Interior Architecture and Design - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
Interior architecture is a distinct, rigorous practice that requires a specialist way of thinking about how we occupy complex spaces and how the elements of space are brought together at a human scale both to accommodate and to delight. This position facilitates you to become fluent in the creative act of design while supporting you to become well versed with your professional practice.
In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
We are fascinated by the way people inhabit existing and new spaces, both at the scale of the home and at the scale of the city. Interior architecture is a distinct, rigorous practice that requires a specialist way of thinking about how we occupy complex spaces and how the elements of space are brought together at a human scale both to accommodate and to delight.
It's the collaborative nature of professional practice that guides this course. It's the only interiors course where students work alongside architecture students. This link is underpinned by how and what you study and by the design practitioners who work with you to help you to develop your design skills and thinking.
You'll develop specialist skills in the areas of observational and spatial drawing, computer drawing, model making and technological and material investigations. Alongside making design proposals we ask you to comprehensively research, analyse and articulate the culture and context in which your design thinking is being applied.
As you progress through this course, you'll develop your own individual enquiry, creative approach, critical thinking and deepen your understanding of design processes. We encourage you to combine intellectual and creative ambition with detailed resolution of your work and to test how to communicate your ideas effectively to your peers and in the wider world.
Our teaching programme is supplemented by study trips, practice visits, design workshops and weekly lectures by designers and architects. Where possible, we link with The Projects Office, to other areas of the University and with our established international partners.
The course is part of a suite of interiors BA awards, allied to both architecture and design schools.
You are assessed via your portfolio presentations, illustrated documents, a dissertation, essays, seminar papers and tests.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 UCAS points from two or more A-levels, including art or related subject or a BTEC National Diploma in an art-related subject with DDM and at least five merits in the final year, excluding common skills entry from appropriate Foundation and Access and courses will also be considered
- for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels from relevant subject areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National Diploma in an art related subject with DDM and at least five merits in the final year, excluding common skills entry from appropriate Foundation and Access and courses will also be considered) plus a portfolio review
- GCSE English and Maths grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
We look for potential in spatial design, creative imagination and visual or constructive aptitude, together with motivation and ability to complete the course.
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Students must pass a portfolio interview where they'll be required to demonstrate an interest in, aptitude for and knowledge of the field of architecture, or where not possible submit portfolio of art and design work for review.
Please be aware that digital portfolios cannot be viewed at the interview.
The interview day includes a general introduction a tour of spring house and you'll have the chance to meet a variety of staff and talk to students.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits and will see you study the following modules:
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Design IAD 1
- Design IAD 1.2
- Technology IAD 1
- Critical and Cultural Practice 1
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Design IAD 2
- Design IAD 2.2
- Technology IAD 2
- Critical and Cultural Practice 2
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Design IAD 3
- Design IAD 3.2
- Technology IAD 3
- Critical and Cultural Practice
“It was really helpful to understand how things work in reality, outside our university bubble. I worked with the interiors team over about five different projects doing CAD drawings and photoshop work.” Mariachiara Dal Pozzo on TP Bennet, her second year work placement
"Tutors are very enthusiastic and they try to help as much as possible."
"The design studio is excellent."
"London Met is a very rich experience of studies due to the variety of students' background, ages and experiences."
"A very large university with many great facilities and very helpful staff."
The collaborative nature of this course prepares you to work with confidence as a specialist in design or architectural practice where interacting with other professionals and construction industry processes requires a range of skills and experience beyond the purely creative.
Recent graduates have been employed by design companies including Brinkworth, Casson Mann, Claudio Silvestrin, Conran Design Group and Softroom.
Other graduates have chosen to continue to study architecture or design at postgraduate level.
Every student on our three interiors courses has the opportunity of a work placement at a leading London design practice. In 2016 students were placed at 50 design companies including Foster + Partners, Gensler, turnerbates and Sundae.
