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Plymouth College of Art

Interior Decoration, Design and Styling

UCAS Code: 5LWB

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C

We require a C at A level in an Art related subject as part of the Tariff

Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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UCAS Tariff

96-120
60%
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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Interior design and architecture

**This new programme is one of very few in the UK to develop your skills in interior decoration, design and styling, emphasising colour, surface, decoration and ambience in a range of interior environments. From the moment you enter a space, the first point of contact – a door handle or a light switch – to the bigger impact of colour, texture, materials, lighting, and the juxtaposition of objects and decoration, the interior can become your space in which to experiment, style and design.**

- Access impressive facilities, across disciplines.

- Work on many different kinds of interiors from domestic to commercial.

- Experience live projects with clients, photographers, filmmakers and designers.

- Benefit from knowledgeable and well-connected staff.

- Develop a range of hard skills, including CAD, photography and prototyping in hard and soft surfaces.

Our programme aims to develop talented, visually intelligent graduates, who are inspired by interior decoration and design and acquainted with manufacturing techniques. The projects you’ll work on will introduce you to a diverse range of interior situations – from retail to luxury interiors. Given our unique geographical location, the design settings that you’ll consider will also include high-end luxury cruisers and other marine vessels.

**WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE?**

Through this programme you’ll learn how to develop ideas and present them to clients.

You will develop products, including upholstery, accessories and furniture, and gain smart manufacturing skills through the use of 3D and digital equipment in our Fab Lab. You will learn how to design for different levels of the market and develop excellent presentation skills. The programme includes projects around design for hard and soft surfaces; we also cover the history of interiors and there will be elements of design styling using photography, for editorial.

Specialist modules cover interior textiles, surface pattern and surface design. Hard skills that you will develop include drawing, colour pattern and styling, use of computer-aided design (CAD) software, interior decoration and presentation techniques.

**WHAT WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?**

You will work in generously equipped and spacious design studios, with skilled technical support staff. You will have access to our Fab Lab for digital prototyping, as well as wood, metal and glass prototyping workshops, textile design print and digital print facilities, AVA CAD 3D design software and model making, and design intelligence facilities. We also have knitting and digital embroidery machines, and dye labs. Our photographic resources are among the best in the country: we provide access to large-format scanners as well as fantastic photographic studios, one of which provides an ‘Infinity Cove’, a large white curved solid backdrop for shoots.

Our Careers & Enterprise team will help you to develop your career both through your studies and after you graduate.

**CONNECTING YOU WITH INDUSTRY**

Getting out and seeing the industry in action is central to learning. This programme builds on our existing industry links, including visiting Decorex, Chelsea Harbour and many other interior-related events in London and Europe, which will help you build your network of companies and products. We have fantastic connections with many well respected interior material suppliers and they regularly visit the programme to give students lectures and live briefs.

Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience in creating elements that fit within interiors, including working for major hotel chains. Study trips to the international trade fair Maison & Objet in Paris also give you the chance to experience the many advantages this industry has to offer.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America.

Modules

Through this programme, you’ll learn how to develop ideas and present them to clients. You will develop products, including upholstery, accessories and furniture, and gain smart manufacturing skills through the use of 3D and digital equipment in our FabLab.
The programme includes projects around design for hard and soft surfaces; we also cover the history of interiors and there will be elements of design styling using photography, for editorial.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Design and Communication

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
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Interior design and architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Design studies

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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