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An Introduction to Housing Design and Interior Architecture


Course overview

Interior architecture encompasses the creative, technical and material creation of primarily commercial interior environments. A growth area is the commercial development of housing for a variety of markets including student accommodation, the elderly and to improve accessibility and sustainability. This course introduces you to the key concepts and language of interior architecture from brief to realisation and methods of visualising and communicating your creative ideas.

This course is now full.

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.
Starts Monday 6 July, Mondays & Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

You will learn through a combination of live sessions and pre-recorded materials. Tutor support will be available during the specified weekly times.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing

Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

Module Aims
- To develop an understanding of the key principles and contexts of interior architecture and design.
- To develop the knowledge and practical skills in housing design, design thinking and processes, and methods for the development of design solutions.
- To provide opportunities for students to research materials, methods and principles related to housing design and apply these to their creative design ideas.
- To encourage a reflective approach to learning.

Indicative Content
- Contexts of contemporary architecture, housing, people and design.
- An introduction to design visualisation, plans, elevations and sections.
- Using materials, colour, lighting, scale and considering building regulations.
- Creating spatial environments, planning and circulation
Project presentation and reflective learning.

How you are assessed

The module will be assessed through a portfolio of creative work (100%).


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform.

Equipment required
- Paper (A4 plain paper and tracing paper, if possible A3)
- Architectural metric scale ruler (including scales 1:50, 1:100, 1:200)
- Pencils for technical drawing and sketching (H, 2H or a propelling pencil for technical drawing; B, 2B, or 4B etc., for sketching)
- Tape measure
- Drafting tape (sellotape acceptable, but drafting tape preferred)
- A set square (the standard math set, with compass, protractor, ruler and two set squares is perfectly adequate)

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.



2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Monday 6 July, Mondays & Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm