BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Neofytos - My week at a glance
My week at a glance.
My week starts by attending to my studio space, which it is a corner made up of three big whiteboards, a locker to secure my belongings and a table to work on. I personally love that space! It always makes me feel good! Having this area to work and do research for projects that I have been given, make me feel focused and productive.
On Tuesdays I have a lecture which is about two or two and a half hours, depending on how much we need to cover. In our lecture, we talk about theories that could be beneficial to our artistic perspective, but we also use this time to talk about anything that involves group assignments and projects.
Wednesdays for me only consist of an hour of optional art talks. During these talks, we have the chance to attend a seminar where artists are presenting their work to us! That's an amazing way to be provided with an insight into how the industry works and be prepared for our working lives after graduation.
Lastly, we have our optional life drawing sessions which run every Thursday's afternoon is a great chance to have a little break from spending most of your time in your studio space working on your projects. Going to the life drawing session I have the great chance to see the human figure, as well as being given the fantastic opportunity to draw models.
As for Friday, I have nothing booked on, so I can spend most of my time in my studio space working on my projects without getting distracted!
I love my routine at university, it gives me both the time to work on my projects thus attend and organise sessions and group works.
Neofytos - Why I love my Course
What I love most about my course.
For years I have been drawing, painting and sculpting - prompting me to study Fine Art BA(Hons). And as a result, I have expanded my knowledge and learned more about fine art in greater depth about what I love.
The facilities at the Art and Design building are just amazing! That is what I love the most about my course. As a Fine Art student at this university, I have the great chance to take part and work in different workshops such as printmaking, ceramics, textile, welding, life drawing and so many more. For me, that is the most beneficial factor, because in this way the University allows me to explore and learn more about my artistic direction by trying different mediums and methods. Therefore, by having the freedom to attend to different workshops, I have the great chance to meet people from different courses, make new friends with similar interests and even more have the chance to collaborate with some of them!
As I said I love my course because it allows me and supporting me to try expanding horizons and find my artistic voice in an extremely healthy way.
Neofytos - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts.
I am an international student studying at the University of Hertfordshire, which has been a blessing!
I chose Herts because the University itself is such a wonderful place to study! The facilities and the two beautifully designed campuses that the University has made my studies here amazing! For instance, there are two huge Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) on both campuses at the university where it really helps the students with their assignments. Moreover, all the buildings where we have classes at are very new and that proves that the university cares about its appearance and invest a lot of money for the students to have a great environment to study within.
However, except for the excellent facilities that the university has, the University has a great spot for socialising. Cafes, restaurants, common rooms, gyms, and a big University club are factors that make Herts a great place to be. All of them are found near to each other which is very convenient for us as students to socialise easily.
Speaking of location, the University is not far from London which is an amazing thing since London is such a beautiful and diverse city!
All these were the factors that made me choose Herts and I have never regretted my choice!
James J Igbafe
Meet James. James completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Herts and has since embarked on a career as an Architectural Designer.Read more stories BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design MArch Architecture and Urbanism
|Current job role||Architectural Designer / RIBA Part Two|
|Year of graduation||2017, 2021|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, M.Arch Architecture and Urbanism|
James first studied BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at Herts, graduating in 2017. He says, ‘The course was structured well and engaging. At the time, the University was introducing changes to their studios, which made the experience of studying there even better.’
Before he completed his bachelor’s degree, he was awarded Student of the Year by the School of Creative Arts for his commitment to learning, his willingness to help others succeed, and his positive attitude.
Balancing a master’s degree and full-time work
He describes returning to Herts to study M.Arch Architecture and Urbanism as a ‘no-brainer’. He was already in employment, and says it was easy to manage his academic work around a full-time job due to the structure of the course. He adds, ‘It was clear from the start what I’d get with the M.Arch course, and I knew from my bachelor’s degree that the University had the relevant resources. Not only that, but my tutors had also taught at other prestigious architecture institutions, so are well experienced.’
Valuable on-site experience
James says that the first year of his master’s was the most memorable, as he took part in group projects and visits to construction sites. He says, ‘These visits provided me with a greater understanding of what to expect in a professional and construction setting, building on what I had already learnt in industry. These opportunities also allowed me to explore my creativity, and I have used what I learnt at site visits during the concept development stages of my work.’
James visited a construction site for one of his site visits where a trade yard in Shoreditch, London, was being demolished to make room for a co-living/co-working building. He says, 'We were able to ask questions, conduct a thorough site analysis, and had the opportunity to further ask the accompanying tutor questions over a drink by the canal.'
James is working towards earning his chartered registered architect status with the RIBA/ARB by completing the Part Three Study in Architecture Postgraduate Diploma & Professional Practice.
James’ advice to current and future Herts students is to always continue learning. He says, ‘Never get comfortable. Well-rounded and knowledgeable graduates are attractive to employers. Challenge the ‘norm’ - be creative and enthusiastic about the work you produce.
‘Management skills are also key for future architects, as at some point you will run projects through from start to finish. Therefore, you need to learn how to prioritise your time and manage colleagues well.’
Meet Beyza. After completing an undergraduate degree at Herts, Beyza found her first role through the University’s online careers platform. To power her development, she has chosen to complete her postgraduate degree at Herts too.Read more stories BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
|Current job role||Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) Interior Designer at a central London design company|
|Year of graduation||2021|
|Course of study||BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design|
Beyza’s brother inspired her to study at Herts. He had already chosen a course here, and the School of Creative Arts’ strong international reputation persuaded her to apply to Herts too. Beyza adds, ‘The University is very diverse, and this was an important factor for me choosing to study here.’
Earning a Go Herts Award
Beyza found her course challenging, but interesting to study. She also built strong relationships with her tutors.
Some of her favourite memories from Herts were spending every day during her final assignments in the University’s Learning Resources Centres with friends, and the deep conversations they used to have when they had group assignments together.
She also became a Student Representative for her course in her second year and then went on to become a School Community Organiser for the School of Creative Arts in her final year. Beyza also contributed to the School of Creative Arts’ Student Society. She says, ‘All my voluntary roles and extra-curricular activities counted towards my Gold Go Herts Award, and they were something I enjoyed doing too. The award was just a nice bonus!’
Becoming an interior designer
Beyza is now an FF&E Interior Designer for a London-based design company. She says, ‘My course prepared me well for this role, from learning certain types of software, to how to create design schedules.’
Beyza found her first job after Herts through Handshake, the University’s online careers platform. She adds, ‘My first job after graduating was at a construction company in Hatfield, not far from the University’s campus. I made great connections there and learnt a lot.’
Her ambition is to become an experienced Senior Designer, who can make her mark on the industry through her sustainable creations. To achieve her goals, she has started studying MA Interior Architecture and Design part-time at Herts, where she is able to explore the topic of sustainability in design and construction further.
Her advice to current and future Herts students is to, ‘Take it easy and enjoy your time at Herts. Stay in touch with your tutors too, as they may have great connections for your future work!’