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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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DT544
Interior Design

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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The desire of recent generations to live and work in aesthetically pleasing environments has driven the demand for experts in the area of interior design and furniture design. The BA Design - Interior and Furniture, provides training and education for professionals in this niche area.

The programme is aimed at people who wish to work in the area of interior and furniture design. It has strong links with business and manufacturing industries and allows students to specialise in either interior or furniture design in their third year. The programme is based on three areas of study - Design Fundamentals, Design Communications and Critical Theory. In Design Fundamentals, students engage in a fundamental and developmental study of design practice through a wide variety of studio projects. The Design Communications strand focuses on developing the student’s visualising skills and subjects include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Drawing and Design Realisation. Through Critical Theory the key issues in the history and theory of design are covered.

In Years two and three, students have the opportunity to broaden their visual education by taking a number of optional modules from the Fine Art and Visual Communication areas. The main part of the final year focuses on the Design Thesis in which the student is expected to present a systematic and structured solution to a challenging design problem. Students are expected to create an integrated design solution which is original, creative and imaginative and displays a high level of technical skill in the final presentation. Students also present a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic in design.

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This course will take place in Grangegorman Campus from 2014


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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions and PORTFOLIO for minimum entry

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Graduates of the BA in Design - Interior and Furniture, find work in design practices, architectural firms, furniture manufacturing firms, display and exhibition companies and as private designers



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