Heriot-Watt has launched a Bachelor’s degree in interior design, because it wants to train and create the next generation of interior designers.
The programme is a four-year BA Honors degree, delivered jointly between the School of Textiles and Design and the School of the Built Environment at the university.
“The UAE is world renowned for its iconic architecture, with projects such as the Burj Al Arab and The Address generating global discussion about the interior design industry in the region.
“With such creativity and inspiration on hand to guide students through the programme, they will interact with experts from the industry and have access to all the tools needed to develop their passion,” said Vanessa Northway, academic head of School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University – Dubai campus.
According to Northway, students will be taken through different stages of the interior design process, from materials to technology, architecture and design, and will carry out individual and group projects.
The first two years will introduce interior design theories with taught and research based modules.
Third year students will carry out individual and group activities as well as external projects, to increase industry awareness.
“The final year is focused on students creating their own interior design agenda and identity, utilising the experience and knowledge gained in the previous years to bring their own ideas to life,” said Northway.
She said the potential for the interior design in the UAE is growing, and for every iconic building in the region, the interior must also match.
When asked about the scope for interior designers in the country, she said: “There are a number of trade focused interior designs exhibitions take place annually here in the UAE, such as Interiors UAE and Index, which attract recognised international brands and industry professionals. However, there is always room for additional platforms and we hope that by encouraging students to develop their own projects, and carve their own industry niche, we are helping to create the next generation of interior designers.”