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3 Years School of Architecture & Design Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation 280 points to include 100 points from an A-level (or equivalent) art or design subject. (See below) W250

Top3 Interior Architecture and Design is one of the University’s Design courses ranked 3rd in the UK. In addition, 100% of Lincoln students were satisfied with the quality of the course according to the National Student Survey 2015, as provided unistats.com

Introduction

The BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree at Lincoln takes a multidisciplinary approach that positions the subject between the academically rigorous profession of architecture and the fast-paced world of contemporary visual culture and design.

On this degree, students will have the opportunity to develop practical design knowledge in specialist studios, learning from staff who are active both professionally and as researchers. Students will have the chance to learn about building technology while developing their own creative style. Studio learning is enhanced by a comprehensive programme of lectures and seminars, which aims to provide a thorough education in the social and historical context of architecture.

Opportunities to gain practical work experience or complete live work for real clients and building developments exist throughout the degree and there are opportunities for placements within a wide range of interior design and architectural practices. Placements can range from weeks to a full year placement, taken between level 2 and 3 of the course. There is also the opportunity on this course to study abroad as part of an exchange programme. Costs which may be incurred as part of a placement or study abroad opportunity are outlined in the Features tab.

A practical studio culture is in place at the University of Lincoln. As well as striving to provide a stimulating and creative environment, this way of working aims to prepare students for their future career in architecture and design. It also allows students the chance to take responsibility for how they develop a space, explore their own visual style, and to engage with other students and staff.

How You Study

Three-dimensional thinking is the focus of the first year of the degree and this is explored through a variety of media. Students will have the opportunity to learn how the design process works and begin to practise the skills of planning and modelling. The history and theory of architecture and design are examined, providing students with the chance to contextualise their practice with a solid theoretical understanding of the subject.

In the second year, students are introduced to the concept of social relationships and the responsibilities that face interior architects.

Students are expected to complete a comprehensive individual project in an area of personal interest in their third year, providing them with the chance to demonstrate the skills they have acquired as a designer. Professional practice is emphasised at this stage, aiming to ensure that students are ready to enter the industry when they graduate. There are also modules covering the administrative, legal and financial aspects of interior design practice.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Study

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Applicants will be invited for interview, whereby they will have the opportunity to go through their portfolio with a member of the academic team.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Architecture & Design Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2016-17

Applicants must have a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points, to include 100 points in an art or design subject, and at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website http://lncn.eu/cdez

Mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work, will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Design Primer

Exploratory in nature, this module focuses on essential 2D and 3D design skills and their inter-relationship in spatial composition.

The module will aim to introduce students to the study and practice of analytical and measured drawing, orthographics, model making and the concept of design language though the exploration of line, plane, space, form and human scale.

Design Process

Students have the opportunity to build on a range of essential design skills that can be applied to projects. The generation of design language is enhanced and developed by the introduction of spatial narrative supported by text, images and an introduction to the use of light, materials and construction.

History and Theory of Architecture and Design

This module covers the development of architecture, art and design from ancient times through to the present. Visual research, analysis and presentation techniques can be developed alongside text-based academic techniques.

Interior

Students can focus on applying basic 2D and 3D skills to the design of a small interior environment. Projects will be based within an existing building and students can explore integrative strategies essential to successful design.

Level 2

Design and Society

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Design and Society option B (Option)

This module introduces theories about interior, architectural and urban space. The course recognises that the role of the designer includes not only the considerations of the formal qualities of the designed object or environment in relation to its immediate audience but also encompasses a broader set of responsibilities to society as a whole.

Intervention (Option)

Insertion and Intervention are conceived as key themes which open a significant debate within Interior Design.

Interior Designers often have to respond to the parallel, yet divergent, disciplines of designing temporary/transient spaces and spaces of longevity. One discipline, that of insertion, is concerned with the transient space, often existing only for a time and contextually dependent on notions of trend. By contrast, intervention is concerned with designing spaces of longevity and permanence. Spaces of intervention are often legitimated through their relationship to site, context, community, sustainability and function.

Studio 1: Space & Form

The aim of this module is to develop and enhance the common design skills and practice based processes explored in year one. A series of fundamental design skills; namely those of problem solving through drawing, making and realisation, are married to an analysis of function, site, context and contemporary spatial theory.

Studio 2 : Insertion & Intervention

Insertion and Intervention are conceived as key themes which open a significant debate within Interior Design.

