Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
BA Hons Interior Architecture and Design
Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree course is your chance to reimagine and transform existing buildings to create inspiring spaces for people to live, play and work.
You'll develop the essential creative and technical skills, together with materials and construction knowledge, to create stunning interiors that are sustainable, inclusive and imaginative.
At Portsmouth, we believe that design should respond to many of the concerns in our world today. Our course will enable you to become not only a designer who creates amazing spaces but also one with a responsible attitude of care for people and communities, the environment, and the future. Now's the perfect time to think about how existing buildings can be used intelligently and with care to sustain communities and stimulate regeneration.
When you finish the course, you'll have the skills and experience for a range of career options, including interior design, lighting design, set design, brand consultancy and design management.
- Apply your skills to practice by working in a design consultancy on an optional one-year placement
- Gain valuable work experience by working with real clients at our in-house Architecture Project Office
- Showcase your work to potential employers at our Graduate Show and Interior Educators Exhibition and Awards
- Take advantage of our strong industry connections to build your professional network
- Develop concepts and designs in a lively studio environment similar to what you'll experience in your career
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
- A levels – AAB–ABB
- UCAS points – 128–136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
UK applicants will be invited to an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio or sample of creative work to support their application.
For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our Architecture courses creative portfolio guide.
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.
Browse BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design students' work
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Careers and opportunities
After the course, you'll have plenty of career options.
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.
Ongoing careers support
Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.
Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.
Work placements are an excellent way to gain professional experience between your second and final years of study to further enhance your employment prospects after the course.
You can work for a practice, studio or company, or set up and run your own business with other students or on your own. Whichever you choose, you can get support from Creative Careers.
Our students have successfully interned in many roles, including:
- Interior and Architectural Designer
- Assistant Concept Designer
- Project Leader
- Design Manager
- Visual Merchandiser
- Architectural Assistant
- Trainee Design Coordinator
- Interior Design Intern
- Assistant Architectural Technician
They've completed their placements at leading companies and organisations, such as:
- House of Commons
- Morgan Sindall
- Waitrose & Partners
- Luxe Development
- Sable Interiors
- RPA Group
- Chalk Creatives
- Architectural Services Group
- Extension Architecture
- Laughland Jones
- Kitchen Architecture
- Burke Kikhards Architects
- Anne Haimes Interiors
- Inn Gear
Meg Ryan – Morgan Sindall
As a Design Manager intern, Meg Ryan talks about her role and the lessons she's learned so far.
Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries.
They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:
- Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
- Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
- Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
- Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route
The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.
Our open-plan learning spaces encourage a studio culture of collaboration, creativity and dialogue – preparing you for the ways of working you'll experience in your career.
Architecture Project Office
Get practical architecture experience and enhance your CV with real clients on intensive, fast-paced design workshops or consultancy projects.
3D printing workshop
Test concepts, build prototypes and bring your designs to life in our 3D printing workshop.
What you'll study
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.
Placement year (optional)
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- Communication: Fundamentals
- Design: Exploration
- Design: Interior Application
- Design: Introduction
- Histories, Theories and Matters of Concern
- Technology and Environment: Exploration
There are no optional modules in this year.
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- Communication: Creative Practice
- Design: Adaptive Re-Use
- Design: Interior Investigation
- Technology and Materials
- Visual Culture: Visions of the Body
All modules below are worth 20 credits each.
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Thematic Design
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
- Modern Foreign Language
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
All modules below are worth 20 credits each except where noted.
- Communication: Professional Identity
- Design: Space, Design, Atmosphere
- History and Theory: Dissertation
- Interior: Major Project (40 credits)
- 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- studio tutorials
- individual and group projects
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
Teaching staff profiles
Nigel Simpkins, Course Leader
Nigel graduated in Interior Design and worked in design practices in London and Sydney before heading his own practice in Manchester. He’s an expert design educator and practitioner. He taught interior design in Leeds and the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, where he was course leader for BA Interior Design for over 12 years before joining University of Portsmouth in 2019. He studied an MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett, developing research on the Body and the Interior that continues to inform his approach to understanding and teaching about the interior.
Martin Andrews, Senior Lecturer, BA2 Co-Ordinator
Martin has worked for several private architectural practices in South England as a site agent and skilled labourer. In addition, he worked for Hampshire County Architects, an award-winning practice. He runs his own practice in Winchester, producing work for various sectors including education, residential, commercial, and medical.
In the School of Architecture, he founded the University of Portsmouth Project Office.
Dario Pedrabissi, Lecturer
Dario is a practicing architect, researcher and educator, who works with architecture, interiors, public spaces, and installations. He joined the Portsmouth School of Architecture in 2017, teaching design studios and material investigation.
Previously, he was Assistant Professor at Korea Tech (South Korea) for 6 years, and worked for local practices in Italy (in design and construction) for 5 years. He founded PEDRABISSI STUDIO in South Korea in 2014, a design practice that aims to expand architecture into the fields of visual arts, material exploration, and historical research. The studio's projects include architectural design, urban research and the creation of public artworks.
Rachael Brown, Senior Lecturer, BA3 Coordinator
Rachael is a Senior Fellow of Advanced HE (SFHEA). Before joining the University in 2008, she was Associate Director of BDP – one of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary practices. She worked on a number of award-winning projects, including BT’s and Roche’s corporate headquarters, Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Glasgow Science Centre, and London’s NikeTown. She’s also worked at Hampshire County Architects and Hassell Architects (Australia) as an interior designer.
Rachael holds a Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the Institute of Education, London. Her research centres 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 extensive knowledge of the built environment. He’s particularly interested in retail, brand, and experience design. His award-winning projects include NikeTown and the UK's first Fritz Hansen Republic Store (both in London). Stephen was a design director at BDP for 12 years, where he developed its retail portfolio through extensive overseas experience and client relationships.
Stephen's research interests revolve around 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, working as a sole practitioner with various firms on projects of various sizes in countries including Greece, Cyprus, UAE and Oman. He’s also worked as a cinema critic and set designer for theatre and TV productions, and designed and organised events exploring the interconnections between Architecture, Urban Design and Cinema. He taught at the University of East London and the National Technical University of Athens before joining the University.
Phevos' research examines the intersections between visual culture, urban design, and spatial design, focusing on questions surrounding gender and sexuality as design strategies.
How you're assessed
- 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.
- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
Supporting your learning
The University has provided me with support throughout, and there have been many great opportunities, including a field trip to Venice and working with the Creative Careers team.
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.
In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.
You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.
Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.
As well as support from faculty 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
Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.
You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1-2-1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to:
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)
You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 2022, 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
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. 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.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.