Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)

Overview

Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree course is your chance to reimagine and transform existing buildings to create inspiring spaces for people to live, play and work.

You'll develop the essential creative and technical skills, together with materials and construction knowledge, to create stunning interiors that are sustainable, inclusive and imaginative.

At Portsmouth, we believe that design should respond to many of the concerns in our world today. Our course will enable you to become not only a designer who creates amazing spaces but also one with a responsible attitude of care for people and communities, the environment, and the future. Now's the perfect time to think about how existing buildings can be used intelligently and with care to sustain communities and stimulate regeneration.

When you finish the course, you'll have the skills and experience for a range of career options, including interior design, lighting design, set design, brand consultancy and design management.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Apply your skills to practice by working in a design consultancy on an optional one-year placement
  • Gain valuable work experience by working with real clients at our in-house Architecture Project Office
  • Showcase your work to potential employers at our Graduate Show and Interior Educators Exhibition and Awards
  • Take advantage of our strong industry connections to build your professional network
  • Develop concepts and designs in a lively studio environment similar to what you'll experience in your career

Work experience and career planning

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.

Work placements are an excellent way to gain professional experience between your second and final years of study to further enhance your employment prospects after the course.

You can work for a practice, studio or company, or set up and run your own business with other students or on your own. Whichever you choose, you can get support from Creative Careers.

Our students have successfully interned in many roles, including:

  • Interior and Architectural Designer
  • Assistant Concept Designer
  • Project Leader
  • Design Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Architectural Assistant
  • Trainee Design Coordinator
  • Interior Design Intern
  • Assistant Architectural Technician

They've completed their placements at leading companies and organisations, such as:

  • House of Commons
  • L’Oréal
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Waitrose & Partners
  • Luxe Development
  • Sable Interiors
  • RPA Group
  • Fingerprintstudios
  • Chalk Creatives
  • Architectural Services Group
  • Extension Architecture
  • Laughland Jones
  • Kitchen Architecture
  • Burke Kikhards Architects
  • Anne Haimes Interiors
  • Inn Gear

Module Details

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.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed:

  • 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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

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

Student Destinations

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

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.

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

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

Entry Requirements For This Course

128-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. UK applicants will be invited to an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio or sample of creative work to support their application

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

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