Students are encouraged to explore the architectural and design culture in the UK and abroad. Each year, our students go on field trips within Europe and join a studio field trip in second and third year related to the studio subject. Field trip locations range from Iceland and Turkey to India.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
Fees and key information
News and success stories
School furniture designed by Aberrant Architecture
Find out about the winning entry
Hat-trick of D&AD Pencil wins for Aberrant Architecture.
Visitors enjoying the 2014 Cass Summer Show
10 June - 2 July 2016
Dates have been announced for this year's Cass Summer Show art exhibitions.
Interior design and interior architecture students have been given the opportunity to join the workforce in their second year of study.
Two black and white images. On the left side a landscape and on the right side a structure
16 February 2016, 6pm
Second lecture in a new series of talk. Make Space focuses on different types of interior spaces and how they can be reinvented.
Image of two shed-like structures inside a warehouse
9 February 2016, 6pm
A new series of talks: Make Space focuses on different types of interior spaces and how they can be reinvented.
MUSARC Christmas Concert
Annual Christmas Concert by celebrated Cass Architectural Choir / Research Project sells out.
Art and the Home Artist Do Ho Suh
Tuesday 6th October at 6:30pm
Two talks hosted by The Cass, Professor Gill Perry (Art History At Open University) and Torange Khonsari (The Cass - London Met/Public Works). Chaired by Jes Fernie (Curator)
Cass Interiors and Jewellery students are collaborating on an installation for the offices of KMPG in Manchester.
12 June - 4 July
Dates announced for Cass Summer Exhibitions 2015
Speakers Corner: A lecture by Catherine White
After working in prestigious design firms in London and New York, Catherine White started her own company.
New Senior Lecturer
New Senior Lecturer Sian Moxon will introduce herself and present her background in architectural practice and sustainability research.
A woman in swim suit and a hand, holding a spoon, rising from a lake of baked beans.
Speakers Corner: A lecture by Cat
A lecture by Catherine White
St Lorenzo church in Guarini, Italy
9-13 February 2015
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.
Parties everywhere at The Cass
Parties galore at The Cass for Christmas Celebrations this year, where the ingestion of art, architecture and design (...and the odd tipple) spread merriment amongst all.
Image Credit: John Lehet www.lehet.com
Pop-up Studio Show/ One To Watch & eats/ drinks!
Welcome to the class of 2014! The Design School throws open its doors, inviting students and staff to tour all 2014 studios.
Meet the team
Adrian Beasley3D visualisation. First stage concept illustration for international gaming company
Sara CarneholmSara Carneholm
Susanna EdwardsSusanna Edwards
Emily EvansEmily Evans
Danny FlynnPhotograph of Danny Flynn
Damian GristDamian Grist
Bobby GunthorpePhotograph of Bobby Gunthorpe
Matthew Caley HobsonMatthew Caley Hobson profile image. Examples of his work
Gilles JourdanGilles Jourdan profile image
Cecilie Maurud BarstadAndrea Marini profile image
Maya OppenheimerStoelting Inc Instrument Catalog, the Deceptograph
Sam PiyasenaImage of Nike trainers
Ricardo EversleyA visual mix of design practice projects.
Michelle SalamonImage: A still from the title sequence for the feature film 'Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang' (2010)
Tom WilsonTiger in front of jungle backdrop
Get to know your studios
An abstract image of buildings, home equipment and measurements.
Collection of books
Image of books with the word 'Impression' running across the centre of the image.
Red poster for Studio 3: Dialogue
The Imminent City: the city is not a concrete jungle it is a human zoo
Look Mum No Hands! Branding by OPX.
Interior photograph of Sew Over It, an inventive sewing school start-up in London
Image Credit: Heather McDonough
Image: The Others by Kieron Batouchi
Jeff Koons: Puppy, 1992 Stainless steel, soil, and flowering plants, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao,Spain
Image Credit: Adam Bidwell
Image Credit: Michelle Salamon - Airport sequence