The BA Design – Interior and Furniture is aimed at people who wish
to work in the area of interior and furniture design and has strong
links with business and manufacturing industry. It is based around 3
areas of study – Design Fundamentals, Design Communications and
Critical Theory. In Design Fundamentals students engage in a
fundamental and developmental study of design and specialise in
either Interior or Furniture Design in 3rd and 4th year. Design
Communications focuses on developing the student’s visualising skills
and subjects include among others CAD, Drawing, Design Realisation
Critical Theory provides a theoretical framework for design practice
and key issues in the history and theory of design are covered in
relation to relevant developments in the evolution of current theories
of humanity, culture and society. A written thesis on an approved
topic in design is submitted in Year 4 as part of the final assessment.
In Years 2 and 3, students have the opportunity to broaden their
visual education by taking a number of optional modules from the
Fine Art and Visual Communication areas.
The first year consists of twelve 5 credit modules in Design
Fundamentals, Design Communications and Critical Theory. Modules
include Structure, Proportion Form and Space, Perception,
Anthropometrics and Ergonomics, Observational Drawing, Design
Realisation, CAD, Photography.
In Year 2, the first Semester continues with 3 common modules
examining fundamental design concepts in 3D and spatial contexts.
In Semester 2, students begin to focus on specialist interior or
furniture design modules. A number of optional modules encourages
students to experiment outside of their specialist area. Design
Communications continues to deepen and broaden the student’s
visualisation skills and the Design Fabrication modules give students
experience with the nature and properties of materials. Critical theory
focuses on Modernism and the key theories of