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Course content

The course complements other three dimensional focused provision at NUA and the curriculum reflects its location in a specialist arts University.

Ben Salter
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • Introduction to theoretical principles of spatial form, scale, and scope, supported by the fundamental appreciation of colour, light, texture, acoustics, materiality and ambiance.
  • Commence appreciation of the language of interior design and those fundamental support development tools used within the designing process.
  • Develop an appreciation of fundamental methods and applications of drawing as a thinking, development and communication tool along with technology enhanced drawing as a design and construction tool.
  • Explore principles of space manipulation, seeing and appreciating 3D environmental opportunities, affordances, availabilities and ethical considerations including materials, technologies, forms function and feelings.
  • Year Two
  • Principles and processes – scale, scope, management, and motivations
    User needs – identifying, appreciating & then applying design to meet user need opportunities
  • Trends – recognising and predicting change, influence and opportunities
    Design ethics – legislation, inclusion, sustainability and responsibilities
  • Team working – skills and applications
    Designing and making – practical problem solving using mixed medium approaches
  • Year Three
  • Research and analysis – project problem and opportunity identification
    Building and site analysis – appreciating constraints and opportunities
  • Design development and realisation – conceptualisation through to completion
    Design communication – presentation to explain and sell

Learning and teaching

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