Fui Teng Loi, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design, 2016

Studio Practice (Interior Design) (top-up) BA (Hons)

Studio Practice (Interior Design) (top-up) BA (Hons)

Canterbury 1 year full-time

Course overview

Our new Studio Practice top-up course in Interior Design at UCA Canterbury will give you the chance to gain all the skills you need to progress to postgraduate study in the UK.

Designed for international students, the course is aligned with our final year undergraduate students' studies, enabling you to progress to a Master's course in a streamlined way.

You'll get right into the action from the start, undertaking research and practical projects , working on collaborative activities and building your skills, knowledge and confidence.

Equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree, this course enables you to build upon an existing qualification such as a foundation degree or an HND.

UCAS Code for 1 year/standard: W405

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Course details

Course details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

Your studies will align with the work undertaken by final year undergraduate students throughout the School of Architecture & Design, with high-level contextual research and the production of a portfolio ready for your career.

Projects 05

Through construction of a multi-layered narrative, you'll develop and then resolve a complex project that supports the notion that interior architecture and design moves beyond providing just shelter. You'll address issues of creative and intellectual stimulation to ensure design proposals stimulate the mind as well as the body.

You'll focus on the adaptive reuse of a building/space through surveying, information gathering, critical analysis, conceptualisation, design development, drawing to scale and making.

Cultural Context 03

This is a research-led unit comprising two parts. The first part is a critical writing exercise - you'll produce a critical argument that demonstrates an understanding of interior design through analysis and evaluation of relevant research materials. The second part is a visual essay, which is in response to your own self-directed research question.

Professional Practice

This unit is a chance to showcase your creative identity, aligned to your career aspirations. Using the RIBA Plan of Work Stages, you will produce a report on your final project. You'll also produce a portfolio of work in the form of a designed career package that will form an integral part of the assessment. A light version will be prepared to send out to proposed employers for your self initiated work experience. Presentation and communication skills will also be developed and evaluated through a simulated interview.

Tuition fees - 2023 entry

UK students:

  • BA (top-up) course - £9,250

EU students:

  • BA (top-up) course - £9,250 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • BA (top-up) course - £16,950

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the Additional Course Costs section of your Course Information for details of the costs you may incur.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


There are open plan studio spaces for each year of the course, used for group tutorials and personal working. Facilities for the course include: laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality lab, 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics and fully-equipped computer studios with Macs and PCs programmed with software for design and animation.

Course studios, UCA Canterbury

FabLAB, UCA Canterbury

Virtual Reality lab, UCA Canterbury

Digital suites, UCA Canterbury

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

  • 240 credits from a relevant degree (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5), with a minimum of 55% overall
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant subject
  • Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject

Other relevant and equivalent 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.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 5.5 in each individual component.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?
You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

For this course, we may need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

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