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BA(Hons)

Interior Architecture

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K120
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
128
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Mr David Littlefield and Dr Tonia Carless
Key fact:
This course is inspired and informed by our partnerships with industry and academia, giving you a degree that sets you up to succeed in your career.

Page last updated 3 October 2017

Introduction

Why study interior architecture?

Most of the buildings we will inhabit in 2050 have already been built.

You could create hospitals where people get better faster, schools where people learn better, or give buildings entirely new uses.

The focus is on creating delightful and powerful places for people and society.

Why UWE Bristol? 

BA(Hons) Interior Architecture considers all aspects of interior architecture, from psychology and social conditions to structure, furniture design and materials, sound and light.

Ranked 4th nationally for student satisfaction in our architecture courses (The Guardian University League Tables 2018), we produce sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings.

Rethink existing buildings and convert them to suit a range of uses. Apply these skills to temporary structures and installations including theatres and exhibitions.

Discover how to think laterally, make connections and take inspiration from art, film, science, sociology. Transform places, spaces and even ideas.

Learn from industry-experienced tutors and work on a series of live briefs for property developers, management consultants, community charities and cultural institution. Our students have completed work for the Arnolfini centre for contemporary art and Ernst & Young, and made proposals for the redevelopment of a former television studio.

Collaborate with students across a range of disciplines and build your professional portfolio with practical design projects.

Explore Bristol's rich architectural history on day trips, and broaden your horizons with residential field trips, work placements and study overseas. 

Where can it take me?

Ranked 4th nationally for student satisfaction for architecture in The Guardian University League Tables 2018, we produce sought-after students with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting interior spaces.

As a graduate you could go on to play a key role adapting buildings for new uses and occupants.

You could decide on a career in interior architecture or diversify into related design fields like film and TV. You might design products, furniture or theatre sets, or work on the conservation or refurbishment of historic buildings.

Take a look at our online yearbook of student projects from our architecture and product design courses.

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:

  • Studio 1
  • Technical Studio
  • Objects and Experiences
  • Making of Place.

Year two

You will study:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Design Studio 3
  • Theories of Architecture and Design
  • Conserving Buildings and Places

  • Collaborative Practice OR Workbased Research Project
  • Dissertation.

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 core of your learning experience will be in the Design Studio. The studios are structured around different themes each year.

There is face-to-face learning at lectures, seminars and tutorials. You'll also get project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes, workshops and time for independent study.

Work on a variety of conceptual and practical projects including furniture, materiality, temporary structures and installations, theatre, film, site analysis, lighting and architectural narrative. These come together in the final year with a major project combining rigorous research and a design project to creatively reuse an existing building.

Consider current practice in architecture and design, and learn about the work of related disciplines, such as art and film.

Take on a live project or develop submissions for design competitions. Explore techniques including CAD, drawing, modelling and mapping.Analyse architectural precedents and understand the multi-disciplinary nature of designing for the built environment.

Complete a dissertation on a theoretical subject and develop an in-depth understanding of a specific area within the field of interior architecture.

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Socialise and volunteer

Attend guest lectures, field trips, live projects and social events with like-minded students in our Architecture Society and Engineers without Borders.

Become a student rep and sit on a range of committees at University and school level, where you can influence decisions that affect your learning experience.

Extra-curricular activities are great for your personal development and are attractive to prospective employers.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Pinterest and in our online showcase and theGraduate Yearbook 2016-17.

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

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
140%60%0%100%
231%69%0%100%
329%71%0%100%

Assessment

You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which aim to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

You'll develop a creative portfolio through design projects, many with real clients and sites. This portfolio becomes valuable evidence of your skills that you can present to potential employers. 

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

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

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
16%88%6%100%
26%94%0%100%
36%88%6%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is recognised by the national subject association Interior Educators (IE). You will automatically become a member of this growing network when you enrol at UWE Bristol.

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 provide a sandwich course option, so you can do a work placement in your third year if you choose.

You'll also complete a series of design projects during term time, giving you practical experience. Past students have worked for Ernst and Young, Bristol Architecture Centre, the Roman baths in Bath, Knowle West media Centre or the Arnolfini centre for contemporary art.

You'll get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

We arrange day trips so you can visit study locations and meet people that can inform your work. We also arrange residential field trips locally, nationally and internationally.

Study facilities

Learn in a modern, well-equipped department facilities, including 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 your sketching, CAD and building analysis skills on industry standard software.

Create architectural models using laser cutters and computerised routers in our wood, metal and concrete workshops.

Test lighting using the artificial sky with experienced technicians who support teaching and research.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

After graduating, you could go on to play a key role adapting buildings to new uses and occupants.

You could pursue a career in interior architecture or design. You could refurbish existing spaces, change their use or work within specific environments such as TV, lighting or conservation.

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) 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

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: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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 don't meet the full entry requirements. The university will consider applications with evidence of personal, professional and educational experience that shows your 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.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't 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.

For further information

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