Interior and Architecture Fundamentals - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
"Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves (World-renowned Architect, Julia Morgan)."
Architecture and design are rewarding careers for people who have a creative eye and an ambition to make an impact. Great designers have the ability to create spaces that inspire, comfort, energise or even challenge. Even the sky can't limit the world's most innovative designers and architects.
This Interior and Architecture Fundamentals course is the perfect place to begin your architecture or interior design career. You will learn from industry experienced tutors and gain a strong foundation of knowledge and experience to help you advance to degree level study and beyond.
We will introduce you to topics like spatial planning, small scale design, model making and more. You will also develop your technical skills and learn how to use tools like CAAD, Photoshop and Illustrator.
You will also have the chance to develop your creative portfolio and undertake live briefs and site visits with industry. In recent years students have worked on projects like Opera House and Whitley Bay's Spanish City redevelopment.
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Art & Design or Design & Technology
1 GCSE grade 4 in English or maths
1 GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
What will I achieve?
This is a two-year programme. You will receive an award after successful completion of each year.
In year one you will achieve a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Interior Architectural Fundamentals
In year two you will achieve a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Interior Architectural Fundamentals
What will I learn?
Interior and spatial planning
Small scale design
Introduction to workshop materials
CAAD: Including Sketchup, Photoshop and Illustrator
How is the course taught?
Studio based creative workshops
How am I assessed?
Project and portfolio work
Work experience opportunities
We have a dedicated work experience team who can help you find work experience opportunities alongside the course. In recent years we have worked with Tyne Theatre, Opera House and Container City.
English and Maths
We will support you to achieve a qualification in English and maths if you have not yet achieved grade 4.
We help to advance your skills by embedding English and maths within all of our modules and encourage our students to read advanced texts and improve language and communications skills, which are displayed in research feedback and presentations. You will develop skills in English and maths throughout the course when producing scale drawings and models, measuring out spaces and communicating and researching your ideas.
Where can I progress?
This course can help you advance onto a design or architecture degree at university, such as our FdA Interior and Spatial Design.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in architecture and interior design?
Chartered Architectural Technologists
- Manages health and safety and carries out design stage risk assessments.
- Evaluates and advises on refurbishment, recycling and deconstruction of buildings.
- Administers contracts and certification and manages project handover.
- Monitors compliance with design, statutory and professional requirements, undertakes stage inspections.
- Prepares and presents design proposals and manages and coordinates design team.
- Advises on environmental, regulatory and legal requirements and assesses environmental impact.
- Advises clients on methods of project procurement and forms of contract.
- Develops construction project briefs and design programmes.
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Architectural and Town Planning Technicians
- Checks that completed work conforms to specifications.
- Issues development permits as authorised.
- Surveys land and property uses and prepares report for planning authority.
- Liaises with engineers and building contractors regarding technical construction problems and attends site meetings on behalf of architect.
- Prepares building plans, drawings and specifications for use by contractors.
- Investigates proposed design with regard to practicality, cost and use.
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- Prepares specifications for materials and other components.
- Produces final design information for use in preparation of layouts, parts lists, etc..
- Arranges construction and testing of model or prototype and modifies design if necessary.
- Prepares working designs for steam, aero, turbine, marine and electrical engines, mechanical instruments, aircraft and missile structures, vehicle and ship structures, plant and machinery equipment, domestic electrical appliances, building systems and services, and electronic computing and telecommunications equipment.
- Assesses product requirements, including costs, manufacturing feasibility and market requirements.
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- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
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Textiles, Garments and Related Trades n.e.c.
- Performs other tasks not elsewhere classified, for example, forms mounts for wigs, makes buttons, shapes hat brims, and staples seams of industrial gloves.
- Shapes and steams fabric into hats or hoods and gives final shape to fibre helmets and felt hats.
- Examines sketches and draws out patterns for the manufacture of garments and upholstery.
- Fills and stuffs cushions, quilts, soft toys and furniture.
- Marks out, cuts and sews corsets, light clothing and hoods and aprons and makes and repairs sails, boat covers and other canvas goods.
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- Produces works on commission basis for clients.
- Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
- Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
- Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
- Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
- Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc..
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
- Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
- Onceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.