Interior Design as a profession is multi-disciplinary and incorporates a broad variety of related professions, allowing for great versatility of design experience. In a focused sense it deals with the amelioration and creation of the interior built environment from a structural and aesthetic standpoint. Design, from an Interior perspective can range from the shell components of a space such as walls, floors, ceilings and services (lighting, airconditioning, etc) to the finer details of finishes, fabric and furniture. All of these components allow for further specializing in profession, according to interest or skill, into professions such as Industrial and Furniture design, Interior Decorating, Kitchen design or working as a buyer for Interior ranges.As an Interior Design professional, one becomes the link between the client and the contractor and the manager (and creator) of a process that starts as an idea; develops in detail and technicality and culminates in an installation. The one year programme looks at taking an individual from a starting point of developing technical skill while stimulating creative thought and interior solutions and it introduces students to the broad principles of three dimensional design, develops communication skills and allows for experimentation.
Design Fundamentals I – incl Modelmaking I, Typography I, Interior Design & Presentation I, Graphic Interpretation I
Learners are introduced to the practical communication tools of branding, model development and other presentation skills through a series of assignments that deal with the intricacies of the mediums used. Through this subject, learners develop an awareness of visual message though drawn and rendered form and learn to create mood and texture in their practical work. It is largely skills-based and encourages regular practice of each component in order to develop a proficiency and confidence in skill. Learners also learn to explore conceptualization skills, understand design elements and fundamentals. Within Typography, learners learn the basic history and construction of text, manipulation of typefaces as part of a design project. Another component is the graphic interpretation of various media, such as pen, pencil, charcoal, paint, markers, as well as different rendering techniques.
Design / Building Technology I
This subject looks at providing a theoretical and technical grounding in the materials and components of the built environment. Initially the learners is guided through the fundamentals of ergonomics and relativity of the human body to measurement in order to foster a greater awareness of the implications of design as a tool for human use. Material exploration looks at the basic materials that can be applied to walls, floors and building structure in order for the student to be able to identify and specify effectively - specifically bricks, plaster, lime, ceramics, timber, masonry, fibres, fabrics, floor coverings & wall coverings. Through this subject the learner will gain an understanding of basic construction methods as well as the properties and manufacturing processes of materials. The regulations of use and appropriate terminology relative to Interior Design become more familiar to the learner.
Computing I (Design Communication) – incl Photoshop I and AutoCAD I
Learners are introduced and continue practice in two of the principle software programmes used in the Interior Design industry. The focus in this level is mainly in 2Dimensional representation of drawing information (AutoCAD) and some approaches to the presentation of this information through Photoshop skills development. Basic tools are mastered so that learners can effectively convey information on planning and elevational treatment through the use of both software programmes.
Decorating I (Applied Decoration and Practice) – incl Theory and Practice
The subject deals with the principles that guide an approach to a decorating scheme and space from a fine finishes level in order for the student to feel confident to put them into practice. The practical installation components are introduced from the view of costing and sourcing so as to make learners aware of the process of a décor installation. Introduction to the tools that a decorator uses in order to relay a scheme or concept forms a key part of the module along with helping to develop a sensitivity for aspects such as colour, mood, texture and form in space. Presentation skills are developed from a visual and oral perspective in order to maintain a sense of professionalism expected of a Decorator or Designer. With a firm and developed grasp of terminologies learned, the student can be more assured of being better versed in the specifics of the field of decoration. The practicalities of spreadsheets, mark ups and costings are introduced as well as an exploration of local trends and elements of decorating; either through the lecture sessions or contact with suppliers and retail stores.
Drawing for Design I (Design Communication) – incl Construction Drawing I and Perspective Drawing I
Learners study the basics of technical and presentation drawing techniques so as to fine tune the use of these as a communication tool. Construction drawings provide the building blocks and are essential contractual documentation in the design process. Learners cover the basics of drafting equipment, lettering, dimensions and scale. They explore Orthographic Projection, Isometric and Axonometric views, Plans, sections, elevations and drawing principles. Perspective presentation drawings provide a realistic interpretation and view of an interior in order to relay mood, finishes and forms within the space. The students are guided through basic drawing forms all the way to more detailed and multi-layered spaces to interpret through drawing. Learners also cover the basics of 1 point and 2 point perspectives, as well as rendering techniques.
Design Theory I
The subject of Design Theory encompasses the historical studies of architecture, Interior Design and art and seeks to establish a link in the mind of the learner between historical structures and current design components. Through the identification and analysis of design elements there is a greater wealth of reference for solving design problems as well as provide practice in research and writing skills. Subject content includes Nomadic architecture, Egyptian, Roman, South American and Greek Architecture. This is followed by the development of European church design from Early Christian through to the Renaissance period and an exploration on the effects of the Industrial Revolution on architectural forms.