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Interior Architecture

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years
Programme leader:
David Littlefield
Key fact:
Study this fascinating and emerging discipline on a course which is inspired and informed by national and international partnerships with industry and academia.

Page last updated 19 May 2017


Why BA(Hons) Interior Architecture?

Most of the buildings we will inhabit in 2050 have already been built. Whether they are creating hospitals where people get better faster, offices where workers are more productive, or schools where people learn better, the role of the interior architect is to help society make the most of these. This is while considering how they can become more energy-efficient, comfortable and sustainable spaces.

Why study our course? 

On this course you will consider all aspects of interior architecture: from psychology and social conditions, to structure, furniture design and materials, to sound and light. Synthesising these elements, you will learn how to rethink existing buildings and convert them to suit a range of uses. You will also apply this to temporary structures and installations including theatre, exhibition and interpretation. Alongside, you will develop professional skills in sketching, CAD, design strategies, modelling and making.

We have been ranked fourth nationally for student satisfaction for our Architecture courses in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Real world experience

Learning from industry-experienced tutors, you will apply knowledge and develop your professional portfolio on a stream of practical design projects throughout the course. Incorporating live briefs for real clients, you will work on projects in our well-equipped design studios with students across a broad range of disciplines. To inspire and inform your work, you will sketch and view buildings on day trips and residential field trips. You can also broaden your horizons further through opportunities to study overseas and do work placements. 

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go on to play a key role adapting buildings for new functions and occupants. Opportunities are available in a wide range of careers: from interior architecture, architecture and interior design, to designing products, furniture or theatre sets, to the conservation or refurbishment of historic buildings.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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The core of the student learning experience is the Design Studio. Design Studios are structured around different themes in each year.

Year 1

Introduces you to the fundamentals of design, building structure and concepts of space.

  • Interior Architecture Design Studio 1
  • Technical Studio
  • Objects and Experiences
  • Making of Place

Year 2

Focuses on designing new spaces/structures/uses within the form of an existing building.

  • Interior Architecture Design Studio 2
  • History of Architecture
  • IT for Designers
  • Research and Design Strategies
  • Aesthetics and Product Language

Final year

This year engages more fully with a building in terms of structural and architectural adaptation.

  • Interior Architecture Design Studio 3
  • Theories of Architecture and their Application to Design
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Conserving Buildings and Places
  • Dissertation

Design Studios include a rich variety of conceptual and pragmatic projects, including: furniture, materiality, temporary structures and installations, theatre, lighting and architectural narrative. These culminate in the final year with a major project which combines rigorous research with a fully integrated design project for the creative reuse of an existing building. In addition to carrying out design tasks students are introduced to a variety of techniques including CAD, design strategies, drawing, modelling and making.

A strong emphasis of the learning approach will be to engage with current practice in architecture and design, and to gain a full appreciation of the work of related disciplines, such as art and film. You will undertake a live project and/or develop submissions for design competitions. As well as study design computing, research and design strategies and engage in collaborative work with related disciplines.

All students will complete a dissertation on a theoretical subject which underpins their final year design project. This advanced investigation provides you with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of a particular subject area within the field of interior architecture.

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 course is taught through a blend of learning activities which include face-to face learning such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and workshops and independent learning.

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


A wide range of assessment methods is used, with a balance between coursework and examinations. To support you in the studios there are tutorials and reviews, visiting practitioners and guest lecturers, consolidated by lecture courses on interior architecture; technology; cultural context; and the history, theories and contexts of architecture and planning.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

UWE's Interior Architecture programme is recognised by the national subject association Interior Educators (IE). As an institutional member of IE, our students are automatically members of this rapidly growing network.


Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

The course is underpinned by a series of design projects giving you practical real-world experience. We now also provide a sandwich course option so you can choose to do a work placement during your third year.


We arrange regular trips to inspire and inform your work. Past examples include visiting Cardiff Theatrical Services, which makes sets for the Welsh National Opera, and a guided tour of London's South Bank.

  • In Year 1, you will regularly get out to sketch and assess buildings in and around Bristol.
  • In Year 2, there are opportunities to attend visits to manufacturers, design practices and offices in the region.
  • In Year 3, we arrange a residential field trip. This year students will be visiting Madrid.

Study facilities

You will learn alongside students from across the faculty in modern, well-equipped facilities, which include our award-winning design studios.

  • Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.
  • Attend model-making workshops and create your own samples, models and prototypes.
  • Develop skills in sketching, CAD and building analysis on industry standard software.
  • Create architectural models using a wide range of techniques and facilities such as laser cutters, and the timber/concrete workshops.
  • Test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories with specialist technicians supporting teaching and research.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Work for industry

Throughout the course, you will develop your professional portfolio on practical design projects; many of these are challenging live briefs for clients such as Ernst and Young, Bristol Architecture Centre and Summit Chairs and the Arnolfini centre for contemporary art.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Socialise and volunteer

You can attend guest lectures, field trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in our Architecture Society.

Showcase your work

UWE Bristol's annual Plan and Make degree show showcases final year work to employers and the public. We also encourage students to submit their work for regional and national design showcases.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can go on to play a key role adapting buildings to new functions and occupants. Opportunities are available in a wide range of careers ranging from interior architecture, architecture and interior design, to designing products, furniture or theatre sets, to the conservation or refurbishment of historic buildings.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus 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.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, 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 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.
  • Relevant subjects: An arts background (including a Foundation course) would be advantageous.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students who do not have the entry requirements outlined above. The university will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

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.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

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

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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