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 AWARD and ROUTE TITLE                   MDes Interior Design
 INTERMEDIATE AWARD TITLES               BA (Hons) Interior Design
                                         Ordinary Degree in Interior Design
                                         University Certificate in Interior Design
                                         University Diploma in Interior Design
 Foundation Degrees Only:
 Title of associated honours
 degree
 Name of the Teaching Institution        SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
 Mode(s) of Attendance                   FT/PT
 (eg. FT/PT/SW/DL)
 UCAS CODE
 Professional/Statutory/Regulatory
 Body Recognising this
 Programme
 QAA Subject Benchmark                   Art and Design
 Statement or other relevant
 external reference point
 Date of Validation                      22/03/07



1      PROGRAMME AIMS

The underlying focus of the programme is on creative and professional practice in the
highly creative, technically demanding and complex vocation of Interior Design. It will
enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the scope and demands of
Interior Design and prepare you for the responsibilities associated with the strategic
planning and development of projects and more widely for the management of design
within the industry. It will provide an opportunity to develop your potential as a creative
practitioner and prepare you for a subsequent career at an advanced level within Interior
Design and related disciplines.

This course will encourage you to experiment, innovate and explore communication
channels available to you as a designer – drawing, sketching, photography, digital
imagery, real and virtual model making. It will help you to develop and understand your
own creativity and to explore many different approaches to design.

Additionally, through practice within the university and in the real world, you will engage in
the wider and more complex issues of professional practice, gradually developing your
ability to deal with the complex issues involved in the management and delivery of design
projects. You will develop the skills and expertise necessary to contribute to the
management of projects involving other specialists and multidisciplinary teams. By the


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end of the course you will have the necessary skills and expertise to engage with the
origination, management and delivery of a wide range of complex interior design
problems.

The course will address the aspirations of students who wish to practice professionally
within Interior Design, whilst developing key skills allowing graduates to pursue careers in
related creative industries. This breadth of skills and knowledge reflects the needs of the
industry and will provide you with a platform to challenge and enhance contemporary
design practice. We aim to provide the industry with creative and imaginative designers
who are able to understand and respond to the context of their work. For example, how it
relates to existing and emerging technology and how it must also respond to wider issues
such as lifestyle, contemporary culture, history, society, business and environmental
concerns.

As a student on this programme, you will be expected to develop the means of staying
abreast of these issues and, within this context, to value and evaluate risk and to engage
with and accept responsibility for the strategic management of design. Additionally, you
will be encouraged to understand the importance of continual professional development
beyond university and into your chosen career.


2      PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
       The course has been mapped against the nationally accepted requirements for a
       course in Art & Design as specified in the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement
       (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/honours/artanddesign.pdf).The
       numbers at the end of each Learning Outcome are cross-references to that
       Statement.

2.1    Knowledge and understanding covered within the Programme. By the end
       of the programme you will be able to demonstrate in written analyses and
       through design projects:

a. a critical awareness of the historical and contemporary context of Interior Design (4.1;
   4.2; 4.3)
b. a systematic understanding of design methodologies and an ability to apply them in
   new and unfamiliar situations (4.3)
c. a sound understanding of ways in which design reflects and influences the social and
   commercial environment of the time (4.1; 4.2; 4.3)
d. an extensive knowledge of the ways in which materials / production technologies have
   and will influence Interior Design (4.1; 4.2; 4.3)
e. a thorough understanding and awareness of the ways in which new and emerging
   technologies offer fresh opportunities for design (4.1; 4.2; 4.3)
f. an extensive knowledge of design precedent and of the theories and principles
   affecting Interior Design (4.3)
g. a comprehensive appreciation of ergonomics and human factors and their application
   in Interior Design (4.1; 4.2; 4.3)
h. an awareness of how practice / theories applied in diverse areas of art and design can
   transfer to and influence Interior Design (4.1; 4.2; 4.3) (see also MEng statements)
i. a critical insight into wider global, political, ethical and environmental issues affecting
   design (4.1; 4.2; 4.3) (see also MEng statements)
j. a comprehensive appreciation of the social, cultural, client-led, economic and
   marketing issues affecting the subject. (4.1; 4.2; 4.3) (see also MEng statements)




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2.2    Intellectual/Subject/Professional/Key skills covered within the Programme:
       by the end of the programme you will be able to

