Interior Architecture (BSc Honours)
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4 Years (8 semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
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At present, there is no direct work placement period in the course. However, students are encouraged to work in relevant industry during their summer vacations. Through the EU Erasmus Programme, there is a student exchange agreement with the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, that may provide the opportunity to complete part of the course work there.
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Most helpful subjects are: Art, English, Mathematics, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science subject.
The core of this programme is the design studio where skills in design and representation are integrated with mastery of content from other modules. The emphasis is the development of strong design and analytical skills in a studio-based environment.
Attractive postgraduate opportunities at Masters and PhD level in allied disciplines are available to good honours graduates in Ireland and abroad.
What is Interior Architecture?
Interior Architecture involves the design of interiors of buildings, their layout and space planning, fitting, technical and structural resolution, furnishing and decoration, and the preparation of all technical drawings and written documentation, necessary for the carrying out of the work.
About the Course
Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
Interior Architecture is specific to a building’s interior. It stands at the intersection of Architecture, design of the built environment, sustainability, and conservation. Unlike interior design, it is architecture within the confines of an existing building. As such, the course requires a level of technical competence to compare with that of the architect, as the responsibilities to the client and community are similar.
Interior Architecture involves the design of interiors of buildings, their layout, fitting, furnishing and decoration and the preparation of all technical drawings and written documentation necessary for the carrying out of the work. The design work of the Interior Architect includes domestic, commercial, leisure, retail, educational, and healthcare interior projects. Interior architectural design encompasses many types of interiors and utilises accompanying skills.
At CIT, Interior Architecture covers the spectrum of industry specialisms. It involves the initial design and plan for use to accommodate a changed purpose, or a significantly revised design for adaptive reuse of the building shell. It considers structural adaption, sustainable redevelopment strategies, the use of light, air movement, ventilation, horizontal/vertical circulation, and servicing. The practice of Interior Architecture responds to multiple user needs and a wider social responsibility.
The core of this programme is the design studio where skills in design and representation are integrated with mastery of content from other modules. The emphasis is the development of strong commercial design and analytical skills in a studio-based environment.
Modules in the award stage of the Honours Degree will include a comprehensive Design Project, as well as modules in the areas of Conservation; Sustainability; Research Methods; and Professional Practice.
This course is in the process of accreditation review by The Royal Institute of British Architects part 1 and the European Council of Interior Architects. This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Attractive postgraduate opportunities at Master’s and PhD level in allied disciplines are available in Ireland and abroad.
How much of your time is devoted to studio/project work?
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to studio and project work.
What is the difference between Interior Architecture and Architectural Technology?
Interior Architecture includes aesthetic design of all interior aspects of a building. Architectural Technology can be described as technical design.
Am I qualified as an Interior Designer?
This programme is designed to graduate candidates who will practice in Interior Architecture which includes interior design.
“I am currently working in New York City for Reveal Design Group. My responsibilities as an architectural designer involves working on all phases of design, including pre-design, schematic design, design development and construction documentation. I’m also directly involved in establishing the company’s brand through the use of social media, and initiating the development of an internship programme.
I am a team member of the following design projects: the Andaz Resort in Costa Rica, a town house overlooking Central Park, the Westin Hotel in Times Square, the retrofit of a yacht on the Hudson, and the lighting design for Tadao Andos Morimoto restaurant in Soho.”
Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Interior Architecture CR565
This course qualifies graduates to work in architectural practice, interior design firms, and allied disciplines in the capacity of Interior Architect as a designer with a developed area of focus and expertise or in entry management positions.
The graduate will be proficient in the master-planning, spatial design and the materiality of complex interior schemes that involve multiple floors and mixed uses. The graduate is also oriented to commercial architectural practice with a strong understanding of sustainable design. The graduate will be able to develop designs and their attendant working drawings, and will deal with contractors, suppliers, and local authorities. The graduate may also select self-employment after a suitable period of practical experience.
Potential Areas of Employment
• Private Practice
• Government Organisation
• Local Authority
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