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BA (Honours)

Interior Architecture and Design

Full-time Art and design

Develop your own creative and sustainable approach to interior architecture and design by challenging and exploring contemporary practices through a series of exciting and diverse projects.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W250
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Student satisfaction

This course scored 96% for overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.

University of the Year for Teaching Quality, The Sunday Times Good Univeristy Guide 2020
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Course summary

  • Master traditional, new and technological skills in state-of-the-art studios.
  • Work with practising designers who bring their experience and networks to the course.
  • Experience employability-driven learning through applied real-world projects.
  • Develop the confidence and skills required to utilise new technologies in the pursuit of innovative and creative solutions.
  • Build a unique portfolio to prepare for a career in interior architecture and design.

This course focuses on transforming architectural spaces into exciting, sustainable environments through the creative application of critical thinking and innovative design.

Student View

Watch student Camille Oxberry talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Ranbir Lal talk about this course.

Through studio-based learning and working on live projects, you'll gain a deep understanding of design culture and practice. You'll learn how to create innovative and sustainable designs, engage with a variety of architectural spaces, critically reflect on projects and develop your own personal approach and career aspirations.

You'll learn through

  • studio-based design projects
  • designing through making
  • industry visits and field trips
  • lectures and seminars
  • specialist software sessions
  • applied industry (live) projects and collaborations with industry professionals
  • group work and collaboration
  • workshops
  • group and individual tutorials
  • exhibitions and presentations
  • study trips
  • Blackboard online learning portal
  • presentations and feedback sessions
  • self-directed study

Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on. For content directly from our BA Interior Architecture and Design students, visit the course Instagram. 

Course leaders and tutors

Ranbir Lal
Ranbir Lal
Course Leader for Interior Architecture and Design

I am Course Leader for Interior design at Sheffield Hallam University. I’m also a practising architect.

Tony Broomhead
Tony Broomhead
Senior Lecturer

Tony joined Sheffield Hallam in 2016 and is also a Practice Mentor for the Royal College of Arts

Applied learning

Work placements

You'll have opportunities to arrange single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Students have secured placements with companies such as YourStudio, Mynt Design and Fosters + Partners and have completed placements abroad in Dubai, Melbourne, LA and New Zealand. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

Live projects

You'll engage in authentic work experiences each year, working with external partners and live briefs. You'll have the opportunity to work on socially-driven community and commercial briefs. Previously, students have designed and developed projects on homelessness, theatre, exhibitions, student accommodation and luxury spas, allowing them to make an active contribution to the industry and engage with current issues.

Field trips

We offer opportunities to go on study trips in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips on the course. These could include workshops, design exhibitions or visits to practitioners’ studios and museums. There may be opportunities to further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. Recent international trips include Berlin, Barcelona and the Venice Architecture Bienne.

Networking opportunities

We benefit from excellent links with national practices and local design agencies who bring you industry insight. We'll offer talks delivered by external practitioners from design practices within the UK and abroad, providing you with industry contacts. There are a range of opportunities to work on applied live briefs, expanding your real-world professional experience and wider knowledge base.

Competitions

You're supported to develop and showcase your professional creative work by entering national and international competitions, e.g. the RSA Student Design Awards. You can also exhibit at the Interior Educators' national graduate design exhibition – in 2019 we won the Course Exhibition award and one of our graduates won Best 2D Representation.


Future careers

This course prepares you for future study and careers in

  • interior and spatial design
  • interior architecture
  • 3D design
  • retail and exhibition design
  • promotion and management

Previous graduates of this course work for

  • Fosters + Partners
  • Jestico + Whiles
  • Whittam Cox Architects
  • Lister + Lister
  • HLM Architects
  • Bond Bryan Architects
  • Menis Architects
  • Next
  • Laura Ashley
  • IKEA

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

You'll have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. You'll be based in a fully equipped and purpose-designed studio, with state-of-the-art facilities including

  • industry-standard computer hardware
  • virtual reality equipment and software for coding
  • digital design print facilities
  • extensive workshops for soft modelling and prototyping
  • multi-material fabrication workshops – print, wood, plastics, metal, mixed media, casting and ceramic
  • CNC equipment including laser cutters, CNC routers (2D and 3D)
  • 3D printing (including SLA, FDM, SLS, Metal 3DP)
  • industry-standard spray painting and colour matching facility
  • photographic studio and creative media centre

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject such as Art or Design). For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or literature at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• 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 or media 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 will need 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.

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.

Portfolio review

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of.

In light of the updated advice from the Government about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are not currently offering face to face portfolio reviews but are instead accepting portfolios through digital submission. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare to produce a strong portfolio.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Id People And Place Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Id Space, Form And Architecture Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Id Application Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Id Context Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Interior Architecture And Design Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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