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, remodelling and sustainable reuse of specific existing buildings, rather than the creation of new buildings. Course projects consider a diverse range of characterful buildings, that have reached the end of their current lifespan, across the public, private and commercial spheres.
We will encourage you to develop an individual design approach, independent thinking, and innovative ideas. You will have the opportunity to develop an individual design approach, independent thinking and innovative ideas. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to address real-world situations in an imaginative and dynamic way, preparing you for the world of work.
In addition to the three-year full-time course, we offer a four-year sandwich option. This pathway incorporates a one-year professional placement opportunity, recognised by a dedicated Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice: Interior Architecture & Design, which you'll receive at graduation.
Year after year our students produce outstanding industry-standard work and leave the course with an impressive portfolio to launch their career. Take a look at some of the work from last year’s graduates on our Creative Graduates 2022 exhibition site.
During your studies, you will have access to our interior studios, which are specifically designed to mirror the environment of a professional design studio. The studios are equipped with Apple iMacs and an array of design software. You will also be able to access a diverse range of architecture and design books either digitally or physically, held in our extensive library building.
Primarily concerned with the reinvention of the built environment, Interior Architecture is especially interested in the overlap between the public realm and the private worlds that we occupy, and the critical engagement with the social, political and cultural contexts which affect them. Teaching and learning are centred around the design project - ideas and the communication of them are tested and explored through this.
Learning also happens outside the studio and classroom. Our students go on field trips in London and visit the sites that their studies relate to.
Graduates from this course gain valuable and transferable skills the creative industry is looking for. The creative industries sector is currently one of the fastest growing employment markets and graduates take advantage of the many opportunities for design and architecture related roles and activities across the built environment sector. Students go on to work in architecture and design studios and other specialist design consultancies, advisory agencies and the design departments of public and commercial organisations.
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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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 seven core learning strands which are developed progressively throughout all years of the course.
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.
We've transformed our annual printed magazine to reflect the digital world we (and the industry) find ourselves in. Take a look at DRAFT to see the wonderful work produced by our students across the three Interiors programmes.
Every year, Interior Educators holds a show to celebrate the work of Interiors students nationwide, presenting awards to the best students in different award categories. We are very proud to announce that, once again, our students excelled and took home awards in 2020!
Progress Awards: Best sketchbook: Adela Spalenkova (Yr 2) Winner
Progress Awards: Best Orthographic Drawing: Ashna Butt (Yr 2) Winner, Emily Marzocchi (Yr 1) Winner
Progress Awards: Live Projects: Ligia Popa (Yr 2) Winner
Retail Student Design Awards:
Second year students from BA Interior Architecture and BA Interior Design entered the Retail Student Design Awards again this year, tackling a brief set by the high street restaurant chain, Pizza Express. The judges, consisting of retailers and design experts from the The Body Shop, Specsavers, Quinine, Dalziel & Pow, Gensler and AHMH architects, were impressed by the entries, awarding joint winner status to two students from Middlesex – Ligia Popa, BA Interior Design and Ashna Butt, BA Interior Architecture.
Follow us on Instagram or scroll through the images below to see the great work our students have produced.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: September 2023, September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years with work placement, 6 years part-time
Start: October 2023
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
Code: See How to apply tab