2.2.1 Intellectual skills
You will be able to:
a. evaluate and analyse information and concepts to provide an effective foundation for
    insightful and creative design work (4.4.2; 4.4.5)
b. synthesise ideas and information in order to generate original concepts and to design
    creatively (4.2; 4.3)
c. employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation,
    investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation and/or making (4.3)
d. formulate and justify independent decisions and judgements to support your design
    proposals (4.4.2)
e. employ skills of critical awareness and self appraisal to reflect upon and develop your
    design practice (4.4.1)
f. exchange constructive criticism when discussing your work with students and tutors
    (4.4.2)
g. express reasoned argument to explain and justify your own work (4.4.2)
h. present the arguments of others accurately and succinctly (4.4.2)
i. evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline (4.4.2)
    (see also MEng statements)

2.2.2 Subject or professional skills
You will be able to:
a. show considered, sophisticated visual judgement and discrimination when developing
    your own work and commenting upon that of others (4.3; 4.4.2)
b. understand the value of risk and set yourself appropriate but challenging tasks and
    solve design problems (4.4.1)
c. initiate and apply appropriate research strategies to provide an extensive and
    considered foundation for creative design work (4.3)
d. analyse information and generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions and
    arguments in response to it (4.3)
e. select, test, use and exploit materials, processes and environments (4.3)
f. skilfully produce prototypes and/or models, real or virtual, to the appropriate
    professional standards (4.3)
g. develop ideas through the production of material outcomes to a completed body of
    professional standard work (4.3)
h. apply resourcefulness and professional skills to support your own practice and apply
    an entrepreneurial approach to design. (4.3)
i. show sensitivity in the communication and presentation of design proposals using
    appropriate media and techniques to specific audiences. (4.2; 4.3
j. work with a high level and broad spectrum of specialist skills that will contribute to the
    successful production of design solutions in your chosen specialism (4.1; 4.3) (see
    also MEng statements)
k. analyse the contemporary world of design, production, technology and marketing and
    to assess the relevance of those areas to your design practice; (4.3; 4.4.2) (see also
    MEng statements)
l. anticipate the direction of future products/services in response to these factors (4.4.1)
    (se also MEng statements)

2.2.3 Key Skills
You will be able to:
a. operate effectively as an independent/autonomous learner, set goals, manage
    workloads and meet deadlines. (4.4.1)



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b. work in flexible and creative ways, demonstrating time management and
   organisational skills, in supervised and self-directed projects (4.4.1)
c. source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from
   a variety of sources (4.4.5)
d. analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements, and
   articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation. (4.4.2)
e. articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms and
   present to audiences in a range of situations. (4.4.4)
f. formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others and implement
   appropriate action. (4.4.2)
g. demonstrate professional commitment through personal initiative and independent
   action, together with ownership of and responsibility for your work (4.2 ;4.3) (see also
   MEng statements)
h. anticipate and accommodate change and work within contexts of ambiguity,
   uncertainty, and unfamiliarity. (4.4.1) (see also MEng statements)
i. interact effectively with others, for example through collaboration, collective endeavour
   and negotiation, demonstrating abilities to listen, contribute and lead when required.
   (4.4.3) (see also MEng statements)


3      LEARNING, TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT

3.1    The approach to Learning and Teaching within the Programme

Studio-based project work forms a major part of the Interior Design degree and runs
continuously throughout the programme as a series of separate but developmental
exercises. These design projects set specific challenges and enable you to implement the
contextual understanding into your design practice. Lectures and seminars provide a
substantial theoretical underpinning for this design practice and project group tutorials
provide an open forum for the discussion and development of your knowledge and
understanding of the issues relating to these projects.

Design Projects
Design Projects begin with a comprehensive briefing from one or more members of staff.
Project briefings typically consist of a short lecture and open discussion to accompany a
written briefing document. This document sets out the particular challenge facing you,
gives some contextual background to the challenge and includes clearly stated aims,
learning outcomes, timescales, submission requirements and assessment criteria. As you
progress through the programme you gradually take more responsibility for the
development and direction of your own projects, culminating in the final year of the
programme when you carry out research to provide the basis for a self-directed
programme of design projects. As an MDes student you will need to develop a
programme of highly creative and original project work that demonstrates extensive and
independent research. This body of work must also be further supported by professional
contact and discussion with appropriate agencies external to the university.

Support for Skills Development
The programme encompasses a broad range of practical skills, including ICT and
workshop skills, and also communication skills such as drawing and verbal presentations.
Support for the development and refinement of these skills is provided in the form of
taught classes and group workshop activities. These take place throughout the
programme, but are especially concentrated during the first year.




