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Interior Design MDes (Hons)

Interior Design MDes focuses on designing for real-life spaces, which means your creative and innovative designs will have a practical application. This course gives you the opportunity to progress to master's level in one integrated course based on an undergraduate fee structure.


Reasons to study Interior Design MDes (Hons) at DMU:

  • Integrated course
    which allows you to progress to Master’s level with a single undergraduate fee structure
  • Hugely successful graduates
    go on to careers with companies such as Blueprint, Creative Ideas Ltd, Edge Interiors, Gensler Heterarchy, Pope Wainwright, and ISI 
  • Interior architecture
    and spatial design are some of the key aspects you will learn on the course
  • Cross-media
    approach to communication, visualisation and presentation
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

In the first two years you will study the same modules as the Interior Design BA (Hons) students to provide a collective experience for all Interior Design students. In the third year you select key design projects with an emphasis on more autonomous learning, and at the end of the third term you undertake a work placement. In the final year you develop a personal project that allows you to specialise in an interior design area of particular interest to you.


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Interior Design BA (Hons)
Architecture BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W253

Duration: Four years full-time, seven years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition 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: Four years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

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.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 120 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points including Art and Design

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

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

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 MDes (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
  • Heritage, Culture and Context


Second year

  • Principles of Visual Communication
  • Principals of Design 1
  • Principals of Design 2
  • Principals of Construction Technology and Practice
  • Heritage, Culture and Context 2

Third year

  • Advanced Visual Communication
  • Advanced Design in Practice
  • Research in Design
  • Advanced Construction Technology and Practice


Fourth year

  • Digital Design Futures 1
  • Interior Design in Practice
  • Digital Design Futures 2
  • Professional Practice


Coursework is the main method of learning and assessment, for which you have continuous support from staff and technicians drawn from a range of relevant professional working backgrounds. Lectures, seminars and practical tutorials support the coursework, providing a broad approach to the design process.

Our students have recently won in the 2014/2015 Aston Martin competition; at the prestigious New Designers event in London - the top Interior Design Award from Gensler and the Sky, Green Living Award and commendations and short-listings in the RSA Student Design Awards (in Museum Design, Leisure Design and Public Places Safer Places).

Our staff have extensive commercial design backgrounds across the broad practices within interior design/ interior architecture. Some run their own interior design practices, working in the leisure industry, domestic, retail and office sectors of interior design and other staff hold important trustee positions on committees both local and further afield. There are also specialists in design for television and drama productions, exhibitions and corporate interiors. Their recent research focuses on museum and exhibition design and the sacred space of the diaspora and includes papers for conference in Hong Kong.

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

There are dedicated studios and workshops with open access to resource areas which are also available to architecture students.

Projects are essentially studio-based with specialist areas for computer design including a dedicated PC-based media studio, digital capture studio with video and modelscope capture, programmable lighting and green screen, electronic imaging and printing.

There are also workshops for specialised processes in wood, metal, glass and plastics. The studios are open-plan and flexible to cater for design studies, presentations, feedback sessions, seminars and tutorials.


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. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

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



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 chances 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 your and you interests and aspirations.

At the end of the third year you will undertake a three-month work placement. Your placement provides an industry link to support your specialist final-year project.



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.

This course equips students with the understanding and skills to become practicing designers in a Global society, where design is influenced by and responds to multiple cultural inputs and influences. The curriculum responds to an increasingly diverse student cohort, new modes of work practices in an ever increasing internationalised and trans-disciplinary industry and the need for graduates who have the potential to respond to the changing and ever complex expectations and needs of a multi-cultural society.


Graduate careers

You will graduate with a wide range of design skills which will open up numerous career routes often on a fast track to managerial roles within architectural offices, design consultancies within the broad range of design disciplines that comprise interior design/architecture. 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 Sheridans.

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