Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
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 interdisciplinary 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 Master's 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.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

  • State-of-the-art facilities, including designated studio spaces open 7 days a week at our Marylebone Campus, creating a vibrant academic and creative studio culture. Our fully staffed workshops are equipped with CNC, laser-cutting and rapid prototyping equipment.
  • Extracurricular projects – you'll have opportunities to work on live projects with real clients, live competitions and exhibitions beyond the classroom. Recent collaborators have included the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Freud Museum London and Battersea Arts Centre.
  • Extracurricular workshops – previous workshops have included a steam-bending workshop with Samuli Naamanka Design Finland, a papercrete workshop with Aberrant Architecture, an art depot workshop and a workshop with local schoolchildren working with Disabled Artists Making Dis/Ordinary Space.
  • Expert speakers and workshop leaders to help you develop niche, in-demand skills. Previous workshop leaders have included a lighting designer, a production designer, a motion graphics designer and a filmmaker.
  • An International outlook – previous opportunities have included a five-day field trip to a European destination for all third years, a semester-long exchange to Australia, China and Oslo for second years, and one-off travel opportunities such as visiting the VOLA factory in Denmark or a design workshop run with students from the Pratt Institute in New York.

Course structure

You'll learn through studio discussions, seminars, individual and group tutorials, and workshops, all focused on supporting you with the development of your project work. Your learning will be enriched with studio visits to sites, exhibitions, galleries, projects and field trips.

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.

You'll learn and progress by attending studio sessions and through developing design project work that involves learning to conceptualise, make architectural proposals and evaluate them.

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 for Interior Architecture
  • 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 membership

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 student interior show in the country.

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Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our course 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. We offer 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.

Career development is embedded in the course. You'll learn about industry roles, tasks, practices, salaries and have the opportunity to visit external interior architecture offices.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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CV and interview skills

In your third year, we organise an Employability Week to help you transition from academia to practice, which covers graduate employment expectations, CV advice, interview experience and much more.

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Industry links

We have strong links with a range of international design companies who present at our events and appear as guest speakers throughout the course.

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Annual prizes

Interior Architecture students benefit from annual prizes sponsored by Danish interior company VOLA UK. Over the last 8 years, VOLA UK have generously donated over £25,000 to support an annual prize fund for students on our Interior Architecture BA.

Industry links

We have strong links with a wide range of international design professionals and companies including Professor Sadie Morgan from de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects, Perkins + Will and VOLA. These companies support our students by presenting at our Employers Events, inviting students to in-office design crits and judging student awards.

You'll be taught by practitioners with years of experience gained across the world. Industry professionals regularly appear as guest speakers, with past speakers including Architype, Casson Mann, Es Devlin Studio, Extinction Rebellion, Hawkins Brown, Retrouvius Reclamation & Design, Richard Griffiths Architects, Spaced Out, Thomas Heatherwick Studio, Woods Bagot UK, Ullmayer Sylvester Architects, and YourStudio.

Our course has a long-standing relationship to VOLA UK, who award annual portfolio prizes and invite students into their studio each year. Other engagement from VOLA UK has included hosting an exhibition of student work in their showroom and inviting a group of students to visit the VOLA Academy in Denmark.

Our Employability Week is designed to make the transition from academia to practice as smooth as possible. It covers graduate employment expectations, roles, tasks, practices, salaries, office visits, CV advice, and interview tips. It also includes interview experience with employers and an alumni networking event. 

Our course is a member of Interior Educators and previous graduating students have participated in the annual exhibition FreeRange, held at The Old Truman Brewery in East London. This is the largest employer-focused interior student show in the country.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles in fields such as:

  • Conservation and heritage
  • Exhibition design
  • Interior architecture and design
  • Lighting design
  • Retail design

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Perkins & Wills
  • Foster + Partners
  • Make Architects
  • YourStudio
  • Pippa Nissen Architects

International opportunities

The Interior Architecture BA offers many international opportunities throughout the course. Previously, students have been on semester-long exchanges in the second year studying 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, student have experienced opportunities such as the Parallel Cities exchange, which includes a week’s workshop in New York.

We also provide a range of other international opportunities that all students can apply for. More details can be found on our Working and studying abroad page.

Students working and studying internationally

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.

Why study this course?

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Award-winning students

Our student success is recognised in awards. Recent awards include: Foster + Partners Prize for Technical Innovation (2019), Katherine Shonfield Prize for History and Theory (2019/16) and the Retail Design Student Award (2019/18).

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International opportunities

You'll have many travel opportunities throughout the course. Previous opportunities have included a five-day field trip to a European destination, a semester-long exchange to Australia, China and Oslo, and one-off travel opportunities to take part in design workshops overseas.

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Student satisfaction

In the 2019 National student survey, 94% of our students said they were satisfied with the course and 97% found it intellectually stimulating. (Source: Discover Uni - site accessed in January 2020)

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBB to AAB
  • International Baccalaureate – 120 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM to DDD
  • BTEC Diploma – Not accepted on its own
  • Access – 120 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C - IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C - IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 120 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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.

More information

Portfolio and interview guidance

Student work

Each year we showcase the achievements and emerging talent of students from our School of Architecture and Cities at our end-of-year exhibition, OPEN.

Watch the video below to see the most recent exhibition or have a look through our OPEN catalogues on ISSUU.com  You can also check out our broader calendar of events on our our open studio website – or find out what we're up to via Instagram at openstudio_wm or Twitter at @openstudio_wm

OPEN 2019 – end-of-year exhibition video

 

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.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

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

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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.

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.

Profile of Lola Rasic

Lola Rasic

Interior Architecture BA Honours, graduated 2019

The extra curricular activities were excellent. In the second year we exhibited our design work at Battersea Arts Centre, and in the third year had a field trip to Venice as well as working on a competition with a major retail brand. I was one of the winners and was offered a job by the judge. I currently work for Fosters + Partners.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

In the heart of London, our Marylebone Campus is home to the Westminster Business School and our Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. Specialist workshops, dedicated digital and architecture studios, and our extensive Marylebone Library offer students everything they need for academic success.

Marylebone Campus is opposite Baker Street tube station and within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

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