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BA (Honours) Interior Design

Three years full-time

UCAS code • W250

Location • City Campus
Subject area • Art and design

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At a glance

Explore the fundamental characteristics of interior space through analysis and study of existing buildings. Then apply this knowledge creatively, tackling live briefs set by real industrial partners and develop an understanding of the building process alongside creative design thinking.

Key points
• Engage with ‘live’ projects mirroring the experience of design employment.
• Work in facilities that include specialist workshops and an open studio environment.
• Visit design consultancies and industrial facilities to learn about design professions.

About this course

What is interior design?
Interior design involves creating innovative and functional spaces for a range of internal environments including public buildings, retail outlets such as shops and restaurants, and community based projects such as schools, hospitals, museums, leisure venues and galleries.

Interior design can also be applied to temporary environments, whether that’s pop-up shops that are in existence for just a few months at a time, or exhibition stands that last days. Anything that has an interior can be designed, redesigned or refurbished.

About this course
This is a creative and challenging course that 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 problem solving approach to your work.

Studio-based learning enables you to develop your creative and technical skills. You work both collaboratively and individually and take part in small group tutorials in the studio environment.

Lectures and seminars will focus on contemporary issues affecting design today to help you understand your work in a wider historical and social context. Areas covered include • environment and sustainability • international culture and context • renewal and regeneration • new technologies and communication.

As a student, you benefit from state-of-the-art workshops, our Digital Design Centre with six computer suites and the Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery for displaying student work and 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 industrial understanding of interior design, and they often have a direct link with studio-based projects or theoretical studies.

You continue building your understanding of the design industry by working with clients and industry professionals on ‘live’ projects. These projects mirror the experience of design employment where you have the opportunity to work with real industrial clients. These commercial projects help you to develop your understanding of the business context of design work, preparing you for your career.

You also have the opportunity to enter both national and international design competitions.

There are field trips to international cultural centres to help you extend your contextual knowledge and to provide an insight into the international role and position of the design professions. Previous destinations have included Milan, Barcelona and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Key areas of study
Key areas include • history of design • contextual studies • computer-aided design (CAD) • model making • design skills • creative design projects • drawing and visual communication • building techniques • materials technology • digital image manipulation • interactive interiors.

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.


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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Fees – home and EU students

2014/15 academic year

Membership of professional bodies is included in the course.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.
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Fees – international students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £11,250 a year

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,500 a year

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

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