Interior Design BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

Interior Design transforms ideas into experiences. It explores the spaces in which we shop, drink, eat, sleep and work, asking you to question the functional and aesthetic potential of our interior environments. This is a creative, explorative and engaging course, which asks you to push the boundaries of current design thinking to create new experiences and relationships between people, places and spaces. The course will help prepare you for the challenging and rewarding profession of interior design or interior architecture with a range of projects set by some of the country's leading interior and architectural practices. We'll help you learn to bring together the creative and contextual potential of an interior space alongside the technical demands of construction detailing and specification. The teaching on the course scored 100% in the National Student Survey 2015, as all of the students who completed the survey agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating, the staff are good at explaining things, make the subject interesting and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. The course scored 96% for overall student satisfaction.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

You'll be encouraged to develop an individual, enquiring and innovative approach to design, supported by a high quality teaching and learning environment with established industry connections. We strongly recommend you take the option of a placement year.

You can hear final year student, Abigail, talk about her experience on the course in this short film. Abigail explains why the University of Huddersfield stood out to her at the Open Day and what she loved about her placement year in London.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University.

Year 1

Core modules:

Design Process and Communication

This module introduces and develops your awareness and understanding of 2D and 3D visual language relating to research, analysis, evaluation and synthesis through exploration of the creative process of design. The module comprises three components: visual enquiry, design interpretation and communicative processes. Your knowledge and understanding of these principles will be demonstrated through a portfolio containing visual exploration and development, 2D/3D proposals and design experimentation. 100% Portfolio.

Design Culture in Context

This module focuses on the examination of current and historical design, cultural socio-economic concerns, styles and artefacts and considers their importance within and influence upon the visual and material culture of society. You will be encouraged to develop academic critical appraisal, analysis, evaluation and reflection upon identified issues which are deemed important and relevant to interior/exhibition/spatial designers. 100% Portfolio.

Material Innovations

Through the module you will be encouraged to acquire and develop a vocabulary and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles associated with the design of the built environment and the work of an interior/exhibition designer. 40% test paper/60% project work.

Design Exploration

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop an understanding and explorative approach to the production of spatial design proposals. Design work will enable you to integrate design process, creative experimentation and visual communication techniques while encouraging the development of organisational, creative and CAD competencies. Explorative design proposals will evidence your knowledge, understanding and developing abilities. 100% design proposals.

Year 2

Core modules:

Design in Context

In this module you will be asked to consider and investigate spatial, visual and cultural contexts through the exploration of design at a variety of scales – to progressively focus in on a design project to reveal the contextual aspects which effect the design and representation of the spatial and built environment, and to consider varying approaches towards design concept manipulation and expression. Collaborative research enquiry will lead to an individually selected design project for an identified interior design topic area in which you will be expected to develop expertise in design evaluation, exploration and digital communication, and demonstrate the development of an integrated and cohesive approach to the design process. 100% portfolio.

Design and Building Technology

In this module you will develop your expertise in the identification, consideration, selection and specification of materials, products and finishes. Emphasis is placed on the role of design, general arrangement and detailed drawings, appraisal of materials, products and finishes relevant to achieving and effecting well-conceived design proposals. Your knowledge and understanding will be demonstrated through a case study presentation, a closed test paper and the production of contractual drawings. 100% presentation file.

Design Realisation

"This module will contain a number of projects and competitions from which to choose, and will include a focus towards audience and client expectations and needs, competitiveness, social and ethical considerations and the identification of design criteria. Design work will continue to develop design exploration studies, in both 2D and 3D, but encouragement will be made to understanding the importance of digital presentation and modelling techniques and related issues in the design process.

You will identify an appropriate use for a selected building (or structure) and undertake appropriate research studies to support initial concept proposals, followed by a digital design package of information. Work undertaken in this module will require presentations to be made digitally, verbally and visually to both staff and ‘clients’. 100% portfolio."

Personal and Professional Development

This module will introduce strategies for personal development and reflection while developing an appreciation and awareness of strategies related to employability and work placement. You will be required to submit a range of elements for this module: professional development journal, self promotional materials (enhanced curriculum vitae) and a well-planned digital design portfolio evidencing competencies. 40% reflective journal /60% CV package.

Year 3 - optional placement year

School of Art and Design Placement

You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).

Final Year

Core modules:

Professional Practice

The module is specifically designed to support, develop and enhance your final major project through the exploration and analysis of design potential within the wider context of professional interior design practice. You will analyse, appraise and synthesise appropriate influences to further define and underpin the trajectory of your design project, while developing your knowledge and practice as a professional designer. 20% development journal/80% project package.

Major Project - Interior Design

You will build upon and test research developed in THD1373 Research Proposal. You will channel your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual, or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create innovative, original or highly professional proposition(s) appropriate to your discipline through, for example, sketchbooks, worksheets and creative outputs. You will realise the potential of your major project in a form appropriate to your intentions. Your artefacts will act as a group of coherent summative statements. 100% creative project.

Research Proposal

This module will establish and inform your major project. Within it you will identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module will re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. The context and parameters of this module will be defined by you through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors. 100% portfolio.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 week) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students on the course have recently taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Edge - London; Spatialized - Wakefield; Keane Brands - Birmingham; Concrete - Amsterdam; Fitch - London; and Tonik Associates - London.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

The course aims to help you to develop the skills needed to work within interior architecture and design firms as well as focused retail, workplace, leisure and hotel design companies around the world.

Practices that have employed our talented graduates in recent years include I-am, London; Chameleon Visual, London; and Grigoriou Interiors, London.

Teaching and assessment

33.3% of the study time on this course in spent in lectures, seminars, demonstrations and tutorials etc.

You'll have the opportunity to learn through participation in studio-based design projects, workshop demonstrations, lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials. Your progress will be monitored by presentation of a portfolio of design work, written assignments, and oral presentations, both individually and in groups.

We will support your career aspirations through a series of specialised projects throughout the course supported by industry led design briefs which give you real world experience of the creative design industry.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


You'll be based in Queen Street Studios; a self-contained building, which as well as housing modern studio space, also offers the latest 3D technologies. This includes dedicated high-performance computer aided design (CAD) and 3D computer visualisation facilities, laser cutters with metal-cutting capabilities, 3D workshops for rapid prototyping, plus high definition and multi material 3D printers for the creation of 3D models. You'll also have access to the Digital Print Centre, our specialist facility capable of printing on a variety of media. All of this is supported by our expert technical staff.

In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours. This means you won't have to invest in expensive software packages during the course.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include sketchbooks, drawing equipment and printing. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been £130 in year one, £145 in year two and £250 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Other information

Our graduates have won numerous design accolades including the New Designers IHG Award 2012 & 2013 and the New Designers ID/Panaz Award 2013, D&AD Yellow Pencil 2012, D&AD Best in Year 2012 & 2013. Students have been shortlisted for RSA (Royal Society for the Arts) and Janine Stone competitions with industry sponsored live ideas projects for New River Retail and Mobile Mini (including cash prizes for individual students and teams). The course has been invited as one of only six Universities to take part in the Retail Design World Student Competition 2015.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.