Interior Design BA(Hons)

Interior Design_Main
Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Delve into the world of built spaces and the people that inhabit them. Through this course you'll gain practical materials knowledge, a heightened awareness of the made environment and a chance to apply your learning on live industry projects.

Based in our high-specification studios, you'll grow and develop through a series of modules exploring practical skills such as design, drawing and model making. You'll be encouraged to explore the full range of what interior design is - starting with decoration and styling, through to interior architecture and the remodelling of existing buildings, culminating in commercial design and branding. You'll then choose an area of specialism, developing a portfolio of work to underpin your career after graduation.


  • 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
128%72% 0% 
221%79% 0% 
318%82% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%0% 100%
20%2% 98% 
30%0% 100% 

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 One

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.

  • Space & User
  • Design Foundations
  • Place & Practice
  • Design Connections

Year Two

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.

  • Design Identity
  • Professional Identity
  • Experimentation
  • Critical Theory & Practice

Year Three

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.

  • Exploratory Design Project
  • Dissertation
  • Comprehensive Design Project


Interior Design has access to workshop facilities across the Falmouth Campus:

  • Digital Print Centre with large format printing and scanning
  • Laser Cutting facilities
  • 3D Milling and rapid prototyping facilities
  • Wood and Metal workshops
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Time Based Media Resources
  • Library Book and Journal Resources specific for Architecture and Interior Design


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 mentors can be reached on the Interior Design BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to