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BA(Hons)

Interior Design (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
2C3F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Art and Design
Campus:
Foundation Year: Frenchay; Years one to three: City Campus
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Phil O'Shaughnessy
Key fact:
Build an impressive portfolio, real-world experience, project management skills and the technical expertise needed for a successful career in interior design.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study interior design?

Interior Design is an exciting field that bridges the boundaries between architecture, art and design.

Interior designers take a holistic approach to space, designing every element from structural interventions to specifying materials. They design for the retail industry, commercial offices, art galleries, private homes and the hotel and leisure sector.

Working in this industry is exciting and varied. To succeed, you'll need creative flair and real practical skills.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Interior Design teaches you the skills you need to take up employment in the interior design industry.

You'll be based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities and resources include industry standard digital studios and fabrication workshops.

This is a technical learning programme, with a focus onlighting, heating, ventilation and acoustics. You'll work with traditional tools and the latest technology and examine the principles underlying space, detailing, finish, craft and digital processes. Develop the conceptual ability and technical skills to design for bespoke one-off projects and industrial production.

Learn to view spaces differently and seek new design opportunities within them. Build the skills base to transform your vision from concept to reality with a real understanding in materials, details and design theory.

Attend regular guest lectures and events to help you explore employment opportunities. Past speakers include Arup Lighting, Wylde IA, Amarelle, 2 Feet Below and SJP Interiors, with technical demonstrations provided by industry suppliers such as Corian, Egger, Vescom, Abet Laminati and Altro Flooring.

Our strong industry links with the thriving city of Bristol and beyond ensure ongoing input from individual designers and established design companies.

Develop your own independent projects and follow live briefs set and assessed by professionals in the field. Take on work experience and placements throughout the degree, including international exchange.

Get support and guidance to find your own path within the industry and graduate ready to start your career.

Where can it take me?

The course provides excellent preparation for a career in commercial and domestic interiors, retail, leisure, and exhibition design. 

You could also choose to specialise in furniture, product or lighting design.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Drawing and Making
  • Developmental Projects
  • Foundation Project
  • Academic Skills.

You normally need to pass all modules in your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Interior Design
  • Exploring Practice in Interior Design
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Interior Design
  • Critical Perspectives.

Year two

You will study:

  • Developing Practice in Interior Design
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Interior Design 2
  • Creative Analysis

Plus one optional module from:

  • International Exchange
  • Developing Practice in Interior Design 2.

Final year

You will study:

  • Preparation for Extended Study in Interior Design
  • Extended Study in Interior Design
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Interior Design 3
  • Independent Research Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn a wide range of skills from our dedicated team, with an emphasis on the creative design process.

Develop critical awareness of environments, applying new skills to a variety of briefs. Take part in workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials and engage with peer and self-assessment, contributing meaningfully to your group.

Design in different applications, ranging from scale models, 1:1 prototypes to full drawing and render packages in computer-aided design (CAD).

Focus on developing the relationship between form, content and the language of materials. Look at the implications, techniques, manufacturing processes and design impacts between the bespoke and mass-produced design markets.

You'll push the boundaries of your abilities and be encouraged to think dynamically, yet practically, as you build a strong portfolio and skillset to prepare you for a career in professional practice.

Strong industry links ensure ongoing input from professional designers. We encourage and support work placements and internships and host a series of industry guest speakers.

We also run live projects in Bristol and are registered with Interior Educators and listed with the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
154%46%0%100%
245%55%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through presentations of visual work, group presentations, and essays. There are no exams.

You'll write critical evaluations of your work, where you'll critique and analyse it, and relate it to the broader context of media theory and creative practice.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
00%8%13%100%
10%75%25%100%
20%75%25%100%
30%75%25%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

We have strong links with companies across the region and beyond, including Arup Lighting, Wylde IA, Amarelle, 2 Feet Below, SJP Interiors, Corian, Egger, Vescom, Abet Laminati and Altro Flooring.

From year one onwards, you will take professional practice and work experience modules, where you'll undertake work placements, internships and volunteering.

Study exchanges with European colleges of Art and Design are available as part of the EU-funded Erasmus/Socrates programme.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

You'll visit industry locations, trade fairs and renowned interior locations throughout your degree. We give real sites to all of our design projects and run regular study trips to galleries, including the RWA, V&A, Design Museum and Serpentine Gallery. 

We make annual trips to Clerkenwell Design Week and 100% Design, along with study trips abroad. We're currently organising a trip to Berlin for spring 2018.

Study facilities

The course is based at the Frenchay Campus in the foundation year and at Bower Ashton, part of our City Campus, from year one onwards.

Access industry standard department facilities and resources, including our media studios and resources for laser cutting, plasterwork, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, textile and print. Friendly technical support is always on hand.

Our City Campus connects teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Attend guest lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and at Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Bower Ashton houses a library that supports our partners as well as students.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

The course provides excellent preparation for a career in commercial and domestic interiors, retail, leisure, and exhibition design. You could also choose to specialise in furniture, product or lighting design.

Some graduates go on to set up their own freelance design businesses.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year400
Optional Field Trip - (Maximum Cost)500

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review.  We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Interior Design course.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications

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