Interior Design BA(Hons)

Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Interior Design at Falmouth is boldly outward looking. Our goal is to provide you with the creative and professional skills to obtain the best jobs in the business. With the help of our professional teaching team and industry mentor scheme, 89% of our recent graduates are in employment in the creative industries.

Our industry ranges from the decorative arts to interior architecture, so our course is as diverse as the industry. You have the chance to experience all of these aspects of interior design and then specialise in a field that particularly excites and inspires you.

The course is studio based, so we want you to be in the studio five days a week during term-time. We also invite prospective students joining us for interview to come and experience our studio. We encourage you to turn up and get stuck in, to get a true perspective of what we do. Working in the studio is creative and immersive and it's one of the many things that makes our course exciting. But don't just take our word for it, take a look at the 2013 National Student Survey – we achieved 96% student satisfaction.

Interior Design at Falmouth is suited to entrants from all stages of life - from sixth form leavers to those looking for a career change - but whatever stage you're at, this is a full-on, three-year course designed to push you and your abilities.


  • Live projects for commercial businesses
  • Field trips
  • Traditional and digital presentation techniques
  • Project management skills

How the course is taught

Based in our high-specification Design Centre, the course is delivered through a series of modules. Project work is supported by lectures, demonstrations, field trips, professional experience and focus groups, seminars and tutorials. You'll also work on live projects for real clients throughout the course.

Course outline

It's a general misconception that interior design is just carpets and curtains. Every space we inhabit - shops, hospitals, hotels and homes - has been designed, therefore our course sets out to teach you about this diversity in your first year. We then help you decide which direction inspires you in years two and three.

What you'll do

Year 1

The first year is similar to doing a foundation degree in Interior Design. We look at all aspects of interiors, from the decorative through to commercial interiors and interior architecture. It's all about learning to think, draw and model interior space.

Through lectures, tutorials and site visits, you'll have an immersive year, understanding the nature of the interior design industry. A history and theory programme supports this experience and is an essential part of developing a wider knowledge of the built environment.

Semester 1 (15 weeks)

  • Module 1: Space & User (40 credits ECTS 20) – How to start designing
  • Module 2: Design Foundations (20 credits ECTS 10) – Introduction to technical skills and theory

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

  • Module 3: Place & Practice (40 credits ECTS 20) - Developing decorative, commercial and interior architecture themes
  • Module 4: Design Connections (20 credits ECTS 10) – Developing drawing and IT skills

Year 2

Your second and third years allow you to develop your own particular interests. You'll delve into the world of materials while also taking part in the industry mentor scheme, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable contact with an inspirational individual from the design world.

Throughout year two there will be site visits, international field trips and the opportunity for exchange study programmes with universities from countries as diverse as Japan and Australia.

Semester 1 (15 weeks)

  • Module 5: Design Identity (40 credits ECTS 20) - The development of your personal interest in the field of interiors
  • Module 6: Professional Identity (20 credits ECTS 10) - Introduction to the industry mentor scheme and professional practice

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

  • Module 7: Experimentation (40 credits ECTS 20) - The first self-directed project: your client – your site
  • Module 8: Critical Theory & Practice (20 credits ECTS 10) - Developing research skills and relationships with your industry mentor for work experience and studio support

Year 3

Your third year is all about developing a specialism within interior design, creating projects and a portfolio of work that leads to the right job. The course culminates in a degree show of your work, supported by a dissertation where you get to think about, write about and do design. This acts as a springboard for entering the world of design as a paid professional.

Semester 1 (15 weeks)

  • Module 9: Exploratory Design Project (40 credits ECTS 20) - Creativity pushed to the limit
  • Module 10: Dissertation (20 credits) - Critical writing

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

  • Module 11: Comprehensive Design Project (60 credits ECTS 30) - Final showcase design project


The groundbreaking Design Centre includes:

  • The latest tools for designing, prototyping and making
  • Purpose-built studios and specialist workshops
  • Rapid prototyping equipment for high-precision work
  • Laser cutters and CNC router
  • 100,000 books and 17,000 TV and film titles


The Interior Design team at Falmouth are passionate about their subject and come from a diverse range of specialisms, which reflect the variety of career possibilities in interior design. The team is made up of full-time and part-time staff including architects, interior designers and IT specialists.


The course is project based, which means you get continual feedback during your studies - we spend a lot of time talking, listening and discussing your work.

Years two and three count towards your final degree assessment so you have your first year to settle in, experiment, and develop the right skills.

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • A combination of visual, verbal and written assignments including project work, essays and seminar presentations
  • Final year dissertation and exhibition


  • Work as part of a design team, as a freelancer or establishing your own studio
  • Career in branding and communications
  • Work as a design manager
  • Career as a design journalist or writer
  • Postgraduate study

Graduate destinations

  • Architectural illustrator: PBWC Architects
  • Designer: LDA Design
  • Interior designer: Areen Design, London
  • Freelance art director: Arcade Advertising, Singapore

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Interior Design group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form