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Undergraduate Course: Interior Design 1B - Small Spaces (ARCH08053)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will serve as a basic primer in key Interior Design principles, design process and techniques. Following on from Interior Design 1A, the course further builds and expands fundamental technical and conceptual knowledge and understanding that is vital for sustained practice within our current built environment.
Course description Students will be given an existing small space to analyse and draw to scale. They will be expected to research the existing context and propose designs for re-use of the space.

Students will establish a project brief to respond to a specific client's needs, which may also require engagement with a contemporary social issue or design theme, working creatively with the limitations and possibilities presented by the space.

Through the course students will gain a basic understanding of interior adaptation of an existing space, using precedent studies and drawing methods to explore and present design ideas. This course has bi-weekly lectures/field trips with practical studio-based workshops running through weeks 1-11.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Fieldwork Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 350 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 2 assessment components.

Research Sketchbook Blog, 11 weekly entries, 20%, due in May exam diet.
Portfolio (approx. 25-30 pages), 80%, due in May exam diet.

1. A digital research blog of their proposed interior theme; analysis of a variety of precedent studies and their strategic spatial approach to the site, using a range of architectural drawing methods and objective writing.

2. A Portfolio to include site investigations and contextual research, design iteration and a final proposed scheme. The Portfolio will be presented in a coherent graphical manner using conventional architectural drawing methods and a range of exploratory design techniques and design narratives, containing sketches, plans and sections of existing and proposed building layouts, basic material specification, and exploratory 3D models.

The Research Sketchbook Blog is assessed against Learning Outcome 1.
Portfolio is assessed against LO2 and LO3, equally weighted.
Feedback Formative feedback:

Group tutorials will include verbal and/or written and drawn feedback and feedforward from peers and/or staff on a weekly basis.

A formative task will take place between weeks 5-7 and students will be expected to submit ┬┐work in progress┬┐ project Portfolio drawings and a Research Sketchbook Blog link for review. Students will be given verbal feedback on this task and the opportunity to develop their work before Summative submission at the end of the semester.

Summative Feedback:

At the end of the course each student will submit a final Portfolio of work and a Research Sketchbook Blog and will receive written feedback and grades as per University regulations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse core concepts and practices of interior design through reflective drawn and written research of the site and project brief.
  2. Develop and iterate design ideas to address the relationship between client requirements and re-use opportunities of a given small space.
  3. Communicate the design process and resolution of an interior design project through a range of design approaches and drawing methods.
Reading List
Ching, F., Architectural Graphics, Wiley, 6th Edition, 2015.

Higgens, I., Spatial Strategies for Interior Design, Laurence King, 1st Edition 2015.

Plunkett, D., Drawing for Interior Design, Laurence King, 2nd Edition, 2014.

Spankie, R., Basics Interior Architecture 03: Drawing Out the Interior, AVA Publishing, 2009.

Stone, S and Brooker, G., Re-readings 2: Interior Architecture and the Design Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, RIBA Publishing, 2018.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: analytical skills the ability to analyse interior design/architectural precedents, reflect on the core design theory used and develop insights for future application within design projects.

Personal and intellectual autonomy: critically evaluate ideas the ability to form an open-minded and reasoned perspective in order to develop a creative design project to suit a particular space and to address a client's needs.

Communication: effectively communicate the design process undertaken and the rationale for the resolved design project through appropriate graphical methods.
Keywordsinterior adaptation,design re-use,drawing
Course organiserMr Edward Hollis
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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