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Interior Design

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

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Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Interior design and architecture

Develop your creative vision and get a fresh perspective on design on our full-time Interior Design degree at Cambridge School of Art.
Exciting and intriguing spaces offer experiences that can change how we feel, move or enjoy them.

Our role as designers is to help other people to develop social relationships which results in us working closely with communities and helping to embed stories into the fabric of our design work.

By studying BA (Hons) Interior Design at ARU, you’ll explore the relationships between design, experience and narrative, helping you to develop your independent voice and creativity along the way.

With our small studio groups, your tutors will really get to know you and your work, and help you become a distinctive interior designer who will contribute positively to the industry.

Design can reveal a lot about the people who use a space, and the communities we build. On our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree you’ll learn to create exciting design proposals, while considering how to develop environments that connect stories with people.
Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to propose design questions that are human centred and based on the way we are or the way we can be. We will consider carefully the ‘archaeology’ of a site and examine the relationships between us, our sites and landscapes. You will create environments that speak to us.

You’ll develop confidence and creativity through working in small teams, with exceptional tutors who are passionate about education and have long arcs of industry experience. You will work alongside other students from different creative degrees at different stages of your degree to help you understand how other people work and think and to learn you will learn what you can contribute to these design conversations.

With small studio groups, you’ll engage in a consistent conversation with your tutors too. It’s one of the reasons our Design & Crafts courses ranked 8th in the UK for 'Satisfied with Course' and 3rd for 'Satisfied with Teaching' (The Guardian University Guide 2020).
With an eye on your future career, you’ll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience.

You can see your designs become reality in live projects and foster professional relationships through Design Bench, a series of industry networking meetings.

Our past students have taken up placements or other work experience with organisations such as Alium Design, Robert Mathew Johnson Marshall (architects), Haley Sharpe Design Ltd (global designers), Julia Johnson (interior designer), Monteith Scott (designers), Dalziel & Pow, Penny Banks, Saunders Boston Architects, Arkitektones, Mineheart, and Laura Ashley. Many of these connections have led to employment.

As well as our dedicated interior design studio, you can get training in support in our printmaking workshop; 3D workshop; digital photography lab; photography studios and darkrooms; Mac and PC suites, and all our other facilities.

You can become a student member of the British Interior Institute of Design, the Society of British and International Design and Interior Educators, with access to resources, exhibitions and competitions.

**Careers**

Our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree will prepare you to work with architects or in spatial design practices on residential, commercial, hospitality, health, lighting, entertainment or furniture design projects. You might decide to set up your own interior design practice after you graduate.

The creative skills you develop will also help you find a career in the visual arts, film, television, event and theatre design, or exhibition and museum design; while the management skills will be useful for project management roles on creative projects.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might choose continue your studies with one of our full- or part-time our Masters degrees. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules:
Design Context and Technology
Studio Culture 1
Visual Communication

Year 2 Core modules:
Contemporary Issues and Debates
Digital Media in Application
Studio Culture 2

Year 3 Core modules:
Studio Culture 3

Assessment methods

Our studio projects will allow you to focus on your creative development, while you’ll also demonstrate your process and creative decisions through a combination of portfolio, written and practical studio work.

Modules are subject to change and availability.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Art

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Interior design and architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

51%
UK students
49%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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