Three years full-time.
Four and a half to nine years part-time.
2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above)
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
Please see Entry Requirements below.
- Graduate with strong creative and technical skills, making you 'career ready'.
- Our Art and Design courses are rated 11th in the Complete University Guide 2017.
- Benefit from our small groups and high levels of attention from our tutors.
- Study on a course affiliated with RIBA Suffolk, with the prestigious Design Student Award.
- Many students are offered jobs with respected employers, even before graduation.
- Unlike similar courses, this degree opens doors to an array of careers.
- Our industry connections provide exciting work experience opportunities.
Our course is designed for creative people with a keen interest in space and place making, 3D design, architectural design, and design for exhibitions and installations.
We operate on a unique design studio teaching model, Vertical Studio, and we offer a culture that invites you to collaborate, share, and become part of a creative design hub that is based on the values of synergy, respect and debate.
Our course works on a unique philosophy. Part of this is our versatility, which opens doors to a diversity of careers, as well as traditional architecture jobs.
If you apply, you could be part of a course designed to be current and aspirational, and which responds to standards set by industry and higher education.
To empower your studies, we provide extensive contact time with our tutors and small groups. The highly qualified and experienced teaching team works with empathy, focusing on your talents, strengths, capabilities and individual pace.
As practitioners and academics, the team is passionate about our disciplines as well as teaching and delivering knowledge.
Since we are all accomplished in our specialisms, we know how to support your professional development, making sure that you stay creative, inspired, and that you become the professional you have always dreamt of becoming. In fact, many of our students receive job offers before graduation.
To find out more, contact Dr Liana Psarologaki, Course Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01473 338810.
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Course philosophy and structure
Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course offers a broad, inter-disciplinary approach to the articulation and re-appropriation of spaces. Our students become knowledgeable and capable professionals; they are not only artistically, creatively and technically prepared, but also practically and critically informed.
Project-based work offers creative challenges and provides students with growing awareness, confidence and ability to develop innovative design solutions. The theoretical modules integrate and support that project work to enhance reflective and critical thinking and making.
The course structure encourages independent learning. Year-long modules cover learning and teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, studio tutorials, critiques, presentations, peer review activities, and task and lab-based learning.
Your final year is when you choose a subject for your research project (dissertation) and design studio final major project, determining your direction and / or specialisation.
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This module introduces the students to the fundamental principles and theories that frame architecture and design, from a contextual point of view. It is designed to support the module Design Studio 1, providing definitions to terms such as: form, function, grid, rhythm, scale and proportion as well as meanings of space, place and site. It also covers selected historical periods of architecture and the work of key figures in international architecture and design.
Students are introduced to project briefs on fundamental topics of architectural design such as form, function, meaning, interiority and enclosure, public and private space articulation, grids, rhythms and structures, and an introduction to materials. The module familiarises the students with the design process and introduce the making of a portfolio as a key tool for a designer.
The fundamentals of design language and has two components. The 2D component focuses on the representation and presentation via sketching, drawing and other artistic media. Students understand the geometry of architectural objects and spaces, acknowledge the conventions of the practice, and produce accurate technical drawings. The 3D component introduces physical and digital model making. It sees the model as a device for speculative enquiry, a tool to solve design issues, and an instrument to professionally present projects to a range of audiences.
This module introduces research methods in design and arts, presenting a thorough and selective analysis of advanced theoretical issues and concepts that inform contemporary architecture and design. These include among others: post-modern place making, hyper-reality and simulation, semiotics, identity and ideology of place, the uncanny and the sublime through film and architecture, and contemporary installation practices.
This module develops knowledge, understanding and abilities to perceive interior space and place production as an intervention, adaptation and / or integration event, bridging the existing with the newly conceived. It offers a space for the consideration of structural and environmental awareness, as well as creative practice and innovation, embracing design briefs with more focused and credible scenarios.
This module provides essential knowledge and understanding around structural systems, materials, environments, introducing the students to the concept of sustainability. It will at times accommodate the needs of Design Studio 2, by providing solutions required in the design processes of project conceptualisation, development and refinement through design tasks, the study of specific case studies, and the formulation of reports and enhancement propositions.
This module provides training on different platforms of CAD and digital imaging, which may include Autodesk AutoCAD 2D and 3D, 3DSMax, Sketch Up, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. It sees digital technologies of production and post-production as significant tools in contemporary practice able to assist you in the conception, development and presentation of design, without hindering the level your autonomy as designers.
This is a unique module that explores scholarly discussion and practice on specialised topics as related to interior architecture. It is designed to bridge theory and practice by offering an intellectual arena where knowledge can be revisited, challenged and / or consolidated in research as practice. It may cover related contemporary debates in design and architectural culture in the context of broader practices and thinking. The module concludes with an open student-led symposium.
This module is dedicated to refining and consolidating students’ knowledge, understanding and abilities to perform as a professional. It offers the space for the final development of interdisciplinary thinking and making in the creative, technological and critical aspect of design production, while at the same time creating opportunities for specialisation. Students get involved with client projects and development of a self-negotiated project of a topic chosen by the student.
This module is dedicated to the exploration of topics related with research and professional identity, and provides progressive tutorials for the development of the final dissertation or research project. The dissertation component offers the opportunity for independent research, examining an area of scholarship that the student wishes to pursue. The professional development component prepares the student for employment and enables them to efficiently promote themselves as upcoming professionals.
Our programme is a fantastic route to an array of careers that all require the skills you develop during your degree. Potential careers include…
Museum / Exhibition Curator
CAD Technician / Technologist
Set / Theatre Designer
Academic / Researcher
Thanks to our industry connections, our graduates often go on to work for high-calibre organisations and our end of year show is an exciting opportunity for regional businesses to come and meet final year students. In fact, the winner of the 2016 RIBA Design Student Award, Sophie Gilbert, was offered an architectural designer job with a practice in Snape Maltings during the event.
The majority of our design projects at Year 2 and 3 are client or competition based, encouraging students to create work to industry standards. During her final year Bryony Briggs won a competition to design the reception area for The Hold –the new Suffolk heritage centre.
The Head of Department, Dr Liana Psarologaki, praised Bryony’s winning design, telling the Ipswich Star: “The winning design approached the brief with a particularly sophisticated and creative manner, aiming to create a space that will act as a pole of attraction for visitors from the region and beyond.”
Below are other impressive examples of students’ work with local partners:
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.
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- 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.
Any offer of a place will be subject to:
- successful interview
- portfolio review
Facilities and Resources
We are one of the few courses in the UK that provides our students with a dedicated design studio and creative learning environment.
In this hub, students have access to course specific resources, such as current architecture and design books and journals, Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, and Arduino technologies, projector, and PC workstations.
Our students also benefit from access to dedicated IT suits (PC and Mac), on-campus printing facilities, specialised technical resources such as wood and sculpture workshops, 3D productivity equipment (laser cutting and 3D printing), and A/V equipment.