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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Scottish Borders

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    12-SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Overview

Collaborate with talented designers from interiors, textiles and fashion in a specialist design school. This course gives you the opportunity to develop a complete set of interior design skills spanning the creative process, materials and furnishings right through to retail and event design, architectural alteration and technology.

Express yourself with the latest tech. We’ll show you how innovative new technology can help you bring your interior design ideas to life. And we’ll give you the opportunity to work on real projects for big businesses. Recently our students have worked on live projects to develop branded environments for Aeroleather, Locharron and Findra.

This exposure to live clients is something we’re proud of. We encourage you to use your final year as an opportunity to work with more and more external businesses. This helps you challenge yourself and develop connections and skills that will be invaluable after graduation. Many of our graduates go on to work in creative roles in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow for companies like IKEA among others. You could follow in their footsteps.

The course is taught in our Scottish Borders Campus, which sits close to the heart of Scotland’s luxury textile industry. This is your chance to study in an area that’s home to some of the UK’s top design and production facilities for textiles and fashion.

Teaching and Learning

The teaching and learning approach combines different strategies from lecture to seminar discussion to one to one studio based teaching and learning and self directed study. The learning environment is based on studio supplemented by lecture contact. This strategy encourages the development of individual creativity within a contemporary design context. The teaching and learning approach ensures students develop a practical dexterity with techniques and procedures and are able to apply these to design- based problem solving. Design projects in the earlier years provide a challenging framework in which to develop sound technical skills through practice and individual enquiry and critical thinking. The later years develop further individual enquiry and design expression and a more focused critical evaluation of the design ideas for the projected season and market within contemporary design practice. The final year provides a learning framework in which students agree a final design project and independently seek out expert opinion from the team of supervisors assigned to the final honours year programme.

Assessment

Assessment is tailored to the subject being taught and is agreed in discussion with the course leader and Course Director. A blend of continuous assessment and examination is adopted – with the emphasis on production of portfolio materials. This reflects the design practice and vocational emphasis of the course and the need for cognitive, core skills and professional awareness to be nurtured. All courses provide a summative assessment at the end of each course, but other courses which are studio based offer regular formative feedback to students on progress. This ensures that both staff and students are aware of the students' performance and able to assist in the fine tuning of ideas and/or skills to successfully fulfil the requirements of the studio design projects. The final year is structured to provide regular Major Review assessments. These play a key part in formulating an opinion of the individual students overall performance across the programme of courses.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,384per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

Heriot-Watt University

  • University League Table

    23rd

  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 85 14

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    167 76%

    12th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    40th

    10
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    64th

    15

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