Interior Design, BA (Hons)

Programme Overview
Interior Design involves the creation of imaginative and stimulating environments in specific places — often within existing buildings. The revitalisation, reuse and re-imagining of the latter requires a sensitivity to the particular qualities of a site and host building, along with an understanding of the needs of the people who will populate it. In proposing fresh ways people might use a building, a skilled interior designer is able to creatively embrace the constraints of brief and context, engaging in a dialogue between existing architectural form, and contemporary approaches to the organisation, detailing, and decoration of a space.

Intelligent interior design is a key contributor to an improved quality of life, and it helps generate business success. It has an established professional structure which allows graduates the opportunity to gain invaluable experience at various levels of responsibility before choosing to set up in independent practice or take leading roles in established studios.

All GSA degree programmes are validated by University of Glasgow, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

Eligibility and Exemption

Polytechnic Diploma

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Animation
  • Digital Game Art & Design
  • Digital Visual Effects
  • Game Development & Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Interactive Design 
  • Motion Graphics & Motion Design 
  • Space & Interior Design
  • Visual Communication

 Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Animation & 3D Arts
  • Horticulture & Landscape Management 
  • Landscape Design & Horticulture
  • Product Design & Innovation
  • Sustainable Urban Design & Engineering
     

Republic Polytechnic

  • Arts and Theatre Management 
  • Design for User Experience
  • Game Design
  • Interactive and Digital Media 
  • Media Production and Design
  • Sonic Arts
     

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Architecture
  • Digital Animation
  • Experience & Product Design
  • Game Design & Development
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Visual Communication & Media Design
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
     

Temasek Polytechnic

  • 3D Interactive Media Technology
  • Apparel Design & Merchandising
  • Communication Design 
  • Digital Film & Television
  • Game Design & Development
  • Interior Architecture & Design
  • Environment Design
  • Product & Industrial Design
  • Retail & Hospitality Design
     

GSA is interested in interdisciplinary practices and cross-fertilisation, and welcomes applications from all diploma-qualified students with an interest in contemporary design issues and studies. Applicants from other diplomas not listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Study Trip

All students will have to complete a 4-week attachment at the home campus of Glasgow School of the Arts in the UK.  Students will experience life as a GSA student in Glasgow and be taken through a series of lectures and a credit-bearing studio design project, which is aimed at enhancing the students’ critical awareness and practical capabilities in design thinking and production.  The immersion experience, inclusive of visits to key cultural sites and institutions in the city of Glasgow will help students acquire a critical understanding of the global practice of design. 

The estimated cost of the overseas immersion programme ranges from S$4,500 to S$5,500.

Note: Estimated costs are dependent on prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Stage 3
Studio 3

Course Aims:

  • Advance fundamental design skills through a project-based programme, centred around studio-practice
  • Support the development of advanced practical and critical processes in the context of specialist study
  • Enhance information gathering methods and interpretation skills, including the use of ICT
  • Enhance communication skills-visual, verbal and written
  • Encourage students to exercise initiative in self-directed projects and manage time effectively
  • Ensure students understanding of the key principles of professional practice within the specialist discipline and its related professional culture
Design Domain 3

Course aims:

To consolidate awareness of design outwith specialist disciplinary areas, and highlight the relationship between specialist subject areas, other design disciplines, and other bodies of knowledge.

FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Course aims:

This course will provide students with comprehensive tuition in research methods and practices, with an emphasis on the types of source materials which will be employed in the preparation of the Honours Year submission. The course will cover research methods in theory, social sciences, art and design history and anthropology and will expose students to new strategies of research, such as action research and auto ethnography.

Aims

  • To develop students’ knowledge of research methods and strategies of critical inquiry
  • To encourage an active engagement with source materials according to individual research interests
  • To analyse case studies previously adopted with new methods in the pursuit of new meanings
  • To equip students with an advanced vocabulary to engage in discussion on issues of increasing relevance to their own studio practice
  • To further develop the core skills required to formally present debate and discussion in critical, historical and cultural studies
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research

Course aims:

This course centres on a shared discussion of core philosophical, political, sociological and ethical concepts which are relevant across a range of art, design and academic disciplines and which inform our understanding of both historical and contemporary cultural practices. Through a choice of electives, the course aims to situate a growing sense of the student’s agency as an artist or designer within this shared discussion to emphasise the interconnectedness of cultural practice.

