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Interior Architecture BA Honours

Architecture and interior design have always been interlinked. Learn why interior architecture is unique to start on an exciting career path.
Code
K120
Start
October 2020
EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Francesca Murialdo

Why study architecture interior design with us

Interior architecture is distinct from the better known field of interior design, though the two are linked. Interior architecture degrees typically focus on the adaptation and remodelling of existing buildings, bringing together the practices of interior design and architecture in one. This course incorporates a diverse range of buildings across the public, private, and commercial spheres.

We’ll encourage you to develop an individual style, independent thinking, and innovative ideas. We give all our students the skills needed to address real-world situations in an imaginative and dynamic way, preparing you for the world of work.

Our course can also be taken over four years instead of three, to include a one-year professional placement within the design industry, to be taken after your second year. You'll gain substantial professional practice and you’ll receive an Advanced Diploma Professional Practice: Interior Architecture & Design at graduation.

How you’ll develop your design skills

During your studies, you’ll have access to our interior architecture and design studios, which are specifically designed to mirror the environment of a professional design studio. We have five studios to use by individuals and groups alike. The studios have Apple iMacs with an array of design software, a library of design and architecture books, and storage for your models.

Our students are often involved with various, public-facing projects. In 2018, our Interior Architecture students collaborated on a project with Alexandra Palace, a historic entertainment complex in north London. In 2017, our students were challenged to create a pop-up exhibition space in King’s Cross with a brief that challenged them to consider materials, public movement, and the artistic work displayed.

Learning also happens outside the studio and classroom. Our students go on field trips in London and abroad, where you can partake in collaborative projects with students from other universities.

Graduates from this course gain valuable and transferable skills the creative industry is looking for. Many have gone on to work in specialist design studios and consultancies, in roles like interior designer, space planner, exhibition designer, and interior architect. It also opens doors to career paths in the environment sector, education, media, retail, and entertainment.

Get the support you need

During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.


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What will you study on the BA Interior Architecture?

Learning on the course is based on a sequence of 'integrated design projects', in which you are asked to apply and demonstrate various aspects of your learning, as well as your individual creativity and originality, to specified design tasks. Projects are supplemented by a variety of lecture, seminar and workshop sessions to provide specialist skills and knowledge. Your ideas and proposals will be tested and explored in regular tutorials and reviews, in which critical evaluation, guidance and feedback is provided, and from which you will be expected to develop and improve your work.

The curriculum focuses on six core learning strands which are developed progressively throughout all years of the course.

  • Design Thinking and Processes — How designers research, analyse and make decisions, and how the design of interiors is initiated, conceptualized, developed, sanctioned, and realised
  • Materiality and Technics — How and from what interiors are constructed, assembled and operate technically and technologically
  • Environment and Performance — How environmental and sustainability issues and post-occupancy performance and adaptability are addressed in the design, construction and use of interiors
  • Contextual and Critical Analysis — How contextual factors frame, inform and constrain the design of interiors, and their analysis and interpretation
  • Communication and Media — How the design of interiors is represented and communicated across a range of media and techniques
  • Reflective and Professional Practice — How reflective practice is applied in design, and how professional skills are employed in design practice.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Fundamental Contexts and Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the historical, contextual and critical basis of art, architecture and design and its analysis and interpretation. You will explore the important role of form, materiality, colour and light in the making and experience of interior environments. You will also focus on representation and communication methods in a range of media necessary and appropriate to clearly illustrate design research, precedent and inspirational reference and new interior design proposals.

    • Fundamental Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce fundamental principles of design thinking and the design process, relative to the practice of brief-led Interior Design, through the study of fundamental elements of the interior in a series of separate, but inter-related, design projects. You will be able to explore approaches, methodologies and strategies that are appropriate to reflective design practice.

    • Interpreting Contexts and Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning in the Fundamental Contexts and Skills module, this module will allow you to interpret research as a fundamental tool in the design process and introduce research methods and tactics necessary to result in an appropriate response to the design brief. You will evaluate the importance of the historical, contextual and critical basis of art, architecture and design and its analysis and interpretation in the process of designing interiors, as well as evaluate the important role of materiality in the formation of the interior and the experience of interior environments. You will interpret representation and communication methods in a range of media necessary and appropriate to clearly illustrate design research, precedent and inspirational reference and creative proposals in response to briefing material.

    • Interpreting Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning in the Fundamental Practice module, this module will allow you to evaluate understanding of underlying principles in design thinking and the design process to produce comprehensive and coherent design proposals for whole interiors. You will also be able to interpret approaches, methodologies and strategies that are appropriate to reflective design practice.

  • Year 2

    • Developing Contexts and Skills (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning in Interpreting Contexts and Skills module, this module will allow you to develop established techniques of research used in the design process and develop research methods and tactics necessary to result in an appropriate response to design briefs set in the Developing Practice module. You will also develop an understanding of the historical, contextual and critical basis of art, architecture and design and its analysis and interpretation. You will enhance your understanding of materials and construction technologies and processes used in formation of the interior and the experience of interior environments. You will effectively develop methods of representation and communication, and acquire new competences in a range of media necessary and appropriate to clearly illustrate design research and creative proposals in response to briefing material.

    • Developing Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning in the Interpreting Practice module, this module will allow you to apply developed thinking in design and process into coherent design proposals for a range of commercial interiors, studied and communicated in comprehensive detail at various scales through to 1:1. You will also effectively develop approaches, methodologies and strategies that are appropriate to critically reflective design practice.

