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

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Why study this course?

Our Interior Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is the perfect choice if you want to pursue a career in interior design but don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the requirements to enter the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students who study the traditional three-year course.

This four-year course has a built-in foundation year that is both preparatory and diagnostic, meaning we’ll help you discover your strengths, find areas of improvement and prepare you for the subsequent three years of study.

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More about this course

Our Interior Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) involves an exciting range of projects in the cultural, social and commercial fields that will prepare you for a successful career in interior design.

The foundation year will prepare you for academic study by equipping you with skills such as essay writing, reading, research and critical analysis. You’ll also be introduced to working in studios and workshops, while completing intensive short-term projects. These will be followed by interpretive and longer projects, which aim to give you a sense of direction and a personal perspective on interior design, as well as on the broader art and design field.

You’ll share your foundation year with students from our other foundation year courses, allowing you to gain new perspectives on and ideas for your own work. There will be opportunities to view work from other students and present your own finished and work-in-progress projects. This year will be excellent preparation for the end-of-year exhibition, where you’ll present your project to your peers, tutors and the general public.

On completion of the foundation year you’ll begin more focused study of interior design, sharing the classroom with students who have started on the traditional three-year course. You’ll study the same course content and have the same choice of modules as those students. You can learn more about the subsequent three years of study by visiting the Interior Design BA (Hons) course page.

If towards the end of your foundation year you decide that you’d like to specialise in a different subject area there will be flexibility to do so.


You will be assessed via project work, essays and an individual portfolio.

Fees and key information

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UCAS code WK27
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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 48 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above or will need to take the University English test

You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. 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 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

Example modules may include:

Year 0:

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

Year 1:

  • Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (Interiors)
  • Design Principles and Interiors
  • Interior Materials and Technology
  • Spatial Design Development

Year 2:

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

Year 3:

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

After the course

You’ll graduate with skills to become a successful interior designer in areas including:

  • retail design
  • exhibition design
  • TV and film set design
  • interior architecture

On graduation you might also find that the transferable skills you’ve gained through your degree will also allow you to work in a range of careers. Some of our students have gone into work in animation, lighting design and journalism.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university 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

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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 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.

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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