This course engages with the development of built form making use of precedent and prototype, and engaging with current critical agendas. It will deal with singularity, duality and multiplicities of purpose. The course’s curriculum will question existing and emergent precedent in built form and its construction.
The course prepares you to take a position in the field of architecture and its allied professions, and aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of career outcomes in interior design and architecture. You will be encouraged to develop your individual creative ability and support this with the development of a high level of technical skills.
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You will be continually assessed through preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.
As an IDEAs graduate, you could be involved in design, rehabilitation and extension of existing buildings, the creation of new built environments or the design of interactive virtual spaces. There are many different interior architectural specialties and you could find yourself involved in urban consultancy, workplace design, housing research, retail planning or community development.
In level 1, the course deals with the design process and the underpinning skills and theory.
You will study the following subject areas: contextual studies: theory and context; opportunities, trends and ideas; professional context; communication and visualisation; communication and representation; specialist study 1; specialist study 2 with computation and parametrics; and specialist study 3: dual use environment.
In level 2, the experience shifts towards interpretation and the application of the skills acquired in level 1 in the creative process.
At level 2 you will study the following subject areas: contextual studies: debate and polemic; contextual studies: dissertation preparation; marketing strategy; advertising and promotions; artefact and element in environment design; urban environment theory and practice; urban environment / computation 2; market factors; and rehabilitation and reuse.
In level 3, you will develop individual, independent lines of enquiry focused on architectural / interior design. This allows you to build on the practical and theoretical elements in levels 1 and 2 through the medium of an agreed self-initiated project.
At level 3 you will study the following subject areas: contextual studies: dissertation; enterprise and entrepreneurship – making it happen; major project report; negotiated brief; portfolio development; and major project.