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Interior Architecture & Spatial Design BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    W250

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time/
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


The Interior Architecture & Spatial Design programme is focused on developing professional and design skills and an innovative approach to solving three dimensional and spatial problems across a range of social and commercial contexts. Our Interior Architecture & Spatial Design degree will introduce you to creative practices, through studio projects informed by historical and contemporary design, current trends, social contexts and the relationships of other art and design areas to Interior Design. Many of the projects you will be working on have an industry or business focus to give you practical experience, ready for when you embark upon your career.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 26/11/2020

Highlights


Course Content


  • Our Interior Architecture & Spatial Design degree is a vibrant and creative course. There is a high demand for this expertise in the industry, with the regional expansion scheme, including public and private building plans, so you are in the perfect place to study this evolving discipline.

    By joining the course you will become part of a unique learning environment with very close and guided support from teaching tutors. Our tutors are experts in industry, many of whom run their own design practices and hold extensive links to the industry.

    You will work with contemporary technologies and develop your own visual language, giving you the knowledge and confidence to design for a range of applications. Our design studio and technical workshops provide the environment for you to be innovative in your production of two and three-dimensional work. You will focus on aspects of design technology that can be applied to designing commercial, domestic and public living spaces, linking practical 3D projects to the theory you will learn.

    Changing Futures Week

    Our annual Changing Futures Week is an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for our students to explore the potential of their course and understand where their university experience can lead them beyond graduation. It offers a unique chance to network with high profile industry professionals from the arts, TV, film, fashion and more.

    Materials, Exhibitions, Event and Visits

    Materials for workshops and for master classes, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

    We recommend that you budget approximately £300 per academic year for extra materials and study trips. It is up to you how much you choose to buy and which trips to participate in, but this is an average cost. Please note that this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you choose to complete. In 2016 students were given the option to go on a study trip to Rotterdam and Madrid.

    We also recommend that you allow approximately £300 for your Graduate Exhibition, for items such as printing, travel, publicity, accommodation and food.

      • Module code: 3DD1005
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables students to research and apply established working practises concepts and principles through a variety of design tasks. Projects include all aspects of the design process including 3D experimentation visual language and technical considerations initiated through a briefing process and culminating in appropriate peer group presentations and assessment.
      • Module code: 3DD1021
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides the student with an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design. Students will appreciate the difference in approach between manual and computer aided design (CAD) having completed this module. The production of two-dimensional 'lay-out' drawings is followed by the development of concepts and skills needed to generate three-dimensional models. These three dimensional models will be used to explore aspects of spatial awareness within a built environment contextThis unit concentrates on CAD using software for the production of two-dimensional plans for interior design. Industry standard layer conventions libraries symbols and system procedures will be used to speed up the drawing process.
      • Module code: 3DD1061
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce design and construction prinicples and technologies that relate to architectural and spatial design. Specific focus will be aimed at developing an understanding of construction detailing at a human scale. Students will be introduced to the drawing conventions associated with the subject area.This module is design project led where students will be encouraged to be experimental in their approach employing a range 2D and 3D methods in a design process of idea generation and development editing and refinement.
      • Module code: 3DD1062
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides an introduction to the conditions and factors that unpin creative design activity from a creative philosophical and professional perspective. The practise of 3D design requires specific and general knowledge in various related subjects. Part of this is the recognition understanding and articulation of the artistic social historic and economic factors involved in the design process. A survey of key landmarks in art and design history and theory will illuminate and define the role of the designer in today's society. The professional practice context provides an insight into the nature and rational of design organisations and business as an integral component of the design process.
      • Module code: 3DD2009
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables second year students to research integrate apply and develop established working practise concepts and principles through a variety of design based projects. Project work reflects professional design practice and involves research analysis application and presentation of realistic design proposals through practically orientated projects.
      • Module code: 3DD2029
        Status: Compulsory
        Computer aided design has become the tool that the industry uses to design and present ideas. An ability to use computers and the various types of software will make the learner more employable. This module will provide students with a broad understanding of software combined with understanding of building structures. It will aim to develop their knowledge of computer use and provide a starting point for the further exploration of digital design. Three dimensional models will be used to explore aspects of spatial awareness within a built environmental context.
      • Module code: 3DD2070
        Status: Compulsory
        This module builds on the knowledge gained in module Design Construction and Detailing 1. You will further your knowledge of construction and material technology by engaging with complex three dimensional design problems covering architectural interventions installations and product design. The design approach will continue to be through observation and making learning from precedent. Assignment outcomes will link directly to subject areas and design contexts covered in the Design Project 2 module.
      • Module code: 3DD2071
        Status: Compulsory
        Today's designers need to have more than an understanding of the social economic and cultural context of their work and have the ability and confidence to contribute ideas and be prepared to move design forward. This can be achieved not only through their design work but by contributing to the development in a variety of other ways e.g. through the way they research and organise their work professionally; ideas and contribution to debates; through publications conferences and active participation in organizations. The purpose of this module is to encourage the development of personal research interests and lays the ground work for the Level 6 Dissertation in encouraging students to independently identifying suitable research subjects sources and develop a research methodology.
      • Module code: 3DD3022
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables the consolidation development and application of skills knowledge and vocabulary gained in levels 4 and 5 in preparation for the Final Major Project. The topic will encourage students to define and solve technical aesthetic and/or stylistic elements of design problems in a commercially real context and to fully realise a design solution in two and three dimensions. Typically the project brief will be set or refereed by an external agency such as a live client or the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) design competition.
      • Module code: 3DD3042
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable final year students to research integrate apply and develop an established working practice concepts and design principles through a self-generated and managed interior architectural and spatial design project. Projects may reflect the student's individual interest and experiences through the course. Students are expected to produce their own brief generate their own research programme utilising internal and industry based research sources. This module consists of two linked assignments the Feasibility Report and the Detailed and Technical Design Portfolio.
      • Module code: 3DD4006
        Status: Compulsory
        This 20 credit module requires the production of a 5000 word research topic in the form of a dissertation. The selected topic is negotiated through tutorials to determine it's relevence to contextual Interiors issues. The document will present the students' skill at written communication: individual research analysis and development; the exploitation of a range of knowledge bases and the capacity to present ideas. It should also utilise their organisational skills in the preparation and scheduling of research and tutorials. The dissertation will develop academic skills on culturally related issues. It will present students with the opportunity to develop further the application of theoretical principles. It offers individual choice and an opportunity for more extensive research.
  • How will I be taught on Interior Architecture & Spatial Design BA (Hons)?

    You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and/or workshop based sessions.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a mixture of studio based design critiques and written assessments. Through your final year you will be assessed continually, culminating in a major exhibition of your design work.

    Do you offer any specialist facilities?

    You will have access to the following specialist facilities:

    • studio based course
    • dedicated studio
    • computer facilities
    • specialist workspaces inline with industry needs
  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied an Art, Design or related subject in an A level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification. A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will also be accepted. We also consider students with wide variety of industry skills, please contact the admissions office for more information on this.

    Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

    Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
    Additional Costs

    Study trips / exhibitions: £300 (Also covers costs of materials for taking part in exhibitions)

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
    Additional Costs

    Study trips / exhibitions: £300 (Also covers costs of materials for taking part in exhibitions)

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Fine Art MA

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Careers and Employability


Once you have completed this course, there is a wide range of career opportunities that will be open to you.

Our students have been known to progress to various MA and PG courses, work in architectural practices, Interior design practices, model making, product and furniture design, stage design and more.