Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Interior Architecture with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Finding imaginative and sustainable uses for buildings in our space-constrained cities, is a key challenge for interior architects and designers. Become part of the solution to this vital urban challenge with our unique Interior Architecture degree. This foundation year pathway is designed to help you build a strong foundation of knowledge in key design and built environment principles so you're ready to progress and succeed on the full BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture degree.

This pathway is an excellent route if you want to study the full honours degree, but don't meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress on to the full honours degree where you'll join a vibrant multidisciplinary community, learning alongside architects, architectural design technologists, building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors.

As a world-ranked centre for architecture study, Salford is located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London. Throughout the course, you'll develop your professional skills to ensure that you are working to the standards recognised by interior architecture/design professional bodies. With our industry-focused learning approach, you’ll visit local projects and receive live industry briefs that enhance your real-world knowledge and understanding. 

 

You will:
  • Develop competence in essential areas of built environment professional practice
  • Build technical, analytical and problem-solving skills, ready to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture degree
  • Gain hands-on experience using built environment-focused IT equipment and software
  • Build your confidence by strengthening team working, communication and study skills

This is for you if...

1.

You’re passionate about buildings and architecture and want to develop and shape the built environment

2.

You want to study interior architecture but don't meet the honours degree entry requirements

3.

You're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

Course details

All about the course

Foundation year

The introductory foundation year will build your understanding of situations and solving problems in the built environment.

With a focus on progression, the foundation year also introduced the core practical and communication skills you will need to succeed at an advanced study level.

If you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress on to the full BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture degree.

BSc Honours Degree

For a further three years of study, you'll cover architecture-focused modules exploring heritage, preservation and the management of building regeneration. 

  • In year one, you will develop a basic understanding of architectural spatiality and the relationship between form/space/material/tectonics. Studio-based modules will be complemented by lecture and seminar-based modules which will challenge you to think creatively and form your own ideas.
  • During year two you will consider the performance of buildings from different perspectives and learn how to design according to performance criteria, linking this with conceptual frameworks.There is also an optional overseas study visit where you will gain additional inspiration and context for your studies.
  • In your final year, you will study 5 advanced modules covering topics such as urban regeneration and architecture practice management and law, while also completing an extended design research project. 

 

 

Foundation year

Introduction to Built Environment Professional Practice

This module will introduce you to the range of sectors and professions involved in the built environment sector. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the different professions, and begin to explore the concept of health and safety in industry.

Introduction to Design Practice

The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation and understanding of architectural design and the factors that influence it. You will gain an understanding of architectural design in the context of the overall building procurement process, and be introduced to the role of ICT as an essential tool in built environment professional practice. Through this module you will begin to develop your expertise in commonly used built environment design representation software applications.

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Introduction to Building Science

This module will introduce you to many of the reasons why we need buildings. It introduces and examines how we design buildings to both passively and actively modify the internally created built environment. The concept of whole building Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is introduced in relation to thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustic comfort and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with the goal of instilling an understanding in the learner as to how aspects of good building design promote occupant comfort and wellbeing. Via an understanding of the physical properties of construction materials, basic scientific principles and building engineering services, you will gain an understanding of buildings in use, not just buildings under design or in construction.

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Introduction to Digital Built Environment

The module is to introduce the concept of digitalisation in the built environment industry and allow you to apply different digital technologies. It will also introduce you to building materials and structure.

IT and Study Skills

This module is designed to equip you with a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that ensure the student is likely to be successful in their chosen route of academic study on a course within the School of the Built Environment. You will develop the ability to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning.

Professional Practice Project

This module introduces the process of client/architect/engineer design briefs, and particular specifications in relation to a building’s internal environment, with particular attention paid to the specification of thermal, visual, acoustic and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) design variables. Building on the theory learned in the Introduction to Building Science module, this module moves on to the design and practical application of environmental design criteria based on the previously developed understanding of environmental comfort.

You will research into, and select, various design variables during the creation of project Room Data Sheets (RDS), used by engineering consultants to design passive and active approaches to the creation of an optimum internal environment for occupant comfort and wellbeing. The module then moves on to the determination of actual environmental conditions in numerous rooms and spaces in a variety of building types via the physical use of measuring equipment. By comparing theoretical and actual design values, you will then undertake observations and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) surveys to determine real occupant opinions and perceptions as to their working environment, with the goal of assessing those areas of design with poor feedback and the proposal of corrective measures.

Year one

Interior Architecture Design Studio 1A

You will be introduced to architectural design thinking through the understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their immediate environment in place making.

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Construction Technology in Architecture 1

This module will introduce you to construction technology and building fabric design by focussing on principles of architectural structures using natural processes as exemplar. It explores what structures and systems mean in architecture and the environment, and introduces principles, including structural equilibrium, and the techniques of assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements. Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound tectonic strategies will be explained and exemplified with particular emphasis on the principles, elements and techniques of domestic architecture.

Design Representation and Modelling

You will be introduced to the concept and techniques of drawing, modelling and alternative forms of representations of architectural design. The module will develop your ability to interpret and produce 2-D and 3-D architectural representations (e.g. plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and perspective projections) and models (e.g. analogue, physical and digital).

History and Theory of Architecture 1

You will be introduced to the canon of western architectural history and its underlying ideological assumptions. It locates the major practices and sites of western architecture in a wide visual and cultural context and critically examines its relevance to the practicing architect today.

Interior Architecture Design Studio 1B

You will develop your interior and architectural thinking and appreciate the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of a building design of a low to medium level of complexity.

