Interior Design (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

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

Join a professionally-focused course. 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 Brinkworth, Turner Bates and Aecom. 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.

In your first year 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.

In your second year you’ll work on client-led briefs for retail, leisure, workplace, museum and exhibition spaces. You’ll 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 third 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.

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.

From 2018, our Advertising, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design courses will move to our stunning Park campus based in Cheltenham. Home to a cosmopolitan range of courses, students and professionals are brought together from a variety of specialisms. Find out more about Park and see where you could be taking the first steps towards your career in interior design.

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Study style

Working in our purpose-built studios at our Francis Close Hall campus, you’ll learn through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, essays, presentations, research and practical projects. You’ll use industry-standard design packages and benefit from a model-making workshop, with laser cutting equipment and 3D printers.  

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Design (for Sustainable) Futures' to 'Professional Promotion'.

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

Entry requirements

Clearing 2019 : Tip

We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don't meet the entry requirements specified in the box below. Call us on 03330 432414 to find out more and discuss your options.

Tariff information for 2020 entry

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.

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.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time8BD4


Our graduates move into roles for companies specialising in interior design for fashion retail, offices, museums, conservation and heritage spaces, hotels, leisure and restaurants.

Industry links

Benefit from regular contact with international and local interior design and architectural practices.

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Staff Profile

Steve Edge

“My career has taken me all over the world, from working on the pedestrianisation of the medieval streets in my home town of York, to helping construct the 25 mile-long Running Fence in California: a temporary art project for the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I've also lectured in Cyprus, Spain, Slovenia, Singapore, USA and Hong Kong. My proudest commercial achievements have been producing corporate designs for global clients like Citibank, Conoco and Canon, and more recently sustainable design advice for Gordon Ramsey's F Word TV competition winner, an Italian restaurant in Leeds."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Did you know that 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months?

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