Theory of Interior Design
Unit code: HDINT313HK
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||36 Hours per Semester|
Aims and objectives
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Consider environmental, spatial and cultural issues, and use them to inform concepts of interior space;
2. Articulate contemporary Interior Design practice within an historical and theoretical context;
3. Critically evaluate and argue key aspects of design theory, in an industry-relevant context;
4. Explore the social implications of the design of human space, and embed within interior design projects;
5. Apply contemporary Interior Design theories, such as notions of Interiority and the human form, to research and design projects;
6. Demonstrate the relationship between theory, research and design project outcomes;
7. Verbally, textually and visually articulate research, theoretical underpinnings, concepts, process and outcomes of design projects.
• Tutorial discussions;
• Research activities.
Tutorial question 1 20%
Tutorial question 2 20%
Group Seminar 20%
Major Project 40%
Generic skills outcomes
Swinburne University works to produce higher education graduates who are capable in their chosen profession. Learners bring to Swinburne a diverse wealth of experiences and graduate with individual understandings, abilities and attitudes.
Within this context, HDINTD313HK Contemporary Interior Design Theory aims to provide students with the following attributes:
• Are adaptable and manage change;
• Are aware of local and international environment in which they will be contributing.
• Constructing Place;
• Design research (specific to interior design);
• The relationship between theory and practice;
• The Flaneur and the Other’s gaze;
• Patterning and ornament;
• Colour and Colour Theory;
• Interior Design History;
• Virtual Space;
• Interior Designers and Architects (past and present)
Forty, A 2000, Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture, Routledge, London.
Leach, N, ed., 1997, Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory, Routledge, London.
Taylor, M and Julianna Preston, eds., 2006, Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader, Wiley-Academy, Hoboken, NJ.