Whether for domestic or corporate interiors, themed environments, leisure, heritage or retail sector spaces, interior design is a burgeoning sector of the economy and opportunities exist as a freelancer or within architectural or design practices, for work on exhibition design, TV sets, shop fitting, design journalism and education or retail sales/management.
This course is strongly vocational and the focus on project work is both current and relevant. The keys to success as an interior designer are innovation, flexibility and knowledge of specialist skills. You will become familiar with the principles and practices of interior design, including drawing techniques and computer visualisation. You will further explore the historical and cultural origins of design, model-making workshops and develop an understanding of the relationship between inside and outside spaces.
Working on live projects with external clients, you will use advanced modelling techniques and learn about the importance of design, costs and materials. Self-directed project work in your final year will allow you to explore and research different aspects of the design process, present work in physical and virtual form, and express your creativity. You will have the opportunity to enter a national competition and be able to develop your personal portfolios and graphic identity in readiness to enter the workplace.
Graduates have found work in areas including exhibition design, graphic design, multi-media, modelling making, concept developing and retail display, as well as working within a specialist interior design and/or architectural practices. Careers are also available to you in education, arts administration, retail design or self-employment as a freelance interior designer.
Recent student and graduate successes include: a Latvian graduate successfully joining the prestigious Rauzas Company as a Furniture Designer Trainee and a student winning 2nd prize in The Annual Student Industrial Tour organised by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
The programme prepares graduates to be flexible and adaptable with the capability to research, think and communicate in a logical and objective manner, so that they can respond to a constantly changing professional world. Throughout the programme the emphasis is on developing interpersonal and transferable skills to complement the fundamental design skills, which form the core of the curriculum.
There are outstanding career opportunities for all students with graduates finding work in architectural practices, multi-disciplinary practices and specialist interior design companies. Some graduates expand into exhibition design and display companies. Others use the experience gained in year three to set up their own businesses.
The programme embraces professional practice from interior design through to aspects of interior architecture and design. In this way the student’s study of interior design can be linked to an understanding of the architectural context and the building envelope.
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