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Interior Design BA (Hons)

About the course

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

Reasons to study an Interior Design degree at DMU

  • Graduates go on to careers with companies such as Foster & Partners, Conran Design and Kelly Hoppen

  • You will learn all aspects of interior architecture and spatial design

  • A vibrant cross-media approach to communication, visualisation and presentation

  • Our students have won many national design awards, including awards at the prestigious New Designers event

  • You will use the latest CAD facilities, modelscope, drawing studios, video visualisation equipment and prototype workshops

Some of your projects will be about regenerating and adapting real buildings and sites, such as converting old warehouses and factories into bold new café-bars and living spaces. Other projects could include designing retail plazas, transport hubs, exhibitions and sets for TV programmes. 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.

You will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience as part of your studies through #DMUglobal, and we offer optional international study trips in years two and three. 


Key facts

UCAS course code:  W250

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

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

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

Interview and Portfolio

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

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.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Course modules

Year one

  • Project Exploration
  • Culture, Context and Forum
  • Technology and Materials/Cross-media Communication and Representation

Year two

  • Design pathway choices: Leisure, Living, Retail, Healthcare and Working, Exhibition and Performance
  • Technology in Context
  • Cross Media Techniques

Year three

You will develop your own areas of special interest, pursue individually selected projects and enter prestigious and challenging national and international competitions.

Specific Modules include:

  • Interior Design in Practice
  • Advanced Cross-media
  • Project Realisation
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Academic expertise

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, retail and office sectors of interior design. There are also specialists in design for television and drama productions, exhibitions and corporate interiors. Their recent research includes work for the NHS and papers for conferences in mainland China and Taiwan.

Work experience and placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement either in vacations or by taking the Industry Year module. We will support you and help you to find placements through our strong industry links. At the end of the second year you have the opportunity to do a year’s exchange with a European design school through the Erasmus scheme.

Graduate careers

You will graduate with a wide range of design skills which will open up numerous career routes such as in-house and freelance design for retail, public spaces, leisure environments, contract interiors and workspaces. You will also have the skills to work in exhibition design, TV and film set design, lighting design, visualisation, 3D modelling and point-of-purchase design.

Recent graduates have gone on to careers with Foster & Partners, Conran Design, Kelly Hoppen, Tesco's Design Think Tank, Blueprint, Haley Sharpe and Carey Jones.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees:  £11,750 per year 

Learn more about fees and funding information 2016.

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.


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.

Art and Design Facilities

How to apply

UK and EU students are advised to apply through UCAS at

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

Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form
Telephone enquiries:  +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Awards and competitions

Our students have won three major prizes in the Formica Design Awards: Overall winner, Retail Category winner and Entrance Hall Category winner. Other successes include winners at the prestigious New Designers event in London, commendations and shortlistings in the RSA Student Design Awards (in Museum Design, Leisure Design and Public Places Safer Places), the Thorn Lighting Competition and Design Visions Competition.


“The tutors are experienced and knowledgeable in many areas of design and are successful in always encouraging you to think, challenge existing design and solve design problems.”

Emily Cox, BA (Hons) Interior Design


Join us

Art and Design Centre Student Work

Student design gallery

Student design videos

Graduate case studies

Laura Kettle - Cinema.r

Portfolio advice

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

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