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Undergraduate Course: Interior Design 3A: Research and Practice (ARCH10051)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled.
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
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, Fieldwork Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative feedback and Assessment:

Group tutorials will include verbal and/or written and drawn feedback from peers and staff on a weekly basis.
Mid-semester, students will submit a self-evaluation form, and be given written formative feedback on their formative submission and work to date.

Summative Feedback and Assessment:

At the end of the course students will submit a final edited portfolio of work and a self-evaluation form, and be given written feedback and grades on their work submitted.
No Exam Information
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 Olsson
Course secretaryMr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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