Interior Design - BA (Hons)
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We equip our graduates with the skills to confidently enter the workplace as designers who will shape the future.
Learning is primarily in a studio environment, encouraging opportunities for individual study or collaboration, mirroring the workplace.
You will get to diversify and specify. In your graduate year, your major project will reflect your own interest in the field.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with designers from a range of disciplines within ECA and postgraduate learners.
You will engage with the wider context of interior design, from a sociological, material, and architectural point of view.
To take into account
Graduating students have found work in various related design offices, for example with architects, interior designers, lighting designers, and with other areas of the industry, such as materials specification and sales. Film, TV and computer gaming design, as well as theatre set design have also been destinations, as has further education and teaching.
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What you'll learn on the course
- Interior Design
- Design Innovation
Our programme provides a dynamic and contemporary training experience in the wide field of the interior built environment, placing emphasis on personal creative freedom, responsibility and design innovation. Teaching is delivered by experienced, award-winning practitioners who recognise that 'interior space' spans a vast range of environments, from the short term (e.g. exhibition and pop-up events) to the longer term (e.g. hotels and offices). We encourage students fully understand their sites, not just within the context and history of the individual building, but also in the wider urban and social context. It is primarily delivered in the Studio, a space created to replicate the professional design studio environment.
There are three main components to our programme: studio design work; the development of technical skills, such as drawing, modelmaking and CAD; and professional practice focused experiences. Studio design work is based on a series of innovative projects which are a mix of live and theoretical, individual and group, short and long, large and small. You will explore social and environmental responsibility and the implications for designers of responsible materials specification, lighting strategies, energy use and construction methods. You will be exposed to a wide range of skills and briefs prior to your graduate year, when you will devise a major project of your own choosing.
The studio environment allows for research and regular presentation of development work to peers and staff, which encourages discussion and, importantly, self-reflection. Being part of ECA encourages collaboration with other design subjects, such as Fashion, Textiles, Graphic Design, Product Design and Architecture. There is also a close relationship between the Interior Design undergraduate programme and our postgraduate programmes. At undergraduate level we are involved in the University Exchange programme, welcoming students from other international Universities to our studio for a semester, and some of our students taking the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in their third year. These include exchanges with Universities in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Stuttgart, Istanbul and Lahti. Since 2014 we have had a collaborative partnership with Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, where Shanghai based students have the option, both to be taught in China by our flying academics, and to spend two of their four years of study in Edinburgh.