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About the course

With award winning graduates, and a teaching team of expert industry professionals, this industry-focused, SBID accredited 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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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.

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.
  • 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 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
  • Interior Design in Context
    This module will introduce you to the historical and cultural development of interior design with a focus on the 20th and 21st Century. You will explore key art and design movements and how they have informed interior design trends in contemporary practice.
  • Interior Design Studio Practice
    This challenging module introduces you to the many skills and processes that will give you a foundation in interior design decoration, including conceptual sketching, technical drawing and design development.
  • Interior Design and Presentation
    This creative module builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Studio Practice module to complete a professional design process and create a unique body of work based on a live project with a real site.
  • Surface Design and Decoration
    Through this module you will learn how to deconstruct surface designs and learn new design processes and applications used in surface decoration for the interiors industry.
  • Spatial Design and Decoration
    Through this module you will learn how to deconstruct spatial designs and learn new design processes and applications used in spatial decoration for the interiors industry.
  • Creative Styling
    On this module you will learn about design principles which will help you to evaluate design and styled images for interiors. Once you know this you will be able to use this, (applied knowledge) to create your own designs.

Year two

Core modules
  • Reading Interiors
    This module will allow you to explore the broad definitions and meanings of interior design and decoration to gain a greater understanding of this in the development of your own practical projects.
  • Professional Promotion
    This module invites you to discuss and explore potential career aspirations and key interests within Interior Design practice. You will be supported to produce reflective and relevant Professional Development Plans (PDP) to allow you to critically analyse developments and associated opportunities within the field.
  • Interior Design in Industry
    During this module you will work on a given design project, generating initial concepts and producing design ideas which can be refined and synthesised to present and promote to an identified audience.
  • Design Research
    Design research is an opportunity to explore design and make sense of what you are doing alongside your practical design work. This is real world research that will change the way you think and the way you design.
  • Specialist Practice in Interior Design
    This module helps you to develop your surface and spatial awareness, through testing and investigating ideas for the application of pattern in the design of hard and soft materials.
  • Decorative Surfaces and Textiles
    This module will expand your understanding of the impact of texture, surface pattern and form within any given space.

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Projects 
    This module concentrates on professional practice and includes involvement in competitions or live projects where possible. It should be seen as an opportunity to work to professional standards and deadlines in preparation for the workplace.
  • Trends Styling
    This module comprises of a project which will draw on the independent nature of being an interior designer and the importance of working within a team. The role of the designer and links between interiors and current trends, through trend forecasting, will be explored through designing, photographic styling and dressing spaces for the interiors industry.
  • 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 Decoration.
  • Critical Design Research
    This inspiring module allows you to develop your research skills and your personal line of enquiry which you proposed at level five in the Design Research module, through to a final conclusion.


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.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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