Interior Design degrees | course guide
Interior Design lets you flex your creative muscles by transforming dull inside spaces into visually pleasing and healthy environments.
With Interior Design, you learn how to enhance the inside of a building and create an aesthetically pleasing interior environment. It’s a multidisciplinary subject that takes from areas of architecture, art and technology, where you gain the skills needed for improving both public and private spaces.
Undergraduate Interior Design degrees on offer in the UK include:
- Interior Architecture and Design BA
- Interior Design BA
- Interior and Environmental Design BDes
- Interior and Spatial Design BA
Several options include a year abroad or industry placement as part of the course.
Most undergraduate Interior Design courses ask for around 112–128 UCAS points. Not every university will base an offer on UCAS points, and some courses may have lower or higher requirements.
- A Levels: AAB–BBC
- BTECs: DDM–DMM
- Scottish Highers: AABBB–BBBB
- IB: 34–26
- Universities will usually ask that you have studied an art-related subject
Other good subjects to have studied include:
- Fine art
- Graphic design
Experiences that would look good on your application:
- Shadowing or work experience in a design agency or similar environment
Other requirements for this subject include:
- Portfolio showing previous creative work and artistic potential
Typical modules for courses in this subject include:
- Digital technologies
- Visual communication
- Creative analysis
- Critical perspectives
- Observation and surveying
- Drawing for design
- Environment and atmosphere
Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:
- Practical design projects
Courses often have strong industry partnerships, where you benefit from expert guest lectures and practical work experiences.
- Creative design
- Visual communication
- Spatial awareness
- Sustainable practice
- Trend identification
- Computer knowledge
- Customer service
- Computer software
- Project management
- Attention to detail
- Chartered Society of Designers
When starting as a graduate interior designer, you can expect an entry-level salary of around £24,000.
The average salary for an interior designer in the UK is around £35,000. Salaries can be higher than £45,000 for those with lots of experience.
Interior design graduates work for a wide range of sectors, including education, retail, entertainment, hospitality, business, manufacturing, the built environment and media. Examples of roles that graduates go into:
- Interior designer
- Lighting designer
- Theatre set designer
- Interior consultant
- Visual merchandiser
- Exhibition design
- Furniture design
- Computer game designer
Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:
- Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design MA
- Interior Design MA
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