Interior Architecture and Design with a Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W25F
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

Clearing 2018

72 points

(or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing.

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Our Interior Architecture and Design BA course covers a broad range of design possibilities, ranging from reordering to transforming space. Situated within the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, we will provide you with the facilities and education you need to succeed within the industry.

About foundation courses

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within Birmingham School of Architecture and Design.

Why study a degree with a foundation year?

Foundation years are a great option if you have the talent, ambition and potential to thrive at Birmingham City University, but do not meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. It’s ideal if:

  • You want the flexibility of a year’s study on a more general course to find out the best degree choice for you.
  • You have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
  • You would like extra time and support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence before starting a full degree.

What's covered in the course?

Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course provides you with the skills to transform or give new life to spaces, as well as teaching you how to plan and design creative interiors.

You will look at hierarchies and relationships between different spaces, describing these relationships in new ways. This industry-aligned degree course offers you the opportunity to study and practise the adaption and re-use of space within new and existing building stock, while also addressing aesthetics, human needs, materiality and more, as well as the ephemeral qualities of atmosphere, character, colour, light and shade.

Alongside the regeneration of existing space, you will discover new interior environments, in a broad range of industry sectors, such as hospitality, retail, leisure and residential, using an experimental approach to design to develop the refined techniques required for effective space planning, conceptual design, development, visualisation and the refurbishment of space.

"I now know how much I can achieve if I put all my heart into it. My knowledge about Interior Design is now stronger and I can do so much more. I have achieved what I was striving for.” Izabela Bartlomiejczyk, graduate

Why Choose Us?

  • You will work with our industry connections, including London-based design consultants Imagination, whose portfolio includes Ford, Jaguar, BT, and Global Colour Research. You’ll have the chance to enter international design competitions and join our past students who have been successfully shortlisted for the Janine Stone Young Designers of the Year.
  • During each year of study you will be working closely with our team of Industry Professionals that dedicate time each week to working alongside you as students, helping to align all projects and work output with the industry standards, and in context of present day projects.
  • Interior Design is a field that draws on many other fields to inform itself, such as the arts, literature, film, photography, fashion, etc. and so, by its nature, touches many disciplines. One of our objectives is to provide our students with an interdisciplinary approach to the discipline of Interior Architecture and Design through different collaborations with lecturers and students of other schools within the University. These collaborations will enable you to explore different strategies to face an Interior architecture/design project based on transferable skills from different disciplines.
  • You will benefit from study trips, which could include visiting The Guggenheim Museum in New York, and other design-focused European Cities, and/or The London Design Festival.

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • DFD Design
  • Graffiti4Hire Ltd
  • Hinton Properties

And in jobs such as:

  • Interior Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Architect

Entry Requirements

72 points

(or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

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Alternative options

If you do not have 72 points, you may like to look at our:

Or explore your options if you don’t have enough points for any of our courses.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of enrolment, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu as long as the required subject is covered.

80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements
A level  CDD. A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3
GCSE English language at grade 4 (C) or above or equiivalent qualifications must be achieved at application stage.

Scottish Higher

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two Higher Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MM. Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

Scottish Advanced Higher

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
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UK or EU students

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BA (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year
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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Places available to start in September 2018

If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.


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Want to start in September 2019?

You can apply via UCAS from 5 September 2018.

Portfolio Guidance

You are not required to submit a portfolio for this course.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on your course. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Foundation year

Communication Skills
20 credits
  • Freehand drawing and sketching skills
  • Physical modelling
  • Orthographic and technical drawing skills
  • Adobe Creative suite (Basic Photoshop and InDesign)
  • An introduction to studio culture.

This module focuses on developing the 2D design skills and techniques required to communicate and visualise design concepts around, space and form.  You will work on a series of mini projects using predominantly manual techniques such as freehand sketching, technical drawing, and physical model-making. You will also explore some digital techniques such as Photoshop.

It will provide you with the experience of working in a studio environment, where you will have regular tutor and peer feedback to hone your creative skills to a proficient level.

Professional and Academic Development (PAD)
20 credits
  • Critical writing and reading skills
  • Protocols for plagiarism and copyright
  • Critical reflections
  • Self-reflection and audit of design skills
  • Project and time management techniques
  • Research methods
  • Verbal presentations
  • Introduction to live journals and blogs

This module is designed to develop your academic skills and make the transition to degree level study.  It specifically focuses on your ability to critique, reflect and verbalise your thoughts and concepts through channels such as presentations, blogs and live journals.

You will learn how to use research methods to inform your practice and have the opportunity to advance your academic writing and referencing skills.

You will reflect on your professional skills such as project, time and team management and develop techniques to work effectively as an individual or as part of a group.

Regular tutor support through verbal and written feedback together with group and one to one tutorials will support you to reach your potential.

Design Techniques
20 credits
  • Working effectively in different scenarios
  • Understanding human scale via anthropometrics and ergonomics
  • Understanding context and generating briefs
  • Fundamentals in design principles
  • An introduction to precedent study and analysis
  • Generating and developing design concepts
  • Exploring design devices and themes through mini projects
  • Experience of design studio culture

This module is designed to give you an introduction to the design processes for each discipline and includes appraisal of design briefs, understanding context and the development of concepts and visuals through design feasibility studies.  You will begin to understand how to turn your ideas into designs and the level required to reach a professional standard.

