BA (Honours) Interior Architecture and Design with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Interior Architecture and Design with Foundation Year

Course in clearing 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 with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?


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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) Interior Architecture and Design, 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.

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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.

This foundation course brings together students across all our art and design courses as one creative community. You’ll work and learn together in a dedicated studio space and have access to our top-class facilities. 

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

Your foundation year will help you get to grips with University life as you study alongside a creative community of Art and Design students. Expect to be hands-on in the studio, learning through doing as you explore the creative process with collaborative projects, workshops and field trips. 

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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
Senior Lecturer

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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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

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, 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

Foundation Projects — Developing Creative Practice
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundation Skills & Methods
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Interior Principles: Space, Form + Architecture
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Interior Strategies: People + Place
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Future Now: Collaboration In Action
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Interior Context: Eat + Sleep
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Interior Practice: Work + Play
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Interior Exterior: Cultural Context
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Interior Futures: Professional Pathways
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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.

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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