Undergraduate study
Innovative Home Design and Construction (with Foundation Year)

Innovative Home Design and Construction (with Foundation Year)*
BSc (Hons)

 

Course overview

This course develops and innovates new approaches to home design, fabrication and construction to inspire the next generation of home designers and innovators. Through a unique partnership with renowned and respected TV architect George Clarke, this course explores new models of home design, fabrication and construction. You are guided through a detailed exploration of methods of construction, such as using off-site manufacture and prefabrication, alternative building materials, and building project locations. You have an opportunity to develop concept models and construct scale models of your designs on campus.

In your foundation year (Year 0) you explore the fundamental skills of design through drawing, mark-making and three dimensional workshop practices. You begin to experience the creative process and gain knowledge of art and design history and contexts.

* Subject to University approval

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Contextual Studies

You are introduced to the contexts of creative and design history, investigating problem solving and themes to inform your current studio practice. You research and learn to analyse ideas about past British and international styles, design and theory. This develops 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. You develop skills in research, analysis, communication and critical thinking, and produce and present interpretations of historical material.

Final Project

Building on your skills in the design process, you develop a project portfolio directed towards your favoured design discipline, demonstrating your creative ideas, development and final concepts. You are encouraged to take a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work. You focus on experimental exploration, as well as challenging your ability to motivate and organise yourself to manage a design project and work to a deadline. This project culminates with a short presentation of your completed design work.

Orientation: Thinking through Drawing

You are introduced to a range of fundamental drawing approaches for a variety of purposes. Practical workshops include measured drawing, scale, composition and perspective as well as creatively using colour, materials and expressive mark making. These experiences increase your observational skills that help you visualise and realise ideas for potential design projects.

Orientation: Thinking through Making

You further develop and deepen your knowledge gained from the induction programmes, enhancing your skills in model construction, prototyping, printmaking, and production analysis. You gain greater insight into the complexities of model construction and printmaking by working in detail with various materials, developing techniques and creative skills. This module is project-based – you transfer your knowledge from lectures to hands-on demonstrations in a workshop environment. You primarily learn through producing models and prints from drawings.

Pathway Stage - Specialism Project

You take part in a range of specialist studio activities. You investigate, experiment and explore pathways in fashion, textiles, graphics, interiors and product design. You study creative processes and develop independent project skills to help identify the specialist subject which best suits your interests and abilities.

Research and Analysis - Sketchbooks and Research

You are introduced to the creative design process and methods of researching and recording inspirational ideas which you can then develop for your own project work. You gather inspiration, stimuli and precedent ideas from a multitude of sources and sketchbooks – these are key in developing and experimenting your design, helping you curate ideas and document your design activity.

 

Year 1 core modules

Construction Technology 1

Design and Shape (residential design project)

Digital Technology in Construction

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.

Making Architecture

This workshop-based module provides you with the skills to communicate design ideas in three dimensions. It is essential to make models and prototypes to test ideas, providing users and clients with a better understanding of design proposals. There are many current technologies including 3D measuring, laser cutting and rapid prototyping that are increasingly affordable and valuable tools and techniques in the experimental design process.

The assessment consists of one in-course component. You redesign an existing environment considering enveloped space and height. Working with original drawings you redesign the space documenting your ideas through experimentation with sketch models. You then communicate the final design in a detailed client model.

Material Science and Structures

 

Year 2 core modules

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.

Construction Technology 2

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.

Integrated Digital Design and Engineering

Sustainable Construction

This module introduces the philosophy, theory and key concepts of sustainable development in relation to the built environment. You analyse the potential impacts of engineering design and construction on both the environment and society, and examine the implications of climate change, international protocols and the low-carbon agenda on engineering design, construction and operation. Principles of sustainable water management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are also examined and design principles of infiltration systems introduced.

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, student-led and tutor-led seminars, tutorials and group work. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. Case studies of projects where the ethos of sustainability has been embraced profoundly will be used to enhance your learning.

Assessment will comprise a technical report, which will assess your ability to appraise a civil engineering problem in the context of the sustainability agenda and provide appropriate design solutions.

 

Year 3 work placement

Final-year core modules

Advanced BIM

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.

Supply Chain Management

This module investigates a range of applied Quality Management techniques and has been designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary to apply these techniques to their own work environment. This module also examines the appropriate statistical techniques in Quality Control, Auditing, Supply Chain Management and a range of Accreditation Schemes including BRC, EFSIS, ISO, UKAS and Industry Standards. In course assessment (ICA) is via a 5000 words written piece of work, with a weighting of 100%.

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 design courses are taught in a studio environment, supported by a full range of digital resources and workshop facilities. These provide real hands-on experience using up-to-date equipment and processes.

We also encourage independent and student-centred learning. Any theoretical work is primarily delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where you have the opportunity for collective discussion. 

How you are assessed

The work produced is assessed. Design projects are a key feature. 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 staff and peer group appraisal.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

32-88 tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications or equivalent. Consideration will also be given to students without formal qualifications but with evidence of relevant experience at an appropriate level. This could, for example be evidenced through a portfolio of work.

Interviews
You are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and helps set appropriate entry conditions matched to your personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students.

If you are unable to attend an interview at the university, we can organise a virtual interview over the telephone or internet. If you have a portfolio of work to submit in support of your application, this can be sent to us electronically.

English language and maths requirement
Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English and numeracy skills. Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade 4. Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and maths.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules. Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio or written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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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Health conditions requiring adjustments
For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

 

Employability

Work placement

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You will have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

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.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. 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.

Career opportunities

The need for us to design well-built, affordable homes is massive and the construction industry is changing quickly. It was recently announced that Amazon and Google are starting to invest in the home building market. It isn’t just a national change, it’s international – and over the next few years amazing job opportunities are expected to be available for graduates of these courses.

 

Information for international applicants

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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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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year) or 5 years with additional work placement year
  • UCAS code: K204 BSc/IHDCFY
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers are tailored to individual circumstances

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  • On video

    Teesside University: Working in partnership with MOBIE

    Renowned TV architect George Clarke returned to Teesside University to inspire the next generation of home designers and meet the first cohort of students on the MOBIE MSc Advanced Home Futures.

     
 
 
 

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