    • Interior Architecture: Application (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning in the Developed Contexts and Skills module and the Developed Practice module, this module will allow you to establish the essential role of in-depth research into cultural, historical, political and socio-economic contexts, within site generic commercial Interior Design Projects. You will produce project outcomes that illustrate embedded, contextual research within the design process focused on client needs and user experience, applied to the design of commercial interiors and branded environments. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of professional practice standards and procedures, and develop your understanding of employability opportunities, self-evaluation and personal career development.

  • Optional placement year

    • Interiors: Placement 1 (60 credits) – Optional

      Building on prior learning, this module will allow you to utilise employment experience to provide an insight into the work, methods and operation of a professional design practice. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge to personal and professional practice, as well as have the opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills by experiencing a professional design practice working on real projects.

    • Interior Architecture: Placement 2 (60 credits) – Optional

      Building on prior learning, this module gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into the work, methods and operation of a professional design practice. You will be able to use the skills and knowledge acquired during the course to personal and professional practice, as well as having the opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills in the context of a professional design practice working on real projects.

  • Year 3

    • Interior Architecture: Integration - Research and Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on prior learning, this module will allow you to evidence advanced research into cultural, historical, political and socio-economic contexts, pertinent to Interior Design study through the production of a comprehensive research portfolio. You will critically review and develop an individual process of design, from inception, through design development, to the production of a coherent, detailed design proposal and portfolio. You will reflect upon creative currency within contemporary Interior Design practice to support the delivery of the design proposals for commercial interiors and branded environments of the highest standards. You will explore the important role of materiality within the experiential quality of interiors with aneconomic, ethical and ecological conscience, within a contemporary context, as well as synthesise your personal and professional approaches to the communication of proposed interior spaces through the use of an advanced range of techniques, and media. Your individual standards and skills, related to professional practice procedures will be reinforced, acknowledging issues of operation, management, advanced literacy and numeracy.

    • Interior Architecture: Integration - Major Project (60 credits) - Optional

      Building on prior learning, this module will allow you to consolidate the key role of advanced research into cultural, historical, political and socio-economic contexts, within responsible commercial Interior Design Projects. You will critically review and develop an individual process of design, from inception, through design development, to the production of a coherent, detailed design proposal and portfolio ready for employment. You will be encouraged to reflect upon creative currency within contemporary Interior Design practice to support the delivery of design proposals of the highest standards, as well as reinforce the important role of materiality within the experiential quality of interiors with aneconomic, ethical and ecological conscience, within a contemporary context. You will focus on synthesising your personal and professional approaches to the communication of proposed interior spaces through the use of an advanced range of techniques, and media. Your individual standards and skills, related to and reflecting upon professional practice procedures will be reinforced, acknowledging issues of operation, management and responsibilities of advanced literacy and numeracy.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice
  3. Teaching and learning
  4. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interview and portfolio
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

Student Awards

Each year we take our highest achieving graduates to the Interior Educators Exhibition held at the Truman Brewery. This event showcases Interior graduates' work from over 35 courses nationally.

Last year BA Interior Architecture graduate, Lauren Slevin, won the top award of Best Overall Student Project. Her project focused on issues of consumption, detoxification and well-being in the, soon to be remodelled, location of  Smithfield Market, in East London.

We also won the Best Stand award for the best exhibition of student work, designed by a group of graduating students during their second year of study.

The Void

Interior Architecture and Interior Design students at Middlesex work on cross-disciplinary live projects which see them explore their creativity in exciting ways. A recent collaboration saw second year students work with Edgar Davey, visiting lecturer in graphic design and Middlesex alum, on an installation where Davey's mind blowing graphics were projected onto a sculptural form designed by the students.

Originally exhibited at the Red Gallery in London's Shoreditch, The Void has since been showcased at Middlesex's 2015 art and design degree show and at the Interior Educators exhibition at London's Truman Brewery.

Examples of work

Follow us on Instagram or scroll through the images below to see the great work our students have produced.

How can the BA Interior Architecture support your career?

Graduates from the BA Interior Architecture course are equipped to fulfil design roles in interior design and architectural practices, specialist studios and consultancies, building and property companies, advisory agencies, and the design departments of public and commercial organisations. Possible careers with a degree in Interiors include:

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Architect
  • Interior Decorator
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Space Planner

The creative industries sector is currently one of the fastest growing employment markets and graduates can take advantage of the many opportunities for design-related roles and activities across the built environment sector, as well as in the education, media, retail and entertainment sectors.

The course will also prepare you for further postgraduate and specialised study in interior architecture, interior design, the built environment, design history and theory, visual culture, and design management. You might be also interested in our MA Interiors (Architecture and Design) programme.

Workshops and studios

The specialist resources and facilities available to students in the Grove are extensive and the most up-to-date available, and there is professional technical support in all areas to help you use our workshops and studios to the best advantage.

The library

The Sheppard Library houses computing and audio-visual facilities, a language centre, learning support services and the student help centre. There is an entire floor dedicated to design resources, including the Materials and Product Collections.

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) is MLA accredited and houses the important Silver Studio collection of late 19th and early 20th century decorative art and design, designated as of national importance, together with a range of other collections including the J M Richards Archive of books on architecture and town planning.

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Code: W251

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Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with work placement, 6 years part-time

Code: W245

Foundation Year in 3D Design

Start: October 2020

Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time

Code: See How to apply tab

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