Kings Cross LED pathway lit in purple. BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design.
UCAS Code
K120
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years Full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

If you see empty spaces and tired interiors as blank canvases waiting to become something new, this BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree is your chance to create inspiring spaces for people to live and work.

You’ll develop the technical skills and construction knowledge you need to transform buildings and create stunning interiors. You’ll use your creative flair and attention to detail as you learn to adapt existing buildings for new purposes and create exciting new spaces by designing stunning, functional interiors.

To gain valuable work experience, you can work with real clients at our in-house Architecture Project Office and work in a design practice or the construction industry on an optional one-year placement.

When you finish the course, you’ll have the skills and experience for an exciting career in everything from interior design to brand consultancy.

95% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework
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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.

Jessica Burton, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design graduate

Entry requirements​

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Selection process

UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio 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.

See alternative English language qualifications

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.

Typical offers
  • 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

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

Selection process

UK applicants will be invited to an interview. All applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio 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.

See alternative English language qualifications

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.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Showcase your work to potential employers at the Graduate Show.
  • Use the same CAD software as working professionals, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), advanced parametric modelling, environmental evaluation software, and 3D scanning and printing tools.
  • Go on site visits and field trips abroad to see the theory come to life – previous students have gone to Helsinki, Barcelona, New York and Berlin.
  • 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.
  • Get the chance to take advantage of our strong industry connections to build your professional network.

Featured student work: Nadia Smith

Interior Major Project

Interior Architecture and Design graduate Nadia Smith draws on colour and form to create 'The Art Rooms': an arts centre encouraging creativity, wellbeing and an immersive user experience. The project helped Nadia explore her personal identity and build on the technical skills acquired during her placement year.

Flip through the project book below to learn more about the design process.

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.

Placement year

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.

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
  • L’Oréal
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Waitrose & Partners
  • Luxe Development
  • Sable Interiors
  • RPA Group
  • Fingerprintstudios
  • Chalk Creatives
  • Architectural Services Group
  • Extension Architecture
  • Laughland Jones
  • Kitchen Architecture
  • Burke Kikhards Architects
  • Anne Haimes Interiors
  • Inn Gear 

Are you thinking about running your own business instead during your placement year? With the help of our specialised Creative Careers team, you can set up and and run your own company as an alternative to a work-based placement. Whether you work alone or with other students, you can build a successful venture.

We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Interior Architecture and Design student Meg Ryan – on placement with construction company Morgan Sindall – talks to BBC's Dom Littlewood about her role and day-to-day activities as a Design Manager. See her in action on Dom Digs In.

Watch on BBC iPlayer

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.

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.

Modules

Core modules

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules

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

Optional modules

All modules below are worth 20 credits each.

  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Thematic Design
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Modern Foreign Language

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

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

Optional modules

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

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • 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

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Lynne Mesher, Course Leader, Principal Lecturer, Design Tutor

Lynne studied for a BA (Hons) in Design and gained professional experience in the retail and leisure sectors before joining the University in 2004.

Since 2009, she's been a course leader of BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, and a Principal Lecturer in the School of Architecture since 2011. Her research interests include interior education, studio culture, and retail and experiential interiors.

Read Lynne's profile

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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.

Read Martin's profile

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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.

Read Dario's profile

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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.

Read Rachael's profile

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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.

Read Stephen's profile

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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.

Read Phevos' profile

How you're assessed

  • digital reviews of design projects
  • design portfolios
  • reflective journals and sketchbooks
  • technical journals and models
  • essays
  • dissertation

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

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.

In 2021/22, 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.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Supporting your learning

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 when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

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.

Student support advisor

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.

Academic skills tutors

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

Creative skills tutors

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.

IT and computing support

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.

Academic skills support

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
  • Referencing
  • 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 In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 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 – £15,500 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

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

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.

Additional costs

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

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.

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