Interior Designers often have to respond to the parallel, yet divergent, disciplines of designing temporary/transient spaces and spaces of longevity. One discipline, that of insertion, is concerned with the transient space, often existing only for a time and contextually dependent on notions of trend. By contrast, intervention is concerned with designing spaces of longevity and permanence. Spaces of intervention are often legitimated through their relationship to site, context, community, sustainability and function.

Studio 3: Definition & Direction (Option)

The broad aim of this module is concerned with the consolidation and honing of student’s interests and skills developed throughout the second year studio projects.

Study Period Abroad - Interior Architecture and Design (Option)

This module provides an opportunity for BA Hons Interior Architecture and Design students to spend a semester at second level studying at one of the University’s partner institutions, developing academically and personally. During the semester abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of one semester of the programme at Lincoln. Participation in study abroad also offers unique opportunities for personal student development in the wider sense, taking in cultural, sporting and social opportunities.

In order to participate, students are usually expected to have a good record of attendance and participation, and must attend an interview with studio tutors. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is at the discretion of the Module Co-ordinator and the Programme Leader.

Level 3

Architecture Research Projects

Students may demonstrate the management of two independent, self-managed research projects. They are expected to take full charge of their programme of study and become increasingly empowered to investigate, interrogate and challenge as they progress.

ID Major Project

The major project allows the student the opportunity to synthesize their experience and interests through the definition, negotiation and implementation of a self-directed programme of design investigation, research and development leading to the presentation of a major project proposal.

The project affords the opportunity to engage with ideas and issues which the students finds relevant to their own emerging interests as designers and is combined with the Research Projects and Technical Studies modules to form a comprehensive design project.

ID Option project

The module offers a number of options which will vary year on year. Students will be asked to reflect on their learning and direction, consider the projects on offer and propose a topic of study.

Project proposals may either be linked to the major project subject area, or completely independent of it. Suitable competitions and one off live projects will also be offered as they present themselves.

Interior Architecture and Design Professional Studies

This module combines with the Research projects and Major Project modules to form a comprehensive design project and affords the opportunity to undertake a detailed exploration of selected technical issues pertinent to the subject area.

The module also introduces the main administrative, legal and financial aspects of Interior Design practice, together with the professional responsibilities of the practicing designer.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD

Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge

Placements

Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Lincoln's School of Architecture & Design is located in an award-winning and inspiring building. The department provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary design environment with research-active, industry-engaged staff who are experts in their field.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

There are a wide range of options for graduate interior designers; we aim to equip students with the skills to work in interior design studios, architects practices, exhibition design, building and property, organisations and retail. The course also aims to prepare students for further study at a postgraduate level in both design and theory.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

BA (Hons) Architecture is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. This course is not validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for exemption from Part 1 of the examination in Architecture in the UK.
Design for Exhibition and Museums focuses on the design of narrative environments for commercial exhibitions, events, retail spaces, visitor attractions and museums. The programme specialises in ‘storytelling’, whether for a brand, a collection or an idea.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2017/18 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Showcase

Student Work

  • University of Lincoln students claim first place in national student design challenge

    BIID WinnersA team of University of Lincoln students were crowned winners of a student design challenge run by the British Institute of Interior Designers (BIID).

    The BIID Student Design Challenge is a one day design competition open exclusively to third year Interior Design and Interior Architecture degree students from across the UK.

    Teams were given a design brief on the day and had just seven hours to develop a design proposal, before presenting their designs to a judging panel of renowned industry figures. The brief focused on the start-up industry based around London’s Silicon Roundabout.

    The team of six, of which five were Interior Architecture and Design students, fought off competition from across the country to claim first place. Judges awarded the prizes to the designs that met the brief in the most creative and original way.

     

    Lincoln Interior Architecture and Design student wins local competition

    Mantle LogoUniversity of Lincoln final year student Charley Nichols was declared winner of a design challenge competition for recently launched local company Mantle.

    The new start-up company repurpose shipping containers, remodeling them to accommodate small businesses.

    The competition brief asked entrants to design a microbrewery container. The winning container would then be used to showcase the business around the country.

    Charley's winning design will now be built, becoming Mantle's first major project.

     

    Lincoln graduate wins prestigious interior design award

    IDEA NigeriaUniversity of Lincoln MA Interior Architecture and Design graduate Bukola Bankole has won the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ award at the prestigious Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in Nigeria.

    The IDEA celebrates and honours excellence in the Nigerian architectural and interior design industry, and the awards aim to provide a world-class platform to showcase outstanding achievement.

    The event was attended by a number of top architecture professors and industry experts.

     

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