BA (Hons) Interior Design


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Program Description

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An alliance of conceptual and practical thinking, interior design is a marriage of meaning and relationships in physical form. It defines much of our daily experience.

Your interior design skills

Building a toolbox of essential craft and drawing skills, our undergraduate interior design course will see you develop innovative design propositions for different interior spaces. You’ll master visualisation methods and sketching by hand, as well as industry-standard 3D digital platforms, collage, photography and model making.
Enjoying generous contact time with academics and technicians and access to well-equipped facilities throughout your degree, you’ll have the freedom to follow your interests and passions as you identify and shape your own style and approach. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals such as LSI Architects, designer and architect Eva Sopeoglou, and Maria Oliva, Interior Designer at B3 Designers.

Your interior design future

Thinking about how the design responds to purpose and need, you’ll learn to consider the social aspects of a design project, including how human wants and emotions are influenced by design aspects such as scale, colour, light, texture, acoustics and materials.
You’ll explore cultural trends and the technological and material innovations shaping the industry. You’ll gain experience designing for a range of interiors, including social, hospitals, large-scale housing, hospitality, commercial and residential spaces, disaster relief and exhibition design, as well as domestic interiors.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Colour Consultant
  • 3D Model Maker
  • Theatre Set Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Design Contractor
  • Architectural Visualiser
  • Design Technologist

Industry workshops in BA Interior Design

Course content

Year 1

  • Understand the principles of ideation and communication in interior design through a range of projects, workshops, experiments and exercises
  • Explore the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the interior and its cultural and historical context
  • Examine new technologies and sustainable materials, as well as manufacturing techniques and their application to interior design
  • Integrate research, analytical and reflective techniques into your creative practice

Year 2

  • Create work from concept to realisation with a particular focus on understanding design briefs and user needs
  • Communicate your design ideas through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3D visualisation, sketching and model making
  • Apply a flexible and imaginative approach to problem-solving through inquiry-based learning, using storytelling and lateral thinking to solve design problems
  • Study cultural, theoretical, and professional issues and apply social, historical and professional contexts to the subject discipline
  • Explore working in a team and developing a creative role through the course and university-wide collaborative projects

Year 3

  • Explore materials and technologies for the construction and operation of building interiors with a particular focus on sustainability, environmental and performance issues
  • Deliver a final major design project, embracing the full interior design process and demonstrating your approach to, and engagement with, contemporary interior design issues
  • Complete a Research Report that provides broad contextualisation to your practice
  • Participate in national competitions to further enhance your portfolio and professional profile

Entry Requirements

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 32 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world, to find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

You can email us on if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking. Read less