As part of the ‘Colour & Perception’ module on the BA Interior Design, 1st year students are introduced to the basic principles of visual perception in the context of spatial enclosure. 25% of the module focuses on a ‘Students Learning with Communities’ project, in order to introduce these skills through a teambuilding brief with a community partner.
Eve Ltd. (Eastern Vocational Enterprises), Emmet Rd., Inchicore, Dublin 8
Community-based learning/research activity
Week 1 – groups of three/ four students are created and a group leader is elected. Students receive project brief.
Week 2 – students go on a site visit to meet partners, have a cultural induction to the work, and photograph and survey.
Week 3 – group studio work and informal feedback. Sometimes students go back to meet partners to interview staff and/or participants to inform the designs process further.
Week 4 – group informal presentations, which community partner can attend.
Week 5 – group studio work.
Week 6 – studio work and groups practice presentations for community partner.
Week 7 – presentations of final designs to community partner.
Student learning outcomes
Learning outcomes – Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025
- Effective communication skills
- High level cognitive activities
- Leadership skills
- Analytical and interpersonal
- Problem solving skills.
‘Colour & Perception’ Module Learning Outcomes
- Comprehend and apply basic principles of visual perception in the resolution of 3D designs.
- Produce, distribute and analyse a spatial appraisal survey.
- Comprehend the role of colour and illusion in spatial enclosure.
Some of the key outcomes noted by the community partners include:
- 1st year Design students and their lecturer inject new ideas, inspiration & energy into the work of staff and participants in a range of organisations.
- The design brief is developed in collaboration with the partners and lecturer and are in a form which is useful to further the goals of organisation.
- Consideration given to the social impact of the project.
- It also felt a very equal partnership having both groups seeing and experiencing both locations.
- It was very exciting and a real novelty as a charity to have such quality advice, design, vision and expertise provided to the services.
- Some of the organisations have implemented some of the interior design solutions provided by 1st year students.
Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT
Tracey Dalton, Design Lecturer