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Interior Design (Top-up) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This is a top-up version of our Interior Design BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.

This degree will introduce you to the latest research as well as industry professionals who will bring their knowledge and experience to the course. Interior design is an exhilarating creative practice responding to the rapid pace of the interiors industry.

You'll work on an exciting range of projects embracing commercial, social and temporary projects such as workspaces, hotels, retail, museums, exhibitions, and health and educational spaces.

Our studios are run by practitioners and experts in their field. We work with well-known businesses, associations, 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 presentation skills.

Our Interior Design BA course received a 100% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2020.

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More about this course

The course is based 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 and the West End to Mayfair. 

You will have the opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in depth for your dissertation. Our dissertation students all belong to a themed dissertation studio that offers a supportive group context for planning and writing your dissertation, with specific academic tutoring about how to manage the project.

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 computer-aided design (CAD) and digital projects and exercises. Feedback is given throughout the course.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code WK23
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

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

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA/ FdSc) or equivalent international qualification in a relevant subject
  • 240 credits from years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject at a different institution

If you live in the UK you will be invited to a portfolio interview. If you live outside of the UK you will be asked to submit a portfolio via email.

Portfolios and interviews

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

If you cannot bring certain pieces of your work to your portfolio interview, please take photographs and include them.

Physical portfolio

If you are coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.

Things to bring:

  • Sketchbooks– we love to see your sketchbooks with ideas and notes, even if they are messy.
  • Examples of the development of a project from start to finish and the final outcome.
  • Some work that you are really proud of and want to talk about.
  • Some work that shows you experimenting with different processes.

Digital Portfolio

If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.

Things to include:

  • Scans or photographs demonstrating items from the list above.
  • Storyboarding for motion-based work.
  • Also include scans of sketchbook pages showing development.
  • Be sure to check the resolution and overall quality of your image to ensure submissions are not pixelated.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a 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

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

What our students say

"I felt inspired and confident to take part whilst being on my placement mainly because of the things I have learnt so far in uni. The [School of Art, Architecture and Design] has a very good reputation, I only really noticed this as [my employer] spoke highly of [the School]. I wanted to thank you all so much for preparing me for the industry I really appreciate you all and I now understand much better the context of the course in relation to the industry." Chantelle Oluchi, Interior Design BA (Hons) graduate, 2020

"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

Where this course can take you

This course will prepare you to work with confidence as a specialist in a design or architectural practice. On entering the workplace you will find your role requires a range of skills and experience beyond the purely creative. The collaborative nature of the projects you’ll complete whilst studying are ideal for preparing you for interacting with other professionals and performing construction industry processes. 

Recent graduates have been employed by design companies including Gensler, BDP, Turner Bates, Black Sheep, Fitch, AI Architects, Woods Bagot, Foster and Partners, Seen Displays, Areen, My Beautiful City and Avante Garde.

We also have graduates who have chosen to work for set designers, interior design magazines and in museum and gallery curation.

Others have chosen to continue onto postgraduate study. Graduates of this course are well-suited to pursuing further studies in interior design, sustainable design, architecture and environmental design and strategic brand management at postgraduate level. We have a variety of suitable courses at London Met, such as:

Every student who studies on one of our three interiors courses has the opportunity of a work placement at a leading London design practice. We place our students in the top 150 interior and architectural practices in London including Penson, Gensler, turnerbates, Fitch and WeAreYourStudio.

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

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a 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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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