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Construction Technology in Architecture 2

This module builds on your introduction to structure, materials and fabric by introducing you to the challenges for the built environment of the Climate Emergency, and by introducing principles of Environmental Design, Systems and Services. The module will discuss building physics and a building’s fabric, and how its environmental services and systems need to be combined to provide physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort. It will also introduce the need to attend to the physical and psychological health, safety and wellbeing of the occupants and the welfare of those making and maintaining buildings when making design decisions. You will consider how principles of responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised in relation to the principles, elements and techniques of sustainable design of domestic architecture.

Year two

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Interior Architecture Design Studio 2A

This module will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of interior and architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings.

Principles of Sustainable Built Environments

You will develop a comprehensive recognition and understanding of global and local principles of sustainability in the built environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes and their social, environmental and economic impact. This module will also provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in the design, procurement, and construction of sustainable built environment.

History and Theory of Architecture 2

You will gain a broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture.

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Design Studio 2B: Performance Modelling and Integrated Design

This module comprises the further development and formation of an iterative architectural design methodology. It builds on the integrated Design approach introduced in Design Studio 2A and further develops this via the notion of performative and performance-based design. Through the module you will undertake projects for public use and design buildings of moderate complexity and further your abilities to contribute to the creation of place in urban, peri-urban or rural contexts. In addition, you will also you will gain the skills and ability to deploy digital technologies such as BIM and Computational Design in the development of design alternatives in a further development of your and ability to apply the principles of architectural design, in relationship to the structural, technological and environmental requirements and deepen your understanding of an iterative and integrated building design process.

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Construction Technology in Architecture 3

This module further develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture integrating the parallel strands of Structure and Services introduced to you in year 1 through two core themes central to Building Fabric Design: Design for Climate and Sustainability and Design for Human and Life Safety. Through these themes you will develop competencies in more advanced construction techniques, systems and assemblies for non-domestic buildings, and through this you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary and grasp of building physics and building fabric design for more complex building forms in terms of scale, multiple storeys, and for medium as well as long clear spans.

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Multi-Disciplinary Design Project

The multidisciplinary module allows you to engage in a multidisciplinary practice-based environment and gain an insight into industrial practice. Utilising a real-world scenario you will work collectively to communicate a project solution to a panel of assessors through varying forms of media. This module is supported with a series of industrial guest speakers to offer real-life practices, procedures, technologies and communication techniques.

Year three

New

Interior Architecture Design Studio 3A

You will develop, research and explore an interior architectural proposal in the context of a complex design project. You will apply the necessary skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into your design proposition. You will expand your design research methods to include (fine) art practices, in particular those which focus on the development of spatial interventions.

Re-creating the City - Re-use and Regeneration

You will explore the theme of regeneration and application of architecture practice in the regeneration of cities and urban environments.

Practice Management and Law

This module aims to prepare you for industry practice by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of interior architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the interior architect in society. You will learn about the management of the construction industry, the role of the architectural practice and responsibilities of each within the regulatory legal context within which interior architecture operates.

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Interior Architecture Design Studio 3B

You will apply and test your interior architecture design skills in the context of a complex design project. You will develop the skills, competencies and understanding of a selected range of theoretical, technical, cultural, historical and professional issues, and the ability to integrate them into their designs.

Ideas and Issues in Interior Architecture

The aim of this module is for you to develop your design thinking and appreciate the implications of the inter-relationships between people, the environment and place making through the development of an interior design intervention of a medium to high level of complexity.

Design Research Project

You will learn to write and deliver an extended and coherent study on a design related topic. On completion, you will demonstrate competency in research skills in support of future learning development. This module will help you to develop the skills of reflective practice through engagement with contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

As an Interior Architecture student, you will spend a lot of time in the Architecture studios, where you will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Studio projects, both individual and in groups
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a range of suitable methods, including:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Examinations

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

Facilities

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

As an Interior Architecture student you will learn in our carefully designed architecture studios provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Location

There are few better places in the UK to study the built environment. Located at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, our expert academic team can draw on close industry partnerships and live local case studies to enrich your learning experience.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. As well as gaining an introduction to architecture and the built environment, you will also build key IT, study and presentation skills and develop your team work and project management skills during your studies.

Once you progress to complete the full BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture degree, a wide range of exciting career opportunities will be open to you. Interior Architects are highly valued in many sectors and work widely throughout the creative industries. You may be working within an architectural practice (i.e. Foster and Partners, Benoy, Gensler, etc.), a retail and experience design agency (i.e. Household, Brinkworth) or within the hospitality, workplace and exhibition design arenas. You may also specialise in lighting design and consultancy (i.e. Arup, Buro Happold).

FURTHER STUDY 

You might find you want to learn more about the built environment, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount. 

MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments

MSc Real Estate and Property Management

A taste of what you could become

An interior architect

An experiential designer

A retail designer

A workplace consultant

A lighting designer

and more...

Career Links

Our experienced team maintain strong links with the interior, architecture , engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as networking opportunities.

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each applicant. Having these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your academic potential, but they are also essential if you want a successful built environment career.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

64 UCAS points

A level

64 UCAS points, typically two grade Cs

BTEC National Diploma

MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

If applying for entry in 2022, our entry requirements will be MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma).

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Foundation Degree

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Access to HE

Pass in Access to HE Diploma - minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points

Scottish Highers

64 points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information.

International Baccalaureate

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Other Qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID K121

Institution S03

Clearing 2021

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