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Tutorial support
Tutorial Support is a central aspect of the teaching method of this programme. You will
meet with tutors and other students regularly in small group tutorials – normally this will
happen on a weekly basis. During tutorials, the project work of each student is discussed
by the group. This discussion focuses around the progress of the individual projects and
encourages comparison, cross learning, critical reflection and culminates in a focus for
further work to advance the project. During these sessions you will be expected to take
notes. Staff notes are used as a means of checking and recording the development of
each individual as they progress through the programme. Your own notes should reflect
the potential areas for further investigation and development within your design projects.

Critiques
Critiques are an established and fundamental aspect of art and design education. They
take place at the conclusion of a design project and generally take the form of a
presentation of the completed project work by the individual students to a group of
students and staff. These presentations may be a formal 'stand up' presentation to a large
cohort or a formal discussion around a table within a smaller group. Where appropriate,
you may also deliver an interim presentation of your progress and direction to a group of
staff and students. These critiques and interim presentations form a very important aspect
of the learning and teaching methods as they promote self-assessment and provide a
further platform for critical review.

Live Projects
During Level 5 of the programme some of the design projects are 'live' projects in which
you undertake project work as a direct response to a brief set by an industrial 'client'.
Typically you will visit the clients' design or manufacturing facilities and receive a briefing
from them to set the context and scope of the project. During the project you may make
interim presentations to the client and the project will culminate in a final presentation and
feedback from both the industrial sponsor and the staff running the project. These live
projects develop your understanding of the business context of their design work and
develop the ability to respond to the financial, project management and market restrictions
of professional design work.

Lecture and Seminar Programme
Design projects are accompanied by a continuous series of lectures and seminars that
provide direct and indirect theoretical underpinning and help to develop contextual
knowledge and understanding. Lectures and seminars are both staff and student led, with
delivery from both university and external experts within the relevant field being
discussed. These theoretical aspects of the programme focus on wide ranging issues
from business and marketing factors to technological influences and opportunities. The
knowledge and understanding gained through these sessions inform the design project
work and establish means by which you are able to develop your approach to research
and development, drawing upon wider social, theoretical and technological issues. The
content and intellectual challenges presented by this programme obviously increase as
you progress through the course. At Levels 6 and 7 a major part of the lecture/seminar
programme is shared with the MA Design Programme and you will explore subjects and
strategic issues currently impacting on design as a preparation for entry to the profession.

Field Trips and Industrial Visits
During Levels 5 and 6, there will be trips to design consultancies, industrial facilities,
museums and exhibitions. These visits contribute to the development of a contextual and
industrial understanding of Interior Design. Sometimes these field studies will have a
direct link with studio based project work or theoretical studies. There is an international
field trip during Level 5 which constitutes a visit to an international cultural centre
(destinations for previous visits have included Prague, New York, Barcelona, Milan and


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Venice). During these international field trips, you will typically visit design consultancies,
industrial facilities, museums and exhibitions. Students who, for financial or other
reasons, are not able to take part in the field study tour are set an alternative programme
of study in the UK in order to meet the same learning outcomes.

Industrial Placement and International Exchange Programme
These options are available for MDes students as part of the Professional Enhancement
module in the second semester of Level 6. This gives you the opportunity to plan,
organise and undertake a placement which will run for a minimum of 15 weeks. However,
as this period overlaps with the long summer vacation, you may wish to extend this
invaluable experience into this period. The university assists in the planning, though the
overall responsibility is yours and you should start to contact companies from the
beginning of the year. Detailed planning of the placement is supported and agreed with
staff from the course team, who will also monitor your progress/achievement and assess
the outcome.

As an option to the Industrial Placement, you may choose to study with one of our
international partner institutions for a semester. This is an obvious way of demonstrating
an international dimension in your work. However, competition for these exchange
programmes is strong and the selection process is competitive. If you are interested in this
option you may wish to consider taking appropriate language modules in Levels 4 and 5.
Currently we are offering placements in France, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey,
Germany, Finland, South Korea and Australia.

Self Directed Study
Directed reading is aimed at promoting knowledge of current trends and practices in
design. You are also encouraged to be generally aware of your environment during day
to day life, and alert to the problems and issues that may influence and offer opportunity to
the designer. You are expected to work with increasing independence as the course
progresses, and encouraged to extend your skills and knowledge through reading,
research and design practice during independent study time.

