Interior Architecture (with Foundation Year)
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About this course
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- Architecture and the Built Environment
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- Programme leader:
- Sally Daniels
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- 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 5 July 2019
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. 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?
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
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:
- Foundation Design Studio
- Foundation Design Communication
- Context of Design and Development
- Foundation Project in Sustainability
- Foundation Engineering for Designers.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Design Studio 1
- Objects and Experiences
- Making of Place.
You will study:
- Interior Architecture Design Studio 2
- History of Architecture
- Design Representation
- Research and Design Strategies
- Aesthetics and Product Language
- Product CAD.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Interior Architecture Design Studio 3
- Theories of Architecture and Design
- Collaborative Practice OR Workbased Research Project
- Conserving Buildings and Places
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.
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
Socialise and volunteer
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.
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.
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
This course is recognised by the national subject association Interior Educators (IE).
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.
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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|
|Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||315|
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.
- Tariff points: 88
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above 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.
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 BSc(Hons) Interior Architecture.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us 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 we 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 here, 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.
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