Interior Architecture Philosophy and Practice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Project (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

An introduction to key philosophies, issues, practices, theories and concepts related to interior architecture and the interior. Topics will include identity, modes of operating, principles of practice, and theoretical frameworks relating to design methodologies, the person-environment relationship, aesthetics and experience, symbols and meaning, as well as occupation and habitation. Students are encouraged to investigate design as a process as well as drawing and modelling as ways of thinking as well as a mode of communication and representation.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critique discipline philosophy and practices and apply to design scenarios
  2. access relevant information to identify and analyse key discipline issues
  3. synthesise information to develop an argument pertaining to interior architecture practice
  4. communicate ideas and resolutions verbally, graphically and in writing
  5. work collaboratively to contribute to the design and performance of responses to Interior Architecture provocations.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Project (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Unit
2Philosphy and Practice
3Person - Environment Relationships
4Occupation, Habitation and Ritual
5Aesthetics and Experiences
6Meaning and Symbols
7Social Justice and Responsibility
8Interior Lifecycles and Sustainability Debate
9Trends and Styles versus Cultural Heritage and Longevity
10Professional Practice
11Ethics in Interior Architecture Practices

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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