Undergraduate study
Design, Fashion & Textiles

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

 
 

Course overview

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 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.

 

Course details

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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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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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Employability

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.

Work placement

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for non UK/EU applicants
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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: W256 BA/IADFY
  • Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 

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Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

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