Interior Architecture and Design - BA (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
W250
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

Our Interior Architecture and Design BA course covers a broad range of design possibilities, ranging from reordering to transforming space. Situated within the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, we will provide you with the facilities and education you need to succeed within the industry.

What's covered in the course?

Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course provides you with the skills to transform or give new life to spaces, as well as teaching you how to plan and design creative interiors.

You will look at hierarchies and relationships between different spaces, describing these relationships in new ways. This industry-aligned degree course offers you the opportunity to study and practise the adaption and re-use of space within new and existing building stock, while also addressing aesthetics, human needs, materiality and more, as well as the ephemeral qualities of atmosphere, character, colour, light and shade.

Alongside the regeneration of existing space, you will discover new interior environments, in a broad range of industry sectors, such as hospitality, retail, leisure and residential, using an experimental approach to design to develop the refined techniques required for effective space planning, conceptual design, development, visualisation and the refurbishment of space.

"I now know how much I can achieve if I put all my heart into it. My knowledge about Interior Design is now stronger and I can do so much more. I have achieved what I was striving for.” Izabela Bartlomiejczyk, graduate

Why Choose Us?

  • You will work with our industry connections, including London-based design consultants Imagination, whose portfolio includes Ford, Jaguar, BT, and Global Colour Research. You’ll have the chance to enter international design competitions and join our past students who have been successfully shortlisted for the Janine Stone Young Designers of the Year.
  • During each year of study you will be working closely with our team of Industry Professionals that dedicate time each week to working alongside you as students, helping to align all projects and work output with the industry standards, and in context of present day projects.
  • Interior Design is a field that draws on many other fields to inform itself, such as the arts, literature, film, photography, fashion, etc. and so, by its nature, touches many disciplines. One of our objectives is to provide our students with an interdisciplinary approach to the discipline of Interior Architecture and Design through different collaborations with lecturers and students of other schools within the University. These collaborations will enable you to explore different strategies to face an Interior architecture/design project based on transferable skills from different disciplines.
  • You will benefit from study trips, which could include visiting The Guggenheim Museum in New York, and other design-focused European Cities, and/or The London Design Festival.

* Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

This course is open to International students

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • DFD Design
  • Graffiti4Hire Ltd
  • Hinton Properties

And in jobs such as:

  • Interior Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Architect

Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

Portfolios are not mandatory for any undergraduate course within the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design if you are a UK-based home student. However, if you'd like to provide a portfolio before or on your applicant visit day, you may do so electronically or physically (however we would prefer electronically). Find out more details here.

A portfolio is required for International applications.  Find out more details here.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A-Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A-Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 14 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 112 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Grade Pass plus grades CC at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 14 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

Most students also spend around £150 on materials, such as drawing supplies, such as paper, foam board, pens, pencils glue, craft knives, cutting board and one or two key design textbooks, and for technical models, although this cost varies depending on the year of study you are at.

You may need additional materials depending on your requirements for your individual final project such as; cardboard, paper and plastic- a budget in the region of £50 is typical.

Laser cutting costs are free for all students on this course.

For ‘everyday’ printing, such as notes, reading, etc., most students spend around £100 during the course; although every year you are provided with 100 free pages of printing which may cover that cost.

This course is not available part-time

Panicking about personal statements?

Panicking about personal statements?

Whether you’ve not started yet, or just making final tweaks, we’ve got advice from students and experts on how to nail your personal statement by 15 January. You can download a free checklist too!

Personal statement advice

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

After completing year one, you will be eligible for Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits).

Modules include:
Reordering Space
20 credits
Manipulating Space
20 credits
Transforming Space 1
40 credits
History of Modern Architecture
20 credits
Design Devices
20 credits

Year two

After completing year two, you will be eligible for Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits).

(Selection point for students wishing to opt for the BA (Hons) Design Management routeway at Level Six)

Modules include:
Praxis (Work placement)
20 credits
Collaborative Practice
20 credits
Interior Strategies
40 credits
Transforming Space 2
40 credits

Year three

After completing year three you will be eligible for Honours Degree - (360 credits).

Showcase your work to industry leaders looking for new talent, such as Free Range London, presenting yourself as a design aware industry ready interior designer.

Critical Study
20 credits
Design Integration
40 credits
Major project: Transforming Space 3
60 credits

In the first year, you will gain invaluable skills in drawing, model-making and concept modelling in our industry-standard studios and workshops.

Taught by experienced practising designers, our interior design course mixes practice with theory, so you can create links between concepts and materials while strengthening your design skills across key industry sectors.

Computer simulation and design is covered by using software such as the Adobe Design Suite, VectorWorks and other 3D rendering tools.

The flavour of your second year is all about creativity and employability. You’ll have the opportunity of internships and live project work, giving you excellent industry connections and experience.

You’ll learn about design and its application while enjoying study trips, the chance of overseas study, international design competitions, and working with clients on real world industry projects.

In your third year you’ll have the opportunity to showcase the skills you have obtained throughout this degree course by embarking on an in-depth design project in an area of personal interest to you, combined with an opportunity to exhibit at our graduate show. Emerging as a design aware and employable graduate.

Hours in the classroom

You will spend two full days in the design studio as followed:

  • Integrated Studio is mixed diet of lectures, workshops, and seminars where you build your skills base
  • Tutored Studio is a studio day with practicing interior designers. Here you learn to evaluate design, the design industry and your potential within this.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

Classroom activities

  • Interdisciplinary Workshops – such as Fashion collaboration: building inhabitable expanded costumes. Film-making; learn how to design and edit video as a method of communication. Landscape & Interiors: designing the inside outside.
  • Real-life projects, with real local sites to transform and manipulate within the perimeters of your project briefs.
  • Opportunities to work with other students of different disciplines to enhance your understanding of design as a team and accommodate different approaches.

