Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Interior Design

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Regular live projects throughout the course which have included exhibition design with Urbis Museum and Crosby Land Lease Developers, furniture design for The Design Council, office design for McCann Erickson and industry-set briefs for Top Shop and Pret A Manger. 
  • Opportunities to undertake study trips to key design cities, recent trips have including Berlin, Rotterdam, Chicago, Venice and New York.
  • Students have previously participated in exchange visits to Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe.
  • Visiting designers and lecturers assist in the course team via lectures, projects and workshops.
  • You will take part in Unit X, an innovative unit offered to students across Manchester School of Art; it encourages interdisciplinary study and collaboration on an external-facing project

Placement options

Professionalism is embedded in all aspects of the course through visits from respected Professional Critics from industry, Live projects and Unit X. Students are also supported and encouraged to seek self-directed work experience in vacation periods. Students have undertaken work experience in Manchester for companies such as Stephenson-Bell, Ian Simpson Architects, Start Judge Gill and Sheppard Robson, and in London for Imagination, Johnson-Naylor, Conran+Partners, Casson-Mann, Virgile+Stone to name a few. Many enterprising students use the vacation to seek work experience abroad and opportunities have arisen in Japan (Klein-Dytham) and Dubai (Paul Bishop Design), Australia and the US.

About the course

The uniqueness of the BA(Hons) Interior Design at Manchester School of Art lies in it’s passion for collaborative and entrepreneurial ventures which are supported and embedded through the Art Schools’ award winning Unit X.

As an Interior specialist, you will more often than not collaborate with a number of like minded practitioners to manifest your ideas and we believe the Art School environment is the perfect setting to nurture these endeavours, which allow students to network and professionalise their practise throughout their time on the course.

As well as the core Interiors curriculum which is underpinned by Contextual lectures, students on each Level of the course undertake Unit X.  Students have taken part in a number of highly successful Live projects with clients such as Urbis, the Manchester International Festival and the Royal Northern College of Music, in collaboration with our contemporaries in Creative Multi Media, Graphics, 3D, Textiles and Fashion.  We further embrace this opportunity for collaboration on an International level, having collaborated with Institutions abroad for example ESAD, Portugal, on Interventions and Installations for the Lisbon Design Biennale, or hosting events with International visitors in our Stirling Prize nominated building.  The course also runs regular optional study trips to key cultural cities such as Berlin and New York or to deign/architecture festivals such as Venice Biennale, Lisbon Design Biennale, Milan Furniture Fair and Amsterdam for Dutch Design Week. 

The core elements of the course are taught by practising designers and architects, touching on all aspects of Interior Design such as Interior Architecture, Exhibition Design, Scene/Set design or Object/Element design.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

The First year of the course fosters creative, divergent and critical thinking from the view point of the Interior, allowing students to fully engage and explore the Experience and Atmosphere of spaces.  Students learn to express their ideas, primarily through freehand drawing and model making and communicate their ideas through digital software such as Photoshop, In Design and Sketch Up.

Core Units
ID1 Beginnings

An introduction to the subject of Interior Design, with emphasis on creativity, ideas generation and the acquisition of basic drawing and making skills. Studio and workshop based projects will explore the fundamental tools of interior design: concepts, drawing, making and communication.

ID2 Occupations

This unit continues to build upon the fundamental tools of Interior Design by combining knowledge gained previously and introducing design thinking to solve practical problems. Studio and workshop based projects will investigate space, form, organization and occupation of given spaces, whilst introducing the model as design tool, technical drawing conventions and digital communication.

Unit X

This unit  encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts, tutorial group meetings, and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and will designed to be responsive to creative opportunities. The course encourages students to respond to contemporary media and as such, it is a live unit in which we discuss films, television, comics, games and the news relating to the media in any specific week.

Likely Optional Units
Contextualising Practice 1
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.
Contextualising Practice with Language 1
You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

The Second year of the course deals with the pragmatic requirements and materiality of the discipline, teaching students to investigate narrative and occupation of spaces through technical CAD drawing, model making, freehand drawing and material investigations.  Projects are underpinned by the disciplines regulatory requirements such as Building Regulations and prepare students for a professional audience, with a number of Live projects and appraisals with studios such as Sheppard Robson, 5 Plus and Start JG.  Students may undertake a work placement at the end of 2ndyr.

 

Core Units
ID3 Specifics

Building upon skills acquired in Level 4, this unit explores specific narratives and occupations in Interior Design with greater emphasis on idea resolution and creative communication through making, materiality, detailing, and technical drawing. Studio and workshop projects will address real life scenarios in set locations, specific to Interior Design. Briefs will foster greater independence and risk taking in ideas generation and further refinement and professionalism of technical, making and communication skills.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Likely Optional Units
Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

The Third year of the course starts to bring together the poetics of 1styr and the pragmatics of 2nd yr to develop a students’ own practice in preparation for their future career.  Students undertake one or two self-initiated major studio projects, which are underpinned by a theory based extended essay and the collaborative Unit X.  Students have project appraisals from studios such as Johnson Naylor and HMKM, and undertake studio visits and portfolio surgeries in preparation for future employment. They also take part in the final Degree Show, which is the culmination of their three years of study and the course takes part in the Free Range Graduate exhibition in London.

Core Units
ID4 Major Project

This unit comprises of the composition, research, development and technical refinement of a major interior design project based on personal design interests, possibly related to the extended essay. Main components include analysis of host building and occupant, development of appropriate concept and design programme, organisation of space, consideration of building regulations, element detailing, material and furniture specification, verbal and visual professional communication.

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Likely Optional Units
Contextualising Practice 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.
Contextualising Practice with a Language 3
Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 70% independent study
  • Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 100% coursework
  • Year 2 100% coursework
  • Year 3 90% coursework; 10% practical

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

112

112 at A2 or equivalent (which can include Foundation Diploma in Art & Design) . A Level General Studies is not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates from the course go on to work all over the world and have gained successful employment for design agencies and architectural practices such as Johnson Naylor, Sheppard Robson, 5plus Architects, Fosters + Partners, Conran + Partners, Imagination, Casson-Mann, HMKM, Start JG and 20.20 Design.  Because of the wide and diverse skill-set taught as part of the course’s curriculum, Interior Design graduates have also established other careers within the professional creative industries including exhibition curation, TV and theatre stage set design, furniture design, brand design, event and project management, architecture, teaching and postgraduate study.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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Confirmation of Regulator

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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