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BA(Hons)

Interior Design

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
2C3W
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Art and Design
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years full-time; six years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-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 16 October 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 on lighting, 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.

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.

Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our City Creatives. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Our strong industry links within Bristol and beyond ensure ongoing input from individual designers and established design companies.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

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

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

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

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

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 spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
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 spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
10%100%0%100%
20%100%0%100%
30%97%3%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.

In all three years, 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

Interior Design is based at Bower Ashton, part of our City Campus.

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 creative and cultural industries library and student support services.

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 (£)
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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

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: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level two 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 two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

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).

Portfolio and selection session

Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. Students of all ages and from all social backgrounds are recruited, with a variety of qualifications, including Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, A-levels or an equivalent qualification in Art and Design.

Applicants demonstrating commitment to and knowledge of the subject on their application form are invited to a selection session where they will be required to present a collection of their creative work to demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

You should be enthusiastic and articulate. Interviewers will be looking for evidence of a high degree of creativity and invention and will want to see a wide range of work, including sketchbooks. Experimental work is encouraged and we would like to see work which also highlights the use of colour, composition, typography and 3D / spacial capabilities.

Entry is based on portfolio and ability.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

 

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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