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C09055v2 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior Architecture

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior Architecture (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 071630D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior and Spatial Design helps students to re-imagine interior environments and public spaces in local and global contexts. With a strong emphasis on people’s experiences of space, this degree equips students with the critical skills required to interrogate and transgress the traditional boundaries of commercial interior design.

The course enhances employability through the development of a portfolio. The course allows students to develop skills in a specialised area, such as performative space, commercial interiors or residential interior design. Uniquely, digital technologies of representation, fabrication, internationalisation and design practice are emphasised.

The degree offers students a path from undergraduate through to postgraduate coursework and research study, including a PhD. Often the first step towards a research degree, an honours degree allows students to undertake self-determined, critical research and apply this to a specific project. Students prove their ability to develop and respond to a complex design brief, and develop innovative, holistic and professional design solutions.

Course aims

This course uses project-based learning to allow students to develop a focused portfolio. Through their study, students develop spatial intelligence and excellence in design practice. The program fosters a creative and explorative attitude towards the design process, underpinned by reflective and critical engagement. Students generate a cohesive design approach where research and practice are consolidated in design outcomes.

The course has:

  • an emphasis on creative, innovative spatial practice and international networks
  • practice-oriented and research-integrated learning regarding specific projects
  • engagement with innovative and creative technologies
  • an emphasis on emerging design practices
  • close links with creative practitioners.

Career options

Career options include commercial and residential interior design, adaptive re-use design, interactive and responsive environment design, museum and exhibition design, production design for film and television, theatre and performance design, and visual and spatial branding.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Understanding of the designer's role as a global citizen
A.2 Ethical practices in relation to acknowledgement of sources and the work of others
A.3 Awareness of, and concern for, social and cultural diversity
C.1 Professional attitude to clarity and accuracy of communication
C.2 Capacity to make a positive contribution to a team
C.3 Ability to present work appropriately to context
I.1 Ability to work conceptually
I.2 Ability to appraise, develop or redirect design ideas
I.3 Ability to re-imagine human practices through design
P.1 Ability to independently develop new skills and areas of knowledge
P.2 Ability to independently cultivate aesthetic sensibility
P.3 Developing craft skill
R.1 Ability to develop a well-supported argument
R.2 Ability to analyse complex ideas
R.3 Ability to critically reflect on work by self and others

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

UTS students: course completed within the last three years

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture or UTS equivalent who have completed the course within the last three years and attained an overall minimum WAM of 65 or above must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior Architecture:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

UTS students: course completed four or more years ago

Applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture or UTS equivalent who have completed the course four or more years ago and have demonstrated relevant work experience within the interior spatial design or interior architecture industry must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior Architecture:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience, accompanied by supporting reference(s) from related industry employer(s)
  • a copy of their academic transcript.

Non-UTS applicants

Applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture and who have attained an overall minimum WAM of 65 or above must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Interior Architecture:

  • a digital portfolio of 10 x A4 landscape PDFs that display digital files, scans and/or photographs of original design work done by the applicant (max. size 5MB)
  • a 200–300 word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.
  • a verified copy of the candidate's previous academic transcript.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

International applicants must also attend an interview (via Skype) with the program director. Digital copies of both the academic transcripts and portfolio must be sent to the program director prior to the interview.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis. There are generally up to 15 contact hours a week. Lectures and studios are on campus during the teaching period, which focuses on design studios that incorporate advanced communication and technology skills with innovative design thinking and practice.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points of honours subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM90725 Core subjects (Interior Architecture) 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The course program is shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
86321 Investigations: Research and Conceptualisation   12cp
86322 Directions: Context and Analysing   12cp
Spring session
86400 Design Studio: Realisation   24cp

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building