A three years full-time course
You will learn to become an interior designer, learning how to translate, analyse and respond to existing buildings, places and spaces, to make them relevant and effective for human occupation. During Year 1, through studio projects and workshops, you will explore the notion of ‘interior’ and how to use essential digital software and freehand skills to translate your ideas.
By Year 2, you will begin to specialise in your preferred area, taking your ideas and making them more pragmatic and in the final year have the opportunity to work on a major project that is based on your ideas, research and area of specialist interest. Professional experience through all years of the course is facilitated by self-directed work experience, live projects, the collaborative Unit X and specialist expert practitioners from industry.
- 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 the design of a reception for City Inn Hotels.
- Study trips to key design cities with recent trips including Berlin, Rotterdam, Chicago, Venice and New York.
- Exchange visits to Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe.
- Visiting designers and lecturers assist in the course teamvia lectures, projects and workshops.
You will study
Year 1 provides a foundation focusing on creativity and developing basic skills. Studio projects explore investigations into the main ideas of interior design such as idea, form, context, object, narrative, surface and mapping. Contextual studies underpin the studio work, providing lectures, seminars and a ‘toolbar’ of skill sessions such as IT software drawing and modelling skills.
In Year 2 you will be provided with a framework of projects that emphasise greater personal expression and future specialisations. Contextual studies explores and develops dissertation topics and illustrates professional issues through work experience sessions.
In Year 3 you will focus on the development of a personal major project that may be closely connected to any research or written assignments that you have undertaken. The completion of written work and a number of professional skills seminars contextualise the studio projects.
Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.
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.
90%* of art, design, media and architecture graduates go straight into employment and/or further study.
Previous graduates have embarked on a range of careers as architects, photographers, ceramicists, jewellers, glass blowers, retailers, gallerists, retail buyers, design managers and a variety of other design-based roles. There are a range of opportunities available within the creative industries including designing for magazines, publishing (print and internet), advertising and motion graphics for television, journalism, filmmaking, freelance media and independent production. Alternatively, there is also the opportunity to become self-employed and some of our previous students now successfully run their own creative businesses.
*Source: DLHE survey 2010 for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
All Saints Campus, Manchester
Entry Requirements (2013 Entry)
|UCAS Tariff Points||280|
|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades to be obtained from full A levels or equivalent|
280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required.
|Specific subjects required|
GCSE grade C (or alternative) in English language
|Access qualifications||A relevant Access to HE Diploma will be considered for entry to this course.|
|IELTS Score||6 with no element below 5.5|
UK and EU full-time students: £9,000
Non-EU full-time international students: 11,000