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About the course

With award winning graduates, and a teaching team of expert industry professionals, this industry-focused, creative degree will help provide you with the design skills and hands-on experience to start your career at the cutting edge of design.

BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration scored 94% overall satisfaction for the National Student Survey 2020. 

Whether you're interested in interior design, surface decoration, textiles or interior styling, Solent University’s interior design decoration programme will help you to improve your practical skills and begin a unique career in this exciting creative industry. With an expert teaching team and a strong emphasis on the decorative elements of the interior and lifestyle industry, you’ll gain the practical experience and support required to create a professional portfolio and get your career off to the ideal start.

The course places a strong emphasis on gaining hands-on experience and students are encouraged to work on industry-led projects. Through the course team’s strong industry links, past students have had the opportunity to gain self-directed work experience in both commercial and domestic design-led environments.

Students on the interior design decoration course enjoy free access to specialist equipment and facilities. These include a digital fabric printer, digital laser cutter and industry-standard photographic studios. Students will also have access to large format scanners, printing equipment and Apple Mac computers loaded with Vectorworks, Google SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and a range of other software packages.

Past students have also exhibited their work at important interior design events including New Designers in London. This has provided them with opportunities to meet employers and network with their industry colleagues.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students study under the guidance of experienced professionals with a wealth of industry experience to share.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have found employment in a range of interior design and related roles: interior yacht designer, home buyer, creative projects assistant, design consultant, kitchen designer and textile designer. Graduates have found employment with companies such as Dulux, Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Jones, Claydon Reeves, Magnet and a range of independent interior design practices.

Who is this course for?

Interior design and decoration here at Solent prepares students for careers in interior design for domestic and commercial spaces,  visual merchandising, surface and textile design, photographic and editorial styling and creative direction.

Students may come from a range of creative or academic backgrounds. Students will be given time and support to develop a professional portfolio.


Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry IDD1
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year IDD3
  • 3 Years Standard Entry W252
  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year WW25
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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 one: 
Books, quality folders, printing, foam board, memory sticks, sketchbooks, model making equipment and material: £250
Study trips: £100

Year two:
Books, quality folders, printing/binding, foam board, memory stick, sketchbooks: £350
Study trips: £100

Year three:
Books, quality folders, printing/binding, foam board, memory sticks, sketchbooks, final major project: £600
Study trips: £100

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.

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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.
  • UK applicants will be asked to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants resident outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points. 
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year.
  • 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 19 in each individual 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 Ask Solent team: 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

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • History, Culture and Context
  • Interior Design Studio Practice
  • Interior Design and Presentation
  • Surface Design & Decoration
  • Spatial Design & Decoration
  • Creative Technologies

Year two

Core modules
  • Research Proposal
  • Interior Design in Industry
  • Specialist Practice in Interior Design 
  • Reading Interiors 


  • Freelancing at Solent Creative
  • Design and Styling for Performance
  • Sustainable Futures

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Projects
  • Major Project
  • Contextual Research


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

Donna Bevan academic profile Donna Bevan Senior Lecturer 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.


The course has specialist equipment for surface decoration, spatial design and interior styling. These include a digital fabric printer, digital laser cutter and industry-standard photographic studios. There are also large format scanners, printing equipment and Apple Mac computers loaded with Vectorworks, Google SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and a range of other software packages.

Students study a curriculum built around providing practical insights into the industry. Solent’s in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives, provides students with a live project and work experience opportunities.

Your future

This degree will equip you for a career in the spatial design of the interior; its representation through editorial styling and photographic practice; the specification of materials and textiles; trendsetting; surface design; interior home-staging and styling for interior spaces.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Interior designer
  • Colour consultant
  • Magazine and editorial styling
  • Interior stylist
  • Creative designer
  • Visual merchandising
  • Show home consultant
  • Textile and surface designer
  • Kitchen designer.

Industry links

The course has an excellent guest speaker programme, and industry guest critics have also provided live briefs, student feedback and advice on current professional practice.

The staff team has strong links with industry and have previously partnered with national and international brands to offer students live projects. These include The Clothes Show, The Mayflower Theatre, IKEA, the Joiners (music venue), Hampshire Kitchens, Bulthaup, Linden Show Homes and Blendworth interiors.


Throughout the course you’ll work on industry-led live projects, and have the opportunity for self-directed work experience between the second and third years. This can be either commercial- or domestic design-led and is fully supported by the course team. Members of staff have very close relationships with the industry and can help you find and organise a suitable placement.

Graduate stories

Emma's story

Emma Forrest - Kitchen Designer at Braverman Kitchens

What made you choose to study at Solent?
Solent had such a good vibe on the open day compared to other universities. Everyone seemed so happy to be there!

What has been your biggest achievement?
During university, I took on more than I thought I'd be able to handle. I completed my final major project while working full-time, and still managed to achieve a good grade.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I'm a Kitchen Designer in London, and I love the freedom I have in my job to implement what I've learnt from my course.  

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
Do it! Come with an open mind, ready to have fun and grow.

Further study

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Get ready to find your place

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