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Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)?

Are you inspired by design and fascinated by interior spaces, architecture and how spaces can elevate our experience of places?

Interior Architecture & Design is a distinct course with a specific focus on creating and carving exciting spaces for both new and existing buildings. The course spans between larger scale architecture and smaller scale interior design elements. You will develop and design projects with a focus on the themes of events, activities and user-experience – taking inspiration from Cheltenham’s renowned reputation for festivals.

Sustainability is inherently embedded within the course, not only through the notion of reuse and refurbishment, but also from a wider environmental, social and community perspective.

You will work in local, national and international environments and at varying scales – ranging from a wide urban scale, down to the nuts-and-bolts of how architectural elements are assembled. You will be experimenting with and learning a variety of tools to design with – from drawing to model making, and from manual to digital techniques. You will become pioneers at the forefront of interior architecture, adopting emerging technologies and approaches to designing – such as 3D printing, virtual reality (VR) and practice led conventions.

The Interior Architecture & Design course is designed to equip you with both the practical skills and professional knowledge required to pursue a career in interior architecture and a wide range of other design-related disciplines.

Study style

Your learning will take place in a studio-based environment, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, field trips and seminars. You will study in a vibrant and collaborative studio culture, sharing ideas and developing designs both individually and collectively. In some cases, you will work alongside other industry related courses such as Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture – imitating the multidisciplinary nature of professional design practice.

As an outward facing course, you will be engaging with sites and users outside of the university campus, tackling real issues and sites for the benefit of communities and society. You will be encouraged to experiment, challenge norms and develop your own approach towards interior architecture.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of practicing professionals and experienced lecturers, who will provide a rich and stimulating environment in which to study Interior Architecture & Design.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K120 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K120 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in the following areas:

  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Project Management and Development
  • Real Estate and Property Development
  • Architectural Journalism
  • Product, Lighting and Furniture Design
  • Exhibition and Set Design
  • Design and Site Management
  • Visualisation and Graphic Design
  • Virtual Environment and Physical Modelmaking.

Industry links

We have strong links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations. Our industry links offer awards, intern positions, live challenges, visiting lectures and employability skills workshops that could result in your graduate career pathway.

The Interior Architecture and Design course will build on existing links with: Arup; Atkins; Cheltenham Borough Council; Evan Jones, WSP to develop opportunities for students.

You'll collaborate with other disciplines

Unlike traditional built environment subject areas, our interior architecture and design students learn from and collaborate with other disciplines such as architects, quantity surveyors, urban planners and landscape architects from the start of their course, challenging the preconceived ideas of their disciplines


  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

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