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Undergraduate

Interior Design

BA (Hons)

What is Interior Design BA (Hons)?

You’ll work with clients to imaginatively create or manipulate space, 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.

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 Berlin, Barcelona or Prague.

We are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects in design and crafts according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Study style

With a professional focus, the course includes business contracts, building construction, writing specifications, costing and tendering. You’ll work towards securing a summer work placement’ we’ll support you to find it ‘ and create your own brand and portfolio, ready for your career.

You’ll create and experiment using industry-standard CAD and visual communication software. You’ll examine spatial design and sustainability, exploring the role of the ‘interior’ in the design and construction process. You’ll be encouraged to think outside the box and begin developing your own creative style while experiencing interdisciplinary team working, drawing and model-making.

You’ll work on client-led briefs for retail, leisure, workplace, museum and exhibition spaces and refine your skills in aesthetics focusing on colour, materials, light and atmosphere, using intelligent CAD Building Information Modelling software (BIM) to test biophilic principles.

In your final year you’ll select opportunities based on the future design pathway you want to follow, with the opportunity to exhibit your final project at Free Range in London, a graduate exhibition attracting international design employers.

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Entry requirements

    • Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

      You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

      Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

      Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • 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.

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 2021 Park, Cheltenham
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham

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.

Examples of students work from the Landscape Architecture with conversion year course

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.

Student on Architecture course within architecture studio at Francis Close Hall campus

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.

Student on Landscape Architecture course standing at easel in studio at Francis Close Hall campus
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Design Studies - Student Voice - NSS 2020

Our Design Studies courses rank top 25 in the UK for student voice according to the National Student Survey 2020.

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.

Placements

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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