On this course you’ll explore the regeneration and adaptation of real buildings and sites and learn how to turn old commercial premises into exciting new spaces for exhibition, retail, leisure, eating and socialising purposes. You’ll develop skills in drawing, 3D modelling, computing, video-modelscope and computer-aided design (CAD).
You’ll also learn about the importance of visual communication, design cultures and heritage, and culture and context. This solid foundation will enable you to develop your own personal style and design language and, as you grow in confidence, you’ll become increasingly autonomous as you pursue individual design projects.
- Learn to design for different spaces – leisure, retail, performance, living, spiritual and exhibition – and communicate your creative solutions with confidence.
- Benefit from the very latest facilities – CAD, modelscope, drawing studios, video visualisation equipment and prototype workshops.
- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU’s Internship Preparation programme
- DMU Leicester graduates have gone on to work in a variety of areas within interior design, including interior specialists for architects, exhibition and event designers, heritage design, set design consultants, point of sale design and 3D visualisers.
- Visual Communication
- Foundations of Design 1 (Term 1)
- Foundations of Design 2 (Term 2)
- Construction Technology
- Design Cultures 1
- Principles of Visual Communication
- Principles of Design 1
- Principles of Design 2
- Principles of Construction Technology and Practice
- Design Cultures 2
Between year two and three students can opt for the indicative modules as below:
- Erasmus Year
- Industry Placement Year
- Advanced Visual Communication
- Advanced Design in Practice 1
- Advanced Design in Practice 2
- Advanced Construction Technology and Practice
- Heritage, Culture and Context
Teaching and assessments
The course is essentially studio-based, supported by lectures, seminars, tutorials and site visits. Assessment is continuous and project-orientated. You will be taught by experienced professional designers and subject experts.
DMU Leicester students won the Gensler award for Interior Design (New Designers), Aston Martin – rethinking luxury car interior materials and 3 have been shortlisted for the RSA awards for the past two years, with a winning design in 2016. A number of students have also been involved in ‘live projects’ resulting in the installation of their designs in the Heritage Centre and the Energy Lab at DMU, input on the Leicester Castle Business School refurbishment and design for the visitor’s area at HMP Leicester.
DMU staff have extensive commercial design backgrounds in display/exhibition and interior architecture. Some run their own interior design practices, working in the leisure industry, domestic and retail sectors of interior design.
Teaching contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 17 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.