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Interior Design degrees | course guide

Interior Design lets you flex your creative muscles by transforming dull inside spaces into visually pleasing and healthy environments.

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CONTENTS

  1. What’s Interior Design?

  2. What Interior Design degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto an Interior Design degree?

  4. What topics does an Interior Design degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Interior Design?

  7. What do Interior Design graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as an Interior Design graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Interior Design

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Interior Design?

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.

What Interior Design degrees can you study?

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.

  1. GO TO
  2. Find an Interior Design degree
  3. Types of undergraduate degrees

What do you need to get onto an Interior Design degree?

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
  • Textiles
  • Mathematics

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
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  2. Entry requirements
  3. About UCAS points
  4. Alternatives to A Levels

What topics does an Interior Design degree cover?

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

How will you be assessed?

Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Practical design projects
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations

Why study Interior Design?

Courses often have strong industry partnerships, where you benefit from expert guest lectures and practical work experiences.

Career-specific skills:

  • Creative design
  • Construction
  • Visual communication
  • Spatial awareness
  • Sustainable practice
  • Trend identification
  • Computer knowledge

Transferable skills:

  • Interpersonal
  • Customer service
  • Computer software
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation
  • Communication

Professional accreditations:

  • Chartered Society of Designers

What do Interior Design graduates earn?

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.

What jobs can you get as an Interior Design graduate?

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
  • Architect
  • Lighting designer
  • Theatre set designer
  • Interior consultant
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Exhibition design
  • Furniture design
  • Computer game designer

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:

  • Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design MA
  • Interior Design MA

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