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Interior Design BA (Hons)

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

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:

  • Be encouraged to take up internships and industry work placements, building up relevant experience.
  • Work in our state-of-the art design studios, which combine a relaxed and informal atmosphere with the rigours of a professional working environment and feature motion capture facilities and laser-cutting equipment.
  • You will be able to interact with visiting lecturers and industry professionals, learning different skills and creative ideas to benefit you and your studies.

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.



Lancashire Arts Festival 2017 award winner – Heather Saunders


 


 

Opportunities

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:

  • Karen Smart - designer at Start Judge Gill Design, Manchester
  • Judy Deakin – set up her own practice, Form Interior Design based in Kendal
  • Kimberly Riley – Design and Project Manager at Asco Lighting, Stockport
  • Laura Cizaskuite – Junior Designer at Isometrix Lighting, London
  • Rebecca Rayson and Sarah Yarwood - Interior Designers at BDP in Manchester
  • Donna Catlow – Interior Designer at Hargreaves Bathrooms, Burnley

The Quarter

The Quarter is a dedicated team located in the School of Art, Design and Fashion, representing the School's industry based activities. The team works with businesses who require creative support, to provide opportunities for students to work on live industry projects and long-term industrial placements as part of their degree.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    W260

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.


Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Creative Thinking 
  • Drawing and Modelling 1 
  • Building Anatomy 1 
  • Historical Contextual Studies

 


 

    Year 2

    • Interior Design Studies
    • Digital Drawing & Modelling 2
    • Building Anatomy 2
    • Contemporary Contextual Studies

    Year 3

    • Honours Project
    • Materiality and Fabrication
    • Advanced Professional Practice
    • Future Lifestyles
    • Contextual Studies: Design Futures

     

    Late Applications


    Partner Colleges

    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.

    Our Industry Links

    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.

    Facilities

    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.

    Learning Environment

    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. The coursework is continually assessed through the project work. There are no exams.

    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.

    Important Information

    Course Handbook

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    * Tuition Fees

    *Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

    Entry Requirements

    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.