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Interior Architecture (with Foundation Year)

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
Programme leader:
Wendy Colvin
Key fact:
This course has been specially designed to give students an understanding of design at a variety of scales and to raise awareness of the context and fundamental principles which affect the design process.

Page last updated 28 June 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.

The products of design surround us, from the everyday objects we use to the spaces we occupy both inside and outside.  There are many design disciplines which practice at a variety of scales to form our human environment.  The factors influencing design decisions and the design process are similar to each of these disciplines.  Through developing your design process and understanding at a variety of scales, you will be better equipped for your chosen degree.

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 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.

You with the opportunity to refine your design skills at a variety of scales and the course will assist you with raising your awareness of the historical, cultural, mechanical and environmental factors which influence design.

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.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following modules:

  • Foundation Project in Sustainability
  • Foundation Design Communication
  • Foundation Design Studio
  • Foundation Design History
  • Foundation Engineering for Designers.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Architecture and Product Design courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

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

Year one

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

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

Year two

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
  • Product CAD.

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 andother stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equippedwith 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

Teaching methods are varied depending on the module; lectures, project work and tutorials all have a part.

The teaching staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

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


Assessment is achieved through a balance of coursework and examinations. Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework will be a variety of essays, reports, surveys, design projects, teamwork or progress tests.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but the feedback which you receive will help you to improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

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

As well as UWE Bristol's extensive library and online resources, you can access a wide range of specialist facilities.

  • Work on individual or group assignments in our well-equipped Project Room.
  • Develop your design portfolio and sketch ideas in integrated studios.
  • Examine materials and structures in concrete, environmental and earth sciences labs.
  • Access support for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording from our audio-visual group.

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

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities, we organise regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Boost your skills

There are lots of opportunities for you to meet and socialise with like-minded students. We have thriving Architecture Societies, which arrange regular lectures, socials and field trips. Some of our students also get involved helping develop the infrastructure in third world countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.

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.

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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: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in 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 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

We welcome applications from students who do not have the entry requirements outlined. 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.

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.

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

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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