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BA (Hons)

Interior Architecture and Design

Interior Architecture and Design student Sola Olowo Ake in the Arkwright studio.
Course places still available for September 2021

Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): K1W2 (full-time) / W250 (sandwich)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, four years with sandwich route

Dynamic, creative and hands-on, this accredited course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to create spaces that are beautiful, functional and sustainable.

Explore the design and development of internal environments in relation to their overall architectural composition, considering form, structure and light. On this course you’ll develop your identity as a designer and gain key transferable skills that will prepare you for a graduate career in architectural design, interior decoration and interior design.

Based in our Grade II* listed Gothic Revival style Arkwright building, you’ll study in a studio culture that reflects modern practice, and an environment that challenges you to work collaboratively, share experiences and experiment with ideas. You’ll get the opportunity to work on live design projects, with creative briefs from real clients, and engage with guest lectures from industry experts.

Why study this course?

  • Professional accreditation I Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and delivered by academics who are members of the Interior Educators Network.
  • Placement year | Gain industry experience by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Previously, students have secured placements with award-winning companies including BDP, Dalziel & Pow, FITCH, Foster + Partners and Tom Dixon Studio.
  • Exhibitions and shows | Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Show, our annual Architecture Exchange event and also at the Interior Educators Graduate Show in London, all attended by industry experts and prospective employers.
  • Outstanding employability I 91% of our Interior Architecture and Design Sandwich graduates who entered employment are in a 'High Skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees (latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

Discover DIGITAL, a virtual showcase celebrating the work of our current final year BA (Hons) and MA Interior Architecture and Design students.

Keep up to date with our current students' work on Instagram @iadntu!

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What you'll study

Bringing together the ability to design creative and practical spaces, a sound knowledge of the theory and principles that underpin the construction of space, and advanced communication methods, our course is designed to help you develop the key skills needed for a career in interior architectural design.

  • Year One

    Design Studio 1 (60 credits)

    • This studio-based module will introduce you to a range of design principles, encouraging you to explore through a series of design projects.
    • Through the development of scale models and orthographic drawing, you'll explore three-dimensional form, space and order.

    Design Communication 1 (20 credits)

    • This studio-based module is designed to help you communicate your design ideas, introducing you to  a range of visualisation techniques using traditional and digital media. You'll learn about 2D and 3D methods and techniques, including orthographic drawing by hand, using digital media, and model making.
    • You'll learn about the professional conventions and standards used for the communication of a design idea, from inception through to construction.
    • These critical and fundamental skills establish the foundation of your knowledge, which will extend throughout your degree programme.

    Technical Studies 1 (20 credits)

    • This module is an introduction to the structural principles behind buildings. You'll look at the range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the making of buildings, and begin to develop an understanding of the impact buildings and their construction can have on the user's experience.
    • You'll study various building materials and their characteristics, looking at design issues that relate to structure and function.

    Interior Architecture in Context 1 (20 credits)

    • This module looks at how wider social issues – such as politics, the economy and technology – influence interior architecture, both throughout history and in current times.
    • You'll learn to recognise and engage with architectural responses to these influences, by studying a variety of historical and cultural themes within an architectural framework.
  • Year Two

    Design Studio 2 (60 credits)

    • This module will extend the studio work from Year One, engaging with a range of building types and sizes.
    • You'll consider structural, material, environmental and experiential issues, working to detailed briefs. You'll also have the opportunity to develop design proposals that consider very specific issues, including ergonomic needs, finishes and materials, within a focused small-scale design to large-scale project.

    Professional Studies & Design Communication 2 (20 credits)

    • This lecture and studio-based module will develop your orthographic drawing skills, using specific CAD software, visualisation techniques, and digital media.
    • The module works in tandem with Design Studio 2, exploring communication techniques in 2D and 3D, to meet professional conventions and standards, through multiple projects and short tasks.
    • You'll also develop a professional CV as part of the module to help obtain a professional placement in Year Three, and as preparation for graduate roles.

    Technical Studies 2 (20 credits)

    • Throughout this module, you'll look at a range of building elements including foundations, walls, floors and roofs, and interior elements such as lighting materials, exploring the various types and functions.
    • You'll also develop your appreciation of a range of building materials, learning about their characteristics and application, services, common details, fixtures, fittings and fastenings.
    • This module will develop and apply your knowledge of construction regulations, and their consequences on the design and development of an interior architecture project.

