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BA (Honours) Interior Design

Develop a creative approach to interior design by exploring existing buildings through concepts and context.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS W250 Course code

Course description

What you study

This creative course 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 and creative problem-solving approach to your work.

Working in our studios you 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, developing your approach to design.

Key areas include • environment and sustainability • international culture and context • new technologies and communication • trend, marketing and market awareness • contemporary and historical design • contextual studies • computer-aided design (CAD) • model making • design skills • creative design projects • drawing and visual communication • building/construction and material technologies • digital image manipulation • interactive interiors • 3D printing

Practical experience

The course gives you many opportunities to gain exposure, experience and skills on creative design 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, play spaces at Sheffield Children's Hospital and a new co-working space for an enterprise business in Sheffield.

These projects give you valuable experience of what it’s like to work as an interior designer addressing the needs of commercial clients. They help you develop your understanding of the business context of design work, preparing you for your professional 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 assist with producing a CV and a portfolio of work which is then passed to design and architectural practices. Several students have been offered work placements as part of this process.

You take field trips to international cultural centres to gain an insight into the wider role of design and see work from leading architects and designers. In your first year, you explore listed buildings and look at how interior building space is remodelled while on site visits to Manchester and London, which are covered by your tuition fees. You also visit places 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 and gain experience of working in design studios and architectural practices. 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, Mynt Design and Fosters and Partners.

Other students have completed placements abroad in Dubai, Melbourne and LA. As part of your course there are also opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus programme. We have partnerships with universities in Barcelona, Prague and Lyon among others.

The design work you complete during the course develops into a portfolio of work that helps you gain employment after graduating.

As a student, you benefit from state-of-the-art workshops, our digital design facilities, in-house professional print services, you have 24 hour access to our library and the Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery displays student work, along with 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 commercial 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 gain insight from guest workshops run by architectural and design companies. Previous visitors have included Arup, HLM Architects, BDP, 93ft and DRMM.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts, which traces its history back to 1843, which means you work alongside students from other creative disciplines including fashion, graphic design, fine art and product design.

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.

Professional recognition

This interior design degree is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview and GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• creative design projects • model making • design skills • drawing and visual communication computer-aided design (CAD) • presentation skills • building & material technologies • contemporary & historical design • contextual studies • study visits

Year two modules

• live design projects • digital image manipulation • model making • building & material technologies • visual and presentation skills • interactive interiors & CAD • design competitions • professional practice • contextual studies • overseas study tour

In the final part of year two, you create and install an live exhibition in the main gallery at the Sheffield Institute of Art in collaboration with external partners.

Year three modules

• design projects, which are developed through your research and become more focused and individual to enable you to refine your interest in interior design.

  • design projects
  • written assignments


At the end of the course you have the confidence and skill to pursue a career in interior design or further a field within the design industry. The ability to creatively problem solve and develop strategies in spatial organisation, working as key team member, making valuable contributions to project concepts and delivering professional presentations to clients are just some of the attributes you gain over the course of the programme.

Our graduates 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 • Fosters and Partners.

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 retailing, marketing, teaching, promotion and management. You may also decide to continue on to postgraduate study.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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