BA (Hons)

Interior Architecture and Design

  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement

Interior architects create the atmosphere and identity of spaces with live, work, rest and play.  You will have the opportunity to understand three-dimensional potential, re-modelling existing spaces fit for purposes which could see you working in ambitious ideas in locations across the globe. This course will give you the complete package of skills, knowledge and experience to develop your career as an interior architect.

On this Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) accredited course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Undertake exciting work placement opportunities
  • Benefit from the strong collaborative links with professional practices
  • 97% of graduating placement students from 2015 are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2014/15)
  • Participate in international study visit in your second year (included in your fees)
  • Work in professional-standard facilities and studios alongside a dedicated model making studio
  • Hear from guest speakers in industry
  • Switch between full-time and sandwich options to suit your own requirements
  • NTU is currently third for the number of undergraduate students studying architecture, building and planning (HESA 2014/15)
  • Unique opportunities available through NTU's HIVE

We will enable you to discover, develop and define yourself and the space around you. In our studio-based learning environment you’ll explore space, light and structure whilst developing hand drawing skills, presentation techniques and a thorough research project.

You will discover the design principles of space, form and order through model making, sketching and the historical movements in interior architecture.  You will go on to develop this work through studio-based project work and briefs set by industry before defining briefs and strategies through your own personal design ethos.

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What you'll study


Throughout your course you will familiarise yourself with the principals of design related to architectures and interiors. The projects will be based upon real sites and, where possible, client focussed.

  • Year One

    Design Studio (60 credits)

    The module aims to enable you to recognise and engage with architectural responses to the political, economic, sociological and technological influences which have taken place within, and continue to influence, society.  Debates are framed within the context of specific cultural communities and social groups.

    Design Communication (20 credits)

    This studio based module introduces and develops essential two- and three-dimensional visual tools and the range of professional conventions used to communicate design intentions.  Short practical exercises introduce and develop the basic language of drawing conventions. These critical and fundamental skills establish the foundation of your knowledge, which will extend throughout your degree programme.

    Technical Studies (20 credits)

    This module is an introduction to the established teaching of design principles.  It encourages exploration through a series of design projects, incorporating the development of model making and writing in order to explain current interior/architectural practices.

    Interior Architecture in Context 1 (20 credits)

    During this you will introduced to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the making of buildings.  It provides a framework for understanding the impact that buildings and their construction can make upon the human experience.

  • Year Two

    Design Studio (60 credits)

    This module extends the studio work developed within level one in order to engage with a range of building types and sizes.  The organisation and configuration of given spaces is developed through to detail specification with consideration given to structural, material, environmental and experiential issues.

    Design Communication (20 credits)

    This module will develop your orthographic drawing using computer-aided design software.  You will be exploring the essential graphic and visual communication techniques to meet industry standards. This module includes an overseas trip, included in your course fees.

    Technical Studies (20 credits)

    The module enables you to develop an understanding of the principles and terminology of building construction and the consequences of the application of materials.  It will also give you the opportunity to understand and apply regulatory issues and implications.

    Interior Architecture in Context 2 (20 credits)

    This module aims to develop your critical response to and knowledge of theories related to contemporary and emerging architecture and urban design both globally and locally.  This is investigated through the exploration of emerging diverse cultures and communities and the influences these have on design ideas and architectural legacies.

  • Year Three

    Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course is one of a few in the UK to offer a year-long work placement year.  This year in industry will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment.  Many students to their placement company after graduation.

    Recent placement destinations have included Benoy, KSS Architects, FITCH, Dalziel and 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.

  • Final Year

    Design Studio (60 credits)

    This module enables you to explore a subject of interest in depth visually and through a series of progressively detailed design documents. While providing a mixture of the factors which influence interior architecture, 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 (20 credits)

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

    Technical Studies (20 credits)

    This module serves to provide a mixture of the areas of study on the course.  It will enable you to integrate research and technological issues such as acoustics, lighting, structure and material studies into your studio work.  This will give you the opportunity to fully explore issues relating to the realisation of a design project.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    The module gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of personal interest and choice in order to research and to present findings on a range of topical and relevant subjects and debates of significance. These topics are individually negotiated and agreed with tutors enabling you to undertake a thorough research investigation into a topic relevant to the subject area and to your own design interests and present them.

    Degree shows

    In your final year, you will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Shows at the University. The Degree shows include all final year students across NTU's Art and Design-based courses, and are a great platform for you to celebrate your studies and showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

    Students on this course also get the opportunity to be selected to exhibit their work at Free Range 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 a prize or gaining employment.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

You will have the opportunity to understand three-dimensional potential, re-modelling existing spaces fit for purposes which could see you working in ambitious ideas in locations across the globe

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

You will learn through a mix of formal lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops.

The study group tutorials are structured to replicate team meetings often found in design practices. You will also be involved in self-directed project work.

Your class contact time is approximately ten hours per week. The self-directed independent study taken outside of timetabled sessions is spent:

  • preparing for lectures
  • undertaking research
  • completing coursework
  • developing your portfolio and undertaking directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Our fieldwork and site visits are popular aspects of this course. Recent trips have included visits to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and international visits to Barcelona and Berlin. These will help you understand and apply what you've learnt in a real world context.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and practical methods. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of:

  • individual projects
  • reports
  • presentations
  • essays
  • a portfolio.

You will discover the design principles of space, form and order through model making, sketching and the historical movements in interior architecture

Careers and employability

97% of graduating placement students from 2015 are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2014/15)

This course will prepare you to succeed in the interior architecture industry through:

  • work placements
  • working on real projects from industry
  • field work
  • input from industry professionals
  • regularly updated course content.

You will be equipped with core design skills, knowledge and attributes 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 destinations have included:

  • Foster + Partners
  • Dalziel + Pow
  • Waterbridge Designs
  • Morphos Architects
  • RDYC, New York
  • Hirsh Bedner Associates
  • FITCH
  • Fromental

Employability Team

NTU's Employability Team provides a fantastic service. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

You will have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement as part of this course. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry. Your placement will also open up exciting opportunities for your future employment.

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
  • Student Placement Designer.

How are you assessed?

You are required to complete a:

  • minimum of 36 weeks on placement
  • 2,500 word placement report and log book alongside a presentation. (These will be assessed when you return in Year Four.)

How will I be supported?

The School has a dedicated placement office with a specialist Architecture administrator who will assist you in securing a placement. They will also guide you along the way providing everything you need to know before, during and afterwards.

Gain an extra professional qualification

You will gain a Diploma in Professional Practice upon your successful completion of a 36-week placement. This will help to enhance your CV and boost your career prospects.

Only one of two Interior Architecture and Design courses in the UK that offers a year-long work placement

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.

Submission of work

You will be asked to submit examples of work to showcase your art and design ability. For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design submission of work document.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

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.

Submission of work

You will be asked to submit examples of work to showcase your art and design ability. For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design submission of work document.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Submission of work

For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design submission of work document.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

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.

Getting in touch

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

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

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Submission of work

For more information about what we look for in your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design submission of work document.

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. Good luck with your application!

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

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips (including the European trip in the second year), exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops/laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation; and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In
addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources,
you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops/laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation; and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

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