Undergraduate study
 
 

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Interior Design at Teesside University is one of the longest established interior programmes in Europe with our graduates working all over the world. It is an exciting, creative industry, devising stimulating environments for living, working, shopping, commerce and so many other human activities.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.

Normally based around converting existing buildings, the interior designer considers many design matters including the needs of the end user, creating interior spatial layouts, and improving circulation and function. The interior designer’s role also embraces material specifications, designing bespoke textiles, fittings and furniture, and selecting colour palettes and lighting schemes.

At Teesside University we encourage you to become a creative design professional. Here you learn interior decorative arts, trends, fashions and textiles, architectural drawing techniques, 2D and 3D industry-standard CAD, history of design and architecture, plus the essentials of professional practice. These are all applied into your core creative design studio projects. Projects replicate professional practice ensuring you are ready for the design profession.

You can work on live projects with real clients and enter prestigious competitions such as those offered by the Royal Society of Arts. Recent live briefs have included working with a local specialist hospital to improve the environment for those with sight impairments, the premier manufacturer of temporary housing and environments, and a major house building company. You work in a dedicated design studio environment with access to high-quality CAD and superb workshop facilities.

The course has an outstanding track record for innovative teaching and supporting students to achieve high grades and jobs within this dynamic field of work. Interiors at Teesside has recently become affiliated with the Society of British and International Designers and has become one of only nine Centres of Excellence in the United Kingdom for the study of interiors based subjects.

Get involved in extra curricula activities – guest lectures and workshops from both professionals in practice and our successful graduates now working throughout the world. Experience iconic architecture through educational visits - recent trips include Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Browse our final-year students’ work during their Design Degree Show 2019.

 

Course details

Year 1 focuses on traditional design presentation and concept development skills, key software applications, and principles of spatial and surface design skills. In Year 2 you develop your personal approach to design through reflective practice and develop key software applications further in the context of professional presentation for live projects and national and international competitions. In Year 3 you negotiate a topic of your own choice for the final major project and dissertation and you are given opportunities to work on developing your personal portfolio in preparation for leaving University and entering the jobs market.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Design and Shape

You are provided with a foundation in computer aided design work (CAD) and given an introduction into the use of computers as design tools to help you identify the advantages and disadvantages in their use. You look at 2D drafting and the surveying of interior spaces and are encouraged to experiment with drafting, presentation and layout in a digital environment.

Drawing Architecture

You study a variety of architectural drawing conventions and techniques including plans, elevations, sections, isometric and axonometric projects, and one and two-point perspective. These are essential tools for a professional designer - vital to communicating design ideas from initial sketch stage to final client presentations. You apply concepts of scale and geometry, consider viewpoints and composition as well as the introduction of colour.

This is a studio-based, practical module. There is one summative assessment worth 100% of the marks where you create a portfolio of architectural hand drawings including sketch work, a one and two-point perspective, isometric and axonometric drawing as well as a plan, elevation and section. Drawings should demonstrate scale and be appropriately annotated.

Enterprise

You are introduced to the innovation economy and gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop and deliver entrepreneurial solutions. You explore organisational contexts as members of teams or empowering you to harness your personal and business skills.

Precedent

This module introduces you to the contexts of architectural and design history investigating problem solving and themes that inform your studio practice. During the module you research and analyse ideas about past British and international styles, design and theory. This develop your understanding of the role of the designer, the meanings and vocabulary of space and design, and the relationship between design, society and the environment.

Space and Place

This module provides you with a basic understanding of the processes, methods of working and design communication involved within a practical interior design framework. You experience the translation of initial ideas into finished design proposals, exposing you to spatial design from concept to completion.

Textile Skills 1

The key skills you need to develop as a textile practitioner is expression and communication through drawing, works on paper and the diverse range of techniques and processes using multimedia techniques. The discipline associated to this activity leads you as practitioners to find your ‘signature’ in the work you produce in textiles.

 

Year 2 core modules

3D Solutions

This module uses advanced digital design techniques. You experiment with form, space, texture and light as a digital entity, developing an understanding of the nuances of dimensioned input in a design workspace.

Analysis

During this module you look outside of the studio to observe, make links and understand situations. You consider how design can be a progressive force that impacts and improves lives and environments. You have the ability to shape project work to suit your design interests and can involve yourself with individual, collaborative, entrepreneurial, research-led or externally-situated briefs.

You have the opportunity to connect with wider communities to identify a need for improvement by design. Social design is a driver for our practice and provides the means to underpin deep and meaningful solutions.

Connect

Designers operate in a commercial world. It is crucial that you understand the needs of all the stakeholders that your design will impact upon and that you strategically develop products that will service specific market sectors, be user focused and fulfil the needs of business. 

You build your knowledge and understanding of design in a business context. Develop your skills in project management, applied research methods and the design process. You relate the work to real-world business scenarios, problems and situations, considering both manufacturing and end-users. A significant project draws your skills together to consider the strategy behind new product development. You prepare for your third-year studies by developing more independence in your choice and direction of project work.

Critical Practice

This module develops your critical thinking and an understanding of current issues and debates in the field of interior design. An effective final design is the result of critical development and decision making that engages the process of synthesis, analysis and evaluation.

Debates

The post-war to current day period of the built environment is one of rapid change and contextual debate. This history of architectural and interior design module develops your knowledge of both UK and international design within historical, political, economic, social, technological and legislative contexts.

Surface and Materiality

This module allows you to investigate the ‘surface’ as being key to the design and furnishing of interior spaces and environments. Emerging interest and debate around the design of surface pattern, texture, tactility and considerations of ‘materiality’ makes this a dynamic area of research and design.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

Final-year core modules

Folio

This module develop the skills you need to make the transition from university to employment and how to present your work and yourself in a variety of situations – from trade shows to formal interviews. You learn to create and develop visual material, both physical and digital, that you can use in a variety of contexts when looking for employment.

Realisation

This module enables you to bring your design project ideas to fruition, taking into account all aspects of research and development. You are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your projects and to have a deep understanding of the social and theoretical context in which you are practising. You are also expected to understand the future possibilities and contexts in which your ideas exist. On completing your design development work, you organise your work for presentation in an exhibition.

Research and Development

You agree the selection, scope and focus of the project through negotiation with your module tutors to ensure appropriate levels of complexity, rigour and acceptable ethical content. This module enables you to explore and define the parameters of your own professional practice and research interests. You are helped and encouraged to develop your understanding and gain experience in research as both an academic discipline and as part of the creative process.

Studio

This module enables you to develop your own field of interest and negotiate a personal programme of study. It encourages the continued growth of a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work and focuses on conceptual and experimental exploration. You may also decide to undertake appropriate external or live projects.

Thinking

As spatial designers you work within the boundaries, contexts and histories of existing buildings and need to develop skills in research, contextualisation, critical thinking and communication. This module provides you with the opportunity for extended independent research on a topic of personal interest within the broad field of spatial design.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

The practice-based elements of all our art and design courses are taught in a studio environment, supported by a full range of digital resources and workshop facilities. This provides real hands-on experience using equipment and processes which are up to date. In addition to this, independent and student-centred learning are encouraged. Theoretical work is primarily delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective discussion.

How you are assessed

The work produced is the work assessed; there are no separate written examinations and the use of design projects is a key feature. The process of assessment is undertaken against carefully defined criteria and often involves a critique of project-based assignments - this is a process widely used in the design field and allows for both staff and peer group appraisal.


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Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

You might pursue a career in interior design or as a designer in the retail, exhibition, set design, leisure, surface pattern, merchandising or housing areas, or you might continue to postgraduate study.

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 6 years
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  • Enrolment date: September
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