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Postgraduate Course: Reading Interiors (ARCH11282)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce you to current theoretical debates in interiors through readings, seminars, and engagement with a small-scale space of architectural or interior significance. You will encounter and research this space by drawing, modelling and describing it in different ways throughout this course.
Course description Academic description:
This course is an introduction to current theoretical debates in the interior at a postgraduate level. This course is open to students of any discipline who may have an interest in the interior; but it will also act as a core course for the MA in Interior Architectural and Spatial Design, providing the programme with a strong theoretical foundation.

Course content:
In this course, you will work towards a shared definition of the interior. This is no simple task, for unlike many artefacts in art, design, or architecture interiors are made of many things: buildings, textiles and papers, furniture, objects, arrangements, and ephemeral experience of light, data, or sound. Interiors can exist outside buildings, in literature, in the mind, or in time.

This course will introduce these theoretical debates through a series of lectures, readings, and interior precedents addressing key themes, namely: the interior as experience, both 'real' and 'virtual', as collections of objects, as arrangements of furniture, as décor, and, as architecture.

You will engage with these debates in very practical ways. Working with architectural, spatial and atmospheric drawing, modelling, inventory making, sound and digital media to document a single interior in Edinburgh of small, and therefore manageable scale, but, at the same time, rich in historical or design significance.

Student experience
While the content of this course involves theoretical reading, the work submitted by you will involve practical engagement with the interior, in inventory making, drawing, filming, and modelling. This course will be complemented for students on the MA in Interior Architectural and Spatial Design by a course: "Adapting Interiors". Learning will take place through critiques and workshops.

Formative and summative assessment submissions will take the form of portfolio, reflecting in words and images on the process of reading, conceiving, and making throughout the semester.

Learn will be used for course delivery.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to MA Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design students.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Fieldwork Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework«br /»
Summative assessment: edited digital document (max size 20MB) containing a critical reflection on the journey taken through the course.«br /»
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This document should include textual and visual material, which explains initial researches undertaken into the given interior, review of relevant theories relating to the interior, development of ideas around chosen narrative, as well a finalised proposal for the representation of the interior.
Feedback You will receive verbal feedback from staff and peers on a regular basis. Mid way through the semester you will submit a draft of your edited portfolio on work to date. You will receive oral/written formative feedback from staff in the form of indicative grades and written feedback. At the end of the course you will submit their final edited portfolio booklet for summative assessment and grading.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically engage with and analyse the characteristics of a given interior through a variety of theoretical lenses.
  2. Communicate, using appropriate methods, diverse understandings of a given interior to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise, including peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
  3. Using autonomy and judgement, compose a critically constructed, original and personal definition of 'the interior'.
Reading List
Hollis, E., The Memory Palace, Portobello Books 2013

Rice, Charles The Emergence of the Interior Routledge 2006

Spankie, Ro Drawing out the Interior AVA 2009

Sparke, P., The Modern Interior 2008

Taylor, M. (ed.) Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources Bloomsbury 2013
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic cognitive skills
Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues in interior, architectural, and spatial design.
- Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.
- Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
- Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in interiors.
- Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information
Communications, ICT, and numeracy skills
- Use a wide range of routine skills and a range of advanced and specialised skills as appropriate to interior design:
- Communicate project problematisations, proposals, and solutions, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
- Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
- Use a wide range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit purpose.
- Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data.

Characteristics of autonomy, accountability, and working with others
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
Take responsibility for own work and/or significant responsibility for the work of others.
- Take significant responsibility for a range of resources.
- Work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners.
- Demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking.
- Practise in ways which draw on critical reflection on own and others' roles and responsibilities.
- Manage complex ethical and professional issues and make informed judgements on issues not addressed by current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.
Course organiserMr Edward Hollis
Course secretaryMs Louisa King
Tel: (01316) 502306
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