The 4 Year UG Pathway in Interior & Spatial Design explores the interior built environment through the lens of human habitation of spaces. After a year of basic design exploration in Foundation, the pathway begins with the exploration of the human body and how it occupies and moves within its spatial surroundings. We then investigate the increasingly complex interactions between people and their cultures, emotions, and activities through various social functions of living, working, resting, and playing. The approach integrates technical, functional, theoretical, materials, aesthetics, and creative processes of design, with a strong emphasis on critical thinking, independent learning, and social/ecological consciousness. After a basic exposure to the fundamental history and theory of interior design and through design studio projects, students take advantage of a flexible elective curriculum that covers typologies across residential, commercial, and institutional spaces.
The emphasis of the course is to provide a graduate learning pathway through distinct levels of subject competencies and differentiated areas of in depth learning in the field of Interior and Spatial Design.
The intake of students for the design specialisms is from diverse backgrounds, thus Initial level exposes students to design concepts, experience of visual communication or practice in working with materials. The structure and content introduce and develop a broad spectrum of skills and concepts which develop sequentially to prepare students to take up the challenges of degree phase of the study. After that the learning concentrates on the basic understanding and skills significant to the chosen discipline/specialism. This stage focuses on enhancing and expanding the student’s knowledge and comprehension of creative and design subjects introduced at beginning of the course. This stage aims to further develop design sensitivity and acquire basic knowledge and skills for Interior and Spatial Design.
The recursive pattern of integration continues further, and students will be exposed to wider theoretical and technical contexts, and apply l more complex and independent design investigations for Interior and Spatial Design. The students will be given educational options and be provided opportunities for self-study, online learning (e-learning) and individual research as well as options for related and advanced study outside the classroom, either abroad, in other academic venues, or with industry partners via modules like Overseas Students Exchange and Long Industry attachment. Learning will be more project-based, and will require the student to more self-critical and self-evaluative.
The theme of Level 3 is self-study. In this level, student-faculty direct contact is minimized and students are encouraged to expand their learning both in breadth and depth. Students will be given options for elective study and will engage for inter-disciplinary explorations. The level will be concluded with a final project in which their knowledge and skills will culminate in an independent, creative and innovative exploration of scale and scope.
Finally, this course shall be helpful in developing the required skills, abilities and confidence to be prepared for employment, entrepreneurial and professional opportunities or to access postgraduate studies and further research in the field of Design.