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Interior Design

Entry requirements


96-120 points including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Preferably Art and Design or Combined) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-28

English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

96-120 points, English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-DDM

Any subject, but preferably Art & Design.

Considered in combination

96-120 tariff points to include 2 Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Considered in combination

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Interior design and architecture

University of Plymouth has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award. Find out more about the TEF.

Do you want to create interior design experiences that transform people’s lives and steer the world towards a more desirable and sustainable future? Set within our interdisciplinary design studio, our Interior Design course is taught in parallel with our Product and Furniture Design course. Specialist pathways enable our award-winning students to explore a range of three-dimensional design practices. On this course you will develop the skills, knowledge and portfolio to become either a specialist Interior Designer, or combine specialisms to become a 3D Designer. Over 3 years you will have the chance to visit leading design studios, to participate in European design culture trips and options to study abroad through the University’s exchange programme. You will work on live projects with real world design briefs. You will get the inside track on career opportunities through our links with industry experts such as Foster + Partners, Kelly Hoppen Interiors and Heatherwick Studio. You will have the option to include a year’s work experience placements to augment your graduating CV and portfolio Our course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

• Experience a range of three-dimensional design disciplines in your first year to make informed choices about the area of specialism that’s right for you.
Explore the design of interiors as well as furniture, ceramics, lighting and products.

• Excellent workshop facilities staffed by approachable technicians. Take advantage of wood, metal and ceramics workshops, engage with print and textile
studios. Combine conventional making processes and equipment with pioneering digital manufacturing technologies.

• Work in a vibrant interdisciplinary studio that’s open until midnight, with computer-aided design (CAD) stations and access to virtual and augmented design
technologies.

• Learn in small groups and through one-to-one tutorials, we have no imposed ‘house style’, so you develop your own unique design identity and voice.

• Exclusive talks and insights from creative professionals from leading design companies like PiM Studio, Vitra and Tom Raffield.

• Build an industry relevant portfolio with fresh projects starting every five or six weeks. Your assessments are 100 per cent coursework – so there are no
exams.

• Join our community of current and past students, many of whom are winning world-class design competitions. After the course: Plymouth graduates are
skilled, responsible, knowledgeable, articulate and able to make the most of today’s job opportunities. They are working in major design and architecture
practices, or setting up their own design consultancies. Many progress onto postgraduate study.

Modules

Year 1: Core Skills
In your first year, you’ll explore our three related disciplines: Interior Designer, Product Designer and Designer Maker. You’ll learn core skills and design principles through practical design projects, developing individual and team working skills. You’ll explore the opportunities afforded by design practice and experience links with art, expression, culture, materials, processes and markets.
Year 2: Exploration
In your second year, you’ll select your area of specialisation within our disciplines and develop your creative identity. You’ll establish your skills as a designer, exploring methods, ideas and themes with opportunities to create interiors that explore the space between objects and architecture. You can opt to join work experience and exchange programmes. You will learn how to exhibit your work and build a portfolio of special interests, becoming proficient in design processes, CAD and communication methods.
Year 3: Consolidation
In your final year, you’ll engage in real world projects and can enter international competitions. You’ll work on your major project and dissertation with a focus on negotiated, self-directed study to manage your own projects. You will exhibit your work at our Graduate Show and national events such as New Designers, to launch your career in the design industry or prepare for post graduate study.
The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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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.

90%
high
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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

89%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Design occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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