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Interior Design (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Art and Design
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Four years
Programme leader:
Phil O'Shaughnessy
Key fact:
On graduation, you will have an impressive portfolio, real-world experience, project management skills and the technical expertise needed for a successful career in interior design.

Page last updated 29 September 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Interior Design?

Our BA(Hons) Interior Design is an exciting course that crosses the boundaries between art and design. Bringing together your creative flair and practical abilities, you will learn the skills required to begin employment in the interior design industry. You will become experienced in designing and making objects and surfaces for the interior spaces of private houses, public and corporate buildings, shops and retail environments, and those for theatre, film and television.

On graduation, you will have an impressive portfolio, real-world experience, problem-solving and project management skills, as well as the technical expertise needed for a successful career within your chosen field of interior design.

Why study this course?

During the first year of this course, you'll study at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus. From the second year of your course onwards, you'll be based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media studios, while production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

You will examine the principles underlying space, detailing, finish, craft and digital processes and develop the conceptual ability and technical skills to design and make for both bespoke one-off projects and industrial production.

Guided and empowered to find your own path within the interior design industry, you will learn to view spaces differently and seek new design opportunities within them. You will build the skill base to transform your vision from concept to reality with a real understanding in materials, details and design theory.

Regular guest lectures and events will enable you to explore employment opportunities and you will exhibit your work at the University and at external venues.

Real-world experience

Our strong industry links with the thriving city of Bristol and beyond ensure ongoing input from individual designers and established design companies. You will develop your own independent projects and follow live briefs set and assessed by professionals in the field. You will be encouraged and supported to undertake work experience and placements throughout the degree, including international exchange.

Where it can take you

The course provides excellent preparation for a career in design for domestic interiors, exhibitions and museums, retail, film, theatre and television, and interactive spaces.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total), and focus on developing students as creative practitioners across the spectrum of art and design disciplines.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

The first year introduces you to a range of concepts and applications needed to acquire a broad base of skills and understanding of Interior Design specialisms. You will be encouraged to explore the way in which ideas may be developed through a range of different media, research and processes.

Access to visiting speakers, along with the Professional Practice and Work Experience in Interior Design module, will enable you to begin to locate the context of your own practice in relation to developing knowledge of the possibilities for your future career trajectory.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year two

You will focus on developing the relationship between form, content and the language of materials. You will look at the implications, techniques, manufacturing processes and design impacts between the bespoke and mass produced design markets. Further individual and team activity will enable you to refine your skills base, developing your project management skills through set projects and live briefs.

The Professional Practice and Work Experience module provides a series of structured lectures and events designed to help you explore your potential for employment. All students exhibit their work within UWE and at external locations. You will also be encouraged to undertake work placements.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • International Exchange
  • Developing Practice in Interior Design 2.

Final year

Your final year of study will consist of a self-directed programme of study to reflect your particular strengths, abilities and ambitions. It will be developed through a combination of critical discussion, contextual awareness, visual research and creative practice. You will investigate the impacts of space and place, enabling you to apply your own design methodologies and ethos to prepare you for industry. The year will culminate in the presentation of a substantial body of work.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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

The Interior Design course involves a rich and diverse set of experiences designed to stimulate your ability to learn as well as encouraging a high level of critical reflection. You will be expected to take part in workshops, projects, seminars, lectures and tutorials. You will engage with self and peer assessment and contribute meaningfully to your peer group.

Throughout the course, you will have access to experienced tutors and visiting professionals, who will discuss your work with you and offer support, guidance and suggestions on how to develop your portfolio of work in readiness for employment.

Visual Culture lectures and seminars will allow you to locate your practice within the context of art and design practices.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course, including essays, projects, group presentations and presentations of visual work. There are no exams. You will engage in written critical evaluation of your work where you are expected to critique and analyse your work and relate it to the broader context of design practice. Marks from modules at levels two and three can contribute towards your overall degree classification.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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We have strong links with industry across the region and beyond. In all three years, you will take Professional Practice and Work Experience modules where you will undertake work placements, internships and volunteering. Bristol theatres and hospitals, for example, offer real locations for our students to test their practice.

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


Visits to industry, trade fairs and renowned interior locations take place during all three years.

Study facilities

During your initial year, you'll be studying at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus. During this year you'll have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the next year of your course you'll be studying at Bower Ashton Campus. You will have access to unrivalled department facilities and resources, including our state-of-the-art media studios and resources for laser cutting, plasterwork, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, textile and print. Friendly technical support is always on hand.

Studying at Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for you within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

You will have the opportunity to study at and access facilities at other sites within City Campus. This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at the City Campus at Arnolfini and City Campus at Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

The course provides excellent preparation for a career in design for domestic interiors, exhibitions and museums, retail, film, theatre and television, and interactive spaces.

Graduates set up their own freelance design business or join teams in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity. It also offers support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
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

Further information about fees and funding.


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.

Please read the general information 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

Please apply through UCAS.


Please see the general information about applications.

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