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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Interior Architecture and Design

Full-time Art and design

Develop a creative approach to interior architecture by exploring existing buildings through context, narratives, concepts and live projects.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 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 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Build your understanding of the design industry by working with clients and industry professionals on live projects.
  • Learn what it's like to work as an interior architectural designer addressing the needs of private and commercial clients.
  • Develop your skills as a designer and interior architectural consultant.
  • Work in state-of-the-art workshops in the heart of the creative community.

This course will equip you with the creative skills and knowledge to enter into the world of interior architectural design through working on various creative design briefs and live projects for clients. You will build a portfolio of work over your degree, preparing you for a rewarding career in an exciting industry.

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.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

We aim to provide you with an understanding of design culture and design practice through live projects and potential work placements. You will learn how to create innovative designs, think in a more lateral way, critically reflect on projects and learn skills that reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

Our Curriculum offers a culturally diverse approach to leaning and embraces the wider spectrum of architecture and architectural thinkers.

You learn through

  • lectures, group activities and one to one tutorials
  • live projects
  • work placements
  • creative workshops
  • studio-based project work
  • seminars and peer-to-peer discussions
  • FormeUK

Course leaders and tutors

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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.

Applied learning

The course is developed, delivered and shaped by employer-informed staff, established-industry networks and enhanced by career-ready advisers who are experts in the field. As a forward-thinking course, we combine industry insight and experience with digital innovation and skills development, placing these at the centre of your curriculum. We are committed to developing your learning and preparing you for the career you are aiming for after graduation. This strategy ensures that you are ready for key career decisions you need to make, and the employment opportunities you encounter. The Career Readiness Programme within our Employability Strategy equips you with the career management and employability skills to create your own future success by supporting transition through each academic level and into highly skilled employment. The course has been designed to create graduates that will positively shape the world they will live and work within. We expose you to work experience, placement opportunities and internship schemes and support overseas work experiences, self-employment, entrepreneurship and enterprising start-ups. We go as far as continuing to support you through the early stages of your career 5 years after graduating with our ‘Hallam Promise’. We are committed to supporting you on your journey toward highly skilled employment or postgraduate study.

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Past students have secured placements with companies such as YourStudio, Mynt Design and Fosters and Partners. Other students have completed placements abroad in Dubai, Melbourne, LA and New Zealand. As part of your course there are also opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus programme. We have partnerships with universities in Barcelona, Prague, Lyon and Kuala Lumpur among others.

Live projects

You will work on live projects throughout your degree where you can intellectually and creatively develop ideas and your technical abilities. You will have the chance to work on socially driven community projects and commercial opportunities. In the past students have designed and developed projects around homelessness, theatre, exhibitions, galleries, student accommodation and luxury spas.

Our students also exhibit at the Free Range national design exhibition in London's Brick Lane.

Field trips

You will visit cultural centres to see design and architecture in the wider world, normally previous trips have included London and Edinburgh which is covered by your course fees. You also have the opportunity to visit places such as Milan, Barcelona and the Venice Architecture Biennale (additional fees apply).

Networking opportunities

We have great links with commercial partners and local design agencies, and we have an exciting lecture series which is delivered by external practitioners from various design practices within the UK and abroad, offering you industrial contacts for possible future placements. The course also offers a range of opportunities to work on various authentic and live briefs throughout each year of study expanding your ‘real world’ experience and knowledge base.


You have the opportunity to gain exposure by entering national and international design competitions such as the RSA Student Design Awards.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • interior design
  • interior architecture
  • retailing
  • marketing
  • teaching
  • promotion and management
  • academia

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • The Yard Creative, London
  • Torsten Neeland, London
  • Dalziel & Pow, London
  • HLM Architects, Plymouth
  • Mynt Design, Leicestershire
  • Menis Architects, Valencia
  • Fosters and Partners.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • state-of-the-art workshops
  • digital design facilities
  • print services
  • Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

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.


  • 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. The portfolio review can be shared with us face to face, or you can submit an electronic portfolio via email. 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'.


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/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 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)

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