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.
Interior design is an exhilarating practice responding to the rapid pace of the interiors industry. It involves an exciting range of projects embracing commercial, social and temporary projects such as workspaces, hotels, retail, museums, exhibitions, and health and educational spaces. This Interior Design BA will introduce you to the latest research as well as industry professionals who will bring their knowledge and experience to the course.
Your first year – through an active and holistic learning and teaching programme – is designed to develop your thinking, key skills and understanding of the industry and related practice, allowing you to produce a portfolio and discover your career aspirations through explorative approaches. You’ll explore sketching, drawing, sketch-modelling and the production of scaled accurate models through workshop practice and orthographic techniques, with digital software also used to strengthen your ideas and skills. This will guide you into your second year where we ask you to choose a studio in which to cultivate your design philosophy, sector specialisms and professional skills. The course also offers an opportunity to work within the industry and gain real life work experience with an interior design company, which is assessed as part of your degree. We then build on this in the third year and advance your individuality and expertise through both studio specialisms and a mentoring scheme leading you towards successful employment.
Our studios are run by practitioners and experts in their field who develop a series of year-long projects covering contemporary and relevant design issues and topics. We work with well-known businesses, associations, and museums and galleries running live projects. This gives you the opportunity to discuss and exhibit your projects, which in turn helps you to develop a range of professional presentational skills.
The course takes place in the heart of London's creative district, which gives you access to an abundance of live projects and industry mentors. You’ll be surrounded by the best interior practices in London from Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, the West End and Mayfair.
We also promote an entrepreneurial spirit, which leads to students participating in national and international competitions and taking advantage of volunteering opportunities.
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:
- a minimum grade BBC in three A levels from relevant subject areas such as the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects)
- a portfolio review
- English language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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.
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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By Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
Interactive session to discuss ideas for re-purposing a shipping container for a community project.
Two Cass alumni have returned to their alma mater to support the annual Making a Living Week.
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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.
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9 February 2016, 6pm
A new series of talks: Make Space focuses on different types of interior spaces and how they can be reinvented.
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)
Aberrant Architecture taking the winning prize for the project at the Rosemary Works School
Congratulations to the 2015 Best Use of Colour in Commercial Architecture and Buildings winners.
Cass Interiors and Jewellery students are collaborating on an installation for the offices of KMPG in Manchester.
Speakers Corner: A lecture by Catherine White
After working in prestigious design firms in London and New York, Catherine White started her own company.
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