Interior Design (with Foundation Year)
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Art and Design
- City Campus
- Four years
- Study abroad:
- Programme leader:
- Julian Scott
- 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 13 August 2019
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.
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 creative powerhouse. 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.
This course will give you the skills and confidence to find out what type of artist you are. Not only will you develop your creative portfolio while studying the foundation year, but you will have the opportunity to reach and improve your English language and communication skills through a unique module designed for those in the creative arts.
Find out our country specific requirements on our Country Information pages
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.
Read how Emily's three month placement is boosting her confidence and employability.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Drawing and Making
- Developmental Projects
- Foundation Project
- Academic Skills.
You normally need to pass all modules in your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Introduction to Interior Design
- Exploring Practice in Interior Design
- Professional Practice and Work Experience in Interior Design
- Critical Perspectives.
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.
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.
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.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
From Year one onwards, 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.
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.
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 library that supports our partners as well as students.
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 / 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.
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.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||420|
|Optional Field Trip - (Maximum Cost)||500|
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.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.
We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.
- 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.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component.
- 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.
Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review. We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability. For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Interior Design.
Our Art and Design foundation courses will give you the skills and confidence to find out what type of artist you are, as well as delivering a specific module that will improve your English language and help you adjust to studying in the UK.
Find out our country-specific requirements on our Country Information pages.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333