    Interior Architecture in Context 2 (20 credits)

    • The module aims to develop your understanding of, and critical response to, contemporary and emerging debates in architecture and urban design - both locally and globally.
    • You'll explore issues of cultural diversity and the impact this has on the built environment, identifying the needs, perceptions and values of specific cultural communities.
  • Year Three

    Sandwich placement year

    In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement.

    This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

    Recent placement destinations have included Benoy, KSS Architects, FITCH, The Body Shop, and Dalziel & Pow, working in roles such as junior designer, assistant designer, interior architectural assistant, and more.

    Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

    Study abroad

    If you're studying on our sandwich route you can also opt to study abroad for a full academic year, or for a semester, during Year Three. This is an optional and additional period of study that complements your degree at NTU as an alternative to taking a work placement.

    This is an exciting opportunity to experience a different national culture, teaching and learning styles and subjects in an international environment. The destination university must be a year abroad / exchange partner of NTU or member of a formally recognised scheme such as the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

    Our NTU Global and student mobility team will support you in finding the right opportunity from one of the many international partners available around the world.

    Successful completion of a period of international study will earn you a standalone award – an International Study Certificate (minimum six weeks) or the International Study Diploma (minimum 36 weeks).

  • Final Year

    Design Studio 3 (60 credits)

    • This self-led module will enable you to explore a subject of interest in depth, both visually and through a series of progressively more detailed design documents.
    • The project provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your personal design ethos, in generating a complex response to a contemporary design problem.

    Design Communication 3 (20 credits)

    • Building on Design Communication 2 in Year Two, you will develop your orthographic (or language) drawing to an advanced level, using a range of different media.

    Technical Studies 3 (20 credits)

    • This main focus for this module will be the project developed within the Design Studio module, enabling you to integrate research and technological issues, such as acoustics, lighting, structure and material studies, into your designs.
    • You will develop your knowledge of construction, materials, structure, envelope and environmental design, and the consideration and implementation of building services and environmental technologies.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    • This module gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of personal interest. Through a thorough research investigation, you'll present findings on topics and debates of significance, constructing a developed argument through critical debate and analysis.
    • You'll present your findings either in a traditional narrative-based format, or through mixed visual and narrative form.

    Exhibiting as part of our Degree Shows

    In your final year, you'll be invited to display your work as part of NTU's Degree Shows. The events are an opportunity for all final year students studying across NTU's Art and Design-based courses to showcase their work to our network of industry professionals and prospective employers, invited specifically for this purpose.

    Students on this course also have the opportunity to be selected to exhibit their work at external graduate shows in London. Along with other Interior Architecture and Design graduates from across the UK, you will present your work to industry and be in with a chance of winning industry-sponsored prizes, or securing a graduate role.

Work with our industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model making studio, 3D printing space and workshops.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • Based on 40-hour weeks during term time, you'll spend approximately 10 hours per week in scheduled learning. Course content is delivered through lectures, studio projects and live briefs.
  • Study group tutorials are structured to replicate the team meetings often found in design practices. You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to undertake self-direct independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

We provide opportunities for you to engage with industry throughout your studies, and coursework projects are a great way to apply your skills and showcase your capabilities.

Our final year students recently worked on a brief from Women in Tandem, a Nottingham-based Community Interest Company, who asked our students to come up with ideas for an adaptive re-use of one of their buildings in Sneinton Market, Nottingham. The project was supported by a studio tutors from Conran & Partners and Stanton Williams.

Artwork of Women in Tandem space'Women in Tandem' work by Georgia Bond, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Artwork of Women in Tandem building interior 'Women in Tandem' work by Olivia Bradbury, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits and visits to practices, museums, exhibitions and events. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student. A valid passport and any associated visas will be required for trips outside of the UK.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed via coursework, consisting of individual projects, presentations, and a portfolio.

Year One Coursework 100%
Year Two Coursework 100%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Coursework 100%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 32% Independent study 68%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 31% Independent study 69%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Lectures/seminars/workshops 31% Independent study 69%

100% of our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design Sandwich students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2020).

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the interior architecture and design industry. Through working on real projects from industry, field work, and regularly updated course content, you'll be equipped with the skills and experience to carry with you for the rest of your professional career.

