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Undergraduate Course: Interior Design 4A: Design Research and Practice (DESI10068)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will investigate in depth a design topic and associated site, both self-selected by the students, using a variety of research methods. It will develop a professionally focused approach to the early design stage of a major project and look at different ways to discover, evaluate and present the information, along with the formation of a project brief.
Course description This course involves students selecting their own site and topic for investigation as an interior design project. They will be required to investigate the history of their chosen site, including existing and previous uses and any design proposals both past and present.

Students will also be required to propose a new use for the site, and support this use with research relating to current thinking on that topic, relevant statistics, interviews, ethnographic investigations etc. They should also undertake extensive research into relevant precedent studies both in relation to proposed use and building type. Students will collate and edit all research to produce a design briefing document and also a conservation statement. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the site's structure and servicing through review of drawings and creation of structural models and relevant diagrams/strategies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Interior Design 3A: Research and Practice (DESI10069) AND Interior Design 3B: Design Studio (DESI10070) AND Interior Design 3C: Externality (DESI10071)) AND ( Screen Cultures (DESI10060) OR Multi-Sensory Cultures (DESI10061) OR Design and Material Culture (DESI10063) OR Design in Action (DESI10064))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Basic model making materials (cardboard, glue etc.), general printing for interim submissions, conservation statement - approximately 60 max (note this does not include students own printing and filing of research material they may wish to undertake).
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake a variety of research methods in the process of rigorously investigating personal research themes, showing a clear development of research inquiry that challenges established precepts and assumptions of interior design.
  2. Demonstrate an application of knowledge in relation to an in depth investigation of a site that supports a comprehensive understanding of its nature.
  3. Analyse and develop relevant research findings in an original and creative way to formulate a design brief.
Reading List
Martin, Bella. Universal methods of design: 100 ways to research complex problems, develop innovative ideas, and design effective solutions. Rockport, 2012

Sully, Anthony. Interior Design Theory and Process. A+C Black, 2012

Hollis, Edward. The Secret Lives of Buildings. Portobello Books, 2010

Ching, Francis D.K. Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems and Design. John Wiley, 2014 (2nd edition)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Self-generated research, undertaking a variety of research methods, formation of a brief based on information gathered, collation of a conservation statement, engagement with structural and services strategy.
KeywordsResearch,Brief,identifying precedents,conservation statement,structural and services strategy
Course organiserMs Rachel Simmonds
Tel: 0131 221 6130
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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