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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Explore the fundamental characteristics of interior space through analysis and study of existing buildings. Then apply this knowledge creatively, tackling a variety of live briefs set by real industrial partners and developing an understanding of the building process alongside creative design thinking.
• 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.
• Work on a diverse range of projects before specialising in your area of interest.
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 further information see our fees and funding pages.
2014/15 academic year
Membership of professional bodies is included in the course.
Fees – international students
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
2014/15 academic year
Typically £11,250 a year
2015/16 academic year
Typically £11,500 a year
What you study
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.
You work in groups and individually in our studios and 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 • renewal and regeneration • new technologies and communication • 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.
The course gives you many opportunities to gain exposure, experience and skills on practical 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 and new spaces at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
These projects give you valuable experience of what it’s like to work as an interior designer with industrial clients. They help you develop your understanding of the business context of design work, preparing you for your 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 local architecture companies. Several students have been offered work placements as part of this process.
Other students have gone further afield, completing placements in Dubai, Australia and LA. You can also spend time studying at an international university through the Erasmus scheme. We have partnerships with universities in Barcelona, Prague and Lyon among others.
You take field trips to international cultural centres to gain an insight into the international role and position of the design professions. In your first year, you explore listed buildings and look at how spaces are remodelled on site visits to Manchester and London, which are covered by your tuition fees. You also place architecture in an international context by visiting places of cultural interest 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. 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, London; Mynt Design, Leicestershire; Hassell Design Studio, Melbourne, Australia; Tim Flynn Architects, London
You will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Free Range art and design exhibition in London, showcasing your work on an international level to both the public and industry.
As a student, you benefit from state-of-the-art workshops, our Digital Design Centre with six computer suites, in-house professional print services, 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 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 also gain insight from guest workshops run by architectural and design companies. Previous visitors have included Arup, HLM Architects, BDP, 93ft and Atkins.
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
2015 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 with at least 160 points from two full A Levels or BTEC National qualifications, or one AVCE double award. You must have an A level or BTEC National qualification in art and design. 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.
Year one modules
• history of design • critical studies • computer-aided design (CAD) • model making • design skills • creative design projects • drawing and visual communication • presentation skills • building techniques • materials technology
Year two modules
• critical studies • creative design projects • CAD • digital image manipulation • model making • building techniques • materials technology • drawing and visual communication • presentation skills • interactive interiors • design competitions
Year three modules
• self-directed projects • 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.
Previous students from the course 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 teaching, retailing, marketing, promotion and management. You may also decide to continue on to postgraduate study.
Prepare for your future career
We can help you gain the skills and experience employers are looking for and prepare you for your future career. We offer you
- opportunities to become more employable by gaining hands-on experience and developing work-ready skills that will impress employers
- expert careers advice and guidance through one-to-one adviser appointments, workshops, events, recruitment fairs and literature
- specialist support with becoming self-employed including free access to specialist business advice and office resources to improve your chances of success