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Higher National Certificate in Interior Architecture

Key Course Information

This Higher National Certificate course will equip students to meet the increasing demand for well-trained designers with strong design flair and sound technical and managerial knowledge. Taught by established practitioners, students will learn through formal teaching and demonstrations, hands on practical work, lectures, seminars, discussions, group work, visits to galleries and exhibitions in and around London, along with the opportunity to meet practising designers. At this level, students are expected to work independently on their own projects while being provided with on-going design support through regular tutorials. Design projects are exploratory, experimental and large in scale, where the manipulation of spaces and technology enable the creation of stimulating, innovative and safe environments.
Upon completion, students will be ready for entry-level employment, start-up businesses or second year of a degree programme. Our students have also progressed onto many of the leading design universities in the UK. There is a rare opportunity to gain a genuine understanding of both design and management principles, focusing on their application to a modern business and design orientated environment.

The programme will enable students to:
• Define, analyse and develop problem-solving techniques
• Promote visual awareness and 3D thinking
• Develop an appreciation and understanding of how spaces are inhabited and the effects of form, structure, colour and light
• Explore the connections between architecture and interior design
• Work alongside practising designers

Subjects studied include:
• Developmental drawing
• The Creative Process
• Digital applications for design; Photoshop and InDesign
• Vectorworks & Google SketchUp
• Historical and Contextual Studies
• Critical study
• 3D Materials, technology and processes
• Design construction details
• Applied Professional Practice
• Materials, finishes and products

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