MCAST Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spatial Design

MCAST Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spatial Design

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spatial Design
Course Code AD6-08-15
MQF Level Level 6
Duration 3 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design


MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts)


2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes Compulsory A-Level: Art, or Graphical Communication, or Engineering Drawing

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This degree places a strong emphasis on visual communication.  Students will engage in practical and industry related projects, where they can assimilate the skills necessary for the articulation of both internal and external spaces – from residential and retail interiors, to landscape design and similarly related disciplines. They will acquire management competences, develop critical analysis and independent thinking, hone their technical and artistic skills, and advance their ability to transform three-dimensional volumes into spatial experiences.  Students will also learn how to generate technical drawings and artistic visuals to communicate concepts and details in a realistic manner, as well as develop model-making skills.
Study/Course Delivery The course fosters independent learning and develops learners’ ability to explore, apply and extend their learning in different contexts and situations. Students will also benefit from shared lectures, projects and workshops, and are generally expected to work in multidisciplinary teams on real-life cases.
Assessment The course includes a wide variety of assessment methods including design projects, presentations, practical projects and written work. The assessment is continuous throughout the course. Students are requested to work on a negotiated final project and dissertation.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Conduct in-depth, contextual research pertaining to complex spatial design problems

2. Challenge assumptions and accepted conventions in design work

3. Develop industry-standard as well as innovative design solutions to complex spatial design briefs

4. Analyse and evaluate a broad range of spatial design solutions

Core Study Units
  • Ideas Generation and Development in Design
  • Communicating through Computer Aided Design
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Commercial Model Making
  • Visual Communication in Design
  • Digital Visualisation and Post Production
  • Contextual Studies in 3D Design
  • Critical Thinking
  • Contextual Studies and Research Methods
  • Professional Studies and Entrepreneurship
Specialist Units
  • Residential Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Design Principles and Methods
  • Sustainable Spatial Design
  • Retail Design
  • Performance Design
  • Commercial and Leisure Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Professional Practice
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion After the completion of the first 120 ECTS relating to the first two years of the programme, students will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Spatial Design.
Career Opportunities
  • Interior Designer
  • Stand Designer
  • Landscape Designer