Undergraduate study
Design, Fashion & Textiles

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design (with Foundation Year)*

UCAS code: W256 BA/IADFY

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.

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Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years including a work placement)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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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.

In your foundation year (Year 0) you explore the fundamental skills of design through drawing, mark-making and three dimensional workshop practices. You begin to experience the creative process and gain knowledge of art and design history and contexts.

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 produced is assessed. There are no separate written exams and design projects are a key feature. 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.


Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia
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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

You are encouraged to complete a placement and work-related activity as part of your learning – this is supported by staff and the student placement officer. Placements can be of varying duration and work produced during these placements is accessed. You can also study this course with a one-year placement year between years 2 and 3.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 32-88 tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications or equivalent.

Offers are made on the basis of your UCAS application, portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants.

Interviews
You are normally invited for interview and will be asked to submit a portfolio of work which will be reviewed during the interview. The interview is to determine your potential to succeed and helps set appropriate entry conditions matched to your personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students.

We encourage you to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend we may consider your application based on your portfolio of work which you will be required to submit electronically.

English language and maths requirement
Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English and numeracy skills. 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 if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules. Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

Unconditional offer scheme
You may be eligible for an unconditional place on this course if you already have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English language and maths, any combination of Level 3 qualifications and a good portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team to check your eligibility. 

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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* Subject to University approval

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years including a work placement)

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information