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BA (Honours) Interior Design

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time
UCAS code • W250 | Location • City Campus

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Interior Design degree overview

Explore the fundamental characteristics of the interior design of buildings through analysis and study of existing buildings and spaces, and develop your understanding of the build and construction process alongside creative design thinking. You then apply this knowledge creatively, by tackling live projects set by real commercial partners.

• Engage with live projects that mirror the experience of design practice.
• Work in facilities including specialist workshops and an open studio environment.
• Visit design consultancies and industrial facilities to learn about interior design in a professional context.
• Work on a diverse range of projects including retail, office, bars and restaurants before specialising in your area of interest.

Professional recognition

This interior design degree is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Fees – home and EU students

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

Fees - international students

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further fee information see our international fees or scholarships and bursaries pages.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

Course description

What you study
This creative course introduces you to all aspects of interior design. You develop a range of practical and intellectual skills that will allow you to take risks and develop an inventive and creative problem-solving approach to your work.

Working in our studios you take part in small group tutorials, developing your creative and technical skills. Your lectures and seminars focus on contemporary issues affecting design today, helping you understand your work in a wider historical and social context.

Key areas include • environment and sustainability • international culture and context • new technologies and communication • trend, marketing and market awareness • contemporary and historical design • contextual studies • computer-aided design (CAD) • model making • design skills • creative design projects • drawing and visual communication • building/construction and material technologies • digital image manipulation • interactive interiors.

Practical experience
The course gives you many opportunities to gain exposure, experience and skills on creative design projects, field trips and exhibitions.

You build your understanding of the design industry by working with clients and industry professionals on live projects. Previous students have designed and created a show apartment at Park Hill for Urban Splash, an innovation room at Manchester Airport, play spaces at Sheffield Children's Hospital and a new co-working space for an enterprise business in Sheffield.

These projects give you valuable experience of what it’s like to work as an interior designer addressing the needs of commercial clients. They help you develop your understanding of the business context of design work, preparing you for your professional career.

You also have the opportunity to gain exposure by entering national and international design competitions such as the RSA Student Design Awards.

In your second year you work with careers professionals to produce a CV and portfolio of work which is then passed to design and architectural practices. Several students have been offered work placements as part of this process.

You take field trips to international cultural centres to gain an insight into the wider role of design and see work from leading architects and designers. In your first year, you explore listed buildings and look at how interior building space is remodelled while on site visits to Manchester and London, which are covered by your tuition fees. You also visit places such as Milan, Barcelona and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

In your third year you can choose to do a placement year, providing you with the opportunity to add to your CV and gain experience of working in design studios and architectural practices. Placements give you the opportunity to apply your learning, develop new and existing skills and increase your knowledge and experience. Our students have secured placements with companies such as YourStudio, Mynt Design and Tim Flynn Architects.

Other students have completed placements abroad in Dubai, Melbourne and LA. You can also study at an international university through the Erasmus scheme. We have partnerships with universities in Barcelona, Prague and Lyon among others.

The design work you complete during the course develops into a portfolio of work that helps you gain employment after graduating.

As a student, you benefit from state-of-the-art workshops, our digital design facilities, in-house professional print services, you have 24 hour access to our library and the Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery displays student work, along with touring exhibitions.

During the course, you visit design consultancies, industrial facilities, museums and exhibitions. These visits contribute to the development of a deeper contextual and commercial understanding of interior design, and they often have a direct link with studio-based projects or theoretical studies.

You are taught by lecturers who have worked professionally as interior designers and have a wide range of connections with leading figures in the industry. You gain insight from guest workshops run by architectural and design companies. Previous visitors have included Arup, HLM Architects, BDP, 93ft and Atkins.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts, which traces its history back to 1843, which means you work alongside students from other creative disciplines including fashion, graphic design, fine art and product design.

Free Range exhibition
Our students exhibit at the Free Range art and design exhibition in London’s Brick Lane.

The exhibition, which this year features 438 students from 28 UK interior design degree courses, provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level to both the public and industry.


• design projects • written assignments

Entry requirements

2016 entry requirements

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview and GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above, plus one of the following

• 280 points including at least 160 points from two GCE/VCE A levels, or BTEC National qualifications, or one AVCE double award. AS levels and Key Skills may count towards these points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

• Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design – pass

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course content

Year one modules

• creative design projects • model making • design skills • drawing and visual communication computer-aided design (CAD) • presentation skills • building & material technologies • contemporary & historical design • contextual studies • study visits

Year two modules

• live design projects • digital image manipulation • model making • building & material technologies • visual and presentation skills • interactive interiors & CAD • design competitions • professional practice • contextual studies • overseas study tour

In the final part of year two, you prepare and negotiate an area of study relevant to your own practice with teaching staff, in preparation for year three.

Year three modules

• design projects (individually planned and managed by students) • design-related dissertation • design competitions


At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to begin your career in a variety of design-related roles. Careers in interior design are diverse as the core skills apply to a range of areas.

Our graduates have gone on to work as designers at • The Yard Creative, London • Torsten Neeland, London • Dalziel & Pow, London • HLM Architects, Plymouth • Mynt Design, Leicestershire • Menis Architects, Valencia.

There are opportunities to work for design consultancies and architectural practices. After building a reputation, some interior designers choose to become self-employed. Other opportunities exist collaborating with designers from other disciplines and working as part of a multidisciplinary design team.

The degree can also be a starting point for careers in retailing, marketing, teaching, promotion and management. You may also decide to continue on to postgraduate study.

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