Full-time: Three years
W260; Short form: BA/ID
Preston (Campus code: U)
You'll be encouraged and supported to find your own personal approach to interior design, whether large or small scale.
Working on live projects, you'll design for a range of industries learning how professional interior design interacts with other areas as part of a project's design team, which in turn helps you develop valuable project management and problem-solving skills.
You’ll gain a full understanding of how interior design has developed over recent decades, and how your work can benefit. Ultimately, you'll graduate with a perfect blend of practical skills, professionalism and creativity.
National Student Survey 2017
90.7% of Design Studies students agreed that teaching staff are good at explaining things
112 points at A2; General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
All applicants are invited to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be notified of your date for your Selection Day by our Admissions Office who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.
Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.
The course provides a framework to enable you to flourish as a creative individual, combining a sound base in technical skills, together with a critical awareness of the specialist discipline and design generally. Creative design projects are the main vehicle for learning, enabling you to consider the challenges interior designers face in a wide range of contexts. Live projects, competitions and industry-linked projects also form an important part of learning at all levels.
On the course, you will:
The course begins with an introduction to the discipline, giving you the tools to operate in your specialist field. Throughout the three years of study, each module gives experience in different aspects of design practice and theory, enabling you to build confidence in exploring your subject. We see this combination of curious enquiry and professional rigour as key to nurturing the designer as a ‘critical professional’, grounded in the specialist field of Interior Design.
Many of our students work in design practice after graduation in regional and national companies, including Isometrix lighting, Start JudgeGill Design, Asco lighting, BDP and Hargreaves Bathrooms. Other graduates have also set up their own design practices.
Some examples of graduate careers include:
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
There are many opportunities for international study, either through the Erasmus scheme, or with our international partners, AAS in Thessaloniki, Greece and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
The course has links with numerous companies and organisations, with whom we work on a range of collaborations, including live projects, competitions, site visits, talks and work placements. Interaction with visiting lecturers and industry professionals will be available to you, these meetings and lectures will allow you to learn different skills and creative ideas to benefit you and your study.
English Regions Skills Review 2015
UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:
The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).
At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.
The course is centred on the design studios, which combine a relaxed and informal atmosphere with the rigours of a professional working environment. The main teaching activity takes the form of project briefs in a studio environment. These are supported by lectures and workshops which develop specific skills. The coursework is continually assessed through the project work. There are some specific assignments relating to skill areas. There are no exams.
I enjoyed learning new skills and developing my drawing. I like the way in which we are learning specific techniques, and I really enjoy the research part of the projects.
The Studio is fully equipped with computer workstations for all students, seminar and tutorial rooms, model photography facilities with Olympus Modelscope. The course also has access to state-of-the-art Motion Capture facilities and extensive craft workshops including laser cutting equipment.