3.2    The approach to Assessment and Feedback within the Programme

Methods of assessment and the requirements for progression through the programme are
explained during the initial staff/student briefings and reinforced in group tutorials. Client
comments are used within the live project work in conjunction with other forms of
evaluation in order to determine individual achievement. Proformas with clear guidelines
and criteria for assessment are used.

Formative and summative* assessments are regarded as positive learning tools, and
feedback from assessment provides you with clear guidance with regard to future
development. Assessment strategies support your understanding of your learning
processes and are designed to foster a deep approach to learning. These strategies also
help to promote autonomous learning and self-evaluation as vital elements within the
overall learning process. Assessment criteria accommodate the speculative inquiry
inherent in contemporary Design practice.
*Formative assessment is used by tutors to give you some idea of how your work is
progressing at an interim stage of the project. Summative assessment is the final mark
awarded at the end of the project.

Formal summative assessment is applied in practice modules via a presentation of your
work at the end of each project to at least two members of staff (for moderation purposes).
As appropriate you will have the opportunity to contextualise your work verbally and
engage in critical discourse with staff. This form of assessment aids your presentation


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skills. Regular group and individual tutorials and critiques provide for continuous informal
tutor, self and peer assessment.

In critical theory the most common form of assessment is the essay, where you are
expected to pursue and express original thoughts and ideas, to engage critically with
received opinion, to show skills of research, analysis and interpretation. You should also
present coherent reasoned and supported arguments. Written feedback is given with
returned essays. You will receive immediate verbal feedback from seminars which in
some circumstances may be later reinforced by written feedback.

Feedback strategy
Feedback on assessed work is a fundamental element of your learning. Throughout the
course, regular tutorials are organised to discuss progress. Individual and group tutorials
ensure that you are encouraged to audit and reflect on your own learning/development,
and that you are supported in setting targets for progression. Both of these methods will
centre on the integration of teaching and learning materials into your own design practice.
Comprehensive feedback on practical work will be given regularly in the form of
constructive comments and guidance during tutorials and critiques. Written elements of
the work will be marked and returned to you with feedback attached. Feedback will
normally be recorded at the end of each project/module to address significant issues and
to point the way forward.

The processes involved in establishing Personal Development Planning (PDP) are
introduced in Level 4 in the modules ‘Design Methods Project’ and ‘Skills Workshops’. At
Level 5 you will be again required to reflect on your personal development in the modules
‘Self Directed Design Project’ and ‘Preparation for Level Six’. PDP is intrinsic to the self
directed programme of work in Level 6.


4      PROGRAMME DESIGN AND STRUCTURE

Year 1
The first year challenges you to explore diverse ways of approaching design problems
and to apply your creative skills in different ways. It will also challenge any preconceptions
that you may have about Interior Design. During your first year you will also learn many of
the essential skills and knowledge needed to work in Interior Design.

Year 2
In the second year the design projects are often company sponsored, and involve working
directly with the client. We will help you to meet this challenge and develop your skills and
knowledge to a professional level. Other projects involve working to a national or
international design brief. In this case it is particularly important that you are able to
communicate you ideas professionally using a variety of media and techniques.

Progression to the final two years of the MDes is dependent on achieving an average
mark of 57% or above in your second year [Level 5]. Should you fail to meet this
standard, then you will transfer automatically to the BA Programme and graduate at the
end of the third year.

Year 3
The pace of work intensifies in your third year as the two 15 point taught modules in
Research for Practice are set at postgraduate level. There is a specific self-directed
design project, which is established through a process of research and discussion with
academic staff and that allows you to develop a personal area of interest related to the



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field of Interior Design. By taking increasing responsibility for the management of your
own work, you are preparing for life as a professional designer. This intention is further
supported by the Industrial Placement and International Exchange Programme which
takes place in semester two.

Year 4
The final year uses two important strategies to further develop your professional skills,
knowledge and understanding. There is a taught module in Creativity, Innovation and
Professionalism with case studies drawn from professional practice to enhance your
expertise in the strategic management of design. This work is also supported by team
based and personal research projects and uses role play exercises which engage in
complex negotiations with experts from related disciplines. Along side this there is also an
extended period of self-directed project work enabling you to explore links with external
partners and develop a body of original design work that demonstrates an advanced level
of engagement with your chosen area of specialism.

