BACHELOR OF DESIGN
Awarded by Raffles College Pty Ltd
Trading as Raffles College of Design and Commerce, Sydney, Australia

Intakes: January, April, July and October
Duration: 3 Years (Full-time)
Student can exit with Advanced Diploma after completion of 2 Years.

ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN
INTERIOR DESIGN
(2 Years)
Awarded by RCHE
BACHELOR OF DESIGN
(1 Year)
Awarded by RCDC,
Sydney, Australia

Interior Architecture, also called interior design involves architecture and design for homes, offices, restaurants, shops and various other kinds of interior spaces. Through this course students will also learn about building material, lighting, layout, furniture and other factors essential to interior architecture. The course provides intensive training for students to become professional interior designers.
 
 
     
  • Year 1
      Interior Design Principles and Theory
      Interior Colour Applications
      Freehand Drawing
      Architectural Drafting
      Cultural Studies
      Computer Graphic Skills
      Presentation Drawing 1
      Creativity and Concept development
      Interior Materials and Finishes
      2D Computer Aided Drawing
      Presentation Drawing 2
      Design Studio 1
      Building Technology and Construction
      3D Computer Aided Drawing
       
  • Year 2
      Design Studio 2
      Construction Studies 1
      Computer Rendering and Animation
      Construction Studies 2
      Environmental Lighting
      Furniture History, Design and Application
      Academic Research and Communication Skills
      Design Studio 3
      Portfolio
      Budget, Costing and Documentation
      Internship (Interior Design)
      Professional Practice
       
  • Degree
      Commercial Interior Design
      Interior Design Past and Present
      20th Century Design and Culture
      Public Space Design
      Sustainable Design
      Design Research Interactive Systems
      Design, Business and Law
      Major Studio Project
      Design and Business Management
       
  • Career Opportunities
  •   YEAR 1

    Interior Design, Principles and Theory

    This module will provide students with basic knowledge and skills of design principles and theory which will enable them to create abstract design using 3D-models. Following the study of abstract fundamentals of space and form in interior design principles, students will utilize these principles for the planning of interior spaces. Emphasis will be on planning for spatial harmony combining geometric concepts of space and form with fundamentals design principles and planning standards.

    Interior Colour Applications

    Students can acquire knowledge and skills in understanding basic colour theories and colour design principles in this module. Emphasis is laid on the study of properties and visual phenomena in the field of interior design using colour application. Students will develop and apply different colour theories for residential and commercial spaces.

    Freehand Drawing

    This module provides students with the knowledge and skills in using drawing as a mean of communicating ideas and projects. Through a series of hands-on exercises students can familiarize themselves with a range of freehand drawing and rendering techniques, as a means of communicating ideas and thoughts effectively.

    Architectural Drafting

    The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand the application of architectural graphic conventions and drafting techniques. Architectural drafting as means of graphic communication are examined in this module.

    Cultural studies

    Students will acquire knowledge and skills through practical exercises, lectures, demonstrations and examples that will enable them to describe and appreciate visual Arts and Architecture. This module will help students to reflect upon and analyse the interaction between arts and associated cultural and social values. The second part of the module will focus on the development of Design within the 20th century and future trends.

    Computer Graphic Skills

    This module provides the students with knowledge and skills to understand and use basic graphic software in order to create and edit images and layouts. It requires the knowledge as well as the use of appropriate software available such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Power Point (or equivalent). The emphasis will be to develop skills to produce 2-D presentation layout.

    Presentation Drawing 1

    The module provides students with knowledge and skills to use three dimensional drawings and various rendering techniques for communication and presentation.

    Creativity and Concept development

    To provide the students with the knowledge and skills to develop problem solving and creativity as a mean of communicating ideas and design projects. The student will be exposed to paradigm shifts in thinking and apply lateral thinking techniques to real and fictional problems. The emphasis will be on critical skills and problem solving exercises. Students will have to complete practical exercises and integrate problem solving in their design projects.

    2D Computer Aided Drawing

    This module provides students with knowledge and skills to work in computer two-dimensional (2D) drawing environment, using AutoCAD as main drawing software tool. Students are required to apply the technical drawing knowledge acquired in architectural drafting and learn to adapt them into the computer aided design platform.

