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UCAS Code: K120

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,960 per year

In Brief:

  • Studio-based design programme explores the interior design of new and existing buildings in the retail, office, healthcare, domestic, leisure, heritage and arts sectors
  • Alongside a focus on interior design, interior architecture involves understanding the technology of buildings, including structural, construction and environmental design
  • Real-life commercial and community-based projects will provide practical experience to support your development
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Interior Architecture is one of the four related degrees in Architecture, Architectural Design and Technology, and Architectural Engineering within the world class School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford. This Interior Architecture programme aims to produce graduates who combine highly imaginative creative design skills with the sound technical and management knowledge base that is essential for success in today’s design, architecture and construction industries. A key challenge for society today is to find ways of re-using in a sustainable way the large stock of vacant existing buildings. This is an important area of work for Interior Architects and this programme covers issues of heritage, preservation and the management of building regeneration.

You will study with other architecture students and collaborate with other built environment disciplines which focus on the 'making of buildings’. You will work on real-life commercial and community-based projects, gaining practical experience to support your development. Throughout the course you will be developed professionally to ensure that you are working to the standards recognised by Interior Architecture/Design professional bodies.

In your first year you will study a range of topics to develop your design skills in hand drawing, model making and digital design, alongside an introduction to the technical and theoretical aspects of architecture and design. Your second year offers further specialist modules and you will also work with other built environment students to complete a project. In your final year, you will continue to develop your design, technical and professional skills as you advance your knowledge of interior architecture.

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Year 1        

You will be introduced to architectural design thinking through the understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their immediate environment in place making.
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).
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.
You will develop your 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.
You will gain a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will understand how nature is a generator of structure, and explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies.
You will learn about the environmental factors which influence decision making with regard to Building Services and Systems. You will develop an understanding of thermal and environmental comfort systems which address ecological challenges. You will gain awareness of the impact of heat transfer, illumination and acoustics on buildings and their users. You will be able to demonstrate how building typology informs building systems and performance of building envelopes.

Year 2  

This module will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings.
You will gain a  broad understanding of the history and theory of architecture focused on the examination of the histories of modern architecture.
This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used.  You will also develop an understanding of various comptemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.
You will gain the skills and ability to deploy digital technologies such BIM in the development of design alternatives for a client brief and justify design selection with the accurate adoption of the digital technologies.
"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.
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will        also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year 3  

You will develop, apply and test the student’s architectural design skills 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 their designs. You will expand your design methods to include (fine) art practices, in particular those which focus on the development of spatial interventions.
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.
You will explore the theme of regeneration and application of architecture practice in the regeneration of cities and urban environments.
You will apply and test your architectural 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.  
This module aims to prepare you for your first year in industry by equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of architecture. You will develop an understanding of the role of the 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 architecture operates.
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 low to medium level of complexity.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above
UCAS tariff points 96 points
GCE A level 96 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent from maths or a numerate science or a computer related subject
BTEC National Diploma DMM
Scottish Highers 96 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 96 points
International Baccalaureate 31 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We 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 have received your application we will 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.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

This course is ideal for those with an interest in building design who want to combine highly imaginative creative design skills with the sound technical and management knowledge base that is essential for success in today’s design, architecture and construction industries.

All candidates are required to submit a portfolio. Letters of verification confirming that the portfolio is your own work must accompany the portfolio. For example, the letter can be on the School/ College headed paper and signed by a tutor. In the case of mature students, the letter should be written and signed by someone with connections to the industry – e.g. an architect or interior designer. Guidance for portfolio preparation and submission are provided. Please, make sure you follow the recommendations. The portfolio should be sent to the Administrator at the School Office at sobe-admissions@salford.ac.uk

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student.  Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.  

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important.  The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.  

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team based approach to work.  In this programme you will have the opportunity to work in group, so it is essential that you are a good team player.   

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of interior architecture.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £12,960 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,600 per year

Additional costs

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

Teaching

  • Studio: The studio modules will be delivered in a design framework where creativity and innovation are challenged by a series of small exercises. Guest critics from practice will also be invited into the university and will provide knowledge and intellectual support to the design studio.  The teaching on this course will be based on ‘learning by doing’ and studio design work will be assessed in a final portfolio of coursework covering the full module.
  • Lectures will cover the construction technology, engineering management and history and theory components of this course. These will be assessed by coursework.
  • Individual and group tutorials will support the lecture and studio teaching.
  • Guided self learning in a staff and peer supported studio is central to the teaching of Interior architecture and you will have an individual studio workspace. A number of part time tutors who combine teaching and critical practice will participate in the delivery of the course.

Assessment

  • Written and practical assignments 60%
  • Studio design coursework 40%

Employability

Graduates of this programme will be able to go on into employment in architectural practice, interior design, specialist space planning/healthcare planning, built heritage, conservation, design management for specialist contractors in the retail and commercial sector,or/and engage with postgraduate level study.

Links with Industry

As with all the the architecture courses at the University of Salford, Interior Architecture is taught by a mix of academic staff and practitioners all of whom are actively involved in practice. Visiting Professor Stephen Hodder, a Stirling Prize winning Manchester architect, will be involved in both the delivery and strategy for the course. All projects are based on actual sites with real buildings, and in some cases with real clients and community groups.  A key challenge for society today is to find ways of re-using in a sustainable way the large stock of vacant existing buildings. This is an important area of work for Interior Architects and the programme covers issues of heritage, preservation and the management of building regeneration.

Further Study

Master of Architecture (MArch)  

MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments

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