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Interior Design BA (Hons)

What is Interior Design BA (Hons)?

Interior Design as a discipline is incredibly diverse, and this is reflected in our practice-based design studio ethos which celebrates inclusivity, collaboration and peer learning.

On this course, you’ll work with clients to imaginatively create or manipulate interior spaces, to design something beautiful and fit for purpose. You’ll develop the design and technological skills you need to graduate ready to progress into industry. Understand the role of sustainability in design, and apply biophilic design which promotes individual health and wellbeing in the interior environment.

92.9% of students were satisfied with this course according to the National Student Survey 2022.

You’ll hear from design professionals in lectures, work on live industry projects and undertake essential work placements at design companies, ready for your career. Recent destinations have included Dowdeswell Estates, Neptune and Wren Kitchens. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Europe on a residential field trip with options including exploring creative interiors in Amsterdam, Barcelona, or Copenhagen.

Study style

You’ll work on client-led briefs exploring spatial design, architectural design, decoration, interior styling, textile and surface design, print, colour theory, and the role and responsibilities of the designer to wider communities, challenging your views of what Interior Design is and might become. A commitment to sustainability and the circular economy underpin all of our teaching – it’s our compass point – and during your studies you will discover innovative responses to these principles.

A central and shared thematic concerns ‘people’ – how interior designers are able to influence the layout of the homes that we live in, the places we work and our healthcare, retail, commercial, museum and exhibition settings. For every ‘host’ environment there’s invariably an interior to be designed with a deep understanding of client and contextual narratives.

In your final year you’ll create and launch your own interior design brand and have the opportunity to exhibit your Final Major Project at ‘New Designers’ in London, a graduate exhibition attracting international design employers.

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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.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

    • 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 2023 Park, Cheltenham 8BD4 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham 8BD4 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in interior design for:

  • fashion retail
  • offices
  • museums
  • conservation and heritage spaces
  • hotels
  • leisure
  • restaurants.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from regular contact with international and local interior design and architectural practices.

Undertake a European field trip

You will have the opportunity to experience European design cultures in Berlin, Barcelona or Prague. Examine iconic buildings and interiors, both historical and contemporary, from the world’s most eminent designers and architects.

Use industry-standard design packages such as Revit

Learn how to use industry-standard design packages such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Revit and SketchUp.

Work with international and local agencies

Benefit from regular contact with international, regional and local practices. This will include guest practitioners in lectures, live projects, participation in industry competitions and work placements.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have the opportunity to experience European design cultures in Berlin, Barcelona or Prague. Examine iconic buildings and interiors, both historical and contemporary, from the world’s most eminent designers and architects.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • 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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