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Overview

This course will train creative spatial practitioners to approach design challenges towards future cities with innovation, resourcefulness and responsibility. The programme aims to prepare you for conceptualising and creatively tackling a range of design challenges, from urban realms to performance spaces and atmospheric environments.
This programme will contain a wider interdisciplinary input than the current BA (Hons) Interior Design, focusing on creative design production that includes not only elements from architecture, but also lighting and performance design, sculptural installation, retail and experience design and public urban commissions.

Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.

 

What makes this course different

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Student showcase

As a design graduate, you’ll be able to showcase your work at the University of East London and at Free Range - an annual exhibition in central London for interior architecture and design students.

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Great location

You’ll be right in the heart of East London, with easy access to galleries, museums and groundbreaking retail projects such as Victoria Beckham’s boutique in Mayfair, designed by renowned architect Farshid Moussavi.

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Interdisciplinary

This programme will draw on principles giving students a wide knowledge of various aspects of design, interior, architecture, lighting, performance, retail and experience and sculptural.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to provide an educational and creative framework that enables you to become a designer. 

Through exploring existing and new building contexts you will will design for potential users in an array of timescales. You will learn many types of analogue and digital representation techniques as well as a theoretical and historical context that will prepare you for employment. The course offers a spatial design skill set applicable across public and private commissions, urban and domestic interiors, to train agile and visionary design practitioners to deal with the challenges of future cities. You will experience professional practice through learning from office mentors and completing 'live projects' to further increase your access to the design industry.    

These skills are in high demand in both public and private sectors, with an increasing number of placemaking projects being developed across London and globally - as part of strategic urban developments. This course will familiarise students with these developments and articulate their imagination into professionally transferable skills to generate such new designs, from public realms to pavilions, retail and community spaces, and multi-function public and urban projects. 

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Design Investigation 1

    The module aims to introduce students to the skills, processes and practices involved in a spatial design project. It engages students in a range of processes by means of which they can understand, think about and engage with the academic and practical design discipline of architectural design.

    The module enables students to develop an understanding of space and materials. It familiarises students with methods for fabricating models, prototypes, 2D and 3D drawings, sketches, diagrams, collage, photographs and mixed media representations, and to practice their use in generating and communicating ideas.

    The module supports experiment, trial and error through short projects and exercises that build confidence and competence. It introduces students to the role of representation in design and links with art practice as well as an understanding of the materials, processes and techniques that apply specifically to spatial design.

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    Design Resolution 1

    The module enables students to produce imaginative, appropriate and competent design proposals in response to a variety of sites, briefs, cultural, social and technological issues. Furthermore it aims to develop a general understanding of the materials, processes and techniques that are applied in the architectural and interior, and product design disciplines.

    The module aims to develop the student’s confidence and ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present their design proposals clearly and effectively as well as an ability to evaluate and rework ideas in response to review and feedback.

    The module supports the ability of students to see and reflect on how their design proposals are beginning to develop into fully-­‐fledged interior and product design projects, and the kinds of work and thinking involved in taking their ideas further. Therefore, the module familiarises students with design development processes including the analysis and interpretation of a range of project sites and the development of project specific research. The module demonstrates strategies for producing spatial, material and programmatic ideas that satisfy aesthetic as well as technical requirements and how to present them using a range of appropriate media and methods of communication.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having acquired understanding of the key developmental areas, students will have opportunity to pitch a small scale design project to a panel of practitioners, and be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

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    History and Theory 1

    The module aims to orient and critically engage the student in the subject of architecture, interior and product design in their relationship with art and design culture through engaging with selected histories and theories relevant to art, culture, technology and contemporary practice.

    Whilst beginning to develop a sound knowledge in their field, students are encouraged to see, read and articulate connections between developments in architecture, design and contemporary practice.

    The module introduces students to the range of academic researching, analysing and essay writing tools they need to produce graduate-level discussions and writing, while encouraging them to articulate and take responsibility for the development of their own learning and to be able to reflect critically on their own work and that of others.

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    Technical Studies and Representation 1

    The module aims to prepare students for the task of visualising and communicating their work at all stages of its development, and setting their work in relation to the final design project Design Investigation, Design Resolution and Design Integration and the technical demands of the design proposal.

    In this regard, drawing ability is a necessary skill for observation, recording, analysis, visualisation, evaluation and communication of different technical aspects of the design project.

    This module aims to develop a student's repertoire of practical, technical and computer-aided skills that can keep pace with their growing knowledge of the design process.

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    Design Investigation 2

    The module provides a forum for the student to develop a creative, inventive and productive design process in relation to a design project or projects. In particular to raise student awareness and understanding of the occupants and users and their physical, social and psychological needs through the design of both objects and environments at appropriate scales, as well as exploring key characteristics of design projects.

    There is a particular focus on investigations of site and context that may involve the gathering of empirical data, making analytical studies and conducting observations of people, place, context and materials that are appropriate to the project.

     

    By setting one design project, the module aims to engage with the practices, protocols and conventions that apply to the design and delivery of projects within the design and construction industry. The module fosters the development of a personal position and working methods as part of the attributes required by a professional architect.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply several of the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 4 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    This module will help students develop: an understanding of job market forces and influences; required skills to enable them to make successful applications for a job in the architecture sector; effective representation in interviews; opportunities to gain work experience in an architectural practice (as a placement) to learn more about how to apply their knowledge and learning in practice.

