Interior Craft & Decorative Art

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Our BA (Hons) Interior Craft & Decorative Art course is new and pioneering for our 2018 academic year. During your studies, you’ll explore how to design and make full-scale decorative interior architecture detail and decorative art objects within interior space.

Throughout the course, you’ll work on full-scale detail – a unique focus among interior courses – gaining precise craft/making skills, haptic understanding, and material knowledge.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

UCAS code:

W751

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Course overview:

On our BA (Hons) Interior Craft & Decorative Art course, you’ll gain knowledge and production skills through our extensive craft and design workshop facilities, engaging first hand with making processes and working with external makers as appropriate. Traditional and digital production techniques are studied as well as both historical and contemporary contexts.

Our course aims to reflect operations of the professional studio, with collaborative teamwork, live projects and industry engagement.

As part of your studies, you’ll build bespoke supplier and artisan networks and develop the ability to manage areas of specialist production to satisfy your project goals.

You’ll get to grips with the relevant interior/art market context and how your work is situated within it, fully preparing you for the ambitious and challenging practice of interior craft and decorative art.

On this course you also have the unique opportunity to undertake an additional ‘International Year’ at one of our specialist partner institutions in Europe or beyond.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to progress into a broad range of studio or manufacturing industry opportunities – these include bespoke interior design studios, niche craft industry workshops and suppliers, restoration studios and finishing specialists, as well as more commercial operations such as retailers and property developers.

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Course content - 2018 entry

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Maker and Materials Lab

    The primary purpose of this unit is to introduce interior craft and decorative art students to the act of making and embed it as a fundamental skill requirement and means to experimental research. All Crafts & Design students are Makers for whom thinking and doing are mutually informing processes. The unit fosters an aptitude for resourceful, opportunistic making and invention that extends specialist, discipline specific making skills. You'll acquire confidence with material and process that permits easy and quick three-dimensional experimentation.

  • Practice Process 1

    This unit will quickly orientate you within the interior craft and decorative art practice context by introducing specialist making skills and knowledge that provide their learning foundation and inform the design process. The unit references relevant traditional and contemporary practice / practitioner precedent.

  • Practice Process 2

    This unit will introduce further selected specialist making skills and knowledge and to test and develop this and prior learning within basic interior craft and decorative art practice design brief contexts. It synthesises design processes of research, documentation, evaluation, ideas generation, iterative exploration, resolution and communication at an elementary level.

  • Contextual Frameworks

    The aim of this unit is to introduce you to a range of historical and contemporary contexts that serve to locate crafts and design practices within wider social and cultural frameworks, and to promote contextual research as a fundamental aspect of creative practice. Through a series of illustrated thematic lectures, the unit will articulate a range of theoretical and practice-based positions in order to expose the rich diversity of approaches to crafts and design, and to consider aesthetic decisions in relation to wider contextual fields.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Ideation and Insight

    This unit will enable you to activate their creativity and stimulate a fluent output of ideas and insights. This is undertaken in an abstract context to encourage a freer and more speculative approach. The unit recognises that to make a deep impact on an audience, design project work often builds layers of depth and narrative extending well beyond the immediately visual.

  • Practice Exploration 1

    During this unit you will explore and develop individual design identity and interest through engagement with given, complex interior craft and decorative art project briefs. Briefs require engagement from inception to resolution incorporating all stages of the design and communication process. They are set within a variety of interior contexts eg. residential, retail, workplace, hotel, leisure, fashion, marketing and promotion. Live competition briefs and industry collaborative projects feature.

  • Practice Exploration 2

    You build upon the Practice Exploration 1 unit, continuing to explore and develop individual design identity and interest through engagement with given, complex interior craft and decorative art project briefs. Briefs require engagement from inception to resolution incorporating all stages of the design and communication process. You engage with contexts unexplored in Practice Exploration 1. Live competition briefs and industry collaborative projects feature.

  • Contextual Perspectives

    This unit introduces you to a range of contextual, theoretical and critical perspectives that encourage an involved and insightful appreciation of crafts and design practices as expressions of meaning and value. With an emphasis on crafts and design as discourse, and drawing on a range of research methods and thematic content, the unit will seek to highlight relationships between creativity, production, mediation and consumption, promoting analysis and evaluation as essential aspects of creative research and resolution, and encouraging a positional approach to studio practice that identifies objects as experiences.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Study Abroad Year (optional)

    This optional year abroad is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

    Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Practice Portfolio

    This unit will prime you in complete readiness for constructive engagement with your future prospects upon graduation. It helps to facilitate the transition from student to early stage professional practitioner or adjacent destination. You are required to curate a course portfolio reflecting their practice position upon leaving the course and stemming from the body of work completed whilst on it.

  • Practice Position 1

    The focus of this unit is for you to commence framing an individual interior craft and decorative art practice position. In order to achieve this two options are offered (i) research and (ii) research to resolution, allowing for different paced trajectories to suit interest and aptitude. Both options yield the same outcome - a clear, emergent interior craft and decorative art practice position.

  • Practice Position 2

    You finalise framing an individual interior craft and decorative art practice position and realise a self-initiated, graduate major project fulfilling individual potential. In order to achieve this the body of work and research questions framed in Practice Position 1 are used as a primary reference point.

  • Contextual Research and Critical Reflection

    In this unit you conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research that informs, augments and reflects upon practice, towards the provision of structured narratives that critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks and serve to support the positioning of individual practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We have connections through the teaching staff on this course to a variety of practicing artists and studios, and teaching staff all have extensive industry experience.

   

Throughout the course, you’ll work on full-scale detail – a unique focus among interior courses – gaining precise craft/making skills, haptic understanding, and material knowledge.

Students who graduate from this course can go on to set up their own studio or business, or work in roles within bespoke interior design studios, niche craft industry workshops and suppliers, restoration studios and finishing specialists.

 

Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

We may invite you to attend an Applicant Day and bring along your portfolio for assessment. This should include drawings, sketches and final designs, along with examples of how you research your ideas, such as photographs, models, maquettes and material samples.

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