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.
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.
UCAS course code: W250
Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time
Institution code: D26
A good portfolio and normally:
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
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 portfolio advice| for full details).
Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our international students portfolio page|.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year International Fees: £11,750 per year
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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.
International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal|.
For more information please contact:
Online enquiry form|
Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70
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
Student design gallery |
Student design videos |
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Interior Design portfolio advice UK/EU |
International applicants should refer to our School of Design portfolio advice | . |
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