Interior Architecture & Design

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course at our Farnham campus introduces you to an exciting and thriving international discipline, where creative and technical skills combine to transform three-dimensional spaces.

From the outset, we’ll encourage you to explore critical issues in contemporary design, nurturing the ability to not only react to opportunities, but also to be responsible for creating them.

Our School of Architecture has been ranked in the Architecture top five by the 2017 Guardian University Guide.

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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 Architecture & Design course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of architecture and design and a working knowledge of materials and building technology, as well as the skills required to create inventive and relevant interior spaces, bringing your ideas to life.

2D and 3D experimentation in our dynamic, collaborative studio environment will allow you to focus on design development by exploring form, scale, light and colour, digital design processes and building construction.

Your practical development will be supported by theory modules which will deepen your appreciation and give context to everything you create.

We also have a strong focus on preparing you for your future career. Our challenging live projects and successful work placement programme offers invaluable opportunities for you to establish key contacts, gain experience and broaden your skill set.

We’ve established a range of strong industry connections, including prestigious names including Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Virgin, Ritz-Carlton, and Four Seasons.

Recent graduates have secured positions in a wide range of design areas such as retail leisure, exhibitions and events, offices and conferences, hotels and clubs, residential, cruise ships and transportation, film sets, and computer animation.

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Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.

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

Course modules

  • Craft, Design and Culture

    This unit is based on a series of illustrated lectures that introduce a number of key historical and contemporary contextual frameworks for craft and design practices, encouraging you to begin to identify changing relationships between creativity and wider social and cultural concerns.

  • Narrative and Rational

    You'll examine the process of design development, from initial exploratory brief to final proposal. You'll explore design concepts such as spatial articulation (proportion, scale and placement), user requirements and experimental spatial design concepts. In-depth research will be required at each stage, either individually, in pairs or teams (as required throughout to facilitate and share learning). However, design proposals will be on an individual basis.

  • Context

    This unit introduces you to the study of the technology of small buildings, forms and materials by experimenting with structural types and methods of construction. Technical drawing skills will focus towards differentiating the smaller scale drawing (used to 'sell in' the concept to the client) from the larger scale drawing (used to communicate with the manufacturer (also known as detailing)).

  • Synthesis

    The technology aspect of this unit looks at a) structural principles and their application to building construction, b) primary elements of buildings such as floors, walls, doors, stairs and windows, and c) wood, metal and glass. These areas of focus will provide you with the necessary vocabulary to understand technical texts and underpin the structural and materials focus of practical project work.

The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.

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

Course modules

  • Contextual and Theoretical Perspectives

    We'll encourage you to position your own practice by recourse to a variety of theories, contextual frameworks and critical evaluations. We'll introduce you to a variety of research methods to facilitate independent study towards coherent, self-reflective argument in written form.

  • Spatial Narratives

    This unit focuses on the often conflicting creative and functional requirements of a complex brief. It builds on Year 1 studies in design development, communication and implementation processes.

  • Spatial Identities

    This unit further develops communication processes in relation to more complex and diverse scenarios that explore ideas relating to branding and identity. Visual communication techniques, ranging from semantic differentials and matrices to model making and computer animated walk-throughs, will be explored as a means of effectively communicating the issues involved and solutions proposed.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity. It will enable you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.

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

Course modules

  • Final Major Project

    This represents a synthesis of previous technical and theoretical study, and demonstrates a body of work completed to a professional standard. Design outcomes should express your individual approach to interior architecture and design, both in selection of topic and site or subject, in the vocabulary of design used, and in terms of a high level of personal innovation.

  • Professional Practice - Portfolio and Practice Experience

    Lectures and tutorials will provide methodologies for the preparation of a portfolio of work, a CV, letter of application and interview techniques. Lectures also introduce you to the professional responsibilities of the designer as a member of the building team and provide the necessary support for you to liaise with industry or gain a work placement.

  • Combined Dissertation / Critical Reflection

    You'll undertake a dissertation, by engaging with research appropriate to you chosen subject area. You'll be expected to reflect on and articulate a clear argument that conforms to academic conventions and demonstrates an understanding of the subject through selected and managed analysis and evaluation. You'll also undertake an individually negotiated project of critical research and reflection that provides a contextual framework for, and analysis of, your own practice and/or visual interests.

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

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We’ve established a range of strong industry connections, and companies that often employ our students work for household name clients, including:

  • Aston Martin
  • Jaguar
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • BBC
  • Virgin
  • AT&T
  • The V&A
  • Science Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Karen Millen
  • All Saints
  • H&M
  • Selfridges
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Hotel Chocolat
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Four Seasons
  • JW Marriot.

Recent graduates have secured positions in a wide range of design areas such as retail leisure (restaurant, cafes, bars), exhibitions and events, offices and conferences, hotels and clubs, residential, cruise ships and transportation, film sets and computer animation.


Some of our alumni also go on to postgraduate study in design management, sustainable design or film set design. 

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
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level.

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

This course will require a portfolio – this should include: work in A1 size demonstrating your approach to art and design, sketching, photography, model making, concept development, computer graphics, and 2D and 3D processes.

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