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Interior Design - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Discover how interior design responds to and reflects our ever-changing society. You’ll work with industry leaders to gain hands-on skills and experience through a range of live commercial and community projects – from retail, workspace and hospitality projects to education and healthcare. Covering every aspect of interior design, you’ll gain all the skills you need to succeed in your career.

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This degree course is allied to both the architecture and design schools and covers all aspects of interior design, giving you the practical experience and creative techniques you need to forge a successful career. 

You’ll develop your technical knowledge and creativity through a range of mediums including sketch modelling, traditional working drawings and AutoCAD and Adobe software. You’ll also practice modelling skills at scale, investigate materials and production technology, and study construction and lighting through hands-on workshops taught by experts in the field.

Surrounded by the best interior practices in London, from brand creatives and hotel designers to museum, educational and healthcare specialists, you’ll work on live projects with a number of well-known businesses, associations, museums and galleries, developing your professional knowledge in an industry environment. You'll also have the opportunity to gain experience on a work placement with an interior design company, and have access to national and international competitions, volunteering opportunities and collaboration with universities overseas.

To support your creative development, you’ll also take a range of cultural and critical classes. Designed to expand your understanding of the ethical, sustainable, environmental, global and commercial needs of people and practices, these classes will give you the knowledge to adapt to the needs of the user - incorporating them into the design and functionality of the spaces you create.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course. These range from formative, summative, diagnostic, peer and self-assessment methods, through to studio based work, workshops, and CAD and digital projects and exercises. Feedback is given throughout the course.

In addition to the University’s standard entry requirements, you will normally be expected to obtain:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: a minimum of 280 UCAS points from at least two A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications in relevant art and design subjects.
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum grade BBC in three A levels from relevant subject areas such as the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects), plus a portfolio review
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

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 Art and 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.

Portfolios and interviews

Your portfolio should be selected but have enough work to show the range of your interests and talents. We are interested in seeing how you develop a project from beginning to end, not only finished work.

Interior designers make models as well as flatwork, so 3D work may be relevant as well as 2D.

If you cannot bring it to portfolio interview, take photographs and include them.

We always want to see traditional drawing whether observational, life or concept generating, so please include this, even if you have good CAD skills already.

Finally, be ready to talk about your work and how you see your future as an interior designer.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

The first year is designed to develop your thinking, key skills, career aspirations and understanding of interior design and its related practices. You’ll explore sketching, drawing, sketch modelling and the production of accurate scaled models through a range of workshops. You’ll also use working drawings and digital software to produce a variety of work.

In the second year you’ll choose a studio where you’ll develop your creativity and professional skills through a range of year-long projects. Taught by experts in the field, these projects will cover contemporary design issues and topics and give you the opportunity to learn through professional approaches. In your final year you’ll build on your knowledge and skills, developing your creative individuality and expertise through studio specialisms, as well as a mentoring scheme designed to help you gain employment after graduation. During the course, you’ll also have the chance to undertake a work placement with a leading London design practice.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Manipulation of Space
  • Design Principles for Interiors
  • Interior Materials and Technology
  • Critical and Cultural Studies 1

Year 1 topics include: Conceptually driven projects that look at both commercial and community spaces, looking at the manipulation of space, and experiential and thoughtful design communicated through sketches, sketch modelling and developmental presentations.

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Human Scale
  • Design Details
  • Interior Technologies and Production
  • Critical and Cultural Studies 2

Year 2 topics include: Live retail and community led projects working with well known retail and workspace clients, professionally mentored by architects and designers from London as well as collaborative projects with universities overseas. You'll exhibit your work in books and exhibitions.

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Project Design and Development for Interiors
  • Major Project Realisation: Interior Design
  • Integrated Design Practice
  • Critical and Cultural Studies 3: Dissertation

Year 3 topics include: Building a portfolio through a choice of national competitions and your own major project. You'll be mentored throughout by industry professionals to give you an insight into the professional rigour and convention necessary to be successful and find a position in the industry.

"Returning to education after 20 years with limited computer skills was not an easy journey. But London Met, alongside its inspirational teaching, has given me the ability to soar..." Cavell Browne Richardson

"The journey I have made has been immense, significant and challenging, but most of all life-changing. Completing my degree will be the start of a new chapter in my life, built on the foundation of London Met." Beata Piotrzkowska

"In the second year I had the pleasure of winning an internship with Fitch and in the third year to be nominated for the D&AD Pencil Awards. The mentoring offered a great opportunity to connect with people from the industry and helped me to get a job. The final year exhibitions helped give my portfolio more exposure and many positive responses." Anna Czarnowska

We were working across so many projects, but I found it wasn’t just about your skill, at Jestico + Wiles its developing lots and lots of ideas too. What was the most fascinating was working with a huge range of materials. It’s a really interesting and important aspect of design that I didn’t understand before, getting to know the kinds of materials you can work with influences your choices in design.” Yasemen Gokce on her second year work placement at Jestico + Wiles.

 

You’ll graduate from the course with all the skills and confidence you need to succeed in commercial practice. Past graduates have found work as interior designers, interior architects, retail and exhibition designers, and many now work for some of the most successful practices in London representing leading high street brands and international companies. Others have gone on to work in TV and film set design, animation, lighting design and journalism.

As part of your course, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement at a leading London design practice, helping you develop the skills and contacts you need to succeed in your future career. In 2016 students were placed at 50 design companies including Foster + Partners, Gensler and turnerbates.

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

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

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.

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