Underpinning the practice, you will explore and discuss fundamental concepts, particularly relating to human scale, ergonomics and anthropometrics. Looking at design and its relationship to the physical aspects of the environment.

Design Disciplines
20 credits
  • Contextual studies, to include historical introduction across design disciplines and current practices
  • Introduction to each design discipline
  • Explores fundamental concepts, theories and movements in architecture, landscape, interior and product design
  • Theoretical underpinnings of the disciplines
  • Evaluates and interrogates case studies within the various disciplines
  • Understanding how to use precedent studies as part of the design development process
  • Study visits to reinforce discussions around each discipline (such as building visits, exhibitions, practice visits)

This module is designed to encourage you to make connections between theory and practice and engage further in critical analysis.  You will explore the historical aspects across the various design disciplines and scales and current practices.

You will explore the use of precedent studies, which will provide you with the tools to respond to the challenges and changes in different environments and habitations.

There will be opportunities to evaluate and interrogate case studies and live projects, through site and practice visits, talks and exhibitions.

Presentation Skills
20 credits
  • Techniques to enable communication of concepts through the design development stages and the involved processes to the final product
  • Development of visual and graphic presentation techniques for design communication
  • Adobe Creative Suite (introduction to Illustrator and InDesign)
  • 2D CAD fundamentals (Vectorworks)
  • Introduction to 3D software (Sketch-up)
  • Pitching / presenting ideas
  • Basic workshops skills induction e.g. metal, plastics and contemporary production processes
  • Portfolio development and presentation

This module focuses on developing presentation skills, from visual and graphic presentation techniques to pitching and presenting ideas. You will have opportunities through workshops and online tutorials to learn Adobe Creative Suite and 3D software such as Sketch-up. Hands on workshop practice will be introduced across a range of materials.

Place and Space and Objects
20 credits
  • Feasibility concept design project within your chosen design discipline
  • Recording the design process (e.g. via sketchbooks and a blog)
  • Shadow Undergraduate studio activity in your chosen discipline

The aim of this module is to develop a concept design within your chosen discipline.  You will document the design process, reflect on the experience and the final outcomes and the reasons for selecting your chosen field. The project will culminate in a comprehensive presentation, which will capture the whole design process via a design portfolio.

Year one

After completing year one, you will be eligible for Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits).

Modules include:
Reordering Space
20 credits
Manipulating Space
20 credits
Transforming Space 1
40 credits
History of Modern Architecture
20 credits
Design Devices
20 credits

Year two

After completing year two, you will be eligible for Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits).

(Selection point for students wishing to opt for the BA (Hons) Design Management routeway at Level Six)

Modules include:
Praxis (Work placement)
20 credits
Collaborative Practice
20 credits
Interior Strategies
40 credits
Transforming Space 2
40 credits

Year three

After completing year three you will be eligible for Honours Degree - (360 credits).

Showcase your work to industry leaders looking for new talent, such as Free Range London, presenting yourself as a design aware industry ready interior designer.

Critical Study
20 credits
Design Integration
40 credits
Major project: Transforming Space 3
60 credits

In the first year, you will gain invaluable skills in drawing, model-making and concept modelling in our industry-standard studios and workshops.

Taught by experienced practising designers, our interior design course mixes practice with theory, so you can create links between concepts and materials while strengthening your design skills across key industry sectors.

Computer simulation and design is covered by using software such as the Adobe Design Suite, VectorWorks and other 3D rendering tools.

The flavour of your second year is all about creativity and employability. You’ll have the opportunity of internships and live project work, giving you excellent industry connections and experience.

You’ll learn about design and its application while enjoying study trips, the chance of overseas study, international design competitions, and working with clients on real world industry projects.

In your third year you’ll have the opportunity to showcase the skills you have obtained throughout this degree course by embarking on an in-depth design project in an area of personal interest to you, combined with an opportunity to exhibit at our graduate show. Emerging as a design aware and employable graduate.

Hours in the classroom

You will spend two full days in the design studio as followed:

  • Integrated Studio is mixed diet of lectures, workshops, and seminars where you build your skills base
  • Tutored Studio is a studio day with practicing interior designers. Here you learn to evaluate design, the design industry and your potential within this.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

Classroom activities

  • Interdisciplinary Workshops – such as Fashion collaboration: building inhabitable expanded costumes. Film-making; learn how to design and edit video as a method of communication. Landscape & Interiors: designing the inside outside.
  • Real-life projects, with real local sites to transform and manipulate within the perimeters of your project briefs.
  • Opportunities to work with other students of different disciplines to enhance your understanding of design as a team and accommodate different approaches.

