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Undergraduate Course: Interior Design 4A: Design Research and Practice (ARCH10055)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 research blog, design briefing document and also a conservation statement.
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 (DESI10149) AND Interior Design 3C: Externality (DESI10071)) AND ( Design & Screen Cultures 4 (DESI10052) 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
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  23
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 368 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% weighting for research portfolio to include:

Research blog, videos of sketchbook(s) detailing all research information gathered and investigated in relation to site, building precedents and function.
Drawings to scale (A3 - A1 size depending on scale) showing existing building, material investigations and samples relating to interior design solution and main space.
Conservation statement (A4 size minimum 10 pages).
Feedback Formative Feedback

Written feedback on Discussion Forums and/ or group verbal feedback from peers and staff on a weekly basis.

At the end of semester 1 students will submit a self-evaluation form, and be given written formative feedback and grades on their work to date. Students will also receive verbal feedback at this point.
No Exam Information
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

Ching, Francis D.K. Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems and Design. John Wiley, 2014 (2nd edition)

Brown, Rachel and Farrelly, Lorraine. Materials and Interior Design. Laurence King, 2012

Muratovski, Gjoko. Research for Designers: A guide to Methods and practice. Sage Publications, 2016.
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 organiserMr Edward Hollis
Course secretaryMr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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