Level   Module Title                       Semester      Number         Mandatory/elective/
                                                         Of credits     option
4       Contextual Studies 1               1-2           20             M
4       Observation and                    1-2           20             M
        Communication
4       Design Methods                     1-2           20             M
4       Form Space and Meaning             1-2           20             M
4       Exploring Structure in             1-2           20             M
        Building
4       Skills Workshops                   1-2           20             E

5       Contextual Studies 2               1-2           20             M
5       Professional Studies               1-2           10             M
5       Preparation for Level 6            1-2           10             M
5       Colour, Light and                  1-2           20             M
        Atmosphere
5       Design Specialism                  1-2           20             M
5       Professional Practice Brief        1-2           20             M
5       Self Directed Design Project       1-2           20             E
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6       MDes Project 1                     1-2           30             M
6       Professional Enhancement           1-2           60             M
6       Competitive Design                 1-2           20             E

7       Research for Practice 1            1-2           15             M
7       Research for Practice 2            1-2           15             M
7       Creativity, Innovation and         1-2           30             M
        Professionalism
7       MDes Project                       1-2           70             M

In place of an elective module at Levels 4 & 5 you may wish to consider taking one of the
following:
 an appropriate module from another degree in the Faculty of Arts, Computing,
     Engineering and Sciences
 an Independent Study Module [normally Level 5 and Level 6]
 a foreign language module




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Part-time study is possible, but owing to the sequential nature of the learning
experience within design it is not actively encouraged. Students wishing to study
part-time would need to study alongside the full-time students. In effect you would
attend in the same pattern, but take fewer modules in a given year. (Normally 60
credits).


5      PROGRESSION/CAREER ROUTES
       Possible progression or career routes after you have completed this
       programme include

Graduates will have the opportunity to enter professions in a variety of design related areas
at an advanced level where employers are looking for graduates who are able to contribute
to the strategic development of their business. Careers in Interior Design include such
diverse fields as Museum Design, Exhibition Design, Retail Design, Theatre, Film and
Television Set Design. The degree can also be a starting point for careers in teaching,
marketing and management. Alternatively, you may wish to continue to further postgraduate
study, either within this university or elsewhere.

6      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ENTRY PROFILE

6.1    Specific Entry Requirements for entry to the initial stage of this programme
       are

           Academic Qualifications (including A / AS level grades and subjects,
           where applicable)
            Curriculum 2000 A levels - 240 tariff points from a minimum of two
           GCE A levels including art and design. Advanced subsidiary and key
           skills may contribute to the score.
            Vocational Certificate of Education - 240 tariff points from a minimum
           of two VCE A levels or a VCE double award in art and design. VCE
           advanced subsidiary levels and key skills may contribute to this score.
            Pre 2002 A levels - 18 points from two relevant A levels, one of which
           should be in art or design or graphics.
            GNVQ - advanced/level 3 merit plus an A level or advanced subsidiary
           level in a relevant subject.
            BTEC National Certificate/Diploma - overall pass in art/design.
            Scottish Highers - 240 tariff points from a minimum of four Highers to
           include a relevant subject.
            Irish Leaving Certificate - four grade Cs at higher level including a
           relevant subject.
            Access - 12 credits at level 3 and four credits at level 2 from an Open
           College Network-accredited course, preferably in an art and design
           related programme.
            Foundation - pass in art and design.
          Level of English language            GCSE- minimum pass grade C
           capability                           (or equivalent)
          Any other specific, formally         GCSE Maths-minimum pass grade C
           certified qualifications             (or equivalent)
          Previous relevant work or work-      NA
           related experience
          Any specific articulation            NA
           arrangements recognised for this
           programme
          Professional qualifications          NA


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         Any other specific entry               NA
          requirements



6.2   APPLICANT ENTRY PROFILE: the knowledge, skills and qualities etc.
      required to enable you to benefit from, and succeed on the programme of
      study are

      You should be able to demonstrate (either through previous qualifications or from
      the work in your portfolio), that you are creative, intelligent, resourceful, ambitious
      and a good communicator. You should also show skill and sensitivity in the use
      and application of a wide and varied range of 2D and 3D art and design media.

6.3   The University will select non-standard entrants to the programme in the
      following ways

      In this case an interview with at least one member of the staff team is mandatory.
      Depending upon the nature of the application, a small project may be set for
      presentation and discussion with the interview team.

6.4   Use of Prior Credit (APCL/APEL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential
      credit may be used within the Programme in the following ways

      You would be able to use prior credit only where it is in an appropriate subject area
      and level.




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