is initiated, conceptualized, developed, sanctioned, and realised
  • Materiality and Technics — How and from what interiors are constructed, assembled and operate technically and technologically
  • Environment and Performance — How environmental and sustainability issues and post-occupancy performance and adaptability are addressed in the design, construction and use of interiors
  • Contextual and Critical Analysis — How contextual factors frame, inform and constrain the design of interiors, and their analysis and interpretation
  • Communication and Media — How the design of interiors is represented and communicated across a range of media and techniques
  • Reflective and Professional Practice — How reflective practice is applied in design, and how professional skills are employed in design practice.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Interiors: Foundation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design. You will examine materials and technologies for the construction and operation of building interiors and identify environmental and performance issues in the construction and use of building interiors. You will explore the communication and representation of design in a range of media as well as establish the contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation. This module will also introduce approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

    • Interiors: Exploration (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning, this module aims to refine concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design. You will explore materials and technologies for the construction and operation of building interiors and will investigate environmental and performance issues in the construction and use of building interiors. You will develop the contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation as well exploring further the communication and representation of design in a range of media. This module also aims to develop your approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

  • Year 2

    • Interiors: Development (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning, this module aims to extend concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design. You will develop the use of materials and technologies for the construction and operation of building interiors an examine environmental and performance issues in the construction and use of building interiors. You will refine the contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation as well as develop further the communication and representation of design in a range of media. This module also aims to broaden your approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

    • Interior Design: Application (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning, this module aims to further extend concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design. You will develop the use of materials and technologies for the construction and operation of architectural interiors and examine further environmental and performance issues in the construction and use of architectural interiors. You will further refine the contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation as well as further develop the communication and representation of design in a range of media. This module also aims to extend your personal approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

  • Optional placement year

    • Interiors: Placement (60 credits) – Optional

      Building on prior learning, this module aims to utilise employment experience to provide an insight into the work, methods and operation of a professional design practice. You will enable the skills and knowledge acquired during the academic programme to be applied and related to personal and professional practice. This module will provide an opportunity for you to advance professional knowledge and skills in the context of a professional design practice working on real projects.

  • Year 3

    • Interior Design: Enquiry (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning, this module aims to encourage articulation of the contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation. You will evaluate concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design. You will further extend your use of materials and technologies for the construction and operation of architectural interiors and will examine further environmental and performance issues in the construction and use of architectural interiors. You will further develop the communication and representation of architectural interiors in a range of media as well as enhancing and refining your personal approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

    • Interior Design: Integration (60 credits) - Optional

      Building on prior learning, this module aims to reinforce the use of materials and technologies for the architectural construction and operation of interiors. You will critically review concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design and will embed environmental and performance issues in the architectural construction and use of interiors. You will be able to strengthen your contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation as well as synthesise the communication and representation of architectural interiors in a range of media. This module also aims to consolidate your personal approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

    • Interior Design: Synergy (60 credits) - Optional (Placement only)

      Building on prior learning and professional practice experience, this module aims to reinforce the use of materials and technologies for the architectural construction and operation of interiors. You will critically review concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design and embed environmental and performance issues in the architectural construction and use of interiors. You will be able to strengthen your contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation as well as synthesise the communication and representation of architectural interiors in a range of media. This module also aims to consolidate your personal approaches to reflective and professional design practice.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice
  3. Teaching and learning
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interview and portfolio
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

The Void

Interior Architecture and Interior Design students at Middlesex work on cross-disciplinary live projects which see them explore their creativity in exciting ways. A recent collaboration saw second year students work with Edgar Davey, visiting lecturer in graphic design and Middlesex alum, on an installation where Davey's mind blowing graphics were projected onto a sculptural form designed by the students.

Originally exhibited at the Red Gallery in London's Shoreditch, The Void has since been showcased at Middlesex's 2015 art and design degree show and at the Interior Educators exhibition at London's Truman Brewery.

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How can the BA Interior Design support your career?

Graduates from the BA Interior Design course are equipped to fulfil design roles in interior design practices, specialist studios and consultancies, building and property companies, advisory agencies, and the design departments of public and commercial organisations. The creative industries sector is currently one of the fastest growing employment markets and graduates can take advantage of the many opportunities for design-related roles and activities across the built environment sector, as well as in the education, media, retail and entertainment sectors.

The course will also prepare you for further postgraduate and specialised study in interior architecture, interior design, the built environment, design history and theory, visual culture, and design management.

If you are interested in this course you might also like to find out about our MA Interiors (Architecture and Design).

Workshops and studios

The specialist resources and facilities available to students in the Grove are extensive and the most up-to-date available, and there is professional technical support in all areas to help you use our workshops and studios to the best advantage.

The library

The Sheppard Library houses computing and audio-visual facilities, a language centre, learning support services and the student help centre. There is an entire floor dedicated to design resources, including the Materials and Product Collections.

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) is MLA accredited and houses the important Silver Studio collection of late 19th and early 20th century decorative art and design, designated as of national importance, together with a range of other collections including the J M Richards Archive of books on architecture and town planning.

  • Angeles Martinez

    Interior Design BA student

    I applied to Middlesex based on the advice of a previous tutor; I was excited to have the opportunity to learn about meeting the demands of architecture without neglecting the artistic side of the process, which this course provides.

    When I look back at the intellectual and personal development I've made, I'm really proud. I've enjoyed how much my tutors have pushed and motivated me to succeed and its been great to share the whole experience with my classmates.

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