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About the course

Do you have a passion for interiors and the spaces we live in? This SBID accredited interior design programme blends aesthetics and technology, asking students to use their design, research and problem solving skills to create amazing indoor spaces. The course is supported by a group of employer partners who are actively involved in mentoring, helping past students to secure roles in a range of top London interior design businesses.

Students are encouraged to build these skills during independent industry work placements or by undertaking the unique work based learning unit, as well as throughout the course’s curriculum of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The course team are able to support students as they search for work placements by tapping into their professional network. In previous years, students have secured employment or placements at Sunseeker, award winning interior designers The Myres touch and HomeSmiths interiors, as well as property development companies including Barrett Homes and Crest Nicholson.

The staff’s industry links have also enabled students to work on live briefs, interact with real case studies and attend informal employer liaison meetings throughout the course.

The end of year show lets built environment students showcase their final projects to the public. Employers are also invited to attend, and past students have successfully gained employment as a result of the event. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in an annual London exhibition and national design competitions.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Solent University's BA (Hons) Interior Design course is accredited by the Society of British and International Design (SBID) and recognised by the European Council of Interior Architecture as meeting professional interior design standards. Students benefit from a free three years membership to both of these professional bodies.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have found positions as interior designers in the commercial and domestic interior design sector in the UK, including London-based interior design practice Sarah Ward Associates, Artillery Architects, John Lewis Interiors, Crest Nicholson, Sunseeker, Jigsaw and Porcelanosa. Other graduates have been successful in setting up their own interior design practices.

Students are also prepared to become freelance consultants upon graduation, which can increase employability.

Who is this course for?

The interior design programme is ideal for students who have a background in art, design, graphical communication, materials, product or interior design. The course is designed for students preparing for careers in interior design, architectural interior design, product design, graphic visualisation, retail design, space planning, workplace design, lighting or design consultancy.

Students from both academic and creative backgrounds will be considered as the course offers plenty of time to create a portfolio and learn basic skills.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact 

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

Year 1: Drafting equipment, Printing, model making material: £200

Year 2: Printing and model making: £200

Year 3: Printing, model making, dissertation printing and binding: £200

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Applications from mature students and non-standard applicants may also be considered.
  • Applicants will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year.
  • Applicants will be required to submit an e-portfolio.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Design Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Architectural Design Development
    This module will introduce you to the principles of architectural design as a core skill for your discipline. The module aims to establish the fundamental link between creative design and the technological, environmental, social and historic context.
  • Architectural Design Realisation
    On this module you will learn the tools and techniques to transform your developed design into a detailed design solution and use appropriate graphic conventions to communicate these in design and practical terms.
  • Design Communications
    This creative module combines learning key communication skills required in the field on interior design and other disciplines that require creative outputs, including producing manual and computer generated scaled plans and elevations.
  • Materials and Finishes
    This practical module addresses the selection, testing and use of materials and finishes to compile a specification of materials and fixtures, in most cases this involves a live scheme.
  • History of Design
    On this module you will learn about key developments in the history of modern design, interiors and architecture, including design movements such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism as well as contemporary trends like Minimalism and Retro-styling.
  • Interior Design Practice
    During this module you will undertake in depth analysis of interior design studio practice including development of a client’s brief, selection of materials and furniture to implement into a design schedule from an initial concept, preparing electrical specifications and project management skills required within Interior Design Practice.


Year two

Core modules
  • Commercial Interior Design
    This module covers important aspects such as commercial interior design, interior architectural design, interior products such as bespoke reception desks, seating hubs and details plus current trends and styles in design.
  • Ergonomics
    This essential module introduces you to the importance of ergonomics in the design process. We will look at how ergonomic theory and practice provides a framework for a successful design process.
  • Interior Detailing
    This module aims to further develop your understanding of the relationship between conceptual design and the built form through technical detailing and specification of interior elements, interior products and components.
  • Modern and Contemporary Studies
    This unit builds on your level 4 module History of Design and extends your knowledge of developments in interior design.
  • Architectural Visualisation
    You will learn a range of techniques and software available to visualise and present design solutions of complex geometries including, but not limited to, advanced modelling of building exteriors and interiors, hard surface modelling, optimising materials amongst others.


