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C10272v3 Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture (BDesign)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609280 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 071646G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

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

Overview

The Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture 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 and the choice of a major in performative space, this degree equips students with the critical skills required to interrogate and transgress the traditional boundaries of commercial interior design.

The combined Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of Arts in International Studies provides students with additional practical skills, in particular those that raise their awareness of the international contexts of design, by providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of a language other than English and another culture.

The course equips graduates with critical thinking, creativity and the skills to engage across the expanded field of interior architecture, to take up leading roles in industry. Uniquely, this course emphasises digital technologies of representation and fabrication, internationalisation and design practice. Students also learn a different language and culture, and travel overseas.

Course aims

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, interactive and responsive environment design, museum and exhibition design, production design for film and television, theatre and performance design, and visual and spatial branding.

Career options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to take autonomous responsibility for actions and decisions
A.2 Ability to develop and establish an informed and ethical understanding and/or position toward social, technical and environmental practices
A.3 Ability to recognise cultural diversity including Indigenous, gender and multicultural perspectives
C.1 Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required and constructively contribute to peer learning and critique
C.2 Ability to communicate ideas effectively including oral, written, visual, analogue and digital presentations (2D and 3D)
I.1 Ability to apply experimentation in thinking and practice as a means toward developing an individual design approach
I.2 Ability to understand and generate design propositions across a diverse range of design scenarios and negotiate final propositions with multiple stakeholders
I.3 Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English
P.1 Ability to apply and utilise appropriate communication techniques,knowledge and understanding to enable practical applications in spatial design
P.2 Ability to rigorously explore, apply and extend multiple representational techniques
P.3 Ability to apply and deploy disciplinary learning, with a continuing commitment to professional development
R.1 Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study
R.2 Ability to analyse, formulate and synthesise complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives
R.3 Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of interior and spatial design precedent and to contextualise one's work within the extended discipline
R.4 Ability to reflect on, challenge and interrogate theoretical speculation

Key

INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

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

Non-current school leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by Tuesday 31 October 2017.

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

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.

Applications

International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

The applicants must submit the following material:

  • a six-page digital portfolio in PDF format (landscape) of their work; this may include images, animation or video (max. size 5MB)
  • one of the PDFs must be a 150–200 word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, addresses what was the aim of the work and why it succeeded (to enable this PDF to be easily viewed, text must be supplied in 16-point Helvetica, with 1.5 line spacing).

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis. There are generally up to 20 contact hours a week. Lectures and studios are on campus during session. Sessions focus on design studios that incorporate advanced communication and technology skills with innovative design thinking and practice.

Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points comprising 120 credit points of core subjects, 24 credit points of electives and 96 credit points of international studies subjects.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Course completion requirements

CBK90823 Electives (Interior Architecture) 24cp
STM91203 Core subjects (Interior Architecture) 120cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

An example program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course with Germany as the international studies major.

Year 1
Autumn session
86004 Design Studio: Foundations in Interior Architecture   12cp
86008 Context: Representation   6cp
85503 Thinking Through Design   6cp
Spring session
86005 Design Studio: Inhabitations   12cp
86009 Context: Generative Methods   6cp
85502 Researching Design History   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
86113 Context: Construction Technologies   6cp
86530 Design Studio: Spatial Agency   12cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
86529 Design Studio: Performative Spaces   12cp
86114 Context: Performance   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
86221 Context: Interior Technologies   6cp
86533 Design Studio: Industry   12cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
86222 Context: Synthesis   6cp
86223 Design Studio: Interior Architecture Major Project   12cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

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
UTS: International Studies