Professional associations

This degree course is a member of interior educators. Interior Educators (IE) is an organisation established by academics representing well-established Interior design courses from across the UK. It is a unique group in that it provides a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas and practice effecting the education of designers of interior space. IE has created Interior Educators Student (IES), represents students on a national level, to graduation and employment. Through IES students can build their own online portfolios, view Interiors specific jobs as well as receiving advice from leading practitioners.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

You can choose to continue your study in higher education by enrolling on one of our postgraduate courses in Design Management, Interior Architecture and Design, or Design and Visualisation.

Trips and visits

You will get the chance to participate in field trips organised by the school. For first year students, you’ll get the experience to visit somewhere within the UK and the trip is organised by the staff and the students.

Enhancing employability skills

Our expert staff will help you stand out from the crowd by developing your competitive and transferable interior design skills.

Through our work in live project collaborations, networking and competition success, we have developed strong links with organisations including: RBS Ltd, Tektura, Hartman, Petainer, Hi Macs, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency, Orangebox, KI, & Herman Miller to name a few.

Our graduates also have the chance to take part in training programmes as a Designer in Residence, or enjoy an international exchange opportunities.

You will learn how to confidently present your skills to employers as a designer in interior or architectural practices, and illustrate your strengths working in exhibitions, events design, or as a set designer for theatre or film.

Two of our recent graduates have had their design selected by outdoor furniture manufacturers, Hartman. Amit Fox and Justine Woolley now have their designs on sale on the Hartman website. Other graduates are working at global names such as FITCH, and Gensler.

Placements

During your second year there is a work placement opportunity, which is designed to enable you to develop professional attributes and subject skills through experience in the work place or a live case study, and to critically reflect upon your learning and future options in that context.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Student stories Katarzyna Slopiecka

Freelance Designer and Painter

When I was looking for a university I was already 23, so I didn’t want to waste my time with bad choices. I did precise research about universities I could apply to, and chose Birmingham City University because it had a good reputation and I had read a lot of positive opinions from students.

I enjoy everything about the course – I have a passion for design and creating new spaces, I like to explore things, and I love to work with people with similar attitude.The tutors are really helpful and every time I need advice or help I receive it. English is my second language but I never felt any different – any doubts, questions or problems, the staff were there to help.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Due to our overseas interest our graduates, progression is on an international scale, providing graduates with the opportunity to work all over the world including countries such as Norway, Russia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Japan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, UK and China.

Two of our recent graduates have created designs commissioned by outdoor furniture manufacturers, Hartman. Amit Fox and Justine Woolley now have their designs for sale on the Hartman website.

Links to industry

Birmingham School of Architecture & Design are proud to be a part of the local design community, and have strong links to many companies across the UK. As an multi-disciplinary school we promote that ethos in everything we do, and work strongly with Professional Companies to ensure we are up to date with industry practise and standards.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our interior design course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is based at the state-of-the-art £62 million Parkside Building, a new development on our City Centre Campus within Eastside.

The new building has added an extra dimension to the School. Our campus has extensive studio and workshop provision and cutting-edge equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer. The building has been designed to actively promote shared space opportunities, for students to engage with others across the University as part of the learning experience.

Workspace

In many cases, our main studio and workspace is the city of Birmingham.
We give our students the opportunity to work on many collaborative projects involving the transformation of the city. These include:

  • Working on-site at the £600 million re-development of New Street Station
  • Work on our neighbouring Curzon Building, which forms Phase 2 of the City Centre Campus development
  • Nearby Off-campus Nest Gallery based within Glenn Howells Architects

Digi.Lab

We have our very own digi.lab, which is used for prototyping and as a learning resource. Here, you can experiment with 3D printing and laser cutting, preparing you to work on our range of larger machines. You will work in a home studio base five days a week, and also enjoy the opportunity to share others’ facilities and space when necessary.

Digital Presentation

At the School, we have placed a large emphasis on digital presentation. We currently have nine plasma screens for such uses, and try to keep our facilities as paper-free as possible.

Our staff

All of our staff come from an industry background and bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience.

All of this gives you access to the latest thinking, creativity and professional networks.

3D Design

On the Interior Design course you will be taught by experts who specialise in: Design Communication, Creative Processes, Sustainability, Brand Development, Hospitality and Strategic Design Management.

See a full list of our staff

Glenda Strong

Programme Director

A top quality student experience, employability and enterprise are central to Glenda’s approach. High quality student endeavour requires a delicate balance between creative and technical ability. Glenda is interested in how practitioners work ideas through their projects to solve problems and to redefine design.

Kevin Singh Profile

Professor Kevin W Singh RIBA SBID NTF FRSA

Head of School

In a teaching career spanning 20 years, Kevin has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses across both Architecture and Interior Design, and has also been a course leader for both BA Interior Design and M.Arch Architecture.

In 2000 Kevin co-founded the space studio, an RIBA Chartered design-led practice, with Interior Designer Tony Kerby. The practice undertakes new build, refurbishment, and interior works across a number of sectors. Clients include the English National Ballet, Manchester City Football Club, HMRC, Tesla cars and Birmingham City University.

His Professorship was conferred under the categories of Learning and Teaching and Academic Leadership, having introduced a number of initiatives relating to the blurring of the relationship between academia and practice, and for a proven track record of transforming the success of courses that he has led. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in May 2015.

Kevin is heavily involved in the Royal Institute of British Architects, sitting on RIBA National Council, RIBA Education Committee, as well as Chairing RIBA validation panels to Schools of Architecture in the UK and abroad. He is a Board member of Dance XChange and an external examiner at London South Bank University.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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