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Graduate Diploma in Spatial Design

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  • Objectives
    The course offers you the opportunity to add specialist vocational interior design skills to your first degree subject. It also provides you with a bridging course to develop your knowledge and confidence for further postgraduate studies. The course introduces the design skills and theory to develop innovative interior design concepts and solutions, within an understanding of spatial, interior and architectural design practice. The course will focus around the design of retail, commercial, leisure and information environments. An understanding of how brands are developed and applied to interior environments is central to the course. The course is divided into two components. The course includes two taught units of design practice, where the skills of spatial and interior design are introduced and developed in a series of exercise and projects. Additionally, students also select two elective units from a choice which currently includes: Design Management, Entrepreneurship, Work-Based Learning. The Diploma develops design theory and research and their application into design practice. This is developed into a personal design project, which enables you to work in depth in an area of professional practice, relevant to your skills and interests.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants will be considered who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. Prior experiential learning can be considered through the APEL system.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Spatial Design
  • Course description
    Structure

    The course consists of six units. This includes two taught units of design practice, where the skills of spatial and interior design are introduced and developed in a series of exercise and projects. The Diploma culminates with a self-select final major design project in the Research in Practice unit, developed from a feasibility study carried out in the Project Proposal unit.

    The main units of the Graduate Diploma are:

    -Brand space and design identity
    -Trends, forecasting and the future
    -Project proposal - research methods
    -Research in practice

    Students also select two elective units from the following :
    -Visual thinking (subject to validation)
    -Digital design (subject to validation)
    -Design management

    In addition to the skills taught on the course, full time UK and EU students are eligible for three short, skill-based courses. Within the College there are a wide variety of subjects, but specific courses to support the design work of the course include digital modelling and CAD, design drawing and model making.

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