BA (Hons) Interior Design
The year in review
Words by Ben Salter, Course Leader
This year’s 3rd year group are the second graduating class of the BA (Hons) Interior Design course. This cohort has been particularly collegiate but unique in their induvial career aspirations. As such, this year group have had a significant influence on the course community, not only by supporting each other, but by helping and inspiring other year groups.
The final year of the course enables students to focus their knowledge and understanding for the context of interior design as it relates to their future career plans. We have seen some important contemporary topics explored through their work such as inclusivity, urban wellbeing, and the promotion of the arts and multiculturalism in our communities.
The first term of the 3rd year is focused primarily on research and understanding to underpin the student’s signature projects. Alongside this the students also undertook a live project with Mirus Aircraft Seating Ltd. exploring concept proposals for future passenger airline interiors. This enabled the students to experiment with unique concepts and techniques, including a VR experience to review case studies and a trip to the manufacturing plant for primary research.
The second term began with a study trip to explore inspirational materials libraries and supplier information. This was the beginning of the realisation of the student’s signature projects which informed practical materials experimentation to enhance their concept generation. The development and detailed design stages of their projects were supported by industry guest speakers. Topics ranged from luxury furniture manufacturing, exploring design heritage and sustainable manufacturing processes, to the specification of smart working environments.
The work produced by these students represents a wide variety of personally directed projects. The creative opportunities that have been developed have provided significant potential for them to express their ideas and beliefs about design, and enabled a greater depth of thinking through the development of valuable and employable knowledge.