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Interior Architecture and Design
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Interior Architecture and Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course has a creative vision that will put you at the forefront of professional interior design practice. In the studio-based art school tradition, your individual creativity will be nurtured by experienced tutors and practising professionals.

Through studio projects, you will sculpt, manipulate, remodel and repurpose interior space in response to contemporary issues and live briefs from external clients. Take a look at some of the work our students have produced.

As an innovative and talented designer with proven practical skills and expertise, you will be a highly sought-after graduate and primed for a rewarding career. We will give you the opportunity to show off your projects to the public and impress industry by exhibiting your work at the end of your final year.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.
You will be taught by experienced practitioners whose backgrounds are in top architecture and design industry consultancies and practices. Live projects will give you the opportunity to engage with real clients, user groups, experts, practising designers and architects.

Overseas study visits are offered each year and there are opportunities for exchanges to overseas universities and colleges in countries including Australia and Italy. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work at our Arts Festival and the London graduate exhibitions at the end of your final year.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • Study abroad option
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 24/7 Library

STUDENT WORK

As Bold As Brass Pertinent Image Ellie McCrumb BAHons Interior Arc
As Bold as Brass Pertinent Image, Ellie McCrumb
Islands of the Soul Section Esme Kilshaw BAHons Interior Architect
Islands of the Soul, Section, Esme Kilshaw
Sleeping Secrets Atmospheric Visual  a home to the sleeping shipwreck o
Sleeping Secrets Atmospheric Visual - A Home to the Sleeping Shipwreck, Evie Martin
Sugar Coated Museum  Phoebe Smith BA Hons Interior Architecture  De
Sugar Coated Museum, Phoebe Smith
Play BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design Video
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design
Play Georgina Hayman, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design Video
Georgina Hayman, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design
Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Harry Wright

Careers

Harry Wright

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

“Through the University I won an award to work for an architectural practice on a two-week placement and was hired full-time after I graduated. The regeneration work I did on my course and the experience gained in the design studios helped me get noticed in my job and take on projects that gave me invaluable architectural knowledge.

Teaching and learning

This professional course will prepare you to enter design practice as a specialist in the sculpting and manipulation of architectural interior space. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
You will be introduced to the fundamentals of design and will develop a range of communication and design approaches through 2D drawing techniques and model making. You will begin to build your personal creative processes taking inspiration from the arts. During semester two, you will gain an appreciation of the settings in which designers and architects practice and will learn about the standards and sustainable re-use of buildings, ultimately experimenting with your own ideas.
Overall workload
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410 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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790 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Engage in a series of skills based activities and workshops which develop a range of communication and design approaches. These include use of scale, concept model-making, two dimensional drawing techniques and use of digital media.

Develop your personal creative processes by taking conceptual inspiration from context, site, human requirements and activities and the arts (music, poetry and literature).

Gain an appreciation of the cultural, political, ethical, social and historic settings in which designers and architects practise. Develop skills in research, analysis, critical and independent thinking and establish a foundation in structuring and referencing academic writing.

Develop an appreciation of design and architectural standards and the sustainable re-use of buildings. Enhance your research, analytical and digital skills to build an essential design toolkit.

Explore, experiment with and produce design ideas that inform the sensitivities to existing building fabrics, and which manipulate interior space, materials, structure and construction in response to the parent building.

Hone your design skills through detailed study of existing practice, survey work and by producing enhanced technical drawings. You will also build your digital manipulation skills and knowledge of structure through a specific design development project. Building on your contextual studies from year one, you’ll discover how different factors affect design, and you’ll expand your research skills and personal and professional development to boost your employability prospects.
Overall workload
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390 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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810 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Focus on the detailed study of design precedent, through completing survey work and the production of detailed technical drawings.

This module will focus on the development of a staircase design, building on your digital manipulation skills, and structure and detail knowledge.

Discover how cultural, historical, socio-political, technological and economic factors promote innovation, challenge design thinking and shape the nature of design. You will be encouraged to research and debate these approaches to support a personal design philosophy.

Expand your research, analysis and analytical capabilities and enhance your ability to structure visual and written material to communicate with employers and other professionals.

Enhance your personal and professional development evidencing your progress with a professional design portfolio. You will consolidate the interior architecture and design practice processes from year two to realise your personal career aspirations and boost your employability prospects.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

You will have the confidence to develop your own creative design briefs and will carry out a major design project from inception to completion, refining your ideas and using appropriate visual media to present your work.
Overall workload
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380 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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820 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Develop the confidence to develop detailed and appropriate design briefs in response to complex agendas, to manage an interior design project from inception to completion, and to mediate between programmatic and pragmatic design constraints whilst maintaining conceptual and creative vision.

Begin the design project that will span your final year. You will explore, interrogate and present potential sketch design ideas using appropriate conventional and digital visual media.

During the second stage of your design work, you will develop and refine your ideas.

Leeds Beckett University
Julie MacDermott
Course Director
Julie has worked in furniture, interiors and exhibition design, but her true passion is design education. Her design inspiration comes from poetry, music, theatre and observing what makes people tick, all in the belief that creativity is heightened by working with others. Julie's personal research interests include the role of senses and emotions in design activity.
We are a haven for anarchy, intuition and emotionally charged mavericks. Through interior design you can indulge in an ultimately accessible art form, shape spaces which tell stories, toy with emotions and cause tingling sensations. It is a course that can fire and fulfil your creative passion.
Play BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design Video
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design
Play Georgina Hayman, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design Video
Georgina Hayman, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design
Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Personal drawing equipment and sketchbooks
    (Minimum approximate cost of £100)
  • Site visits
    (Maximum cost £30. If visit is not local, subsidised travel by coach is normal)
  • Self-determined primary research to project sites and case studies
    (Use of available local sites – although these may not provide the best basis for research as the focus is determined by you and can be very varied. Can be managed to limit costs as timing is flexible)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • External printing for Year 3 reports
    (Approximate cost £100. In-house subsidised costs vary depending on student work)
  • Special paper for printing in Year 3
    (Approximate cost £40. Alternatively, paper can be provided)
  • Course educational visits
    (Approximate cost £40. Visits are not module specific)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Personal drawing equipment and sketchbooks
    (Minimum approximate cost of £100)
  • Site visits
    (Maximum cost £30. If visit is not local, subsidised travel by coach is normal)
  • Self-determined primary research to project sites and case studies
    (Use of available local sites – although these may not provide the best basis for research as the focus is determined by you and can be very varied. Can be managed to limit costs as timing is flexible)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • External printing for Year 3 reports
    (Approximate cost £100. In-house subsidised costs vary depending on student work)
  • Special paper for printing in Year 3
    (Approximate cost £40. Alternatively, paper can be provided)
  • Course educational visits
    (Approximate cost £40. Visits are not module specific)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Interior Architecture and Design Studio
    Interior Architecture and Design Studio

    Show your creative flair in our light and airy studios. You’ll have all the space you need to work either by yourself or in your project groups, in an environment similar to a professional workplace.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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