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Interior Design BA(Hons)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Learn in the £30m Barbara Hepworth Building with facilities such as 3D printers for rapid prototyping, laser cutters, specialist software, studios and more.
  2. You can opt to undertake a work placement in a professional design practice, to gain hands-on experience and build your portfolio.
  3. Real-world experience: you'll be encouraged to take part in workshops, live briefs and international design competitions.

Our Interior Design BA(Hons) course aims to get you thinking about the functional and aesthetic potential of interior environments. Through a supportive learning journey you will be encouraged to imagine what is possible and develop your own design practice, you’ll discover how you can transform space, questioning the future of retail, leisure and work spaces and all interior environments beyond the domestic.

Interior Design transforms ideas into experiences. You'll have opportunities to create and innovate entirely new experiences and relationships between people and the places they spend time in. With an emphasis on creativity, you can explore current design thinking using this to push design boundaries and to come up with new ways of looking at interactions, transforming future spatial environments.

Why study Interior Design?

  • Interior Design BA(Hons) achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022
  • You can focus on the practical side of things, with the aim of helping you to prepare for a career in interior design. We’ll give you the chance to get involved in a range of projects across several typologies, building your own unique portfolio as you move through the course.
  • Use skills and experience gained over your time on the course to give you the best chance to succeed in your future career as a designer. We’ll aim to give you a thorough grounding in all the technical demands of detailing and specification alongside the creative aspects.
  • Take opportunities to get out into the ‘real world’ by engaging in our placement year, where you can work in a professional design practice. It will give you the chance to gain hands-on experience, build up your professional portfolio and develop real-world skills.

Interior Design has an 84.6% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2020)

Course detail

Core modules:

Design Process and Communication

This module introduces and develops your awareness and understanding of 2D and 3D visual language relating to research, analysis, evaluation and synthesis through exploration of the creative process of design. The module comprises three components: visual enquiry, design interpretation and communicative processes. Your knowledge and understanding of these principles will be demonstrated through a portfolio containing visual exploration and development, 2D/3D proposals and design experimentation. 100% Portfolio.

Design Culture in Context

This module focuses on the examination of current and historical design, cultural socio-economic concerns, styles and artefacts and considers their importance within and influence upon the visual and material culture of society. You will be encouraged to develop academic critical appraisal, analysis, evaluation and reflection upon identified issues which are deemed important and relevant to interior designers.

Material Innovations

Through the module you will be encouraged to acquire and develop a vocabulary and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles associated with the materiality of the built environment and the industry of an interior designer. 40% test paper/60% project work.

Design Exploration

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop an understanding and explorative approach to the production of spatial design proposals. Design work will enable you to integrate design process, creative experimentation and visual communication techniques while encouraging the development of organisational, creative and CAD competencies. Explorative design proposals will evidence your knowledge, understanding and developing abilities. 100% portfolio

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2022 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2023, please view the 2023-24 course information.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, you will also need:

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students on the course have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Edge - London; Spatialized - Wakefield; Keane Brands - Birmingham; Concrete - Amsterdam; Fitch - London; PDS Design and Build – Wakefield; Concept IDL – Sheffield and Green Room Interiors – Leeds.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Throughout my internship, I was given an enormous amount of responsibility and gained masses of experience. I operated at the level of a professional interior designer – managing projects and presenting my designs to clients and contractors.

Profile photo of 2019 Interior Design graduate Harry Hogg

Harry Hogg, Interior Design BA(Hons) 2019 graduate

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Interior Design students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career


The course aims to help you to develop the skills needed to work within interior architecture and design firms as well as focused retail, workplace, leisure and hotel design companies around the world.

You’ll be encouraged to take part in workshops, live briefs and international design competitions. It’s all structured to get you ready for employment once you’ve graduated. Recent graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Adam & Eve (London), Google (USA), and Studio Tilt (Netherlands).**

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

Source: **GEMS

84% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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