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About the course

Do you have a passion for interiors and the spaces we live in? This professionally 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, 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 placements at property development companies including Crest Nicholson, Barrett Homes and Capita Symonds.

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.

Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Southampton 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, Capita Symonds, Sunseeker, Jigsaw and Porcelanosa. Other graduates have been successful in setting up their own interior design practices.

Who is this course for?

This interior design programme is ideal for students who are preparing for careers in architectural interior design, retail design, space planning, workplace design and lighting.

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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W250
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year W25W
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • 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.

Portfolio brief:

Before submitting your portfolio, please read  the BA (Hons) Interior Design portfolio brief

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.

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.


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of students feel library resources and services are good enough for their needs

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Creative Interiors
  • History of Interior Design
  • Design Communications
  • Interior Design Practice
  • Materials and Finishes

Options

  • Architectural Design Principles
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Principles of Business Environment

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

Year two

Core units
  • Modern and Contemporary Studies
  • Ergonomics for Interior Design
  • Innovative Technologies and Applications
  • Interior Environments
  • Design Technology

Options

  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Commercial Interior Design (Work Based Learning)

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

Year three

Core units
  • Sustainability and Interior Design
  • Refurbishment and Building Surveying
  • Professional Practice and Procedures
  • Professional Branding

Options

  • Research Project
  • Final-Year Project

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

Support

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

Key figures

3%

Written exams

90%

Assessment by coursework

7%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Sarah Bax academic profile Sarah Bax Course Leader View profile
Scott Anderson academic profile Scott Anderson Senior Lecturer View profile
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Peter Howard academic profile Peter Howard Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Senior Lecturer View profile
Ramesh Marasini academic profile Ramesh Marasini Associate Professor View profile
Alison Messenger academic profile Alison Messenger Associate 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.

Facilities

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 both residential and commercial interior design and its related disciplines. Interior design is an exciting career concerned with creating beautiful but functional and well planned spaces, using imaginative and creative ideas, colours, patterns, textures, light and space. Graduates will be able to model and manipulate the structure of the space, as well as designing the décor.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Architectural interior designer
  • Superyacht interior designer
  • Commercial and residential interior designer
  • Exhibition and showroom designer
  • Retail designer and space planner
  • Interior creative consultant
  • Interior creative lighting designer
  • Professional freelance interior designer.

85%

of those students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

75%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • 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 Southampton 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.

Placements

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, Capita Symonds, Wilmott Dixon and Barrett Homes.

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

Further study

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