DSGN06153 2019 Design Fundamentals: Interior Representation

General Details

Full Title
Design Fundamentals: Interior Representation
Transcript Title
Design Fundamentals: Interior
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 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
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 module builds on the competencies introduced in Design Fundamentals I: Representation skills. and is applied to the designs of Interior Spaces. Freehand drawing skills are further developed,  materials presentation, model making and hand rendering  techniques are refined, and orthographic projections are applied to multiple spaces.  In addition, learners further develop their analytical diagramming skills, the use of design sketchbooks and their presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply orthographic and paraline architectural drawing to a design with multiple spaces.


Produce and co‑ordinate a set of design drawings demonstrating contextualisation and cross‑referencing of design information.


Apply fine arts based representation methods creatively to develop design ideas and communicate design aspirations .


Construct and utilise scale models creatively and accurately as a design development tool from concept to presentation stage.


Compose and communicate a design presentation and ideas  to a peer group.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, group tutorials, individual tutorials.  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

Formative and summative continuous assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: drawings, projects, presentations.

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

The  syllabus develops the following:

  • Architectural drawing conventions and two‑dimensional orthographic drawing;

  • Freehand sketching and rendering; 

  • Diagramming techniques and annotation;

  • Composing and communicating a  design presentation (combining verbal, physical and graphic elements);

  • Interior model making developed;

  • Materials boards and  mood boards;

  • Multimedia representation techniques.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Presentation set (Models & Drawings) Continuous Assessment Assessment 80 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4
2 Design Presentation ( oral and graphic) Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 12 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theoretical input 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio independent learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-01-28 SketchUp for Interior Design John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118627695 ISBN-13 9781118627693

A practical guide to SketchUp addressing the specific needs of interior designers Already a common and popular tool for architects and landscape architects, SketchUp is increasingly finding a place in the professional workflow of interior designers. SketchUp for Interior Design is a practical introduction for interior designers and students who want to learn to use the software for their unique needs. The book covers the basics of creating 3D models before showing how to create space plans, model furniture, cabinetry, and accessories, experiment with colors and materials, incorporate manufacturers' models into project plans, and create final presentations and animated walk-throughs for clients. Each chapter includes clear explanations and helpful illustrations to make this an ideal introduction to the topic. Includes downloadable sample models and 39 tutorial videos Features sample questions and activities for instructors and additional online resources for students and self-learners Provides instruction on using SketchUp in both PC and Mac formats

Required Reading
2019-01-16 How Drawings Work
ISBN 1138692972 ISBN-13 9781138692978

How Drawings Work cheekily explains that what architects make is information that enables other people to make buildings. That information comes in a variety of forms: drawings by hand and computer, models both physical and virtual, and words as needed. The book reflects in witty prose on the nature of architectural drawings as tools of communication, pulling from a diverse and eclectic landscape of theories from grammar, functional linguistics, philosophy, art criticism, science fiction, popular culture, and, of course, architecture, to propose a new way to think about architectural communication. More than 50 color images.

Required Reading
2014 Drawing for Interior Design Laurence King
ISBN 1780671776 ISBN-13 9781780671772

"This book covers all stages of visual presentation as part of the interior design process, from the most basic initial sketches to fully developed computer-generated visualizations. Following a brief introduction four chapters take the reader through the design process, from the basics to conception, presentation and production. This second edition includes more practical advice on techniques, more case studies, step-by-step sequences and updated examples. With a varied and comprehensive range of images, this book is an invaluable, inspirational and practical resource for interior design students."--

Required Reading
2013-10-31 Photoshop® for Interior Designers A&C Black
ISBN 9781609015442 ISBN-13 1609015444

Provides step-by-step demonstrations that integrate Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, freehand drawings and Adobe InDesign to create visual presentations.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Anderson, J. (2011) Architectural Design, London: Ava.

Ching, Francis, D. K, (2002) Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Ching, Francis, D. K, (1998) Design Drawing, Wiley.

Cooper, C, (2007) Drawing & Perceiving ,New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Doyle, M. (1999) Color Drawing , New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Farelly, L. (2007) Representational Techniques, London: Ava.

Littlefield, D. (2012) Metric Handbook - Planning and Design Data, Routledge.

Plunkett, D. (2009) Drawing For Interior Design, Laurence King.

Simpson, I, (2006) Drawing, Seeing and Observation ,London: A & C Black.

Yee, Rendow, (1997) Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, John Wiley & Sons.  

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