Interior design courses are rapidly growing in demand. Interior design is a vital part of our everyday lives, from home and the work place, shops and restaurants to hotels, museums and other public buildings. Our course aims to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to start your career in interior design. You’ll learn all about how to design successful, commercially focussed interiors and what is meant by ‘placemaking’, In doing so, you'll explore the diverse interdisciplinary nature of the subject.
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.
You’ll be taught by a team of highly experienced staff, who are academics and industry professionals. They’ll provide you with all the support and guidance you need to succeed in your studies. We’ll provide you with specialist technical and study facilities on campus, which is equipped to a state-of-the-art standard.
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.
Our course is based on integrated design projects to get you thinking and working like an interior designer. You’ll be challenged to apply and demonstrate various elements of your learning. Tasks have been designed to help you develop your creativity and originality while engaging with a diverse range of design challenges, just like you would at work. You'll also become proficient in the use of the latest digital communication methods used in the industry.
An interior design degree can open a lot of career doors. Past graduates have gone on to work in interior design practices, specialist studios and consultancies, advisory agencies, and commercial organisations. Some of the graduate career destinations include prestigious design companies such as Brinkworth, Virgile and Partners, Dalziel and Pow, 20.20, Silver and Co. and Fitch.
We ensure that every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
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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.
Research – Cultural, historical, political and social-economic contexts and how research and analysis of these contexts informs the design process and decision making.
Process – How the design of interiors is initiated, from the inception of a design concept through the process of design development to resolution and communication of the design proposal.
Design – The highest standards in design, recognizing creative currency, innovation and design quality relative to contemporary Interior Design practice.
Making – The importance of materiality in interiors and how, and from what, interior environments are formed, fitted-out and finished in order for designs to function and be appropriately experienced with an economic, ethical and ecological conscience.
Communication – How the design of interiors is coherently communicated and represented across a range of media and techniques, from freehand drawing to advanced visualization programmes.
Practice – Professional standards and practice procedures applied to Interior Design, and how professional skills are deployed in the relationship with audiences, clients, markets, uses, consumers and participants in interior environments.
Employability – Self-evaluation and personal career development and employability opportunities within interior Design and related professions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building on prior learning and professional practice experience, this module aims to reinforce the use of materials and technologies for the architectural construction and operation of interiors. You will critically review concepts of design thinking and the processes and practice of brief-led design and embed environmental and performance issues in the architectural construction and use of interiors. You will be able to strengthen your contextual and critical basis of design and its analysis and interpretation as well as synthesise the communication and representation of architectural interiors in a range of media. This module also aims to consolidate your personal approaches to reflective and professional design practice.
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
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.
In light of the COVID restrictions inflicted upon this year's cohort, 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.
Jonathan has been both a professional Interior Designer and design educator for over twenty years. His specialisms include the design of hotels, spa’s and leisure spaces, restaurant design, exclusive residential design, and retail and exhibition design. He also worked on the design of a private island in the Caribbean. A keen advocate of contemporary visualising techniques which utilise graphical software, he also maintains a strong connection with hand drawing and painting, being an ardent Urbansketcher and life drawing. In 2015, Jon published a collection of short stories creating new myths for an old village in Kent and illustrated each of the fifty-five fairy tales with linocut black and white illustrations.
Interior Design BA graduate
In 2017 Roxanne Stone was shortlisted for the Adidas brief at the Retail Design Student Awards and after graduating she started working full-time at 20.20.
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Start: September 2023, September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time
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Duration: 3 years full-time
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Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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