  • Sustainable Refurbishment
    This module is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required to identify refurbishment solutions to improve building performance, align it to future needs and produce reports and record drawings of buildings.
  • Building Information Modelling
    Building Information Modelling is a module that concentrates on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their applications in the built environment.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Sustainability and Interior Design Development
    This module focuses on the role and contribution of the interior designer in improving the environmental performance and quality of interior spaces leading to the production of finalised schemes.
  • Sustainability and Interior Design Realisation
    This important module follows on from sustainability and interior design (development) and culminates the key issues associated with sustainability, and the environmental impact of interior design practice into a resolved scheme.
  • Final Major Project
    This module represents the culmination of your studies and the opportunity to undertake and evidence sustained research and development, to inform a coherent, original and critically informed body of work in relation to Interior Design.
  • Professional Practice
    This module will equip you with knowledge and skills in management of teams, business models and projects in the context of professional practice.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Joe Trickett academic profile Joe Trickett Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technical Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Interior design students work in the built environment studio centre. This modern studio space has been developed to give students access to an environment which mirrors the feel and atmosphere of a working professional studio. Students from various different built environment courses come together and collaborate on multidisciplinary projects, just as they would in the workplace. 

Facilities and software available to students include CAD stations, Revit, Vector Works, Adobe Illustrator and SketchUp Pro, as well as both 3D and large format scanners.

Linked to European employers as well as the UK, the course offers students the opportunity to enter international design competitions. Students learn from industry experienced industry professionals and a fully accredited member of the SBID.

Your future

Graduates are prepared for careers in a number of fields within the design sector including both residential and commercial interior design, product design, graphic visualisation and design consultancy.

Interior design is an exciting, varied career concerned with creating beautiful but functional well planned spaces, including the interior products within it. Using imaginative and creative ideas, colours, patterns, textures, light and space, graduates will be able to model and manipulate the structure of the space, design interior products as well as designing the décor.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Architectural interior design
  • Superyacht interior design
  • Commercial and residential design
  • Product design
  • Exhibition and showroom design
  • Retail design and space planner
  • Interior creative consultant
  • Interior creative lighting design
  • Professional freelance interior design.
  • The course really helped me experience a diverse range of subjects within the design and construction industry, not just interior design, which has been a real help in the transition to work within a multidisciplinary company. I want to thank Solent for supporting me and helping me gain so many skills that I can apply to everyday working life, especially time management and working to deadlines!

    Hayley Harding, Graduate

  • It supports creativity and allows students to develop unique concepts and build on them with the guidance of lecturers who have had involvement in the industry. The diverse set of units encourages independent learning and offer relevant knowledge and key skills to succeed in a graduate environment. After graduation I successfully gained employment as a technical designer, my portfolio of 3D visuals definitely helped.

    Hollie Jackson, Graduate

  • The interior design course at Solent was my first choice of university. The course covers every possible aspect of the design world you would need to make it in the industry after graduation, from concept to design realisation. Everybody assumes that an interior designer is just the person you hire to paint a wall and fluff a cushion, but the course has shown me that there is more to being a designer than that.

    Joe Foxford, Graduate

  • I was impressed with the course, its content and the school. The course offered a very realistic insight into the working practices of interior design.

    Steve Chapple, Gradaute

  • The interior design course covers a wide range of aspects of the design world, not just interior design, these aspects are what initially attracted me to this course at Solent University. This course teaches you realistic skills that you can take straight into industry, which I believe is extremely important. All the lecturers are so supportive, encouraging and friendly that created a pleasant and safe environment to learn and be creative.

    Yasmin El Sayed, graduate employed with MoreySmith

Industry links

The course team has an extensive network of employer contacts, including London-based design practices, and you’ll work closely with the industry as you study.

Contact includes formal and informal employer liaison meetings, professional body engagements and close employer involvement with student learning and assessment.

Studies are enhanced by real case studies and guest speakers from relevant disciplines, while our network of industry contacts also delivers plenty of opportunities for work placements. Our annual London-based exhibition also provides extensive networking and self-promotion opportunities.


Through the course team’s contacts, students have been able to secure valuable work placements which have then led to permanent positions; recent placement examples include Crest Nicholson, Wilmott Dixon and Barrett Homes.

With award-winning projects, interior design students have successfully secured a year of industry mentoring, for three consecutive years.

Graduate stories

Rachel's story

Rachel Adams - Design Assistant at Spaceway

How do you feel your degree helped prepare you for your career?
My degree in interior design taught me so many important lessons and skills that I now use at work. My understanding of building regulations and adapting to the client's brief has been imperative within the industry. Also, within the final year you create a personal business identity producing creative CVs and business cards, getting you ready to find a job straight out of university. 

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
Currently, I'm working for a space planning company in Southampton as an assistant designer. My main roles and responsibilities are to produce drawings for clients, designing 2D and 3D concept proposals individual to each project. In a typical day I will review a number of new and ongoing projects, making amendments and creating new proposals for the client.

What advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?
My advice would be to work as hard as you can and put all of your effort into what you enjoy doing. I would not be where I am today if I did not enjoy my work and that's the most important thing. If you are a creative person with a passionate drive for design then you’ll come out on top.

Further study

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