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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.

Whether you're interested in interior design, surface decoration, textiles or interior styling, Southampton 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.

As well as gaining practical experience on work placements, 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.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities

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 visual merchandising, textile and wallpaper design, trend forecasting, editorial styling or creative direction.

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

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Design Foundation Year WW25
  • 3 Years Standard Entry W252
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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.
  • 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.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio interview information.

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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Study location

East Park Terrace

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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 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

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

Year Two

Core units

  • Reading Interiors 
  • Critical Proposal
  • Interior Design in Industry
  • Specialist Practice in Interior Design 


  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Design and Styling for Performance
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year Three

Core units

  • Professional Projects
  • Major Project


  • Critical Paper
  • Critical Visual Journal 

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


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


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Peter Jarvis academic profile Peter Jarvis Senior Lecturer View profile
Glenda Strong academic profile Glenda Strong Senior Lecturer View profile
Debbie Mahon academic profile Debbie Mahon 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
  • Stage and set designer
  • Magazine and editorial styling
  • Interior stylist
  • Creative designer
  • Visual merchandising
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Show home consultant
  • Textile and wallpaper designer.


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


of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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