Cardiff Metropolitan University Interior Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University Interior Design
Interior Design – BA (Hons) Degree
The spaces we inhabit deeply influence our thinking and emotional states and you will learn to use spaces to inspire harmony, energy and productivity.
You discover how to blend function and aesthetics, striking liveable balances between the pleasing and the practical. You learn how to examine a space from every angle and explore every possibility. You develop a keen eye for detail – along with an understanding of the technical, legal and logistical skills interior designers need. You experiment with light, sound, material, colour and technology – and bring them together to create stimulating and effective spaces for living, work and play.
This course gives you ample opportunities to get involved in contemporary design practice and learn from leading practitioners and academics. Which means when you leave us, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and creative vision to drive your career.
Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.
Please note: This programme will undergo periodic review in early 2017. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.
Your core subjects of creative thinking, drawing, model making, studio design techniques and CAD/CAM technologies will give you a solid basis in design fundamentals. From here you’ll explore different techniques, ideas and approaches in a variety of areas, including:
- Remodelling; preserving; restoring; renovating existing sites.
- Create user-centred environments (live; work; rest; play).
- Analyse Client Culture (design language; mood; atmosphere).
- Formulate design strategies
- Creating appropriate places for experience.
- Produce Tectonic Detail information
- Sketching and scaled detail design drawing;
- Model-making and 3D visualising (CAD; Virtual Reality; Perceptual Experience Lab).
- Developing relationships with clients, constructors and other specialists
- Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
You’ll learn about the creative, scientific and functional considerations you need to take into account when you’re dealing with space. And you’ll become familiar with technical, legal and regulatory constraints facing interior designers.
There are many options open to you – from studying abroad to research opportunities and industry experience – so you can get to know different client types and explore the countless career paths you can take as an interior design graduate.
Subject: studio one – 2 x 30 credits
Spend your first term in the studio, honing your skills and studying design strategy. You’ll learn how to visualise and present your ideas through sketching, technical drawing, model making, CAD visualisation and verbal presentation. And you’ll start to explore the ethical and social issues – including environmental, ecological and sustainability principles – that this industry deals with. You’ll learn about the synthesis of ‘object’, ‘space’ and ‘experience’.
Field one: collaborate – 20 credits
Widen your horizons by joining students from other courses to collaborate on a project. You’ll take inspiration from other disciplines to build on your experience and expand your creativity – and use your skills and artistic insight to apply them to your work.
Constellation: concept – 40 credits
This module introduces you to the wider world of ideas, theory and contextual studies to help you develop your academic research skills and critical thinking. You’ll focus on particular areas of interest in study groups and you’ll become familiar with the exciting trans-disciplinary research and expertise in Cardiff School of Art & Design.
Subject: studio two – 40 credits
Discover what it means to be an interior designer in the 21st century. You’ll get insight into the working life of a designer and start working both independently and as part of a design team. You’ll create a Place for Experience, considering site-specific restrictions and possibilities – putting your skills and knowledge of client and user identities directly into practice.
Field two: explore – 40 credits
You’ll expand your experiences with challenging projects designed to encourage you to explore and experiment outside your immediate discipline. This transformative opportunity leads to new thinking and innovation – and opens up all kinds of future possibilities. You’ll take on exciting projects that challenge you in new ways. You can also choose to travel, take a work placement, start your own business or try something new.
Constellation: critique – 40 credits
By critiquing literature, journals and exhibitions, you’ll hone your ability to put your design practice into context. You’ll also have opportunities to interact with students and staff and delve deeper into your areas of interest.
Subject: major project – 40 credits
Collaborate with academics and interior design consultants to write a self-set brief, continuing to build on your practical and creative skills as well as your professional development. For example, you could explore commercial opportunities, sharpen your chosen specialism or consider a more philosophical direction to your work.
Field three: exposure – 40 credits
Your final term is dedicated to a major project and an exhibition of your work. This is where you draw together everything you’ve learned during the course and is the launch pad to your future career.
Constellation: contribution – 40 credits
Your practice is underpinned by your knowledge. Demonstrate your research and analysis skills in your final constellation submission, where you’ll explore ideas in both written and practical forms.
Whilst your learning is designed to develop you into a rounded and capable interior designer/artist and intellectual, your curriculum is similarly structured with your potential in mind. As such, the emphasis that will have been placed upon your work ethic, both creatively and academically, is matched with significant focus on real world experience; from building contacts and undertaking placements to live briefs and, should you choose so, support in forming your own business.
You will have the opportunity to engage with clients and in your final year and have the option of devising a detailed business plan should that be appropriate, rather than submit a dissertation.
Graduates from the programme are well placed to join interior design companies, work as independent designers. Some take further training, for example a PGCE. Some elect to take their studies further by studying at CSAD for a Master’s level qualification and there are opportunities to take this further still, through a Professional Doctorate in Design or a PhD.
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions
Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) Our typical offers will include:
- 96 – 120 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
- CCC – BBB / 96 – 120 points from at least 3 A Levels; or grades CC – BB at A level along with the Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate grade C
- QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit Merit Merit – Distinction Distinction Merit
- 96 – 120 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers
- 96 – 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades from any subject (minimum grade H4 considered)
- 96 – 120 points from the Access to HE Diploma within a relevant subject
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.
For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels or equivalent, or applying with other life experiences, other qualifications and/or art & design achievements will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn’t listed please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.
Selection Procedure and Interview Days:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance at a School of Art & Design Interview.
Acceptance at interview is based upon a balance of three criteria:
- Personal enthusiasm for and immersion in the practice and theory of Art & Design
- Academic achievement and ability
- Quality of work, ambition and skills demonstrated in a portfolio
For more information about Art & Design Interview Days, please click here.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
UCAS Code: 56F1
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Undergraduate costs of study in CSAD
CSAD provides a variety of basic materials. These enable students to develop their competence in a range of skills and demonstrate their technical ability. Materials needed in unusual quantities, or those that are specialised, expensive or unusual are at the student’s expense. Advice will be given about how ‘unusual’ is defined, which materials are deemed to be ‘expensive’, and examples given of what is viewed to be ‘unusual’. CSAD students often elect to spend on materials they prefer to work with, including sketchbooks and pens, as well as specialist equipment of their own choosing.
In the main, no charges are made for the use of equipment, with the exception of some specialist high end equipment such as the Mimaki and 3D printers. Access to Cardiff FabLab is subject to student membership; it offers reduced fees for student use.
For further information about additional course costs, including fees, equipment requirements and other charges for each undergraduate programme, please visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.
Field trips and visits
Field trips that are part of core learning will be paid for by the School. Additional visits are occasionally arranged which are optional and where the students may be asked to share the costs. The costs of study abroad, including exchanges, placements and projects are the responsibility of the individual student.