Professional associations

This degree course is a member of interior educators. Interior Educators (IE) is an organisation established by academics representing well-established Interior design courses from across the UK. It is a unique group in that it provides a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas and practice effecting the education of designers of interior space. IE has created Interior Educators Student (IES), represents students on a national level, to graduation and employment. Through IES students can build their own online portfolios, view Interiors specific jobs as well as receiving advice from leading practitioners.

Further Study

You can choose to continue your study in higher education by enrolling on one of our postgraduate courses in Design Management, Interior Architecture and Design, or Design and Visualisation.

Trips and visits

You will get the chance to participate in field trips organised by the school. For first year students, you’ll get the experience to visit somewhere within the UK and the trip is organised by the staff and the students.

Enhancing employability skills

Our expert staff will help you stand out from the crowd by developing your competitive and transferable interior design skills.

Through our work in live project collaborations, networking and competition success, we have developed strong links with organisations including: RBS Ltd, Tektura, Hartman, Petainer, Hi Macs, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency, Orangebox, KI, & Herman Miller to name a few.

Our graduates also have the chance to take part in training programmes as a Designer in Residence, or enjoy an international exchange opportunities.

You will learn how to confidently present your skills to employers as a designer in interior or architectural practices, and illustrate your strengths working in exhibitions, events design, or as a set designer for theatre or film.

Two of our recent graduates have had their design selected by outdoor furniture manufacturers, Hartman. Amit Fox and Justine Woolley now have their designs on sale on the Hartman website. Other graduates are working at global names such as FITCH, and Gensler.

Placements

During your second year there is a work placement opportunity, which is designed to enable you to develop professional attributes and subject skills through experience in the work place or a live case study, and to critically reflect upon your learning and future options in that context.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Student stories Katarzyna Slopiecka

Freelance Designer and Painter

When I was looking for a university I was already 23, so I didn’t want to waste my time with bad choices. I did precise research about universities I could apply to, and chose Birmingham City University because it had a good reputation and I had read a lot of positive opinions from students.

I enjoy everything about the course – I have a passion for design and creating new spaces, I like to explore things, and I love to work with people with similar attitude.The tutors are really helpful and every time I need advice or help I receive it. English is my second language but I never felt any different – any doubts, questions or problems, the staff were there to help.

Graduate jobs

Due to our overseas interest our graduates, progression is on an international scale, providing graduates with the opportunity to work all over the world including countries such as Norway, Russia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Japan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, UK and China.

Two of our recent graduates have created designs commissioned by outdoor furniture manufacturers, Hartman. Amit Fox and Justine Woolley now have their designs for sale on the Hartman website.

Links to industry

Birmingham School of Architecture & Design are proud to be a part of the local design community, and have strong links to many companies across the UK. As an multi-disciplinary school we promote that ethos in everything we do, and work strongly with Professional Companies to ensure we are up to date with industry practise and standards.

Parkside and Curzon Buildings

Our Facilities

When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses. With an investment of £260 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.

You’ll be based in the multi-million pound Parkside building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. We offer facilities which will accurately reflect the work environment you will enter after graduating. These include Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and a computer-generated Virtual Building Site, creating real life scenarios for you to work on.

While based in The Parkside Building, you will get sharpen your CAD and digital visual communication skills, prototyping and digital production, while also having access to a range of specialist software, workshops, computer and project learning laboratories, and a social learning space.

You’ll also benefit from:

  • Design studios
  • Computer and project laboratories
  • Social learning space
  • Café
  • Meeting point

From industry-standard software, to our workshops and studio spaces, everything you need will be at your fingertips from day one. Working with our expert technicians, you'll be supported from concept through to completion. 

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Parkside Interior
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CAD LAB - Arch and Design
Laser Cutter - Arch and Design
Spray Booth - Arch and Design
Kiln Room - Arch and Design
Glass Cutting - Arch and Design
Plaster - Arch and Design
Ceramics - Arch and Design
Water Jet 3 - Arch and Design
Woodwork 2 - Arch and Design
Bag Press 1 - Arch and Design
Bag Press 2 - Arch and Design
CNC Router - Arch and Design
4 Axis Miller - Arch and Design
Metal - Arch and Design
Product Studio - Arch and Design
Product Studio 3 - Arch and Design
Product Studio 4 - Arch and Design
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Our staff

All of our staff come from an industry background and bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience.

All of this gives you access to the latest thinking, creativity and professional networks.

3D Design

On the Interior Design course you will be taught by experts who specialise in: Design Communication, Creative Processes, Sustainability, Brand Development, Hospitality and Strategic Design Management.

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Glenda Strong

Programme Director

A top quality student experience, employability and enterprise are central to Glenda’s approach. High quality student endeavour requires a delicate balance between creative and technical ability. Glenda is interested in how practitioners work ideas through their projects to solve problems and to redefine design.

Jo Coldicott

Jo’s background is within the workplace sector of the industry, and brings an industry focus to the course, leading CAD skills and vital industry links, while embracing student experience and a focus on realising your potential.

Dr Maria Martinez Sanchez

Architecture and Design Lecturer

Maria is a lecturer specialising in Interior Architecture and Design. Her PhD research focuses on ‘Dynamic Cartography. Body and movement in the architectural space.’