Where do Interior Architecture and Design graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong architecture alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies. Recent graduate roles include interior designers, junior designers and consultants, at companies including:

  • Benoy
  • Foster + Partners
  • BDP
  • Tom Dixon Studio
  • Dalziel & Pow
  • FITCH
  • Atelier New York
  • Macaulay Sinclair
  • Argent
  • Leonard Design Architects
  • HLW International

Hannah Scrimshaw

Hannah Scrimshaw, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design graduate - working as an Interior Designer at Lungfish Architects

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. Our Architecture Exchange events brings together current students and prospective employers for an evening of presentations, table discussions and networking. We also run a Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our final year students.


Excellent placement opportunities

NTU is ranked fifth in the UK for the number of sandwich undergraduate students studying Architecture (HESA 2018/19).

By choosing our sandwich (four year) route, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement during your studies, giving you the chance to gain hands-on experience within the industry. The majority of placement students receive a salary.

Where can I work?

Students typically gain placements in interior design agencies across the UK and abroad, including Italy and New York.

Our recent placement students have worked at the following global companies:

  • Dalziel & Pow
  • Sawaya and Moroni (Italy)
  • FITCH
  • Atelier (New York)
  • Bisset Adams
  • Found Associates
  • Hirsh Bedner Associates
  • Johnson Naylor

You will find diverse jobs available within the industry and our students have covered the spectrum, including Interior Designer, Design Intern, Design Assistant, and Student Placement Designer.

Gain an extra professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the  Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

91% of our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design Sandwich graduates who entered employment are in a 'High Skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees (latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other requirements

*If you're studying a relevant creative qualification and predicted a Grade B or above in that subject, you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects in this instance include A-level Art or a UAL Extended Diploma.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for Year One entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into Year Two. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Other requirements

*If you're studying A-levels – or an equivalent UK qualification – and predicted a Grade B in an accepted creative subject then you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects in this instance include A-level Art or a UAL Extended Diploma.

If you're studying an international qualification then we'll need to see your digital portfolio to assess your suitability for the course.

Foundation courses

If you need to complete a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language requirements page. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our international students page and our application guide for international students, which includes advice on how to apply to the University and visa information.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Top tip

If you accept a place to study Interior Architecture and Design at NTU, we recommend you start a sketchbook to prepare for the course. You could start with an A4 or A5 as smallest, and start to explore your surroundings and sketch what you see, from the inside to the outside.

Hand drawing is a vital skill to have when communicating ideas effectively. It's an ability you'll develop throughout your studies, so get a head start before you arrive!

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

If your initial application is successful, we’ll then ask you to submit a digital portfolio*.

Your portfolio is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential as a designer. Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

*If you're studying a relevant creative qualification and predicted a Grade B or above in that subject, you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects in this instance include A-level Art or a UAL Extended Diploma.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU Applicant Portal if you're not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

If successful, you'll be asked to submit a digital portfolio*. Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

*If you're studying A-levels – or an equivalent UK qualification – and predicted a Grade B in an accepted creative subject then you won't be required to submit a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Accepted creative subjects in this instance include A-level Art or a UAL Extended Diploma.

If you're studying an international qualification then we'll need to see your digital portfolio to assess your suitability for the course.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our international students pages and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

However you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs as follows:

  • Year 1: Drawing equipment £100 (estimate), printing £100 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year One to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.You will have access to MDF drawing boards for your Design Communication Module.
  • Year 2: Printing £250 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year Two to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.
  • Year 3: Printing £300 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in your Final Year to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Degree Show

In Final Year, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue and exhibition set-up costs. If you’re selected to exhibit your work at a graduate show in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work, the exhibition stand and event set-up.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

However you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs as follows:

  • Year 1: Drawing equipment £100 (estimate), printing £100 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year One to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.You will have access to MDF drawing boards for your Design Communication Module.
  • Year 2: Printing £250 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in Year Two to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.
  • Year 3: Printing £300 (estimate) and model making resources £100 (estimate). The School will provide you with £100 worth of print/materials credit on your student card in your Final Year to use in our Bonington art shop (City Campus), school workshops and school printing facilities.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Degree Show

In Final Year, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue and exhibition set-up costs. If you’re selected to exhibit your work at a graduate show in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work, the exhibition stand and event set-up.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418