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Interior and Environmental Design

BDes

Interior & Environmental Design is an exciting, creative discipline involving the creation of interior spaces that enhance the quality of life of those using them. In designing shops, museums, courthouses, theatre sets or other interiors, designers need to use creative judgement and visual sensitivity as well as carefully resolving the practicalities.

Why study Interior & Environmental Design at Dundee?

Do you have a fascination for space, colour and design? Then Interior & Environmental Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is the programme for you. The programme covers a wide range of contexts from interiors, architecture, exhibitions, installation, furniture and digital realms. We will encourage you to develop your understanding of the use of space, environmental awareness, design thinking, presentation and communication skills.

Our students work in a dynamic open studio environment, supported by a teaching team which has considerable expertise in architecture, interiors, fine art, sustainability, workshops and computer-aided design.

We are a member of the Group for International Design Education (GIDE) where students work on shared themes with design partners in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, England, Netherlands and Switzerland.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Confidently use colour, light, texture, and space with sensitivity
  • Seek employment in the creative industries and in other sectors
  • Apply for a Masters programme in the UK or abroad
  • Promote yourself, your skills and your work to the public

FREERANGE

Final year Interior & Environmental Design students are given the opportunity to showcase their work at FREERANGE in London alongside thousands of other design graduates. FREERANGE showcases the best new Fashion, Art, Design, Photography, Motion Arts, Interiors and Architecture.

FREERANGE helps to launch the careers of design graduates and attracts considerable visitor numbers throughout the duration of the exhibition. It's a great opportunity for students to be discovered.

Interior & Environmental Design graduate Sean Cassidy was awarded the prestigious Blueprint Most Innovative Design Project at the 2012 FREERANGE Exhibition.

Who should study Interior & Environmental Design?

1. You are

  • interested in the way we dwell and experience environments
  • interested in how form, material, surface, skin are used to alter our experience of space
  • interested in the use of colour, light, texture and composition
  • creative, expressive and energetic
  • work well in teams to solve spatial problems

2. You want to:

  • learn how to remodel and reuse spaces with sensitivity
  • explore the relationship between Interior & Environmental Design and Architecture, Fine Art, Design and new media
  • develop your digital skills
  • establish your own response toward Interior & Environmental Design

Student exchange

The academic perspective is enhanced by opportunities for you to study abroad through exchange schemes that operate with centres of excellence in many European and transatlantic countries.

In addition, the department normally organises an overseas study visit for all Level 3 students.

Nora Chou, current student, says: "We are constantly challenged to assert our creativity in different forms, whether it be the manual construction of furniture and lighting design, or designing for a hypothetical client, hence maximizing our skill development. Studying Interior and Environmental Design has without a doubt been a constant and incredible learning experience".
You can also read Nora's blog

For examples of student work, staff profiles, and news from Interior & Environmental Design, visit the DJCAD website.

Related courses

Teaching & Assessment

You will occupy a personal work space and have access to a unique and diverse in-house teaching team with expertise in architecture, interiors, fine art, CAD and workshop.

You will be supported with computer aided design practice, workshop tasks and design studio experience. You will study model making, furniture, drawing, materials, structures, art & design history, business studies and design studies. You will also have the opportunity to participate in international exchanges and competitions.

How you will be taught

Learning occurs within a dynamic open studio where social interaction, peer and group learning and inter-year participation contributes to a stimulating environment.

One-to-one tuition and small group discussions and critiques are the most important features of teaching which provide essential dialogue between students and staff.

What you will study

Level 1

Level 2

  • Material Matters
  • The 21st Century Designer or Co-Design in Action
  • Border Crossings
  • Change by Design or Playful Practices

Level 3

  • Partnerships, Networks and Connections 1 and 2
  • Overseas Study Trip
  • Alternative Futures elective
  • study option (Research and creative practice, Design and the market, Design and international contexts: Made in China)
  • Elective modules such as Advertising and Branding, Critical Making, Design for a Living Planet
  • Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution

Level 4

  • Alternative Futures elective study option
  • Design in Action Honours Project

How you will be assessed

Project work is reviewed at the conclusion of modules and assessed at the end of each level. Some theoretical designs are assessed by supporting essays and exams.

