Interior Craft & Decorative Art | 4 year

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

This accessible four-year course offers the same curriculum as the three year course, with the addition of a Year 0. The additional year gives you an excellent opportunity to build up a solid portfolio and gain valuable extra experience in Interior Craft and Decorative Art.

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:

Four years (Year 0 + three-year degree) full-time


September 2018


UCA Farnham

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Course overview:

On our BA (Hons) Interior Craft & Decorative Art curse, 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

  • Portfolio Practice

  • Craft Practice 1

  • Craft Practice 2

  • Craft Contexts

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

  • Study Abroad Year (optional)

    Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace).

    This optional year 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.

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

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications 
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UALAB Extended Diploma
  • 64 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.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course, as the first year of the course (Year 0) provides you with the skills required to start the three-year BA (Hons) degree. However, if you do have a portfolio you'd like to bring with you, we'll be able to provide you with some feedback. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities.

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