Blackburn College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Lancaster University

Contemporary Design for Interiors (Top-Up)

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This Contemporary Design for Interiors (Top Up) BA (Hons) course is for those who have studied FdA Contemporary Design for Interiors at University Centre at Blackburn College. It allows you to turn your foundation degree into a full BA (Hons) qualification. The course focuses on Interior Design rather than Interior Decoration - its aim is to develop your architectural awareness and knowledge of space, structure, form and design. It can include aspects of interior space, materials, environmental design, representation, construction and professional practice - set within the creative backdrop of the School of Art & Society. Our exciting Contemporary Design for Interiors (Top Up) BA (Hons) course puts the emphasis on finding creative solutions to challenging interior design concepts. You'll build on the experience already gained in the Foundation Degree, but at this higher level will be able to specialise much more in a particular area of interior design - be that renovation, construction, mood boards or the redesign of existing spaces. This final year is your opportunity to practice at a high level in an area that interests you, building on the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your Foundation Degree. Rather than following a core scheme of work, the course offers a great deal of flexibility. Small course numbers mean that you will be able to choose a particular area of interest, with personal directed support from your tutor. This approach is unique locally. With the support of our highly-qualified team, you'll be able to identify the direction for your own particular career path; this may be art, craft or industry-related and then explore the area relevant to you.

Course details


All students take a total of 120 credits per level. Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include: Academic Dissertation Studio Practice 1 Professional Practice Studio Practice 2 You'll study four modules in order to complete your top-up programme. In the module Creative Business Studies you'll develop further business skills and knowledge in order to function as a professional interior designer and practitioners in a competitive environment. You will be expected to identify your own career goals and personal development as a graduating designer. The module highlights the core themes of Creative Business Initiative setups, entrepreneurship, technological advances in social media and marketing to facilitate integration into an established business environment or to set up your own business. In the Dissertation module you'll have the opportunity to produce a body of written work focussing on an area that really interests you. This will start with the production of an initial dissertation proposal. You'll be encouraged to approach the dissertation in a creative and individual way. It may take the form of a visual notebook with annotations and supplementary text, an extended essay or case study, or may also include video and oral presentations. During the Research Proposal module you'll produce a proposal negotiated with the Course Leader. In preparation for the Final Integrated Assignment, you will be required to plan, negotiate and prepare your final body of work by submitting a written proposal and design brief that is supported by a practical and theoretical design portfolio. This process will help you learn about pitching areas, coming up with creative solutions and researching the direction for your artwork. Towards the end of the course, you'll complete the Final Integrated Assignment, the culmination of your programme. You'll work on design briefs (resulting from the Research and Proposal module). These will be industry-led and may take the form of national competitions, live projects or your own negotiated commissions. You'll then display your artwork in an exhibition context.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed by through presentations, portfolio building, assignments/briefs, self-assessment, peer assessment, an assessment of your final exhibition and your dissertation. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

In order to join this BA (Hons) Contemporary Design for Interiors (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed Contemporary Design for Interiors Foundation Degree FdA. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

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Contemporary Design for Interiors (Top-Up) at Blackburn College - UCAS