Overseas Immersion Project

Course aims:

Using Glasgow and Singapore as central case studies, this course continues work done throughout Level Three in GSA Singapore in considering the urban and local contexts for the practice and study of design, and for the understanding of contemporary cultural considerations. This core course aims to further students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the global practice of design by academic project during an extended visit to The Glasgow School of Art as host institution. The Course will also allow dialogue to take place between GSA and GSA Singapore students who are studying at the same Level to consider how project briefs and learning outcomes may be positively re-interpreted according to local historical, social, cultural and economic conditions. Overall, the course will continue to enhance students’ critical awareness and practical capabilities in the deployment of design thinking and the production.

Stage 4
Studio 4 (Essay)

Course Aims:

Through a combination of a self-selected and a self-generated project learning activities within the ‘Specialist – Interior Design’ core of Stage 4 students will define their own field of interest within Interior Design and refine their personal stance.

The contextualisation and consideration of pertinent theories to the students’ own field of interests are considered and refined.

By providing conclusion of self-directed sustained inquiry, an individual position can be defined within a field of Interior Design.

FoCI 4 - (Essay)

Course aims:

This course comprises the Honours Year submission to FoCI. The Extended Essay is due at the end of Term 1, and represents a substantive piece of critical inquiry and research commensurate with this level of study.

Aims

  • To encourage an active engagement with source materials according to individual research interests and contemporary contexts
  • To advance students’ confidence in taking critical control of their chosen topics
  • To equip students with an advanced vocabulary to engage in discussion on issues of increasing relevance to their own studio practice
  • To further develop the core skills required to formally present debate and discussion in critical, historical and cultural studies
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)

Course aims:

This course comprises the Honours Year submission to FoCI. The Curatorial Rationale is due at the end of Term 1, and represents a substantive piece of critical inquiry and research commensurate with this level of study.

Aims

  • To encourage an active engagement with source materials according to individual research interests and contemporary contexts
  • To advance students’ confidence in taking critical control of their chosen topics
  • To equip students with an advanced vocabulary to engage in discussion on issues of increasing relevance to their own studio practice
  • To further develop the core skills required to formally present debate and discussion in critical, historical and cultural studies
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

This course comprises the Honours Year submission to FoCI. The Critical Journal is due in Term 2, and represents a substantive piece of critical inquiry and research commensurate with this level of study.

Aims

  • To encourage an active engagement with source materials according to individual research interests and contemporary contexts
  • To advance students’ confidence in taking critical control of their chosen topics
  • To equip students with an advanced vocabulary to engage in discussion on issues of increasing relevance to their own studio practice
  • To further develop the core skills required to formally present debate and discussion in critical, historical and cultural studies
Studio 4 (Dissertation)

Course aims:

Through a combination of a self-selected and a self-generated project learning activities within the ‘Specialist – Interior Design’ core of Stage 4 students will define their own field of interest within Interior Design and refine their personal stance.

The contextualisation and consideration of pertinent theories to the students’ own field of interests are considered and refined. By providing conclusion of self-directed sustained inquiry, an individual position can be defined within a field of Interior Design.

FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)

Course aims:

This course comprises the Honours Year submission to FoCI. The Dissertation is due into Term 2, and represents a substantive piece of critical inquiry and research commensurate with this level of study.

Aims

  • To encourage an active engagement with source materials according to individual research interests and contemporary contexts
  • To advance students’ confidence in taking critical control of their chosen topics
  • To equip students with an advanced vocabulary to engage in discussion on issues of increasing relevance to their own studio practice
  • To further develop the core skills required to formally present debate and discussion in critical, historical and cultural studies
FoCI 4 - (Extended Critical Journal)

Course aims:

To encourage an active engagement with source materials according to individual research interests and contemporary contexts; to advance students’ confidence in taking critical control of their chosen topics; to equip students with an advanced vocabulary to engage in discussion on issues of increasing relevance to their own studio practice; to further develop the core skills required to formarlly present debate and discussion in critical, historical and cultural studies.

Campus Location
SIT@TP Building
SIT@TP Building

Temasek Polytechnic
Blk 29B Tampines Ave 1, Singapore 528694