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BA (Honours) Interior Architecture and Design with Foundation Year

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Year of Entry 2024/25
BA (Honours)

Interior Architecture and Design with Foundation Year

Full-time Art and design

Gain a global understanding of the world of interior architecture and design – becoming an Interior Designer who designs and creates spatial environments of the future.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A012
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop your skills alongside interior designers, architects and engineers
  • Produce sophisticated architectural solutions led by contemporary design thinking
  • Learn the latest media and 3D technology to communicate spatial and technical information
  • Respond to site-specific briefs to design for inclusive and sustainable environments 
  • Build a unique portfolio and exhibit to industry professionals at our Future Now Festival of Creativity

You’ll become part of an inclusive, and collaborative studio community where you will learn creatively alongside industry specialists. By the end of the course, you’ll have the professional skills and knowledge to start your career in interior architecture and design sustainable spaces for diverse audiences.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

Creative UK membership

We are members of Creative UK, which means our art and design students are also members until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, Creative UK represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Based in our bespoke studios, workshops, and digital spaces, you’ll become part of a dynamic and collaborative learning community. Together, you’ll undertake creative adventures, explore possibilities, and challenge conventions.   

Through our teaching, we unfold your potential to contribute as a creative thinker and doer and apply your knowledge to art practice, culture, society, and life systems. Your learning will be informed by experts in contemporary interior design, architecture and engineering – a versatile approach that provides a detailed understanding of the technical requirements you can apply in a variety of settings.     

You learn through: 

  • Studio practice   
  • Workshops   
  • Technical demonstrations   
  • Group work and collaboration
  • Reviews 
  • Lectures   
  • Guest talks     
  • External visits and field trips

We take a holistic and person-centred approach to assessment to support your creative growth while respecting the diverse ways people learn.   

Key themes

Using a variety of research and design techniques you’ll learn how to produce sophisticated solutions informed by current design thinking. You’ll be encouraged to nurture your own individual design approach to create environments that blend aesthetics with function. And you’ll learn how to design spaces that champion inclusivity, ergonomics and sustainability. 

Through studio-based learning, you’ll engage with various aspects of the industry – exploring real-world issues and gaining an understanding of the challenges facing the profession, both locally and globally. 

Using the latest media and 3D technology, you’ll learn how to communicate spatial and technical information. You’ll also develop key vocational skills, such as cross-disciplinary collaboration and communication, allowing you to thrive in a broad range of professions. 

Course support

The course develops strategies of attention, empathy, imagination, courage and resilience in the face of an uncertain future. Our course prioritises care as a critical activity – care for global human contexts and for the more-than-human world. 

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated personal, academic and career development support, such as:

  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones and online resources to help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Access to office and studio space, expert workshops, freelancing opportunities and a vast business network to tap into
  • Industry-specific employability activities and careers support for up to five years after you graduate

Course leaders and tutors

Tony Broomhead
Tony Broomhead
Course leader for Interior Architecture and Design

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

Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be successful. 

We do this by developing your expertise in collaboration with the professional creative and cultural sectors, commercial and creative practitioners, commissioners and clients and arts organisations. 

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements before your final year. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous 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. 

Live projects

You'll have the opportunity to take part in live projects each year, working with external partners and real-world briefs on socially-driven community and commercial briefs. 

As the course progresses, you’ll collaborate with industry leaders and international partners to experience all forms of interior architecture – from retail and hospitality to cultural and exhibition design.

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

In each year of your course you’ll have the opportunity to go on study trips in the UK and abroad. In recent years these trips have included workshops, design exhibitions or visits to practitioners’ studios and museums.

You can further enhance your studies with our optional field trips. Recent international trips have taken students to Berlin, Barcelona and the Venice Architecture Bienne.

You can also apply for funding through the Turing Scheme to support a study exchange or placement outside of the UK. 

Networking opportunities

This course benefits from excellent links with national practices and local design agencies that bring valuable industry insight. 

Experience guest talks delivered by external practitioners from design practices within the UK and abroad, and build your network with industry leaders.

Competitions and exhibitions

You're supported to develop and showcase your professional creative work and profile by entering national and international competitions such as the RSA Student Design Awards. 

The course has seen great success in the national awards, with students consistently recognised across several categories.

At the end of your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work in our annual Future Now Festival of Creativity. Hosted in the city centre, the festival is widely attended – by VIP guests, employers, businesses, influencers, friends and family, and the general public.Alongside this, all our students will curate and exhibit their work on our online Gallery.

Future careers

This course prepares you for careers and future study in:  

  • Interior and spatial design 
  • Architectural design 
  • Branding and retail design 
  • Landscape architecture 
  • Exhibition design 
  • 3D computer modelling and visuals 
  • Related careers in architectural technology and management 

Previous graduates of this course work for a range of local and global design companies working across diverse sectors: 

  • 93 feet
  • BDP
  • Bond Bryan Architects
  • Fletcher Preist
  • Fosters + Partners
  • HKS
  • HLM Architects
  • IKEA
  • Lister + Lister
  • TP Bennett
  • Whittam Cox Architects

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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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  
  • A photographic studio and creative media centre

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles or Graphics). For example:

  • CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with C from core
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

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


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees.

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 either the International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media or Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Portfolio review

If your application is successful you will receive an email inviting you to submit your portfolio by email and submission details by an online google form.

The portfolio helps us understand whether we are able to offer you a place on the course you’ve applied for. Your UCAS statement and portfolio provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your creative experience, potential ability and enthusiasm for the course you’ve applied for. Visit our portfolio review guidance

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.

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


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.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundation Projects — Developing Creative Practice Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundation Skills & Methods Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Interior Principles: Space, Form + Architecture Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interior Strategies: People + Place Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Future Now: Collaboration In Action Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interior Context: Eat + Sleep Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interior Practice: Work + Play Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Interior Exterior: Cultural Context Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module:  Interior Futures: Professional Pathways Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 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 2024/25 is £16,655 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.

Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF, 330.8KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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