module specification

DN6020 - Project Design and Development for Interiors (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Project Design and Development for Interiors
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
228 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Interim portfolio
Coursework 80%   Final portfolio
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Tuesday Afternoon
Year City Tuesday Morning

Module summary

Together with your Major Project Realisation module, this module is intended to prepare interiors students for independent practice, entry into the professional workplace, or for higher study.

Through synthesis of knowledge of processes and principles, using an appropriate range of intellectual, creative and practical skills, you will research, analyse, design and develop a self-directed project. This will require in-depth investigation of a site, its cultural context, human inhabitation, activity and enterprise through a well-constructed design process involving practical and digital 2D and 3D methods of exploration and communication as a significant body of creative work for public exhibition.

A negotiated and approved proposal will confirm the individual project. Using creative exploration and experimentation, you will undertake research, selection, concept development, material investigation, modelling, prototyping and visualisation. The final outcome will be produced in the Major Project Realisation modules, and will be distinctive to the course in approach, scale, communication and visualisation or making and modelling.

This module will ensure that you review and reflect upon your own work and understand your prospective position in the creative sector. The module emphasises self-direction and personal focus whilst acknowledging external and professional expectations and constraints.


The module will typically ask you to engage with:

• problem exploration and definition;
• development and setting out of a research programme;
• demonstration of awareness of professional contexts;
• presentation and defence of proposals to a professional standard;
• refinement and presentation of a personal professional creative identity;
• articulation of individual position in a professional commercial employment context;
• rationale for proposal that takes into account cultural and environmental considerations.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching provides the guidance and foundation to ensure that independent study is effective in addressing the module’s learning outcomes and assessment tasks.

In-class activity makes use of varied student-centred approaches such as active, flipped and blended learning, so that a range of learning strategies is deployed, and individual learning styles are accommodated. Information is provided through a range of means and sources to minimise and remove barriers to successful progress through the module. The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.

Activities foster peer-to-peer community building and support for learning. Reflective learning is promoted through interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, receive help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes and make recommendations to themselves for future development. Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including written reflections on progress and achievement.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-based learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal and career development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, to the standard expected at Level 6, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. present a range of site-specific and contextual human-centered knowledge on which to base proposals for the design development process, through demonstrating critical reflection and a clear understanding of the ethical context, and professional presentation requirements;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. integrate working methods, manage and continuously evaluate the project development process in a context of complex and competing requirements, to successfully define and defend a design proposal;

Transferable Skills

3. present and communicate the design process and outcomes through a portfolio, presenting analysis through to resolution, and as a reflective practitioner provide a rationale for the choices and decisions made in constructing a viable project proposal;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

4. design and undertake a professionally managed sustained design development process using an appropriate range of resources, techniques, studio and workshop skills, materials, media and discipline-specific knowledge, developing an innovative response to the given brief, identifying a personal design identity and creative direction.

Professionalism and Values

5. demonstrate the professional attributes of working to schedules, meeting deadlines and understanding the relevance to goal setting and career strategies.

Assessment strategy

At regular critiques or tutorials, you are expected to produce a coherent account of your  project in progress, together with critical evaluation of successes and issues for further research, development or revision. Formative feedback will be given in response to your project plan.

The final mark is given at the end of the module, following assessment of a comprehensive portfolio of all relevant developmental and presentation work and the final proposal itself. Precise requirements for submission will be given in the project brief.

Work must be carefully organised and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labelled. You must attend and engage with all timetabled studio and workshop sessions and tasks set both in-class and as self-study.