BA (Hons) Interior Design

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Institution code: N39
Course 3 Year UCAS code: W250
Course 4 Year UCAS code: W251
Course length: 3 or 4 year options

All courses starting in September 2021 will run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning and will follow UK government safety advice. We may need to adjust course delivery if advice changes. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.​

Your creativity and professional craft, creative expression and problem-solving skills will grow at NUA as you explore interior design as a way of addressing human needs and social challenges.

Our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree will encourage you to consider how people react to spaces as you gain experience of designing for a range of interiors: from homes and housing projects to hotels and shops, restaurants and offices.

Professional and design skills

Working in our Interior Design studio and workshops, you will explore how scale, light, colour, materials, texture and their acoustics affect human reactions as you consider the social implications of design.

And with the support of our expert academics and technicians, you’ll master a variety of techniques and visualisation methods, including:

  • Sketching by hand
  • Industry-standard 3D digital platforms
  • Collage
  • Photography
  • Model-making.

Engage with the Interior Design industry

You’ll explore cultural trends and innovation in materials and technology that are shaping the industry as you prepare for a career in interior design and start to build a professional portfolio. Visiting professionals will share their insight through lectures and seminars and live projects.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including

  • Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Colour Consultant
  • 3D Model Maker
  • Theatre Set Designer
  • ExhibitionDesigner
  • Lighting Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Design Contractor
  • Architectural Visualiser
  • Design Technologist

You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our team in the Ideas FactoryNUA to help support you as you plan your career.

Course content

  • Year 1
  • Understand the principles of ideation and communication in interior design through a range of projects, workshops, experiments and exercises
  • Explore the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the interior and its cultural and historical context
  • Examine new technologies and sustainable materials, as well as manufacturing techniques and their application to interior design
  • Integrate research, analytical and reflective techniques into your creative practice.
  • Year 2
  • Create work from concept to realisation with particular focus on understanding design briefs and user needs
  • Communicate your design ideas through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3D visualisation, sketching and model making
  • Apply a flexible and imaginative approach to problem solving through enquiry-based learning, using storytelling and lateral thinking to solve design problems
  • Study cultural, theoretical, and professional issues and apply social, historical and professional contexts to the subject discipline
  • Explore working in a team and developing a creative role through course and university-wide collaborative projects.
  • Year 3
  • Explore materials and technologies for the construction and operation of building interiors with particular focus on sustainability, environmental and performance issues
  • Deliver a final major design project, embracing the full interior design process and demonstrating your approach to, and engagement with, contemporary interior design issues
  • Complete a Research Report that provides broad contextualisation to your practice
  • Participate in national competitions to further enhance your portfolio and professional profile.
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Convention

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma
Merit

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Merit

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 27 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world. To find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

We also accept some alternative English qualifications. Learn more about our English entry requirements.

You can email us on international@nua.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

BA (Hons) Interior Design degree portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should be relevant to this course, but you can include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence and understanding of space.

You may wish to include some of the following:

  • Drawings (ideas, observations and technical designs)
  • Collages,
  • Surface designs,
  • Paintings,
  • Photographs 
  • 3D visualization software (i.e. Sketch Up, CAD, Adobe Suite amongst others)
  • Sculpture
  • Model Making
  • Prototypes
  • Installations

Further portfolio advice and tips

Get more advice on presentation formats, layouts and when to submit your portfolio in the application process.

Fees and Funding

The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK or ‘International/EU’, so it’s important to check your fee status. If you’re unsure, the UKCISA website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact student.finance@nua.ac.uk

UK students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. Further details about tuition fee loans are provided below. International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.

2021/22 Tuition Fees for new entrants

Citizen status

Course

Fee

UK

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)

£9,250

International (including EU)

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)

£15,900

Fees will remain the same for each year of your course. 

International students

Find out more about 2021 fees for international students and the scholarships and support available.

Financial support for UK students

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries that take into account family income. Find out how to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

Tuition fee loans are available for UK students.

  • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
  • You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
  • Only start paying back when you are earning over £26,575 per year

Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for UK students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

  • A loan of up to £9,203 may be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £7,747 may be available if you live with your parents.

Different figures may apply if you are currently based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

How can you find out more?

To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support, visit Student Finance. If you have any questions about fees, please email us: student.finance@nua.ac.uk

Scholarships

Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.

Bursaries

For new entrants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less, the university will offer a contribution towards the costs of studying at NUA (such as equipment, materials and other course-related costs). Find out more about bursaries at NUA

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

Four year degree – BA (Hons) Interior Design

Four year degrees offer students a chance to build on their experience within their undergraduate course of choice.

Year 0 will help to build confidence and develop subject specific practical, creative and conceptual skills – making full use of University studios and workshops.

Typical UK offers and entry requirements for Year 0 entry

GCE A/AS Levels
2 A-level qualifications at grades CC or higher. 

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Merit, Merit, Pass in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma
An overall Pass

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
An overall Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
Pass

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 24 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

Students
BA Interior Design student Mahisha stood by a wall and a door

Mahisha Ahmed

"I was first inspired by watching shows such as Interior Design Masters and 60 Minute Makeover. Through this, I was captivated by different design styles and how they were constructed, which is what sparked my interest in interior design."

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Laura Kidd

"My work placement helped me to understand the nature of the industry and what it realistically entails - budgets, samples, co-operation and communication with external sources and clients, and the importance of meeting tight deadlines."

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Cairo Hill

"The knowledge of CAD skills like Photoshop and SketchUp gave me the skills I needed to keep up with the pace the professionals worked at."

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Amy Charter

"The interior design course prepared me for the work placement by giving me invaluable first-hand knowledge of software that I was able to adapt and utilise in practice. It also gave me plenty of insights to developing my own design ethos."

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Lecturers

  • Stefanie Partington

  • Lisa Thurlow

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