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Undergraduate Course: Interior Design 3A: Research and Practice (DESI10069)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will allow students to evaluate key design tenets and core values of a commercial brand, and develop skills to bring that brand to life within an interior space or series of spaces.
Course description This course will introduce key terms in relation to designing for a brand space, such as ethos and core values to the students. It will engage them in various research methods in relation to brand identity.

A mid-sized site will be developed for a recognised function such as retail, exhibition or workplace, and as such allow a thorough and detailed study and scheme. Each student should envisage the interior as a three-dimensional manifestation of the identity of the brand.

Students will undertake research into relevant precedent studies in both building type and proposed use relating to the project brief. They will then prepare sketch concept proposals for use in interim discussions and group sessions.

Students will be expected to deliver final proposals, which clearly communicate spatial layout, section and elevation, furniture and fittings, lighting, material selection, and illustrate key design features within the scheme. They will engage in early stage thinking about material specification and detailing.
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.) and general printing for interim and final submissions, model making materials for sketch and final scale models as required - approx. 45 (note: this may not cover all students own generated printing/model making during design stage).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly open to Visiting Students admitted direct to the Interior Design 3rd year as part of that department's portfolio of existing exchange agreements.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the use of a range of research methods into a brand in order to understand the fundamentals of core values and identity.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on Interior Design concepts and their own personal position and potential direction within the design process.
  3. Communicate concepts and Interior Design proposals using a variety of appropriate methods, through the use of a strong visual vocabulary to a professional standard.
Reading List
Buxton, P. Metric Handbook: Planning & Design Data. Routledge (5 Edition) (2015)

Gestalten. Brand Spaces: Branded Architecture & The Future of Retail Design. Die Gestalten Verlag. (2013)

Plunkett, D & Reid, O. Detail in Contemporary Retail Design. Laurence King. (2012)

Plunkett, D & Reid, O. Detail in Contemporary Office Design. Laurence King. (2014)

Spankie,R. Drawing Out The Interior, Basics Interior Architecture AVA Academia (2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Design Concepts, Professional Practice, Critical Awareness, Verbal & Drawn Presentation
KeywordsBrand,Identity,Research,Design Proposals,Materials,Professional Presentation
Course organiserMs Gina Leith
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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