The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Art or Digital Media BA (Hons) or BDes (Hons) degree courses, which include Fashion, Fine Art, Furniture Design, Glass and Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Paint and Print Making, Photography, Product Design, Sculpture and Environmental Art — The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Arts and Digital Media. BDes (Hons) Interior Design is a strongly vocational course with project work at every level that is both current and relevant to graduate employment. The key to success as an interior designer is to be innovative and flexible with an in depth knowledge of contemporary methods, materials and concepts. As an interior Design student you will develop knowledge of specialist research practices leading to innovative ideas about space and function, learn visualisation and model making skills that bring your ideas to life and develop an excellent understanding of construction and technical specification that will enable you to present and pitch your design solutions to professional audiences. In the first year, you will rapidly become familiar with the principles and practices of interior design using both traditional drawing techniques and contemporary computer visualisation skills. You will have the opportunity to work within a specialist workshop and studio environment on a wide variety of projects designed to provide experience and understanding of the many varied career opportunities available to interior design graduates. Alongside these practical skills you will explore the historical and cultural origins of design and use this knowledge to inform the development of personally defined styles and approaches to creative problem solving.