20 credits at level HE5
This module introduces you to the world of work, by looking at the practice of interior design – how designers operate in the work-place, how design studios are organised, and what activities are carried out there. Design practises employ not only designers, but also other professionals – you will find out who does what in industry and other professional and their roles. Interior designers themselves work in different ways – they may specialise in making modules, or CAD work, or space planning or decor. They also work for various types of client – in sectors as diverse as retail, hospitality, commercial and educational: you will find out what special attributes are needed for those sectors. They may work in one country only or internationally.
You will conduct both primary and secondary research into how design studios work, and will visit a design studio as well as investigate further studios via the internet, journals and textbooks. Those findings will for the basis of your project where you will create an innovative and exciting studio and offices, which at the same time are feasible and achievable, for a given design practice.
Part of the module involves inviting guest speakers in to speak to you. They will be practising designers and architects working out there in the industry. You will get an opportunity to listen to their career progress, what they do on a day to day basis, and how their studio is organised.
You will also look into advancing your own career prospects, and will write a creative CV and fill in a standard application form. This will be followed by finding out how to make an interview work for you. For those students looking for an internship or a placement, this will help prepare you to start the process.
You will be encouraged to build up relationships with existing design practises / interior designers, attend trade fairs and visit suppliers as well as take part in activities which promote professional aspects, such as networking and attending external lectures.
Personal Development Planning (PDP)
This module will assess your PDP. you will be required to carry this out in the format of 'identify, plan, act upon and reflect on your findings'.
Primary and secondary research; market information; visual research, research into commercial spaces;
The Professional Design Studio
The operation of design studios; structure of various companies; physical needs of a design studio, (e.g. storage, desks, meetings rooms); types of designers; activities of other professionals
The Professional Designer
Activities designers carry out; time management and deadlines; recording work; working internationally; skills; working with clients; working in teams; terminology associated with design roles; the design cycle and developmental process.
Job hunting and Continual Professional Development
Opportunities for employment; CVs, letter writing, interview skills, networking; self promotion, sources of advice; working freelance, contract and employment status
Who they are; how they can help; where they are located; types of membership; member benefits.
A blended learning approach will be used for the delivery of the module. This means you will attend formal taught sessions as well as undertaking online activities. In formal, taught sessions you will have lectures, discussions, practical activities, case studies, demonstrations and problem-solving activities. Online activities will include conducting internet searches, reviewing office spaces for design practices and undertaking online discussions. You will also participate in studio-based activities and work independently on your practical project. You will attend site visits to research offices and design studios. There will be a programme of invited speakers from the industry who will share with you their working practices and career development.
There will be four pieces of assessment on this module. The first is an ongoing research file, investigating how interior design practices operate, how commercial / office space can be designed for optimum utilisation, and how innovation can make those spaces more contemporary. This file also will have notes on talks by visiting speakers and their experiences in the industry.
The second piece of work is developmental work for commercial interiors - in particular office space. Design development will be emphasised in this assessment where your sketchbook will assessment for continuing and logical developmental processes.
The third piece of work is the realisation of your design, or re-design, of an office space to update and contemporise it. You will present it in the form of a mock interview, taking on the role of a newly graduated interior designer applying for your first position in the industry. You will also demonstrate, in that interview, your awareness and knowledge of the industry.
Finally you will write a report on design studio operation, synthesised from information derived from external sources such as site visits and visiting speakers.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have further developed both primary and secondary research skills in response to a given design brief||
1.1 Identify and justify appropriate sources
1.2 Select and analyse findings
|2.||Understand the impact of organisational management and policies on designers’ roles||
2.1 Categorise and explain organisation structure in a number of design practices
2.2 appraise the opinions and practices of external speakers and other sources
|3.||Have developed and designed a commercial space from initial ideas to final outcome||
3.1 submit a portfolio evidence of a rigorous developmental cycle in preparation for your final outcome which should be credible and achievable
3.2 produce an exciting and innovative final outcome from 3.1. above
|4.||Have prepared yourself, realistically, for initial positions in the industry and present and discuss your work||
4.1 Create your CV and application letter
4.2 Apply for a given design position
4.3 Take part in a mock interview, justifying your suitability for a design role and defending your final design outcome and how it responds to the brief
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Formative: Research file||Summative: Portfolio of design developments and final outcome||Summative: Presentation of work and interview supporting the final outcome of assessment item 2||Summative: 1000 word written report on design studio operation from external sources such as visiting speakers|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Groves, K., Knight, W. Denison, E. (2010) I Wish I Worked There! A Look Inside the Most Creative Spaces in Business New Jersey: John Wiley
Menzel, L.(2009) Masterpieces: Office Architecture and Design. Salenstein,
Piotrowski, C.M. (2009) Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design. New Jersey: John Wiley.
Robinson L.B. &t. Parman A.T. (2010) Research Inspired Design, a step-by-step guide for interior designers. New York: Fairchild Books
Yakeley , S. & Yakeley , D.(2010) BIDA Interior Designers Job Book. London: Thames and Hudson
British Institute of Interior design (BIID) www.biid.org.uk
Manchester Centre for the Urban Built Environment: www.cube.co.uk
Chartered Society of Designers (CSD); www.csd.org.uk
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); www.architecture.com
Frame, IDFX, Wallpaper
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