DSGN07103 2019 Interior Architecture Studio IV: Work Placement

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Studio IV: Work Placement
Transcript Title
Interior Architecture Studio I
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 202200 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINTE_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design

This module constitutes an Interior Architecture/ Interior Design practice-based work placement. The module consolidates the students' understanding of the design process as applied within practice. In this module, students typically engage in work, within a design practice, working on Interior Architectural or Interior Design projects. In this environment, students design for  live clients, engaging in the collaborative work place environment and group work situations. This module develops learners' ethical awareness, resourcefulness, technical knowledge and legislative knowledge, along with their organisational, collaborative and design  skills. Students also complete a work log, consult with a work mentor in the practice and consult periodically with a supervisor from ITSligo.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Collaborate or witness the  identification and development of a design brief in response to an interior design problem, that relates to local social, cultural and ecological issues.


Manage the design research process and apply artistic and design principles in the context of broader cultural and social perspectives.


Collaborate and negotiate design ideas and production methods professionally, within a multidisciplinary group including users/stakeholders, consultants and contractors.


Demonstrate an awareness of specification and costs relevant to design proposal.


Integrate legislation, codes of practice, and health and safety within a design solution.


Provide creative and innovative design participation during part of the research, design and/or production of a functional and aesthetic interior.


Synthesise physical, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic information realting to the conception and generation of interior spaces in response to an agreed brief.


Communicate design ideas through visual, verbal and written methods, utilising appropriate media and graphic techniques.


Integrate systems of form, elements, furniture, surfaces, materials, colour and light in the design of spaces.


Collaborate purposefully and respectfully within a team, managing between the different roles, responsibilities and interests in the design and production process.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The student engages reflectively in work-based learning. The student produces a reflective digital portfolio of work, and keeps a work log that is signed regularly by a member of the studio team. This experiential and student‑centred approach promotes personal, reflective and active engagement with learning,  fostering confidence and competence in the communication of ideas. Clearly defined learning outcomes are constructively aligned with assessment criteria.

Module Assessment Strategies

The student's work portfolio and work log are broken down into a series of criteria, that the student addresses reflectively.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components.  This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

In this module, students engage in an interior focused work  placement within an interior Architecture, Interior Design or Architecture practice or equivalent design studio project. Students engage in  collaboration within the team environment of a design practice.  They work on, or reflect upon, projects that  work with live or simulated clients to identify a need, and they use their skills as Interior Architects to design  interior artefacts and/or interior improvements.

The student engages reflectively in work-based learning. The student produces a reflective digital portfolio of work, and keeps a work log that is signed regularly by a member of the studio team.

This process involves the following:

  • Identifying and approaching a practice for work
  • Research and analysis of design problems (and related ethical, legal, technical and contextual issues, opportunities and limitations);
  • Collaborative participation in design responses to simple briefs;
  • Collaborative development of a plan of action and time management (in response to all of the above);
  • Collaborative development of a design response, in cognisance of technical, legislative and cost constraints;
  • Design realisation as collaborative production/product/interior improvement;
  • Reflective presentation;
  • Students are to work in collaboration with members of the organisation identified at all stages of the project, and where possible in collaboration/communication with arts or designers from other fields.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Work log Project Assessment 25 % End of Year 2,6,10
2 Reflective portfolio and case studies Project Individual Project 75 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Individual Diary / Log Book Offsite Facility Work Log book or supervision 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Offsite Facility Internship 296 Once Per Semester 19.73
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Coverly, M. (2010) Psychogeography. Pocket Essentials.

Ellard, C. (2015) Places of the heart: the psycho‑geography of everyday . Bellevue Literary Press.

Gehl, J. (2010) Cities for people . (1st ed.). Island Press.

Hyde, R. (2012), Future practice: conversations from the edge of architecture , Routledge.

MacNicol, D. (2015) Project leadership : (3rd revised ed.). Gower Publishing.

Papanek, V (2003) The green imperative: ecology and ethics in design and architecture . Thames & Hudson.

Sinclair, C. and Stohr, K. eds. (2006) Design like you give a damn: architectural responses to humanitarian crisis . Thames & Hudson.

Whyte, W. H. (1980) The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces, Project for Public Spaces Inc.

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