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Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

Develop a career in interior design, gaining the knowledge and skills to design stimulating spaces for living, working, shopping and commerce.

Study interior design at Teesside University

Student Lisa Harrison talks about her experience of studying interior design

What you learn

You consider the needs of the end user, creating spatial layouts that improve circulation and function. As well as designing bespoke textiles, fittings and furniture, and selecting colour palettes and lighting schemes.
Working in a dedicated design studio with computer aided design and industry-standard workshop facilities, you learn a wide range of professional and creative skills including architectural drawing techniques, spatial planning, surface design and pattern, trend forecasting, 2D and 3D visualisation, sustainability and history of architecture and design.

Exciting opportunities

Live projects and opportunities to network with industry professionals prepare you for work as an interior designer. Recent projects include working with a local specialist hospital to improve the environment for those with visual impairments, collaborating with a leading manufacturer of temporary housing and environments, and creating interiors for a major home builder.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

You study at MIMA School of Art & Design, an art school led by Teesside University and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), an international contemporary museum and gallery. You gain a full artistic experience, learning in a social space that inspires dynamic ideas, fuels collaboration and allows you to build local, national and international networks with industry professionals for your future interior design career.

Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Society of British and International Design (SBID), and interior design at Teesside University is recognised as a SBID National Centre of Excellence. An optional work placement year is included, at no extra cost.

Top three reasons to study interior design at Teesside University

1. Our graduates are working all over the world.
2. Enter design competitions with organisations including the Royal Society of Arts.
3. Complete an optional work placement year at no extra cost.

Alongside the optional work placement year, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.
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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

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

Connect

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.

 

Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

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

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits 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.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

 

Final-year core modules

Folio

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

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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry
96-112 points, including a creative subject, from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications. Consideration will also be given to students without formal qualifications but with evidence of practical art and design experience at an appropriate level. Students are invited to bring portfolios along on applicant days to show creative skills in art and design.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview helps us determine your potential to succeed and 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, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

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
Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade C, or 4 under the new grading system. Alternative equivalent qualifications may be considered.

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 to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more of our Winter or Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year.

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied at higher education level (for example, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or one or more years at degree level at another institution) you may request direct entry to Year 2 or year 3 of this degree.

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

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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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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.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

International applicants - find out what qualifications you need by selecting your country below.

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Full-time

Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: W250 BA/ID
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 points

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Part-time

2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates

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