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Interior Architecture and Design

BA (Hons)

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What is Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)?

Interior architects design new spaces or imaginatively adapt, reuse, remodel, refurbish and refit existing buildings creating new exciting, experiential spaces and places.

As interior architects, you’ll breathe new life into the tired fabric of old buildings, with sensitive understanding of the site and client context, meeting the needs of the people who will eventually inhabit the spaces you design. You’ll learn an understanding of your social responsibility, a design citizen of the world, as well as the skills to design and interpret environmental conditions, materiality and an understanding of design and construction processes.

Our course provides a mix of innovation and creativity, we want you to challenge and question preconceived ideas of what interior architectural design is, or might potentially become. The course encourages you to experiment, take risks and think outside the box ‘ literally!

Study style

This course is a blend of shared collaborative and discipline specific modules, with links to other courses with modules in Drawing and Design Communication, Sustainable Technology and Materiality, Contemporary Environments, Professional Studies and Major Design Project.

There’s a strong focus on real client, real site and real issue project work and interdisciplinary collaboration projects, where students on the Interior Architecture and Design course work with students studying Architecture, Urban planning, Construction Project Management, Landscape Architecture and other disciplines on group projects which mimic professional practice working within multidisciplinary teams.

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop your academic and professional skills, such as coursework projects, crits, reports, groupwork, site surveys, practical and digital workshops, portfolio development and precedent field trips in the UK and overseas.

Our studio at Francis Close Hall campus (FCH) are well equipped and provide industry standard IT packages such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative suite, Google Sketch-up Pro, Revit for Building and Information Modelling (BIM).

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Entry requirements

    • 120 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BBB at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

    • Place selection for this course will be based on a portfolio and interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
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Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Interior Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Model Maker
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Computer Visualiser
  • Part 1 Architectural Assistant
  • Film Studio Props Designer.

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

Students and lecturer on the Landscape Architecture course looking at plans


  • 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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