Interior Craft & Decorative Art | 4 year

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

This accessible four-year course offers the same curriculum as the three year course, with the addition of a Year 0. The additional year gives you an excellent opportunity to build up a solid portfolio and gain valuable extra experience in Interior Craft and Decorative Art.

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:

Four years (Year 0 + three-year degree) full-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Farnham

UCAS code:

W750

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Course overview:

On our BA (Hons) Interior Craft & Decorative Art curse, 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

  • Portfolio Practice

    The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to a range of basic communication skills necessary for the production of an art and design portfolio. You'll undertake a range of exercises each practicing / combining different skills. Traditional and contemporary precedent examples provide subject context and reference for inspiration. You develop in greater depth a communication technique of particular individual interest.

  • Craft Practice 1

    This unit will quickly orientate you within the 3D workshop environment and to introduce basic material and process exploration. Readily workable materials will be explored suitable for creating and replicating texture, form and surface eg. plaster, wax, silicones and ‘jesmonite'. Basic qualities of glass, ceramics, metal and textiles will also be introduced through technical demonstration. Traditional and contemporary practice precedent examples provide subject context and reference for inspiration.

  • Craft Practice 2

    This unit is for you to further develop and exercise subject skills within the context of elementary, creative design project briefs. Greater emphasis is placed upon individual research and project narrative.

  • Craft Contexts

    The aim of this unit is to furnish an understanding of ‘craft’ through a variety of recent and contemporary contexts, from its associated materials and processes through to its social, cultural and economic positioning within contexts of display and consumption. The unit will focus on the means by which craft can be experienced in today’s world, from the studio or workshop, museum, gallery, research centre, retail space or home, through to the catalogues, magazines, social media and online presences that add to its definition.

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

    This unit will 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

    The purpose of this unit is to 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 introduces 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

    You'll be introduced 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

    The purpose of this unit is to 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

    In this unit you'll 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.

  • Study Abroad Year (optional)

    Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace).

    This optional year 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.

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

Course modules

  • Practice Portfolio

    The aim of this unit is to 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

    During this unit you'll 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

    The purpose of this unit is for you to 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

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications 
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UALAB Extended Diploma
  • 64 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.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course, as the first year of the course (Year 0) provides you with the skills required to start the three-year BA (Hons) degree. However, if you do have a portfolio you'd like to bring with you, we'll be able to provide you with some feedback. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities.

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