Undergraduate study
Interior Design (Extended)

BA (Hons) Interior Design (Extended)

Interior design at Teesside University is one of the longest established interior programmes in Europe with our graduates working all over the world. It is an exciting, creative industry, devising stimulating environments for living, working, shopping, commerce and so many other human activities. This course includes an integrated foundation year if you don’t have the appropriate subjects or grades for direct entry to Year 1 of the degree.

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Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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  • Facilities

    Art and design facilities

    Study art or design at Teesside University and you can use our dedicated print room, media centre, soundproof recording studios, green-screen production studios, Mac and PC labs, wood workshop, 3D printing, metalworking and welding, and fashion and textiles studios.

 

Normally based around converting existing buildings, the interior designer considers many design matters including the needs of the end user, creating interior spatial layouts, and improving circulation and function. The interior designer’s role also embraces material specifications, designing bespoke textiles, fittings and furniture, and selecting colour palettes and lighting schemes. 

At Teesside University we encourage you to become a creative design professional. Here you will learn interior decorative arts, trends, fashions and textiles, architectural drawing techniques, 2D and 3D industry-standard CAD, history of design and architecture, plus the essentials of professional practice. These are all applied into your core creative design studio projects. Projects replicate professional practice ensuring you are ready for the design profession. You can work on live projects with real clients and enter prestigious competitions such as those offered by the Royal Society of Arts. Recent live briefs have included working with a national chain to redesign a public house, proposals for a jewellery gallery for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), and designing a residential apartment and office concepts in collaboration with a major furniture manufacturer. You work in a dedicated design studio environment with access to high-quality CAD and superb workshop facilities. 

The course has an outstanding track record for innovative teaching and supporting students to achieve high grades. Get involved in extra curricula activities – guest lectures and workshops from both professionals in practice and our successful graduates now working throughout the world. Experience iconic architecture through educational visits – recent trips include Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. We prepare you to become excellent design graduates and successful design professionals.

In 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.

Year 1 focuses on traditional design presentation and concept development skills, key software applications, and principles of spatial and surface design skills. In Year 2 you develop your personal approach to design through reflective practice and develop key software applications further in the context of professional presentation. In Year 3 you negotiate a topic of your own choice for the final major project and dissertation and you are given opportunities to work on live projects and competition briefs.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Introduction to Contextual Studies

Portfolio Development

Portfolio Project

Research and Analysis

Thinking Through Drawing

Thinking Through Making

 

Year 1 core modules

Activate

You are introduced to idea generation, design thinking and creative confidence in learning methods, study skills and studentship in design. You reflect on and evaluate your current skills and experiences up to joining the design programmes.

You have the opportunity to work with students from other design disciplines. Through workshop exercises you are then able to apply this knowledge to project work.

Design and Shape

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in computer-aided design work (CAD). You are introduced to computers as design tools to help you identify the advantages and disadvantages in their use.

Enterprise

You are introduced to the innovation economy and gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop and deliver entrepreneurial solutions. You explore organisational contexts as members of teams or empowering you to harness your personal and business skills.

Precedent

This module introduces you to the contexts of architectural and design history investigating problem solving and themes that inform your studio practice. During the module you research and analyse ideas about past British and international styles, design and theory. This develop your understanding of the role of the designer, the meanings and vocabulary of space and design, and the relationship between design, society and the environment.

Space and Place

This module provides you with a basic understanding of the processes, methods of working and design communication involved within a practical interior design framework. You experience the translation of initial ideas into finished design proposals, exposing you to spatial design from concept to completion.

Textile Skills 1

The key skills you need to develop as a textile practitioner is expression and communication through drawing, works on paper and the diverse range of techniques and processes using multimedia techniques. The discipline associated to this activity leads you as practitioners to find your ‘signature’ in the work you produce in textiles.

 

Year 2 core modules

3D Solutions

This module uses advanced digital design techniques. You experiment with form, space, texture and light as a digital entity, developing an understanding of the nuances of dimensioned input in a design workspace.

Analysis

During this module you look outside of the studio to observe, make links and understand situations. You consider how design can be a progressive force that impacts and improves lives and environments. You have the ability to shape project work to suit your design interests and can involve yourself with individual, collaborative, entrepreneurial, research-led or externally-situated briefs.

You have the opportunity to connect with wider communities to identify a need for improvement by design. Social design is a driver for our practice and provides the means to underpin deep and meaningful solutions.

Connect

Designers operate in a commercial world. It is crucial that you understand the needs of all the stakeholders that your design impacts on. You strategically develop products that service specific market sectors, that are user focused and fulfil the needs of business.

Critical Practice

This module develops your critical thinking and an understanding of current issues and debates in the field of interior design. An effective final design is the result of critical development and decision making that engages the process of synthesis, analysis and evaluation.

Debates

The post-war to current day period of the built environment is one of rapid change and contextual debate. This history of architectural and interior design module develops your knowledge of both UK and international design within historical, political, economic, social, technological and legislative contexts.

Surface and Materiality

This module allows you to investigate the ‘surface’ as being key to the design and furnishing of interior spaces and environments. Emerging interest and debate around the design of surface pattern, texture, tactility and considerations of ‘materiality’ makes this a dynamic area of research and design.

 

Final-year core modules

Folio

This module develop the skills you need to make the transition from university to employment and how to present your work and yourself in a variety of situations – from trade shows to formal interviews. You learn to create and develop visual material, both physical and digital, that you can use in a variety of contexts when looking for employment.

Realisation

This module enables you to bring your design project ideas to fruition, taking into account all aspects of research and development. You are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your projects and to have a deep understanding of the social and theoretical context in which you are practising. You are also expected to understand the future possibilities and contexts in which your ideas exist. On completing your design development work, you organise your work for presentation in an exhibition.

Research and Development

You agree the selection, scope and focus of the project through negotiation with your module tutors to ensure appropriate levels of complexity, rigour and acceptable ethical content. This module enables you to explore and define the parameters of your own professional practice and research interests. You are helped and encouraged to develop your understanding and gain experience in research as both an academic discipline and as part of the creative process.

Studio

This module enables you to develop your own field of interest and negotiate a personal programme of study. It encourages the continued growth of a questioning, creative and innovative approach to design project work and focuses on conceptual and experimental exploration. You may also decide to undertake appropriate external or live projects.

Thinking

As spatial designers you work within the boundaries, contexts and histories of existing buildings and need to develop skills in research, contextualisation, critical thinking and communication. This module provides you with the opportunity for extended independent research on a topic of personal interest within the broad field of spatial design.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Practice-based elements are taught in a studio environment, supported by a full range of digital resources and workshop facilities. This provides real hands-on experience using equipment and processes which are up to date. In addition to this, independent and student-centred learning are encouraged. Theoretical work is primarily delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where you have collective discussions with other students.

How you are assessed

The work produced is the work assessed; there are no separate written examinations and the use of design projects is a key feature. The process of 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 both staff and peer group appraisal.


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Career opportunities

You might pursue a career in interior design or as a designer in the retail, exhibition, set design, leisure, surface pattern, merchandising or housing areas, or you might continue to postgraduate study.

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
Applicants 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 each applicant’s potential to succeed and help 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 applicants 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 C, or 4 under the new grading system. Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and mathematics.
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 C or above (minimum 4 in the new grading scheme), including English language and mathematics, 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/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: 4 years (including a foundation year)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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Further information