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BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

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Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.



Place and space making is at the heart of contemporary architecture practice. The importance of designing environments that are comfortable, sustainable, and thought provoking is difficult to overstate.

This course is designed for creative individuals with a passionate interest in the conception, design and making of spaces, as underpinned by cultural studies. It covers theory and practice of architectural design, and design for exhibitions and installations, leading to a range of potential careers.

Our unique approach to teaching is based on simulating a real design studio where philosophy and praxis merge. You will become part of a creative team that works collaboratively, mirroring the organisation and culture of the design industry, and responding to professional briefs.

Our class sizes are deliberately small to allow extensive contact time with your tutors, who will focus on working with you to develop your individual strengths and talents.

We are a highly qualified and enthusiastic team, comprising industry practitioners and expert academics. We are passionate about our subjects, and equally as passionate about teaching the next generation of creative space makers.

We make sure that you stay inspired and develop into the artist or professional you dream of becoming: a graduate who is not only practically and critically informed, but artistically, creatively and technically prepared.

Get in touch

Interior Architecture and Design, Department of Arts and Humanities, University of Suffolk, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1QJ

Email: Dr Liana Psarologaki - Course Leader 

Telephone: 01473 338810

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Course modules

Course philosophy and structure

The BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course at the University of Suffolk offers a wide spectrum, inter-disciplinary approach to the articulation and re-appropriation of spaces. Our students become knowledgeable and capable professionals, not only artistically creative and technically prepared, but also practically and critically informed.

The project-based work will offer creative challenges and provides students with growing awareness, confidence and ability to develop innovative design solutions.

The theoretical modules integrate and support the project work in a way that enhances reflective and critical thinking and making. The course structure is such to enable you to become independent learners. The course components are structured into year-long modules that cover a gamma of learning and teaching methods such as lectures and seminars, studio tutorials and critiques, presentations and peer review activities, task-based and lab-based learning.

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Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.


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.

Design Studio 1

This module introduces the students to project briefs about 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.

Visual Communication

This module 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. 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.

Critical Perspectives

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 sublime through film and architecture, and contemporary installation practices.

Design Studio 2

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.

Design Technology

This module provides essential knowledge and understanding around structural systems, materials, environments, introducing the students to the concept of sustainability. It will at time accommodate the needs of Design Studio 2 to provide the solutions required within the design processes of a project conceptualisation, development and refining through design tasks, the study of specific case studies and the formulation of reports and enhancement propositions.

CAD and Digital Imaging

This module provides training on different platforms of CAD and digital imaging, which may include Autodesk AutoCAD 2d and 3d, 3DSMax, Sketch Up, and 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.

Professional Practice

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.

Design Studio 3

This module is dedicated to refining and consolidating 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 at the same time creating opportunities for specialisation. It offers engagement with client projects and the development of a self-negotiated project of a topic chosen by the student.

Research and Identity

This module is dedicated to the exploration of topics related with research and professional identity and as well provides progressive tutorials for the development of the final dissertation or research project. The dissertation component offers the opportunity of 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.

Career opportunities

Unlike what some people may think, or what the prospects of similar courses are, this program opens an array of career pathways to its students and graduates. Your final year will very much determine your direction and/or specialisation via your independent choice of a subject for your research project (dissertation) and design studio final major project. Upon completing this course, you pursue your career or further study to become a(n):

  • Architectural Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Installation Artist
  • Museum/Exhibition Curator
  • CAD Technician/Technologist
  • Architectural Visualiser
  • Academic/Researcher
  • Estates Manager
  • Environmental Consultant

We are in direct link with the industry, with the majority of our design projects at Year 2 and 3 being client or competition based. The output of these often presents impact on the local and regional community and are widely promoted.

Visitor Centre designs for Landguard impress partnership

St Edmunds House Entrance Design  exclusive design competition

Suffolk Research Records design competition

Alumni Voices

Our students and graduates are our best ambassadors. We are establishing a network of alumni and we make sure that we stay in touch as they move onwards and upwards. Our graduates say about us:

"The course is well-structured and healthily challenging. The modules have been cleverly and strategically thought out so that they are all equally stimulating and the tutors have adopted a unique approach to allow myself and my peers to consistently push ourselves to our potential. I'm always happily surprised at the standard of work I'm producing and every day comes with its own rewards. Thoroughly enjoyable!" Soha Ayoub, UCS BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design 2015 alumna

"One of the things that I value the most is the fact that we can use all of the skills that we have developed in different modules as one whole, and that is what makes everybody s projects stronger in the third year especially." Emily White, UCS BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design 2013 alumna

"A stark contrast between the first year experience at my previous institution and my two years spent on this course is that of intimacy. Here you are not just treated as a number but as an individual. We have much more access to our tutors who are keen to help, often on a one-to-one basis." Gabriella Rizzato, UCS BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design 2013 alumna

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: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At 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 your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements




Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to:

  • successful interview
  • portfolio review


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.

Portfolio Guidance

Your creative portfolio – physical or digital – should provide us with visual evidence for your potential to succeed on this course. The content of your portfolio may include, but is not limited to, a selection of:

  • Technical drawings
  • Sketches and painting
  • Photography work
  • Graphic design project work
  • Design-related production

Find more helpful portfolio and interview guidance here.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Course Leader for Architecture & Interior Architecture and Design

Lecturer in Architecture

Lecturer in Arts - Dissertation Lead

Lecturer in Design Technology

Lecturer in Architecture

Studio Tutor

Facilities and Resources

We are one of the few courses to provide 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.