Undergraduate study
Design, Fashion & Textiles

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design*

UCAS code: W256 BA/IAD

This course prepares you for an exciting career in the fields of interior architecture and design as you explore how interior architecture can shape and transform spaces to meet the desires of the client.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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You explore the design and development of internal spaces in relation to their overall architectural composition, rethinking existing buildings and considering how to convert them to suit a range of uses. Key themes include aspects of interior architecture and design, from psychology and social conditions to structure, furniture design and materials, and decorative elements to structure, form and light.

You use your creative eye alongside an understanding of the structural principles behind buildings, planning and building regulations including sustainable, technical, practical and environmental principles involved in making buildings. And you look at design issues of structure and function in interior architecture and design.

Browse our final-year students’ work during their Design Degree Show 2018.

In Year 1 you are exposed to a variety of design thinking and problem solving concepts through design to technical skills and contextual and technical knowledge of interior architecture and design including details, specifications and CAD, as necessary for interior architectural detailing. Modules introduce you to the structural principles behind buildings, planning and building regulations including sustainable, technical, practical and environmental principles involved in making buildings. You work on projects that ask you to create novel solutions to the design of space and place, working both independently and collaboratively in teams. You are introduced to traditional design presentation and concept development skills, key software applications, and the principles of interior architecture and design.

Year 2 develops your design thinking and interior architecture knowledge and understanding through specialist and live projects, designing for outcomes that may be commercial, retail, domestic or conceptual. You develop your personal approach to interior architecture and design through reflective practice. And you develop key software applications further in the context of a professional presentation.

In Year 3 you negotiate your own topic for the final major project, supported by key study skills and academic approaches including critical writing, reflection and evaluation. Throughout the third year you are able to work on live projects and competition briefs, engaging with external practice and industry.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The practice-based elements of all our design courses are taught in a studio environment, supported by a full range of digital resources and workshop facilities. These provide real hands-on experience using equipment and processes which are up to date. In addition to this, we also encourage independent and student-centred learning. Any theoretical work is primarily delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where you have the opportunity for collective discussion. 

How you are assessed

The work you produce is assessed. Design projects are a key feature and there are no separate written exams. Assessment is undertaken against carefully defined criteria and often involves a critique of project-based assignments - this is a process widely used in the design field and allows for staff and peer group appraisal.


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Career opportunities

As a graduate you can pursue a career in interior architecture or interior design as a practitioner working for the retail, commercial, exhibition, performance, leisure or domestic sectors, or you might continue to postgraduate study.

Work placement

We produce graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend an optional year - in-between your second year and final year - learning and developing your skills through work experience. You have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

Entry requirements

Your offer is made on the basis of your UCAS application, your portfolio and, if appropriate, your interview. 

Year 1 entry
96-112 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

Offers of places are normally made at or after the interview and we strongly encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend, we can organise a virtual interview - you send your work to us electronically and we discuss it with you over the phone or by email.

English language and maths requirement
Normally GCSE English language and maths at grade 4. Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and maths.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. 

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have a strong portfolio and you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended (with Foundation Year) degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements. 
Find out more and check your eligibility

Direct entry to later years
If you have previously studied at higher education level (for example, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or one or more years at degree level at another institution) you may request direct entry to Year 2 or Year 3 of this degree. 

Mature applicants
We welcome applications from mature students (aged over 21) who can demonstrate, through portfolio or written work and relevant experience, that they have developed cognitive and technical skills through their life experiences. 

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information