DSGN06119 2019 Interior Design Studio 1A

General Details

Full Title
Interior Design Studio 1A
Transcript Title
Interior Design Studio 1A
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design

This studio-based module introduces the design process. A series of design challenges introduce learners to design for (i) function (spatial planning and human ergonomics); (ii) atmosphere and aesthetics (light, colour, texture of materials, scale and spatial qualities) and (iii)  place and environment (sustainability, comfort and physical context). This module is closely aligned to Design Fundamentals: Representation Skills  in which design and communication skills are introduced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Utilise the design process in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Display a basic awareness of sustainability, context, aesthetics and function in the conception and development of design ideas.


Show a basic awareness of systems of form, scale, material, light and colour in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Demonstrate a basic awareness of the climatic, energetic and sustainable requirements in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Apply the appropriate media and methodologies to communicate design ideas and proposals.


Collaborate with peers in a team environment in a documented group project.


Work independently in selfdirected manner in limited contexts  as demonstrated within a portfolio of design development work.


Plan a space for a specific function.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, group tutorials, individual tutorials and design reviews. Through discussion, critical evaluation and reflection and further design exploration, the student develops their design. An experiential and student‑centred approach promotes personal, reflective and active engagement with learning,  fostering confidence and competence in the communication of ideas. Clearly defined learning outcomes are constructively aligned with assessment criteria.

Module Assessment Strategies

Design projects are broken down into a series of tasks that are assessed formatively (with verbal or written feedback to students) through group and individual presentations/reviews at the end of each task; and graded summatively the end of each project or semester  through portfolio submission and/or formal review.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components.  This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

This module introduces students to the design process. Lecture input, demonstrations  and  examples of best practice guide students through a series of designs.   Students will be encouraged to explore the light, colour, texture of materials, scale and spatial qualities within the context of the technical complexities of domestic scaled Interior architecture and/or small commercial designs. The content addressed includes the following:

  • The design process: an introduction to the stages and their interrelation, including the following:
    • Preliminary studies: basic research surveys and assessments.
  • Basic site and context analysis;
  • Analysis of user needs and function;
  • Precedent studies;
  • The development of simple ideas, concepts and solutions, in response to given briefs;
  • Spatial planning manipulation of space in three dimensions, the ergonomics of personal space, horizontal and vertical circulation;
  • The use of colour, light, texture, form, material, space, scale etc. to create atmosphere.

Learners will produce design drawings, relationship diagrams, conceptual, working and finished models, sample boards, sketches, drawings, verbal presentations and group work.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 design project 1: Group or vertical project Project Group Project 10 % Week 2 2,6,7
2 Design Project 2 Project Project 25 % Week 5 1,3,5,7
3 Reflective development portfolio Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 6 7
4 Design Project 3 Project Project 55 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theoretical input in design studio 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Independent Design Development 8 Weekly 8.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007-12-10 Basics Interior Architecture 01: Form and Structure AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373406 ISBN-13 294037340X

"This book examines the basic ideas that underpin the design and remodelling of interior space, from the establishment of a relationship between the existing building and the new components that inhabit it, to the careful positioning and design of significant elements within the space. The book will propose a method of analysis, understanding and exploitation of the existing building that can be used to realise the design of a new insertion."--Note de l'diteur.

Recommended Reading
2008-08-01 Basics Interior Architecture 02: Context & Environment AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373710 ISBN-13 294037371X

Context & Environment examines the ways in which elements based inside and outside a host building influence and affect the interior space.

Recommended Reading
2012-10-17 Materials and Interior Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856697592 ISBN-13 9781856697590

The choice of materials is critical to the success of an interior. This book examines every aspect of the the use of materials in interior design, from initial concept and selection to visual representation and practical application. The book includes useful step-by-step sequences, information on properties and sustainability, and a list of resources, online archives, and samplelibraries. It is an invaluable practical and inspirational guide for interior design students.

Recommended Reading
2015-10-22 The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture Fairchild Books
ISBN 1472524659 ISBN-13 9781472524652

The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture (second edition) offers an introduction to the key elements involved in the creation of aesthetically appealing and practically appropriate interior architecture. The book contains five sections, which together encapsulate the principle ideas, skills and knowledge that are employed in effective interior architecture and design. Areas of study include space and form, site and function, materials and texture, light and mood, and presentation and representation. Emphasis is placed on spatial solutions that support the needs of the client and which recognise the qualities of the building and its situation. The theory is contextualised using practitioner biographies and work from leading designers. The new material in this highly illustrated second edition includes interviews with leading practitioners. In addition, at the end of each chapter there are new projects to encourage readers to explore further the creative possibilities of working as an interior architect.

Recommended Reading
2019-02-07 The Fundamentals of Interior Design Bloomsbury Visual Arts
ISBN 1350106569 ISBN-13 9781350106567

The second edition of The Fundamentals of Interior Design provides a thorough introduction to the key elements of interior design and the ideas that underpin them. The book describes the entirety of the creative process, from researching initial ideas to realizing them in three-dimensional form. Throughout the text, guidelines are given to provide structure to the interior design process and the reader is encouraged to adapt and initiate methodologies to suit individual project needs. This approach is intended to give designers a belief in their own abilities, and the confidence to tackle different projects with the unique challenges that each one brings. The book features a variety of diagrams and talking points to encourage students and practitioners to think about key issues such as understanding spatial relationships and the use of sustainable materials. This second edition includes new case studies focusing on well-known international interior design studios, such as Conran and Partners, UK, Slade Architecture, US, Gensler, US and award winning architects Chae-Pereira in South Korea. The introduction of interviews with contemporary interior designers allows readers an insight in to the working world of interior design. The new projects allow students to explore what they have learned in each chapter through experimentation and these activities encourage creativity and further learning.

Recommended Reading
2017-09-12 Lighting Design Basics John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119394310 ISBN-13 1119394317

A visual, real-world guide to professional lighting design Lighting Design Basics is the essential guide to this basic, but difficult-to-master aspect of interior design. Offering fundamental concepts and prescriptive techniques in a highly visual format, this book provides clear, practical guidance on utilizing the latest in lighting techniques and technology to showcase a space without sacrificing utility. Covering more than 25 different design scenarios with in-depth rationale for proposed solutions, this book provides insightful distribution diagrams, floor plans, and details for lighting installation and construction. Real-world case studies illustrate lighting design in residential, commercial, healthcare, education, and hospitality settings, and skill-building exercises offer practice for real-world projects as well as NCIDQ and NCARB exam preparation. This new third edition includes new instructor support materials, coverage of computer calculation software, and in-depth discussion on the latest in LED lighting. Lighting is changing, both in the technology itself, and in the way a designer must approach it. This book provides immersive instruction through real-world settings, and practical guidance suited for immediate application in everyday projects. Get up-to-date on the latest methods and technology for lighting design Examine more than 25 design scenarios for different types of spaces Complete exercises to hone your skills or prepare for the NCIDQ or NCARB Create simple lighting designs and collaborate with architects on complex projects Lighting can make or break a space. Improper lighting lends a space an uncomfortable feel, can induce headaches or eyestrain, and can even be hazardousbut thoughtfully designed and executed lighting adds that extra element so often missing from typical spaces. Lighting Design Basics shows you how to elevate any space through the fundamental tools and concepts of professional lighting design.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


Architectural Review



Frame Magazine

Landscape Design

Mark Magazine


Wallpaper Magazine

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