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Interior Design BA (Hons) design by graduate Louise Antoniou

Interior Design BA (Hons)

Interior Design BA (Hons) develops your ability to manipulate and divide volume and space within interior environments, while building your awareness of community, social and global issues.

Overview

Reasons to study Interior Design BA (Hons) at De Montfort University:

  • Blueprint, Creative Ideas Ltd, Gensler Faber
    are some of the companies that our graduates have gone onto work for
  • Interior architecture
    and spatial design are some of the key aspects you will learn on the course
  • Design projects
    some of which are live, visits to environments to support studies and national competitions, including Free Range, will all contribute to your DMU experience
  • Cross-media approach
    to communication, visualisation and presentation
  • Latest CAD facilities,
    modelscope, drawing studios, video visualisation equipment and prototype workshops are just some of the facilities you will have access to
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Some of your projects will be about regenerating and adapting real buildings and sites, such as converting old commercial premises into café-bars or residential developments. Other projects could include designing retail environments and exhibitions. You will develop skills in drawing, 3D modelling, computing and the video-modelscope.

The first year introduces you to CAD, critical and contextual studies and the importance of visual communication. In the second and third years you develop your own personal style and design language, and your learning becomes increasingly autonomous as you pursue individual projects.

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Scholarships:

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

Interior Design MDes (Hons)
Architecture BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W250

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: International: £11,750 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 280 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points


Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Interior Design BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Visual Communication
  • Foundations of Design 1 (Term 1)
  • Foundations of Design 2 (Term 2)
  • Construction Technology
  • Design Cultures 1

Second year

  • Principles of Visual Communication
  • Principles of Design 1
  • Principles of Design 2
  • Principles of Construction Technology and Practice
  • Design Cultures 2

Optional modules between years two and three:

  • Erasmus Year
  • Industry Placement Year

Third year

  • Advanced Visual Communication
  • Advanced Design in Practice 1
  • Advanced Design in Practice 2
  • Advanced Construction Technology and Practice
  • Heritage, Culture and Context

Overview

The course is essentially studio-based, supported by lectures, seminars, tutorials and site visits. Assessment is continuous and project-orientated. You will be taught by experienced professional designers and subject experts.

Our students have won the Gensler award for Interior Design (New Designers), Aston Martin – rethinking luxury car interior materials and 3 have been shortlisted for the RSA awards this year. A number of students have also been involved in ‘live projects’ resulting in the installation of their designs in the Heritage Centre and the Energy Lab at DMU. Current projects include the specification of furniture and art for Leicester Castle Business School, Floor Design for the grand hall for the ISKCON centre and the re-siting of the retail space at the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple Leicester.

Our staff have extensive commercial design backgrounds in display/exhibition and interior architecture. Some run their own interior design practices, working in the leisure industry, domestic and retail sectors of interior design. There are also specialists in design for television and drama productions, exhibitions and spiritual space. Their recent research includes papers for a conference in Hong Kong on the Future of Museum and Gallery Design. 

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 17 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

Projects are essentially studio-based with specialist areas for computer design, video and modelscope capture, electronic imaging and printing. There are also workshops for specialised processes in wood, metal, glass and plastics. The studio is open-plan and flexible so it is suitable for presentations, feedback sessions, seminars, tutorials and workspaces. 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your changes of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.  

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit you and your interests and aspirations.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

You will graduate with a wide range of design skills which will open up numerous career routes such as working for interior design consultants across many specialist fields, interior specialists for architects, exhibition and event designers, set design consultants, point of sale design and 3D visualisers..

Recent graduates have gone on to careers with Jack Morton Worldwide (United Arab Emirates), Black Marble, CPMG Architects, Redd Europe Ltd, Leonard Design Architects, Gensler.

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