DSGN08081 2020 Interior Architecture Semester Long Work Placement

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Semester Long Work Placement
Transcript Title
Interior Architecture Semester
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
30 - 30 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan
Programme Membership
SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design

This module constitutes an Interior Architecture/ Interior Design practice-based work placement of at least 15 weeks of full time employment (or the equivalent). 

Interior Architecture and Design work-placements aim to offer the student the following opportunities:-

  • To engage in Interior Architectural or Interior Design projects within a design practice, observing and becoming familiar with work practices, procedures and organisational structures;
  • To apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course in a relevant work place setting ( including design, representation, procedural, technical and legislative knowledge and skills);
  • To develop their organisational, collaborative and design skills necessary to function as an effective team member in the work environment;
  • To foster their interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, teamwork, practical skills, self- confidence and self reliance, commercial awareness and maturity.

The student's placement is assisted by a work place mentor together with a member of faculty at ITSligo.

Where it is not possible to secure a work placement for a student, alternative module options are offered which address equivalent learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

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


Critically analyse the structure of the industry and the role of the Interior Architect/Designer within it in light of their 30 credit work placement experience.


Report upon the professional workflow, project documentation and management involved in the execution of an interior design project.


Communicate  in a professional manner in a variety of situations in the workplace including client liaison and cross disciplinary collaboration.


Reflect critically upon their own practice, learning and initiative whilst working alone and in teams in the context of the workplace.


Compile a portfolio of work, appropriate for a  30 credit workplacement,  demonstrating a range of workplace skills appropriate to the field of Interior Architecture and Design.


Quantify and describe time in attendance, activities engaged within and work produced, (appropriate to a 30 credit work placement) in a work-placement log book.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The student engages reflectively in work-based learning. The student produces a reflective digital portfolio of work, and keeps a work log that is signed regularly by a member of the practice. This 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

The student's work portfolio and work log are broken down into a series of criteria, that the student addresses reflectively.

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

In this module, students engage in an interior focused work  placement within an interior Architecture, Interior Design or Architecture practice. Students engage in  collaboration within the team environment of a design practice. The student engages reflectively in work-based learning, produces a reflective digital portfolio of work, and keeps a work log that is signed regularly by a member of the practice and uploaded on a weekly basis to the module moodle page. 

Faculty recommends that the student starts their work placement in direct engagement with the designated work based mentor, assisting the mentor in daily tasks as appropriate and attending meetings with their guidance. Increasingly active engagement in directed tasks should develop throughout the work placement.

During the work placement, the learning acquired by the student should include the following:

  • Collaborative participation in design responses to simple briefs;
  • Collaborative development of plans of action and time management in the context of the work place;
  • Observation of technical, legislative and cost constraints;
  • Observation of business processes, quality assurance systems, health and safety practices and IT
  • Observation of, and participation in, communication processes, documentation, meetings, presentations, project planning and delivery;
  • Reflective presentation of a portfolio of work;
  • Work in collaboration with members of the host organisation;
  • Collaboration/communication with arts or designers, or construction professionals from other fields and with clients.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Work logbook Project Assessment 40 % End of Semester 6
2 Reflective portfolio of work Project Individual Project 40 % End of Semester 3,4,5
3 Reflective Report Project Assignment 20 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Individual Diary / Log Book Not Specified Log book diary and mentoring 0.2 Weekly 0.20
Independent Learning Offsite work placement 250 Once Per Semester 16.67
Independent Learning Not Specified Submission preparation 150 Once Per Module 10.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.20 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2004-08-24 Work Placements - A Survival Guide for Students Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN 9781137081919 ISBN-13 1137081910

This book is an essential guide for students contemplating or embarking upon work placements. Using comments from students, employers and tutors, it includes guidelines on how to find an appropriate placement; audit skills; construct a strong CV and application; prepare for an interview and derive maximum benefit from the work placement experience. The book identifies common problems facing students, together with remedial strategies, and offers suggestions for tackling written and oral assignments. Finally, it shows how to create and implement a successful job-search strategy.

Required Reading
2004-08-27 Managing Your Placement Palgrave
ISBN 0333987284 ISBN-13 9780333987285

Managing Your Placement provides business and management undergraduates with a comprehensive guide to making the most of the opportunities available to them on a work placement. The book will guide students through everything, from the questions to ask to admission tutors on university open days, to selecting the best placement and securing a job upon graduation. Managing Your Placement will provide business students with the tools to assess their own skills and critically evaluate their career options. A must read for anyone about to embark upon a business course in Higher Education, about to make a placement selection or looking for their first job after graduation. Also available is a companion website with extra features to accompany the text, please take a look by clicking below - http://www.palgrave.com/business/herbert/index.asp

Required Reading
2011-06-02 Positive Placements A&C Black
ISBN 9781441195425 ISBN-13 1441195424
Required Reading
2008-12-22 Becoming an Interior Designer John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470114230 ISBN-13 0470114231

If youre embarking upon a career in interior design, heres a highly visual overview of the profession, with indepth material on educational requirements, design specialties, finding a job, and the many directions a career in interior design can take. Featuring informative interviews with working designers, this Second Edition includes updated educational requirements and a list of accredited interior design programs in the United States and Canada.

Required Reading
2010 The BIID Interior Design Jobbook Riba Publications Limited
ISBN 1859463495 ISBN-13 9781859463499

The BIID Interior Design Job Book is the first book to set out the professional standard for running an interior design project. It does so step by step, in a sequence designed to complement the construction industry's standard Plan of Work, providing guidance at every stage of a job from appraisal of the client's requirements through to completion. Suitable for all interior design projects whether small or large and for both interior designers working in an integrated design team and those acting as lead consultant, it brings a codified procedure and a professional rigour to the way your practice works and the way your projects run vital for achieving a professional edge in a competitive field. Its hands-on approach is supplemented by numerous model letters and specimen forms, which the designer can quickly adapt to any job in question. With guidance to the legal background and an introduction to the new concept of space planning, the Interior Designer's Job Book should become standard reading for both new and established interior design practices, and a textbook for design school/university students on which to base their understanding of professional practice.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Coverly, M. (2010) Psychogeography. Pocket Essentials.

Ellard, C. (2015) Places of the heart: the psycho‑geography of everyday . Bellevue Literary Press.

Gehl, J. (2010) Cities for people . (1st ed.). Island Press.

Hyde, R. (2012), Future practice: conversations from the edge of architecture , Routledge.

MacNicol, D. (2015) Project leadership : (3rd revised ed.). Gower Publishing.

Papanek, V (2003) The green imperative: ecology and ethics in design and architecture . Thames & Hudson.

Sinclair, C. and Stohr, K. eds. (2006) Design like you give a damn: architectural responses to humanitarian crisis . Thames & Hudson.

Whyte, W. H. (1980) The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces, Project for Public Spaces Inc.