    Through engagement with the Career Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Students will use a design project chosen and set by the academic staff. This may be a competition or a live project. In so doing, they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences they have learnt elsewhere

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    History and Theory 2

    The module aims to orient and critically engage the student in the subject of architecture and interior/product, and also in its relationship with urbanism and urban space through engaging with selected histories and theories and through engagement with relevant art, culture, technology and contemporary practice.

    The history and theory element further prepares students as independent and critical thinkers, capable of producing a sustained piece of study in the form of a written essay. The module sets out the resources and methods, and rehearses the thinking, historical, analytical and discursive skills that will be required in relation to architecture and interior design.

    Throughout the module students are supported to think creatively and to take more responsibility for the development of their own learning and academic and professional direction whilst examining broader ethical questions resident in the practice of design.

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    Technical Studies and Representation 2

    The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to engage with the technical demands of the main design project in Design Investigation 2, Design Resolution 2 and Design Integration 2, and to represent this appropriately.

    This module builds upon and extends the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in Technical Studies and Representation 1 in that it continues to develop the student's repertoire of conceptual, practical, technical and computer-aided skills in order to be able to inform, support and describe their architectural design development.

    The module aims to:

    • Provide an overview of the principles of architectural structures, material construction and sustainable design.
    • Provide students with a range of representational and descriptive skills in order to record, analyse, visualise, develop, evaluate and communicate architectural design and observations.
    • Allow students to learn and apply representational skills to a design project across a range of drawing scales and details.
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    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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    Design Investigation 3

    The module consolidates skills and knowledge gained at Levels 4 and 5. Together with Design Resolution 3 and Design Integration 3 which requires highly detailed reflection on the integration of cultural, professional, technical and environmental issues within the design project, this set of 3 modules is intended to prepare students for independent practice, entry into the professional workplace, or for higher studies.

    Whilst improving a student’s practical skills and refining their ability to use them productively, the focus of this module is on developing a depth of knowledge and understanding about research and project development, appropriate to graduate level. It also aims to help students to offer evidence of self-management in respect of planning, monitoring, recording and evaluation within the portfolio work that is produced.

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    Design Integration 3

    This module builds on the knowledge gained from the two pre-requisites above. It further explores the role that key environmental variables inform a low energy building design. It helps students to reflect on appropriate environmental design strategies that respond to occupants’ needs, design brief, and climate.

    This module allows students to explore, identify and evaluate the interrelationships between the various environmental mechanisms and address them in a rigorous manner by developing design strategies that deliver comfortable environments for building users.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    This module will help provide: an overview of professional responsibilities of the profession, the regulations and procedures involved in the approval and construction of designs, and the relevant context of the construction industry; and a framework within which students practice the integration of Professional and Technical concerns within a design proposal.

    Through engagement with the Career Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

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    Integrated Technology

    This module establishes a student’s ability to integrate the key areas of their technical design knowledge within the context of the final design project Design Investigation 3 Design Resolution 3 and Design Integration 3.

    The module provides an overview of the necessary design skills required to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.

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    Research Through Practice

    The module aims to critically engage the student in the subject of architecture and interiors with the related art and design technologies and human sciences through engaging with selected histories and theories, and by considering these in relation to architecture contemporary practice.

    This module provides a platform for ambitious individual work and it calls for graduate levels of achievement in the submission of an essay and exhibition work about a subject relating to architecture, interiors, cities or politics. Students will receive guidance on critical thinking, the analysis of texts, information retrieval, time management, bibliography, referencing, acknowledgement and the requirements for essay and original exhibition work.

    Throughout the module students are required to think creatively and to take responsibility for the development of their own learning and academic and professional direction whilst examining broader questions resident in the practice of design.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You will learn how to create event and exhibition design, retail spaces, and new public realms, operating strategically with materials, atmospheres and technologies. You will be encouraged to experiment with conceptualisation and narration and find ways of intelligently tackling the design of human and experience-centric environments.
You will operate with digital and analogue skills and technologies, while developing a historical, critical and contextual knowledge of architecture, design and spatial speculation. You will work with creative tools to convey atmospheres and experiences based on clients' needs. You will design temporary, pop-up environments, through a focus on material development and multi-sensorial spatial experience.

Guided independent study
We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. 
Academic support
Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. 
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.
Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).
Workload
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be provided with feedback throughout the year on their progress during tutorial sessions. All modules are assessed individually against specific criteria, at the end of the academic year. Studio work that is developed throughout the course will be assessed within a design portfolio with supporting studies in the form of a bound report. We can also assess online and multi-media submissions appropriately. There will be no closed-booked examinations in this course. A final assessment takes place at the end of each academic year. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design gives you a strong platform for employment in a wide variety of careers in the fields of interior design, architecture, theatre design, product design, exhibition design and public art experience.

Whether it is a career in architecture or interiors, this course also allows students to explore more niche pathway such as public art, installation art, experiential design, VR environments and theatre design.  BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design positions you directly in the paths of employers in the field by pairing final year projects with cutting-edge professional offices in and around London. Your valuable work in dialogue alongside these mentors leads you to be rubbing shoulders with your potential future employers.

This course will also ensure you graduate with a wide-ranging skillset including AutoCad, Vectorworks, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, Sketchup Pro 3D modelling and real-time rendering software. Whilst also ensuring that you are able to progress on to employment with rigorous professional life teaching to prepare an industry-standard CV, cover letter and portfolio.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.