- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Interior design is about maximising potential; transforming spaces through working with clients and other specialists to develop innovative and creative design solutions. From exploring the fundamentals of materials and structure, to planning and creating exciting interior spaces, you'll cover every aspect of interior design – with a vital focus on professional practice.
Staff – who are experienced architects, landscape architects and interior designers – will share their professional insight to develop your understanding of design, and you'll use current industry-standard technology to help bring your ideas to life. You'll learn about the construction and detailing of space, and how to communicate your designs to professional standards through traditional and digital presentation techniques.
Essentially, you'll be given the inspiration and encouragement to find your own personal approach to interior design. Working on live projects throughout, you'll design for a range of commercial users including hospitality, retail, public, marine and leisure. You'll learn how professional interior design interacts with other disciplines as part of a project's design team and develop valuable project management skills. Lectures and seminars in social, historical and theoretical design will also equip you with a full understanding of how interior design has developed over recent decades, and how your work can feed from, and into, that. Ultimately, you'll graduate with the excellent foundations needed to become a confident and successful professional.
How is the course 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.
- 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
- 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
Experience you'll get
- Live projects for commercial businesses
- Field trips
- Traditional and digital presentation techniques
- Project management skills
By choosing to study for a degree in Interior Design at Falmouth you will:
- Benefit from being taught by staff who are experienced architects, landscape architects and interior designers.
- Develop many practical and creative skills, as well as having lectures and seminars in social, historical and theoretical design that will equip you with a full understanding of how interior design has developed over recent decades.
- Be based in our acclaimed Design Centre, which is home to an array of world-class facilities, allowing you to experiment creatively with a range of materials and processes.
- Be taught through a series of lectures, demonstrations, field trips, professional experience and focus groups, seminars and tutorials.
Interview and selection process
We invite applicants to interview on the strength of the UCAS form.
You will be interviewed in a small group with your portfolio and sketchbooks by a panel of up to two academic members of staff and one student. There will be an opportunity for a question and answer session with the programme leader or another member of the academic team. Parents, guardians or friends are warmly welcomed to this part of the session. You should expect to be here for around three hours.
You will need to come prepared with a portfolio of work, sketchbooks and a copy of an essay of several pages in length, which you will leave behind. Portfolio and sketchbooks should demonstrate your ability to investigate and develop a range of ideas. Drawing and visual investigation are particularly important. Your use of a variety of media and investigation of production methods and skills - not necessarily specific to interior design - is also encouraged. We do not recommend bringing large three dimensional pieces. We would prefer to see photographs of these if you have them, or small scale work.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
What you'll do
Your first year is all about learning the foundations of interior design through the key principles of place, practice, space and user. You'll explore through project work and accompanying lectures the three possible career paths within interior design – interior decoration and styling, interior architecture and commercial interiors, and brand awareness. Group work features heavily this year as you are introduced to the industry's collaborative nature.
With increasing knowledge about the discipline and its contexts, the second year allows you to develop your particular interests from interior decoration through to interior architecture. In addition, our industry mentor scheme supports you in these studies and is a great way of getting a foothold in the workplace. The project emphasis this year is based on live projects with real clients.
In your final year, you'll be confident to choose, plan, manage and deliver your own projects, creating a targeted professional portfolio for your chosen career. You'll also complete an exploratory research project, a comprehensive design project and a dissertation.