Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Could you use your creativity, vision and technical skill to transform buildings from the inside out?
On this BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree course, you'll learn to adapt existing buildings for new purposes and create exciting new spaces by designing stunning, functional interiors.
The skills you learn could lead you onto a career in creative industries such as interior design and retail practice, brand consultancy and visualisation. It'll also set you up for postgraduate study.
What you'll experience
On this degree course you'll:
- Develop concepts and designs in a lively studio environment that mimics what you'll experience in your career
- Critically debate the history and theory of interior architecture and design
- Develop your technical skills and get an understanding of the rigours and ethics of professional practice
- Work on live projects with the Project Office, our in-house architectural practice
- Access our well-equipped studios, packed with the latest tech including 3D scanning and printing tools and the latest computer-aided design (CAD) software
- Have opportunities to go on site visits and field trips in the UK and beyond, including a European city in your first year *
- Get the chance to take advantage of our strong industry connections to build your professional network
* Flights, transfers and accommodation are included but you'll need to bring your own spending money and organise travel to the airport.
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you'll have plenty of career options.
What jobs can you do with an Interior Architecture and Design degree?
Previous graduates have gone on to work in multi-disciplinary architectural design practices, commercial and retail practices, brand consultancies and film studios in roles such as:
- interior designer
- model maker
- visual merchandiser
- computer visualiser
- Part 1 architectural assistant
- film studio props designer
Others have gone on to work in industries such as such as education, events planning and retail management.
You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
Our tutors are really friendly and I feel like they are my family, they are always helping us.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Fundamentals
- Design: Exploration
- Design: Interior Application
- Design: Introduction
- History and Theory of Architecture
- Technology and Environment: Exploration
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Creative Practice
- Design: Adaptive Re-Use
- Design: Interior Investigation
- History and Theory of The Interior
- Technology and Materials
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
- Architecture Study Exchange
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Thematic Design
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Communication: Professional Identity
- Design: Space, Design, Atmosphere
- History and Theory: Dissertation
- Interior: Major Project
- Material Expression
There are no optional modules in this year.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
After your second year, you can choose to do a work placement year to get valuable work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed work placements at organisations such as:
- Squire & Partners
- Hampshire County Council Property Services
- Karen Millen
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- studio tutorials
- individual and group projects
Teaching staff profiles
Lynne Mesher, Course Leader, Principal Lecturer, Design Tutor
Before joining the University in 2004, Lynne studied for a BA (Hons) Design and gained professional experience in Interior Design Practice, working internationally in the retail and leisure sector.
She has been course leader of BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design since 2009, and a Principal Lecturer in the School of Architecture since 2011. Her research interests include interior education, studio culture, and retail and experiential interiors.
Martin Andrews, Senior Lecturer, BA2 Co-Ordinator
Martin brings a passion for innovation and creativity to his work, most recently within the University of Portsmouth Project Office. He also runs his own architecture practice in Winchester, producing work for many different sectors, including education, residential, commercial and medical.
Over the past 25 years, he has worked as a site agent and a skilled labourer, as well as within several private architectural practices across the south of England. Martin also worked in the public sector for the award-winning Hampshire County Architects practice.
Dario Pedrabissi, Lecturer
Dario is a practicing architect, researcher and educator, working in the fields of architecture, interiors, public spaces, and installations. Dario joined the Portsmouth School of Architecture in 2017, where he teaches design studios and material investigations.
Before joining the University, he was Assistant Professor at Korea Tech (South Korea) for 6 years, and before that, worked for several local practices in Italy, in design and construction, for 5 years. In 2014, he founded PEDRABISSI STUDIO in South Korea, a design practice which operates to expand architecture into the field of visual arts, material exploration, and historical research. The studio’s projects range from architectural design to urban research and the creation of public artworks.
Rachael Brown, Senior Lecturer, BA3 Coordinator
Before joining the University in 2008, Rachael was an Associate Director of BDP – one of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary design practices – where she worked on award-winning projects, including the corporate headquarters for BT and Roche Pharmaceuticals, Brighton's Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Glasgow Science Centre, and Nike Town in London. She has also worked as an interior designer at Hampshire County Architects, and for Hassell Architects in Australia.
A Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy and an experienced art and design teacher in Secondary, Further and Higher Education, Rachael has completed a full-time postgraduate course at the Institute of Education in London and holds a PGC in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has also developed a strong research strand on pedagogy in interiors, investigating materials and creative practice.
Stephen Anderson, Senior Lecturer, Design Tutor, Professional Practice Coordinator
Stephen has many years’ experience in environmental design and has extensive knowledge of the built environment. His particular focus is in Retail, Brand and Experience design, and he's created many award-winning projects such as NikeTown, London, and the first UK Fritz Hansen Republic Store, also in London. For 12 years, Stephen was a design director with BDP, where he developed the retail portfolio through extensive overseas experience and client relationships.
Stephen's research interests revolve around the idea of user focused design thinking and applying this to the interior and service delivery environment.
Dr Phevos Kallitsis, Senior Lecturer, Design
Phevos has been a practicing architect since 2006 and has worked as a sole practitioner and with various firms on projects of various sizes in countries including Greece, Cyprus, UAE and Oman. Outside of architecture, he has also worked as a cinema critic and set designer for theatre productions and TV, and has designed and organised various events exploring the interconnections of Architecture, Urban Design and Cinema. Before joining the University, he taught at the Univeristy of East London and at the National Technical University of Athens.
Phevos' research examines the interconnection of visual culture, urban and spatial design, focusing on questions regarding gender and sexuality as part of design strategies.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- digital reviews of design projects
- design portfolios
- reflective journals and sketchbooks
- technical journals and models
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 112-120 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.
These fees are based on courses starting in 2020. We'll confirm 2021 fees here in autumn 2020.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
We will supply you with a printing allowance but you will incur additional printing costs on portfolio work of between £50–£200.
You may incur material costs on a project which will vary from £20–£100.
Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £300–£700.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – K120
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.