Interior Craft & Decorative Art

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Our BA (Hons) Interior Craft & Decorative Art course is new and pioneering for our 2018 academic year. During your studies, you’ll explore how to design and make full-scale decorative interior architecture detail and decorative art objects within interior space.

Throughout the course, you’ll work on full-scale detail – a unique focus among interior courses – gaining precise craft/making skills, haptic understanding, and material knowledge.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2018


UCA Farnham

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Course overview:

On our BA (Hons) Interior Craft & Decorative Art course, you’ll gain knowledge and production skills through our extensive craft and design workshop facilities, engaging first hand with making processes and working with external makers as appropriate. Traditional and digital production techniques are studied as well as both historical and contemporary contexts.

Our course aims to reflect operations of the professional studio, with collaborative teamwork, live projects and industry engagement.

As part of your studies, you’ll build bespoke supplier and artisan networks and develop the ability to manage areas of specialist production to satisfy your project goals.

You’ll get to grips with the relevant interior/art market context and how your work is situated within it, fully preparing you for the ambitious and challenging practice of interior craft and decorative art.

On this course you also have the unique opportunity to undertake an additional ‘International Year’ at one of our specialist partner institutions in Europe or beyond.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to progress into a broad range of studio or manufacturing industry opportunities – these include bespoke interior design studios, niche craft industry workshops and suppliers, restoration studios and finishing specialists, as well as more commercial operations such as retailers and property developers.

Course content - 2018 entry

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Maker and Materials Lab

  • Practice Process 1

  • Practice Process 2

  • Contextual Frameworks

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Ideation and Insight

  • Practice Exploration 1

  • Practice Exploration 2

  • Contextual Perspectives

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Study Abroad Year (optional)

    This optional year abroad is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

    Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Practice Portfolio

  • Practice Position 1

  • Practice Position 2

  • Contextual Research and Critical Reflection

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

We may invite you to attend an Applicant Day and bring along your portfolio for assessment. This should include drawings, sketches and final designs, along with examples of how you research your ideas, such as photographs, models, maquettes and material samples.

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