Interior Design and Decoration (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Interior Design and Decoration (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree course includes an intensive preparatory year that provides an alternative route into an undergraduate degree.

This course is the ideal choice if you want to explore your potential and work towards establishing an individual direction. It is also a gateway into an undergraduate degree if you don’t meet the necessary requirements for the standard three-year course.

More about this course

The foundation year is an intensive year that will help you progress to the bachelor’s part of our Interior Design and Decoration (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree. In the subsequent three years of your course you’ll focus more on the discipline of interior design and decoration, during which you’ll get to explore projects spanning private, commercial and community interiors.

The foundation year will help you make sure that you choose the right specialism and prepare you for study at undergraduate level. It will help you to build a portfolio of work, as well as develop knowledge and skills related to a range of specialist undergraduate degree programmes at The Cass.

You’ll share the foundation year with others studying a degree with a foundation year at The Cass. The shared curriculum will introduce you to techniques used by architects, artists and interior designers through a variety of intensive studio projects – from 2D and 3D composition drawing to workshop techniques.

After the foundation year you’ll join students on our Interior Design and Decoration BA (Hons) and you’ll study the same content and have the same choice of modules as them. On graduation you’ll also gain the same award and title.

If practising different areas of art and design sparks your interest in a specialism that is not interior design and decoration, there will be flexibility to allow you to change your specialism.

Assessment

To assess your performance we will employ a range of formative, summative and diagnostic methods to help you excel in your studies. You’ll be assessed via studio based work, workshops, as well as CAD (computer aided design) and digital projects and exercises.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W267
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. If you live outside of the UK, you will be required to submit a small portfolio of work via email.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Year 0 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies: Foundation
  • Formats
  • Project
  • Techniques

Year 1 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Interiors) 
  • Design Principles for Interiors
  • Interior Materials and Technologies
  • Spatial Design Development

Year 2 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Interiors)
  • Design Details
  • Human Scale
  • Interior Technologies and Production

Year 3 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Interiors) 
  • Integrated Design Practice
  • Major Project Realisation: Interior Design and Decoration
  • Project Design and Development for Interiors

After the course

On graduation you’ll become an interior design and decoration specialist, equipped with knowledge, skills and work experience to make you competitive within the creative practices sector.

What is a degree with foundation year at The Cass?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). A foundation year at The Cass is the starting point for many of our art, architecture and design students and acts as an introduction to the wide range of creative practices explored within the University. You may join us with a clear idea of the subject you intend to study or you may use it as an opportunity to explore a number of different directions or experiment with your creativity. A foundation year degree is also a great choice if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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