Careers

With the wide range of skills that you will develop on the design programmes, you will be prepared not only to practise as a designer in your chosen field but also to meet the challenges of a variety of different career paths. Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work and postgraduate activity including:

  • Interior and architectural design
  • Tv and film set design
  • Furniture design
  • Lighting design
  • Theatre set design
  • Exhibition
  • Installations
  • Sound-scapes
  • Arts management
  • Computer Aided Design
  • games industry
  • Animation
  • Business
  • Teaching

We support students in this initial step by providing the opportunity to exhibit their work annually at events in London. Each year level 4 Interior & Environmental Design students are given the opportunity to exhibit at FREERANGE London, a graduate summer show that provides a platform for graduates to showcase their creative talents at the centre of London's creative scene.

Postgraduate study

Some graduates choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level on our taught Masters degree or PhD programmes.

Enterprise/Freelance

Others have gone on to freelance and establishing their own successful businesses. Extra curriculum activities such as the Enterprise Gym help students cultivate entrepreneurial skills. The Greenhouse Business Pre-Incubator facility provides ambitious students with an office space to explore their business idea.

Louise Forbes & Susan Younger graduated in 2009. On the back of their joint final year project they formed TWIG(Two witty intellegent girls). They design and make bespoke furniture and lighting. In 2010 the two graduates secured funding to help improve their manufacturing process.

Chris Twaddle graduated in 1993. He is director of Kennedy Twaddle Architectural Design in London. He has worked in Rome, Glasgow and London.

Entry Requirements

Students applying for Interior & Environmental Design must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Interior & Environmental Design through UCAS using code W250.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Selection notes

All applicants must submit a comprehensive portfolio of art and design work. The qualifications listed below may be modified for an applicant presenting an exceptional portfolio.

Students are selected by assessing the contents of a portfolio of work that should convey a measure of creative, practical skill and intellectual/enthusiastic engagement in the practice of art and design.

Courses starting September 2014

BA/BDes Art & Design Specialisms Level 2 Entry

Qualification Typical Grades Minimum Grades
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects BB (Advanced Higher) + BC (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Other Foundation Degree in Art & Design
Other HND in an Art & Design subject
Essential Subjects Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).
All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and visit to the course.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at AH
EDEXCEL A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
All qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All qualifications should include a relevant Art & Design subject & a literate subject. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required, and an interview may be required.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

Courses starting September 2015

BA/BDes Art & Design Specialisms Level 2 Entry

Qualification Grades
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Other Foundation Degree in Art & Design
Other HND in an Art & Design subject
Essential Subjects Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).
All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and visit to the course.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at AH
EDEXCEL A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
All qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All qualifications should include a relevant Art & Design subject & a literate subject. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required, and an interview may be required.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £13,000 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BDes Interior & Environmental Design W250 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


Admissions procedure

All applicants must submit a comprehensive portfolio of art and design work. The qualifications listed may be modified for an applicant presenting an exceptional portfolio.

Students are selected by assessing the contents of a portfolio of work that should convey a measure of creative, practical skill and intellectual/enthusiastic engagement in the practice of art and design.

What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

This broad and experimental programme will appeal to intellectually curious and creatively flexible individuals who are keen to explore the broad and evolving field of interior & environmental design, from contemporary interiors to architectural interventions, expressive responses to site, place and context.

Applicants should possess an experimental attitude toward their creativity and be willing to respond to a variety of interior, architectural and spatial challenges throughout this unique four year programme. Applicants should have an interest in the various cultural, historical and social issues affecting contemporary and historical interior design, art and architecture.

The programme leads graduates to an exceptionally diverse range of career paths and explores how we live and mentally inhabit 'actual' built places, frequent temporary zones, and occupy 'virtual' spaces. Applicants tend to seek us out, recognising that Interior & Environmental Design at Dundee offers considerable flexibility in how one defines the discipline.

Tips for your application

We look for independence of vision, intellectual curiosity and a creative spark backed up by an articulate voice or vision.

Your portfolio of work should showcase interesting ideas that push the boundaries and explore concepts, media and materials relating to the broad and evolving nature of interiors (including forays into small interior projects, grand architectural fantasies, experimental follies, public art, performative spaces, to name but a few). It should contain a very broad example of design, expressive and experimental work from drawing to 3D to experimental creativity. Drawing in all its genres, from the realistically rendered to the spontaneously sketched is helpful, whilst modelling or sculpting can offer an excellent platform in which to demonstrate spatial sensitivity.

Folios need not be dominated by dry technical 'interior design' project work. We are interested in what makes you 'tick' at a creative and intellectual level, and whilst Design Highers and A-Levels are important, we also look for candidates who excel in art, music, architecture and dance, and are capable of making connections between these areas.

International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

Any questions?

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