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Postgraduate Course: Adapting Interiors (DESI11113)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce you to the practice of adapting interiors through engagement with the re-design of a small-scale space of architectural or interior significance. You will encounter this space, and make detailed proposals for an aspect of its occupation, developing, resolving, and disseminating these proposals. This course is only available to MA Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design students
Course description Academic description
This course is an introduction to the practice of interior design at a postgraduate level. It is expected that you will have had prior experience of working with interiors, or with cognate disciplines such as architecture or interior design; this course is designed to focus that knowledge in a new way.
Interiors are often distinguished from buildings by their small scale, and temporary nature, and their close relationship to the human body. To design an interior, therefore, requires a facility with the limited, the contingent, and the ephemeral; and an intimate understanding of the ways in which bodies occupy space.
In addition, the art of making interiors is often the art of altering what exists; and its practice therefore requires skills and sensibilities that go beyond creativity: the ability to read and re-read existing spaces and situations; and a desire to work with, rather than to replace, what already exists.

Course content
This course will introduce the arts of occupation and alteration through a design project in which you will engage intensely with a space or situation in Edinburgh: small in scale, but significant in terms of its history or design. You will make proposals for its adaptive occupation, and develop, and resolve these proposals in detail, in consultation with the current owners, users, or other stakeholders in the space. This course will focus skills through workshops dealing with architectural and spatial drawing, and detailed drawing for interior construction

Student Experience
This course is characterised by practical work in drawing, modelmaking and construction. Learning will take place through self-generated design development, critiques and workshops. This course will be complemented by a co-requisite course: 'Reading Interiors' which will set this practical effort in a theoretical context. Formative and summative assessment submissions will take the form of portfolios, reflecting in words and images on the process of reading, conceiving, and re-designing, throughout the semester. Learn will be used for course delivery.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to MA Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design students
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically engage with and analyse the characteristics of an aspect of a given interior, with a view to making original proposals for its adaptation.
  2. Use a significant range of forefront professional skill, techniques, practices and materials conceive, develop, and resolve original detailed designs for the adaptation of an aspect of a given interior.
  3. Communicate, using appropriate methods, proposals for the adaptation of an aspect of a given interior to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise, including peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
Reading List
Buxton, P. The Metric Handbook Routlege, 2018

Brooker, G., Stone, S. Rereadings 1+2 RIBA 2018

Le Corbusier (tr., Frederick Etchells) Towards a New Architecture

Murphy, R., Carlo Scarpa and the Castelvecchio

Plunkett, A. Construction and Detailing for Interior Design Lawrence King 2015
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 3: 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

4: 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.

5: 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 organiserMs Rachel Simmonds
Tel: 0131 221 6130
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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