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About the course

Do you have an eye for design? Passionate about interior decoration? As a member of the Society of British and International Design (SBID) - the accrediting organisation for the UK’s interior design industry – Southampton Solent University’s interior design decoration top-up programme offers a comprehensive education covering everything from textile design, interior styling, and materials to historical contexts, trendsetting and spatial design.

This intensive one year top-up programme is perfectly suited to students who already have a related qualification at HND level (or equivalent) and would like to upgrade to a full degree.

The course places a strong emphasis on gaining hands-on experience and students are encouraged to work on industry-led live projects. By leveraging the course team’s extensive industry links, past built environment students have had the opportunity to work on professional interior design projects.

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 may also make use of large format scanners, printing equipment and Mac suites loaded with Vectorworks, Google SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite.

As well as gaining practical experience on work placements, past students have exhibited their work at important interior design events like New Designers in London. This enabled students to meet major retailers and other industry contacts. 

Professional memberships Specialist facilities Further studies Top-up degree

Students benefit from Southampton Solent’s excellent links with employers from across the interior design industry.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have found employment in a range of interior design and related roles including: interior yacht designer, home buyer, creative projects assistant, design consultant, kitchen designer and textile designer.

Who is this course for?

This intensive one year top-up programme is perfectly suited to students who already have a related qualification at HND level (or equivalent) and would like to upgrade to a full interior design degree.

Students will graduate with a professional portfolio and a thorough understanding of interior design best practices.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry K36S
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 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.

Other costs

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Compulsory: photographic printing, materials, portfolios and printing costs - £300
Optional: costs for transport to project site - £100

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

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent), or 240 CATS points from two years of a three year relevant degree.

  • UK applicants will be asked to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants resident outside the UK will be asked to send an electronic portfolio.

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.


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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Professional Projects
  • Major Project
  • Critical Research Paper

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

Facilities

Throughout the course you’ll have access to specialist equipment for surface decoration, spatial design and interior styling. These include a digital fabric printer, digital laser cutter and industry-standard photographic studios. Students may also make use of large format scanners, printing equipment and Mac suites loaded with Vectorworks, Google SketchUp and Adobe CS.

Interior design decoration at Southampton Solent teaches a comprehensive range of industry relevant skills including spatial design, textiles, surface decoration and interior photographic styling.

Your future

Interior design is a multi-faceted profession where creative and technical solutions are applied to a given space. Focusing on decoration opens up exciting career options where selection of colours, materials and interior finish are an essential part of conveying the design concept, meeting the client brief and integrating with spatial design.

On graduating you’ll be well equipped to work in areas such as the design and decoration of interior space, its representation through editorial and photographic practice, and the specification of materials and textiles. Careers can also take creative paths including trendsetting, surface design, visual styling and interior home-staging. These may be for individual clients’ homes or for print and online publications’ photo-shoots. 

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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