|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2019|
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If you want to be a successful interior designer you will also need a sound business head on creative shoulders. You will need to be able to develop a design that meets a client's brief -& within their budget - and see it realised. So, as well as drawing sketches and thinking about material and fittings, you have to calculate costs, recommend people to carry out the work and supervise its progress. You will study modules such as: Materials Techniques: Image and Colour, 3D Construction & Visualisation, Business Skills, Advanced CAD and Visualisation for Interiors, Regulation Framework for Interiors and more. Our Contemporary Design for Interiors (FdA) course helps you do all this and more.
This course should to appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into higher education after a gap of study.
If you want to be a successful interior designer you will also need a sound business head on creative shoulders. You will need to be able to develop a design that meets a client's brief - within their budget - and see it realised. So, as well as drawing sketches and thinking about material and fittings, you have to calculate costs, recommend people to carry out the work and supervise its progress.
- What will I study?
You'll study all the modules that form part of a foundation degree such as Personal Development Planning, Work-Based Learning and core Business Skills. You'll also then specialise in your chosen area of Interior Design.
You might sometimes produce design solutions to live project briefs commissioned by interior design companies. You also have the opportunity to develop your own ideas. The Business Skills module recognises that there is a real need for graduates with skills in business and an understanding of how businesses operate. If you leave and decide to embark on an independent career, this module will ensure you have an excellent grasp of how to promote yourself and thrive as a new business.
Work-Based Learning is integrated into the course. In the past, companies such as Graham and Brown, the major UK Wallpaper manufacturer, have provided work-based learning placements in their design departments. Previous students have also worked in local design companies in various roles. Whatever your work-based learning choice, you can be sure that you will not only gain experience in a specific area but also learn about the bigger systems that operate within a large international company.
During the course you are required to spend at least 240 hours working in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.
Please note: work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Contextual Studies
- Processes and Practices
- Drawing: Visual Enquiry
- Surface Innovation
- Construction and Visualisation – Design for Interiors
Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Critical Studies
- Experimental Research
- Creative Futures
- Refining Studio Practice
- Materials and Techniques- Design for Interiors
- Entry Requirements
You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points).
All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English.
- How will I be assessed?
You'll be assessed by essays, assignments/briefs, presentations, portfolio building as well as an assessment of your final studio exhibition.
Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
There are excellent and diverse career opportunities available in this sector from interior designer agency positions to working as an independent designer. The Interior Design industry is wide ranging and the course caters for different areas within this industry. Many graduates however choose to top-up their degrees to a full BA (Hons) Contemporary Design for Interiors through studying an additional year at University Centre at Blackburn College. You will need a commendation in your Foundation Degree in order to progress to this level.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for FdA Contemporary Design for Interiors. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.
Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.