Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Interior architecture is a distinct and separate discipline to architecture. Its specific focus is the creation of innovative and exciting interior spaces, primarily through the adaptation and spatial manipulation of existing buildings.

The course is concerned not just with physical intervention but also with how space is understood and occupied. The course implicitly embeds issues of sustainability, through its concern with reuse, and refurbishment, as well as the critical ability to respond appropriately to a given context. 

It is inter-disciplinary in its outlook and acknowledges the importance of other closely related areas, including Interior Design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, retail and product design, interior conservation as well as multidisciplinary and traditional design practice.

The Interior Architecture BA course is designed to equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to pursue a career in interior architecture and design related fields and/or go on to further awards in tertiary education, most typically a Masters qualification.

The design modules promote creativity, aesthetic sensibility and intellectual enquiry, together with the skills needed to work individually and in groups in developing design proposals. Design projects are taught in small groups in Year 1 (Credit Level 4), and students in Years 2 and 3 (Credit Levels 5 and 6) are organised within a studio system which facilitates peer-group learning.

The work produced in the design studios forms the basis of your design portfolio through which you will prepare for practice/employment, or in support of your application for postgraduate study. Technical skills, cultural context, design management and economics, and the commercial aspect of interiors necessary for practice are integrated with design projects.

You will be assessed through your design portfolio, design project work and an academic portfolio, along with visual and oral presentations in the form of individual or group seminars, tutorials and presentations of design project work.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • A History of Architecture
  • Introduction to Technical Studies
  • Studies in Design: Design Fundamentals
  • Studies in Design: Design Strategies

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Architectural History and Urbanism
  • Exhibition and Spatial Design
  • Studies in Design: Culture and Alteration
  • Studies in Design: Material and Detail
  • Time-based Media: Film

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Illustrated Research Essay
  • Practices
  • Studies in Design: Spatial Narratives
  • Studies in Design: Thesis Project

Credit Level 6

Course Team

Every member of the team contributes to the delivery of the Design Studio, as well as leading in another specific area, including Professional Practice, Theory, Technology and Admissions. In addition to the course team there are a range of part-time specialist staff who provide discipline specialist knowledge (such as exhibition design, computing, film) and valuable insight from practice.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – BBB

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – DMM

  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

Applicants who meet these requirements and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply. You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling and 3D work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work as well as final pieces. You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio, or submit work online.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

Applicants who meet these requirements and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply. You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling and 3D work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work as well as final pieces. You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio, or submit work online.

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Careers

Interior Architecture BA equips graduates with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge they need to pursue a career in interior architecture or related fields such as interior design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, retail and product design and interior conservation.

The course also prepares students for study at postgraduate level if they wish. The Department of Architecture offers a range of Master’s courses including the Interior Design MA, Architecture MA and Architecture and Environmental Design MSc. Additionally, graduating students have gone on to study information experience design, urban design and project management in the UK and abroad.

The Career Development Centre helps students find internships in the summer between their second and third year of study, and also helps prepare final-year students for employment in the design industry.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of interiors, graduating students have gone on to a variety of destinations and types of practice including:

  • Architectural practices with interior teams such as Foster + Partners, MAKE Architects and Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will

  • Interior practices such as Amos and Amos

  • Furniture and products firms such as Established & Sons

  • Exhibition and events firms such as Kite and Laslett

  • Bespoke textile design firm Vanderhurd

  • Arts-based organisations such as Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York

Each year we hold an alumni evening where we invite recent graduates to come in and tell current third year students about their experience of going out into practice.

Sadie Morgan has recently been appointed as Professor in Interior Architecture. As part of her role, she is an industry mentor for students. Sadie Morgan trained in interiors and is a co-founding director of the award-winning practice dRMM, Design Chair for High Speed Two (HS2) and a member of the National Infrastructure Commission.

A wide range of international design companies, including Perkins + Will, Wood Bagot London and IBI Group, contribute to the course through inviting students to in-office design crits, presenting their approach to careers at our employers’ events and judging student awards.

Practitioners who have contributed lectures to the Professional Practice Module include Architype, Tim Ronalds Architects, Metaphor, Nissen Richards Studio and Witherford Watson Mann Architects.

As part of their professional practice course work, second-year students select a completed interiors project to study, making contact with and carrying out in-depth interviews with the designers, users and managers of the spaces they visit. Both the lecture series and project studies lead to active and useful contacts being formed by students with the design industry.

The course has a long-standing relationship to VOLA UK who award annual portfolio prizes, invite students into their studio each year, host an exhibition of student work in their showroom and sponsor a design competition.

The course is a member of Interior Educators and graduating students are invited to participate in their annual exhibition FreeRange, held at The Old Truman Brewery in East London. This is the largest employer-focused interior student show in the country.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

What our students say

Interior Architecture student Alice Simmons

Alice Simmons

Interior Architecture BA Honours, graduated 2014

This course at Westminster is very diverse, you can excel in many different skills (whether you are more technical, or more conceptual) and my tutors quickly picked up on the skills we had and encouraged us to push the boundaries of what we could achieve through our designs.

Interior Architecture student Lilas Bizrah

Lilas Bizrah

Interior Architecture BA Honours, graduated 2013

Westminster has all the facilities required, along with a friendly atmosphere. Furthermore, the architecture and design studios are always showcasing student work which is a great benefit - walking through other studios offers both insight and inspiration.

Interior Architecture student Gurtej Kaur

Gurtej Kaur

Interior Architecture BA Honours

Westminster will be very beneficial to my career as this institution gave me identity as a professional and provided a platform to flourish as an individual. The feedback from the external examiners in the crits gave me the ability to have a professional and critical approach to my own work and prepared me for the real life challenges of design.

Student work

The success of our interior architecture students has been recognised by a wide range of external awards, including winning the Best Student Studio Degree Project in the UK at the Interior Educators Awards 2016 and winning a D&AD New Blood Award 2016. See our end-of-year exhibition catalogues and watch our end-of-year exhibition video below.

Exhibition video – OPEN 2016

Watch our end-of-year exhibition video.

OPEN 2016 exhibition catalogue

OPEN 2015 exhibition catalogue

Peckham Catalysts exhibition

This film, made by second-year Interior Architecture students for their Peckham Catalysts exhibition, gives you an idea of the kind of work you will do on the course.

Visits and exchanges

Study visits

London is an international city with a rich and varied range of galleries, museums and cultural venues.

Throughout the year there are visits to exhibitions, buildings and events that support and underpin your work within the course. There are opportunities to go on field trips as well as study abroad within the University’s exchange arrangements in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Exchanges

The Interior Architecture BA offers opportunities for semester-long exchanges in the second year with interior design at RMIT Australia, spatial and furniture design at Oslo National Academy of Art, and environment and interior design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

In addition to a field trip to a major European city, there are also opportunities such as the Parallel Cities exchange, which includes a week’s workshop in New York.

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Architecture and Interiors at Westminster

Watch this video to find out more about studying Architecture and Interiors with us.

Portfolio and interview guidance

Watch our video for advice on producing a portfolio as well as interview tips.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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