Interior Architecture BA Honours
View course-specific entry requirements
Typical offer for September 2016
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended 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 plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSEs.|
Plus a personal statement which clearly articulates why the student wants to study on the course.
Plus a portfolio of work or account of experience to the admissions office, verified by the course leader/admissions tutor. This course is designed for creative and self-motivated students, and to gain a place you will need to demonstrate your interest in interior architecture. 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, 3D work and painting. We want to see evidence of 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 to submit the work online.
Applicants studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply.
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.
Sujects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Subjects of study include:
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
- A History of Architecture
- Introduction to Technical Studies
- Studies in Design: Design Fundamentals
- Studies in Design: Design Strategies
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
- Architectural History and Urbanism
- Exhibition and Spatial Design
- Studies in Design: Culture and Alteration
- Studies in Design: Material and Detail
- Time-based Media: Film
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
- Illustrated Research Essay
- Studies in Design: Spatial Narratives
- Studies in Design: Thesis Project
The teaching team includes:
- Ro Spankie, Course Leader
- Julia Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture
- Dr Alessandro Ayuso, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture
- Matt Haycocks, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture
- Mike Guy, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture
- Lara Rettondini, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture
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.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
There are many reasons to study Interior Architecture at University of Westminster:
Central London location and contacts
We take advantage of our London location with group visits to exhibitions, buildings and events that support the work within the course.
Our central London location provides direct access to practice and the design industry, this takes the form of lectures, practice visits and sponsored prizes.
A £20 million development of student facilities at Marylebone Campus has been completed.
Our extensive studios and fully staffed workshops are equipped with CNC, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment. Computers are installed with a wide range of graphics and design software.
Students enjoy the public programme of curated exhibitions, talks and events at Ambika P3 - a 14,000 square ft space for contemporary art and architecture beneath Marylebone Campus.
Find out more about Ambika P3
Our exchange programme allows students to study at participating schools of architecture overseas.
Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations.
20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
We offer a wide range of scholarships. See westminster.ac.uk/scholarships.
Why not consider going on exchange as part of this degree? You could spend the second semester of your second year at one of our partner institutions and gain international experience and global skills to further enhance your employability. As part of its exchange offerings Westminster is also an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme which is supported by the European Commission. This degree has Erasmus+ exchange partners and you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards living expenses whilst on exchange. For further details visit the Student exchange section.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
End of Year Exhibition Catalogues
Architecture and interiors exhibition catalogues - undergraduate and Master of Architecture (RIBA/ARB Part II) courses
OPEN 2016 student 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. In 2016, as part of their course, second year Interior Architecture students held an exhibition at PeckhamPlex cinema, London. In their designs,students put forward ideas for the alteration and expanded use of the existing PeckhamPlex building. They started from the question of how small-scale interventions and adaptive reuse could catalyse development and activity connected to Peckham's community, history and future.
The success of our architecture and interiors students had been recognised by a wide range of external awards, including winning The Collective Design Award and coming runner-up in the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer of the Year Award.
Upcoming postgraduate information evenings
|01 February 2017||Postgraduate Information Evening – Architecture and the Built Environment||Marylebone|
|08 March 2017||Postgraduate Information Evening||Cavendish, Harrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street|
|07 June 2017||Postgraduate Information Evening||Cavendish, Harrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street|
Architecture and Interiors - why Westminster?
Watch our video for advice about producing a portfolio for our Architecture BA Honours and Interior Architecture BA Honours courses. It also includes interview tips.