Interior Architecture and Design (BA Hons)

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Now recruiting for September 2021 start

Interior architects design new spaces or imaginatively adapt, reuse, remodel, refurbish and refit existing buildings creating new exciting, experiential spaces and places, which challenge the way we use buildings, external spaces and live our lives.

As Interior architects, you will 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 will 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.

The Interior Architecture course overlaps with may other courses in the School of Arts, including Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Fashion Design, Performing Arts, Product Design, Graphic Design and Fine Art. Creatively designed spaces, decorative materials and interior products contribute towards wellbeing, quality of life and successful business.

Our course provides an invigorating mix of innovation and creativity, encouraging you to challenge and question preconceived ideas of what interior architectural design is, or might potentially become; how we might live, or what we might live in? The course encourages you to experiment, take risks and think outside the box – literally! Develop skill sets for specialist vocations, supporting a life-long career in design by aligning critical debate with professional awareness and engage in a deeper understanding of the moral, environmental, ethical and sustainable principles of commercial interior architectural design practice.

The new programme structure will include 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. We develop your skills over the three years leading towards your degree preparing you either for further progression to our MA course or to graduate employment.

Our super studio at Francis Close Hall campus (FCH) provides a collaborative design environment for our undergraduate and postgraduate students (shared with Architects, Landscape Architects and Urban Planners). The studios 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).

Links with the profession through a network of colleagues, alumni, and our own professional practices, together with applied research, provide our students with regular contact and insight into the Interior architectural design industry.

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Study style

On this course you will learn how to design and create new interior spaces, or imaginatively adapt, reuse, remodel, refurbish and refit existing buildings. You will learn to plan and design commercial retail, exhibition, office and domestic interiors, understand how to compose spatial design schemes using materials, products, furnishings and lighting, as well as how to oversee their construction. There is an especially 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 utilise a variety of assessment methods to help you to 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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Selection by portfolio and interview


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Industry links

All of our existing programmes enjoy the benefit of links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations. Our strong 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.

Associated professional accreditations

This course has been designed to comply with regulations for accreditation with the British Institute of Interior Designers (BIID) and membership of Interior Educators (IE)

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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, exploring strategies for designing resilient smart cities, developing entrepreneurial business ideas and learning to work as part of professional multi-disciplinary teams.
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Students studying BA Interior Architecture and Design at the University of Gloucestershire uniquely work on construction modules and design related projects with students from architecture, quantity surveying and urban planning disciplines, so that they can collaborate, design, innovate and learn from each other, as well as understand the challenges that other disciplines face when working in each other’s professional context - this enables our students to develop a raft of transferable skills, become considerate professionals and good negotiators prior to joining their industry upon graduation.
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The course has been written with professionals from local and national practices, so that it meets the needs of contemporary interior architecture and design practice, whilst also exploring the great sustainable challenges that designers will need to be conversant with in the future.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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