Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Environment and Interior Design
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: 73416-SYE
Duration and Credit Requirement
AADipl, BScArch (Hons), RIBA, SAR
- This programme considers first-choice applications only.
- The normal credit requirenebt for graduation from this programme is 63. Students who do not meet the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take an additional 3 to 9 credits of English and/or Chinese language subject(s) on top of the normal credit requirements.
- Preference will be given to students with good language skills.
Aims and Characteristics
The programme prepares students to enter environment and interior architecture-related professions. The programme provides students with a broad base of creative and professional skills in spatial design necessary for a successful career in the profession, enables them to understand design concepts, processes and methods and to develop the necessary skills to become effective spatial designers. These skills include conceptual idea generation, identification of site, investigation of socio-cultural and context issues, exploration of functional needs and requirements, development of spatial and tectonic skills, technical and material knowledge of building systems and professional skills.
Students are educated to have a broad interdisciplinary view of their role and are able to operate at various scales enabling them to link to other design professionals including architects, industrial designers, landscape designers, urban planners, graphic designers and project developers. The programme enables students to create high-quality built environments and to explore new issues and concepts in spatial design with a view to becoming future industry leaders and innovators in their professions.
The programme offers students a design education that is attuned to social trends and is sensitive to change. The School encourages its students to think critically, learn independently and in teams and experiment with dynamic, multilayered design processes that enable them to weave cultural and industrial strands into appropriate social narratives.
The School also encourages the development of creative thinking through independent learning, experimentation with creative and contextual research processes and the questioning of existing design paradigms. The programme provides students with the opportunity to participate in international collaborative projects and enrol in student exchange programmes. The School’s close relationship with the design industry allows students to engage in real world design projects with input from the industry in addition to summer industrial internships.
The BA(Hons) Scheme in Design is normally undertaken over 4 years of full-time study. Students admitted to senior year places will enter Year 3 of the programme:
- Year 3 allows the study path to be consolidated in Design Studios and enriched by Discipline Specific Subjects and co-operation with other students in multidisciplinary common Compulsory Subjects.
- Year 4, the final year, develops students' critical ability in design appreciation, the different perspectives of design thinking, and their own execution processes. They are increasingly allowed to negotiate project outcomes while developing a personal portfolio of a professional standard. This year encourages personal development. Students are prepared for employment or postgraduate studies.
The total credit requirement for graduation is 63, including 9 credits of General University Requirement Subjects, 54 credits of Common Compulsory Subjects and Discipline-Specific Subjects and Electives, and additional 3 to 9 credits of English and/or Chinese language subject(s) for students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates of the BA(Hons) in Environment and Interior Design can pursue careers in the interior architecture professions and in related design industries. Graduates gain knowledge of how interior design intersects with other spatial and environmental disciplines in the design of the built environment, providing a gateway to further educational opportunities in landscape design, urban design and architecture. Graduates are allowed to choose from a wide range of career paths in spatial and environmental design.
Applicants with an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in Design/Design Studies from a recognised institutions.
- Applicants will be invited to submit design portfolios. Those who satisfactorily perform in portfolio submission will be invited for interviews with portfolio presentation.
Additional Documents Required
Portfolio Information Sheet
Transcript / Certificate
Copies of public examination result slip(s) demonstrating applicants' English language proficiency, e.g. HKDSE, HKALE, HKCEE, IELTS, TOFEL, etc. (for reference only)