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BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

The online BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design programme guides students in developing 3D design skills and improving a variety of interior spaces, as they build up a portfolio of professional-level design work.

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What You'll Learn

Master the Fundamentals

Throughout the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design programme, you’ll build your confidence in the essential spatial design skills and the use of creative techniques in research, design drawing, CAD drafting and visual presentation.

You’ll be introduced to architectural terms and orthographic drawing techniques, developing skills in translating these into spatial configurations – and gaining a comprehensive understanding of how people occupy and use their environment.

Key Modules

Design Skills 1, Design Studio 1

Learn to Promote Yourself

During your studies, you’ll develop your own unique and creative design profile, learning how to communicate your personal attributes through a portfolio that maximises your career opportunities.

You’ll address key issues and concerns in self-promotion, considering your portfolio of design work in a number of physical and digital formats – and will learn how to present it to a variety of professional audiences and clients.

Become Industry Aware

Widen your knowledge of the design industry by investigating historical movements, leading creative practitioners, contemporary consultancies and progressive design culture around the world.

You’ll become familiar with a range of modern interior architecture and design practices and debates, and will gain a deep understanding of their role in contemporary culture.

Key Modules

Critical and Cultural Studies (Level 4, 5 and 6)

Utilise Multiple Mediums

Throughout the programme, you’ll learn to use freehand, technical and digital methods to equip yourself with all of the valuable skills needed in the multi-skilled professional workplace.

You’ll be introduced to the key principles of CAD drafting, modelling, and animation, as well as the almost limitless use of materials – using these to create innovative and accomplished designs.

Key Modules

Introduction to Technology, Design Skills 2

Develop Your 3D Skills

Through your BA studies you’ll expand your 3D design thinking capability through practical project work, experimental drawing, image-making, model-making and 3D CAD.

You’ll study both 2D and 3D CAD drawing, gaining a deep understanding of how interior spaces can be organised – and how the three dimensions can be utilised to establish a series of highly creative and functional spaces.

Key Modules

Design Studio 1, Design Skills 1, Design Skills 2

The Interactive Design Institute has been partnered with the University of Hertfordshire since 2008, with the aim of giving everyone the opportunity to get their creative degree from a UK university without having to attend on-campus.

87% of our Masters students achieve Commendation or Distinction
Over 1000 online students from over 70 countries
72% of our undergraduate students gain a 2:1 or above

*All statistics taken from our Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2017/18.

Course Overview

  • Level 4: Certificate of Higher Education

    The first level of your degree is designed to improve your core knowledge and understanding of design and the creative industries.

    You’ll explore and develop a foundation of fundamental skills practiced at industry level, learning key techniques in examining how people occupy and use their environment.

  • Level 5: Diploma of Higher Education

    In this next level, you’ll develop on your newfound skills and explore opportunities for increasing specialisation within the field of interior architecture and design.

    You’ll also begin to acquire professional skills and develop as an individual creative pracitioner – building your own brand and exploring core aspects of self-promotion.

  • Level 6: BA (Hons)

    In your final bachelor’s level, you’ll focus on building a portfolio of professional-level design work, while developing a critical approach to your design process.

    You’ll work on professional projects such as live briefs and design competitions, and apply theory learned at earlier levels to create self-initiated briefs and innovative design solutions.

Start Dates & Schedules

The four-year programme is split into three levels: Levels 4, 5 & 6.

Each level has four semesters, consisting of 12 weeks of study followed by four weeks of assessment.

While you’re studying, we recommend you set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for activities, as well as additional time to read supporting materials and for discussion with your tutors and peers.

Study Pattern for Loan-Funding Students

For students paying for the programme by part-time tuition fee loan, the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design is taught over 5 years, with a semester-long break in each Level.

Jack Gordon,
Programme Coordinator

Meet Your Programme Coordinator

As the Programme Coordinator for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, Jack will be your first point of contact for any non-tutorial enquiries.

Jack has oversight of all aspects of the programme, and will therefore be best-placed to provide you with guidance and advice throughout the entirety of your studies.