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Interior Architecture & Design
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Interior Architecture & Design

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.
96.4%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • Study abroad option
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 24/7 Library
  • 100% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16).
  • 100% of students said their course provided them with opportunities to apply their learning (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 100% of students said they received helpful comments on their work (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 120 from three A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one A Level must be in an Art or Design related subject).
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.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one subject must be in an Art or Design related subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. At least one subject must be in an Art or Design related subject.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for architecture. International applicants and others who are not able to attend for interview are asked to complete a simple illustrated design project or send a portfolio of art and design work
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
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.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 120 from three A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one A Level must be in an Art or Design related subject).
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.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one subject must be in an Art or Design related subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. At least one subject must be in an Art or Design related subject.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for architecture. International applicants and others who are not able to attend for interview are asked to complete a simple illustrated design project or send a portfolio of art and design work
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
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.

Modules & learning

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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 a critical understanding of historical and contemporary frameworks, theories and issues within which to locate your interior architecture and design practice.

Produce an illustrated design report, which will act as a foundation and a springboard for your design project in Interiors Reinvented Part 1 & 2.

Establish the personal parameters of a work-related design brief based on the refurbishment of an existing building.

The second stage of your major design project, you will continue to creatively refine and detail your ideas in response to construction and material details and structural principles.

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.

Expand your knowledge of the wider contextual and theoretical concepts affecting design and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.

Produce a design report in which you determine a viable, realistic project through consultation with clients and users. This will then form the basis of Part 2 & 3.

During this module you will shape an justify an outline interior scheme in response to a live brief.

Complete the design scheme you began in Part 2, leaving you with a complete design project to enhance your portfolio.

Identify a building and a suitable new purpose for it. Your feasibility report will form the basis of your Major Project.

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.

This module will allow you to rationalise and detail a complex design proposal as an objective and creative response to the needs of users.

Present your project as a complete creative and professional package using both conventional and digital visual media. You will also give an oral presentation rationalising the project's direction, development and conclusion.

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 School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017
Play BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design - Rebecca Allsop, Student Video
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design - Rebecca Allsop, Student

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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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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