Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)

Overview

Could you use your creativity, vision and technical skill to transform buildings from the inside out?

On this BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree course, you'll learn to adapt existing buildings for new purposes and create exciting new spaces by designing stunning, functional interiors.

The skills you learn could lead you onto a career in creative industries such as interior design and retail practice, brand consultancy and visualisation. It'll also set you up for postgraduate study.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you'll:

  • Develop concepts and designs in a lively studio environment that mimics what you'll experience in your career
  • Critically debate the history and theory of interior architecture and design
  • Develop your technical skills and get an understanding of the rigours and ethics of professional practice
  • Work on live projects with the Project Office, our in-house architectural practice
  • Access our well-equipped studios, packed with the latest tech including 3D scanning and printing tools and the latest computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Have opportunities to go on site visits and field trips in the UK and beyond, including a European city in your first year *
  • Get the chance to take advantage of our strong industry connections to build your professional network

* Flights, transfers and accommodation are included but you'll need to bring your own spending money and organise travel to the airport.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Communication: Fundamentals
  • Design: Exploration
  • Design: Interior Application
  • Design: Introduction
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Technology and Environment: Exploration

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Communication: Creative Practice
  • Design: Adaptive Re-Use
  • Design: Interior Investigation
  • History and Theory of The Interior
  • Technology and Materials

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Architecture Study Exchange
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Thematic Design
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Communication: Professional Identity
  • Design: Space, Design, Atmosphere
  • History and Theory: Dissertation
  • Interior: Major Project
  • Material Expression 

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • studio tutorials
  • individual and group projects

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • digital reviews of design projects
  • design portfolios
  • reflective journals and sketchbooks
  • technical journals and models
  • essays
  • dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you'll have plenty of career options.

What jobs can you do with an Interior Architecture and Design degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in multi-disciplinary architectural design practices, commercial and retail practices, brand consultancies and film studios in roles such as:

  • interior designer
  • model maker
  • visual merchandiser
  • computer visualiser
  • Part 1 architectural assistant
  • film studio props designer

Others have gone on to work in industries such as such as education, events planning and retail management.

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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