    Interior Materials and Finishes

    In this module students will learn about different materials for interior surfaces. A critical understanding of sustainable design and ecological issues related to materials will be discussed and analysed. Students will learn how to select and apply appropriate materials and finishes for different interior spaces.

    Presentation Drawing 2

    This follows Presentation Drawing 1 this module further strengthens the students’ basic understanding of rendering concepts and techniques, focusing on more complex perspective drawing and advanced colour rendering techniques.

    Design Studio 1

    This module follows the study of abstract fundamentals of space and form in Interior Design, Principles and Theory module; students will utilize these principles for the planning of interior spaces. Emphasis will be on planning for specific human needs, combining geometric concepts of space and form with pragmatic fundamentals and planning standards.

    Building Technology and Construction

    Through this module covers heavy construction materials, components and systems, including wood, steel, and concrete. Students will research and understand concrete foundations, floors, walls, load bearing masonry and roof framing. Other aspects covered are installation of doors, windows, stairwells, and interior finishes.

    3D Computer Aided Drawing

    This follows the module 2D-CAD; the 3D Computer-Aided-Drawing module provides students with knowledge and skills to work in computer three-dimensional (3D) drawing environment using AutoCAD as main drawing software tool. The students are expected to create professional interior design presentations.

  •   YEAR 2

    Design Studio 2

    This module will enable students to conceptualize design solutions related to commercial projects such as restaurant, retail and office. A minimum of two projects will be developed – (1) advanced restaurant design and their specialized requirements and thematic concepts; (2) retail related subjects such as store environment, exterior store design and merchandising and/or ergonomic requirements and office work environment.

    Construction Studies 1

    This module follows Construction Studies 1; interior construction details and drawings related to commercial projects are further integrated. Students will continue to examine working drawing production and techniques, and will be encouraged to do external field research. Environmental systems such as electrical planning, plumbing systems, air-conditioning distribution and security such as sprinkler systems in building will be studied. The principles of acoustic in buildings will be introduced. The project done by the students in Design Studio 2 will be used to develop into a set of construction drawings.

    Computer Rendering and Animation

    Following 3D CAD the module provides the students with the knowledge and skills to use 3D Studio Max** software. This will be done through practical exercises, lectures, demonstrations and examples. Students will be working in computer 3-dimensional drawing environment, the will be required to create 3D Virtual models to be used for design presentation as well as animation. The knowledge and skills acquired in this module will help them to create professional interior design presentations.

    Construction Studies 2

    This module follows Construction Studies 1; interior construction details and drawings related to commercial projects are further integrated. Students will continue to examine working drawing production and techniques, and will be encouraged to do external field research. Environmental systems such as electrical planning, plumbing systems, air-conditioning distribution and security such as sprinkler systems in building will be studied. The principles of acoustic in buildings will be introduced. The project done by the students in Design Studio 2 will be used to develop into a set of construction drawings.

    Environmental Lighting

    The students will be exposed to technical information to provide them with necessary knowledge related to lighting design and its use in the practice of interior lighting. The emphasis of this module will be on the specifications of lighting fixtures and basic calculation according to usages of spaces such as residential and commercial.

    Furniture History, Design and Application

    This module comprises furniture design, history of furniture and construction techniques for furniture; social and technical aspects with regard to furniture will also be covered. Students will learn about specific properties of materials used and how they are manufactured. Finally students will design a simple piece of furniture.

    Academic Research and Communication Skills

    This unit covers key aspects of research and communication studies in academic contexts relevant to students of design and marketing. Students engage in collaborative learning activities throughout the term in order to develop their teamwork skills. Students learn to locate, understand and critically evaluate information from books, journals, the internet and primary sources in order to do effective research. Using these sources of information, students then produce an extended piece of analytical writing and give oral presentations to their peers. Skills in doing primary research (i.e. conducting focus groups and surveys), accessing and evaluating information, paraphrasing, using established referencing systems, applying the principles of effective communication and the professional presentation of documents are all covered during the module.

    Design Studio 3

    This module provides students with knowledge and skills to work independently to develop advanced design projects such as: exhibition, stage, institutional or hospitality. The module provides a platform to students to prove their capabilities as interior designers.

    Portfolio

    The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop the ability to communicate conceptual interior design through the use of a portfolio. This module will further strengthen the student’s understanding of the importance of visual presentation used in a design portfolio.

    Budget, Costing and Documentation

    This module enables students to learn how to forecast cost and work out a detailed estimate for interior design projects. Emphasis will be on how to deal with direct and indirect cost and overheads. Students will learn how to arrive at realistic cost conscious designs that would conform to client’s budget in future. Students will be exposed to the different types of contracts and procedures during the construction phases of a project. This module also include an introduction to Codes and Regulations.

    Internship (Interior Design)

    This module provides students with practical experience of working in a design company for a period between 24 to 40 days. This will provide them an opportunity to actually learn from professionals while working with them.

    Professional Practice

    This module will enable students in understanding the fundamental requirements to set an interior design practice. Emphasis will be in the developing an understanding of various aspects in setting up an office such as: marketing interior design services; preparing fee proposal; dealing professionally with the clients, consultants, builders and suppliers. The module will also introduce students to code of ethics, law and the importance of professional responsibility to the clients and to the general public.

  •   DEGREE

    Commercial Interior Design

    Through this module students will develop an understanding and define problems related to commercial design, as well as devise solutions. They will identify the physical and cultural context, set goals to address functional, aesthetic and psychological needs and preference of the users. In addition, students will learn to explore legal, statutory, environmental and physical constraints when designing commercial spaces.

    Interior Design Past and Present

    Students will analyse historical design movements and contexts and the way in which events, personalities and situations have influenced design. They will evaluate and survey heritage buildings and understand their importance and significance in an urban context. They will then demonstrate their knowledge through practical application of historical design trends on contemporary interior design, by developing their own brief and fully documenting their design process with the appropriate graphic techniques, models or other methods.

    20th Century Design and Culture

    This module covers the understanding and developing of a theoretical analysis of the built environment in relationship with the development of interior architecture and design of the 20th Century. Contemporary concepts of interior and furniture design in the context of our built environment will be examined as well-being. The complex relationships between people, furniture, interior, architecture and urbanism will be explored.

    Public Space Design

    Public Spaces are to be designed for large numbers of people. Safety, security and access for the less able in society need to be considered. Ergonomic requirements, special needs and environmental constraints will create especially challenging projects. Students will identify physical & cultural contexts, set goals to address functional, aesthetic and psychological needs and preferences of user. This subject will provide students with knowledge and understanding of constraints: legal, statutory, environmental and physical when designing public commercial spaces. Students will select a project area for example, nursing homes, kindergartens, schools, galleries or night clubs.

    Sustainable Design

    This subject will demonstrate to students the importance of designing in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. Designers are increasingly required to respond to a range of ethical and social concerns. This subject will equip students with a sustainable working methodology and ethos, in addition to a sound knowledge of material, technologies and processes that will enable the implementation of sustainable design, discuss and debate issues relating to ethical design, research and evaluate sustainable designs, and practitioners, and develop their own approach to producing sustainable design.

    Design Research Interactive Systems

    This subject will introduce students to the process of visual and text-based research. Through written research tasks and visual presentations, students will explore and interpret the work of international researchers and designers across the design fields. Students will develop and discuss different ways to find information relevant to their topics. Emphasis will be put into the development of a topic in accordance to a field of research. Research questions will be formulated and elaborated to orient and guide the students for their research proposal.

    Design, Business and Law

    The aim of this subject is to examine the legal, business and ethical environment in which local and international contemporary design-oriented businesses operate. It is designed to equip students with knowledge of the basic business and legal principles pertinent to both international business and to the country in which they are studying.

    Major Studio Project

    Studio Project provides students with the opportunity to research design and develop a series or body of work for presentation. This sustained development of work allows students to develop a strong conceptual basis to the work and to fully test and experiment with design problems to develop body of completed works. Students will work independently with regular access to the studio and project supervisor for consultations.

    Design and Business Management

    This subject provides an introduction to students who may manage large and small organizations of different types operating within a variety of environments. In addition, this subject will examine general business requirements and knowledge including: contract guidelines, intellectual property rights and registration, legal aspects of a design practice, disputes, codes of professional conduct, confidentiality agreements and applying ST in a design practice.
  •   CAREER OPPORTUNITIES