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BA (Hons) Applied Interior Design

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
UCAS code: 
West Suffolk College
Institution code: 

Three years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.


The aim is to develop an understanding of the whole process and the ability to project-manage a job from start to finish, or find a specific skill within the industry to pursue. This will be achieved by helping students maximise their design creativity and practical skills in specific finishing fields such as decorative applications, lighting, textiles and carpentry together with an understanding of client and sector needs. Graduates should leave with a strong sense of what is possible in the field of interior design, understanding the importance of a professional approach to working with clients and related professional practitioners in architecture, construction, building services and computer aided design, opening the door to many career possibilities within this exciting field of interior design.  


For further information  about this course, please contact Sue Winslett 01284 716220 

Course modules

The first year will introduce you to the concept of spatial design and the importance of space, the environment and its ergonomic and aesthetic considerations. This will include looking at design principles and how to approach and resolve an interior design brief.  You will also be introduced to decorative paint finishes and how to recycle furniture and fittings e.g. through repair and decoration.

You will also learn both free-hand and technical drawing skills, as well as being introduced to industry-standard computer generated plans, elevations and sections.  By the end of the first year you should be able to successfully visualise and communicate accurate design solutions for an interior design brief. You will continue to develop knowledge and understanding of materials, building regulations and the concept of sustainability and its practical implications.  There will also be a live project working alongside a professional architect and interior designer, together with a module covering entrepreneurship and project management skills.

Additional finishing skills will also be covered this year, including lighting design, textiles and soft furnishing solutions.  The second year also prepares you for the research/major project that you will undertake in year three. The final year prepares for professional work in the interior design sector via advanced CGI skills and the presentation of proposals to a professional audience.  You will also produce an undergraduate dissertation with guidance and supervision, on a subject of your choice, together with a final project that encompasses many or all of the skills and ideas developed throughout the course. This work will be presented in an exhibition open to practicing interior design professionals as well as the public, all serving as a celebration of your achievements and a platform for recognition and employability. Timetabled sessions are expected to be over two days a week, with an additional day for self-directed study.  There will be regular weekly tutorials and constructive feedback to develop and challenge each student.

Drawing and Design Principles “Space and Place”
Methods and Visualisation
Aesthetics, Functionality and Emotional value
Surface Application
Historical Trending and Influences
Introduction to Computer Generated Imagery
Professional Communication
Ethics and Sustainability in Interior Design
Furniture, Textiles and Lighting in context
Small Project Management
Lens-based Media and Interior Design
Research Methods for Interior Design
Advanced CGI
Signature personal project
Collaborative Project
Undergraduate Dissertation

Career opportunities

Interior Design is a subject that has so many sub categories which equips the student with many transferable skills that are valuable in the creative industry such as architectural knowledge; business acumen; CAD; colour theory and understanding; computer generated images; estimates and quotations; perspective drawing skills; planning and working to scale; project Management; site surveying; soft furnishing design; visualisation. Potential career opportunities following this course could be:

  • Architectural technician
  • Art Teacher (after completing PGCE)
  • Computer Aided Designer
  • Estate Agent House Doctor Consultant
  • Exhibition designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Lecturer in Design (after completing PGCE)
  • Magazine stylist for Interiors
  • New Homes Developer consultant
  • Property Developer
  • Retail in Interior Design

Fees and finance

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,580 p.a. 

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

110 UCAS tariff points (or above) BBC (A-Level) DMM (BTEC)

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Facilities and Resources

Your study facilities:

  • The facilities at our site comprise technical drawing studios with continually updated apple mac suites supported by IT technicians; studios for drawing; 3D workshops; comprehensive decorating/design workshop at the Milburn Centre staffed by professionals with experience in working with high end London Interior Designers.
  • A well-equipped and extensive library is on site, with plenty of IT resources and librarians to assist you in your research. As a UCS student, you will also have access to the library at the Ipswich site.
  • Lecturers are all practitioners in the industry and will allow you to shadow them to get an insight to their vocational areas: They all have links to other professionals and independent local design companies locally and nationally.
  • Students will have the opportunity to go on an overseas visit in the second year. Design students have previously been to places such as New York, Venice, Barcelona and Berlin. The destination is different each year, and we try to plan it to coincide with an international event.
  • We continuously visit inspiring exhibitions, such as “100% Design” to keep abreast of current trends.
  • Visiting lecturers are brought in on a regular basis to impart their knowledge and experience.