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Interior Design BA(Hons) (Online)

Become a resilient and commercial interior designer.

Key details
Course duration
2 years / 3 years
Full-time / Part-time
UCAS code
W2OB (full-time)

Course overview

Our society needs a new model of sustainable living in thriving and connected communities, and interior designers have a role to play, now more than ever, to resolve some of these challenges. 

Taught by practising academic staff and with the opportunity to collaborate with industry partners on real-world scenarios, this Interior Design online degree gives you the freedom to craft your interior design future and test the bounds of what's possible to achieve in interior spaces. 

You’ll be designing for positive impact, creating sustainable interior solutions while working on current challenges and delivering forward-thinking projects, such as immersive, interactive experiences and environments. 

Why study this course at Falmouth?

  • Join a global community of creatives and collaborate on local and global design scenarios 
  • Be supported to take risks and pursue disruptive approaches to real-world problems 
  • Learn technical and business skills from industry-savvy professional tutors with a wealth of commercial expertise across the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors of Interior Design 
  • Foster sustainable approaches to interior design, from strategy through to materiality, construction methods and applications

Course details

On this online Interior Design course, you will develop the skills needed to counter current design challenges, respond to societal and economic shifts and trends in the development of innovative solutions that commercial design thrives on. 

You will employ both fine detail approaches and large-scale planning strategies to deliver design projects using industry-recognised computer-aided design (CAD) and presentation software. 

Through collaboration and responding to industry-informed briefs, you will develop a professional identity that sets you up for employment within an interior design practice or to develop your own start-up. 

Course study options 

On this accelerated online Interior Design degree, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over two years full-time or three years part-time. 

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details:

You will be challenged to respond to real world design scenarios, and consider the role of commercial space, client and user-centric requirements with a focus on the hospitality and leisure sectors. You will be introduced to core skills and theories within the Interior Design discipline.  

Online workshops in 2D and 3D hand drawing and sketching, 2D CAD and presentation software will introduce you to the tools and conventions of the design industry and enable you to develop your own means of effectively communicating your ideas. 

You will begin to experiment with the vast array of materials available to interior designers to create compelling colour designs, materials and finish palettes which will enhance your spatial concepts. You will also learn about sustainability and the application of sustainable approaches and ethical practices in your design work.


Interior Design Toolbox

Through a structured design project focusing on the leisure industries, you will be introduced to the language and principles of working with interior spaces from both a user and client perspective. 

From Unsustainability to Sustainability   

This module introduces critical thinking and communication skills in relation to the history of the Interior Design profession, with a focus on the evolution of sustainable design theory and its implications for the future of the industry. 

Sustainable and Ethical Luxury 

This module will explore the potential for sustainable luxury, the role of conscious consumerism and the consideration of environmental impact when designing for a future of sustainable travel. It will also investigate the significance of health and wellbeing within the context of hospitality and travel.

Materiality: Surface and Texture     

This module introduces you to the built reality of a scheme by developing the ‘materiality’ of design concepts and interior specification, considering colour, materials and finishes. 


Commercial design thrives on the ‘new’. Through a series of selected projects, you will be encouraged to challenge the norm through originality and being ‘disruptive’. You will consider the psychology of space and changing consumer behaviour in developing design solutions to current societal challenges, as well as extending your understanding of sustainable working methods and approaches to specification.  

Detail design will be introduced, showing how a design concept moves from the idea into built reality, while also learning how building regulations impact on design proposals and how building services are integrated into a design solution. Lighting design will also be introduced. Workshops in 3D digital software will help you to refine and present your ideas in a professional manner. 


Brandscape: Experiential Interiors  

Understanding brand ethos and its application to the creation of an interior branded environment, this module will encourage you to take a more questioning approach to the nature of design and will reward risk-taking as part of your design practice. 

Detail Design: Bespoke  

In order to create innovative design solutions, you will develop your understanding of how elements within a visual concept can be designed, detailed and assembled sustainably.

Re-imaging Retail   

This module explores opportunities for the redevelopment of the high street caused by the shift from traditional bricks and mortar retail to online shopping. 


Working as part of a team, you'll work on 'Challenge Briefs' that reflect the sort of assignments you could expect to be working on in industry. Developing your 'soft skills', like communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership, you'll sharpen your ability to work well as part of a group to produce outstanding work.

Pursue your preferred pathway in Interior Design and challenge yourself by asking: ‘what can interior design be?’ Liaise with industry professionals and design mentors in your final major project to create a career-launching portfolio.   

You will create your own professional identity and online presence, developing your project management skills and business awareness, including cost control, fee structures and timelines. Advanced 3D CAD workshops will allow you to create immersive, interactive experiences and environments.  


Future Environments: Work, Rest and Play 

This module gives you the opportunity to test an independently identified and researched design or societal challenge, through the application of research methodologies to innovative design practice. 

Production Information  

In this module you will learn about and explore the ‘built reality’ of a project proposal through integrated detail drawings and considered interior specifications.

Career Portfolio    

In preparation for your engagement with industry or post-graduate study, you will showcase your skills and design ability through the creation of an impactful portfolio.

Professional Identity  

Following your own interests as a designer, you will build your professional identity reflecting your career ambitions, an understanding of professional business and project management processes, and skills relevant to the industry.   

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Resources and Support

  • Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Accessible online audio / visual content
  • A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
  • Access to our Employability Service
  • 24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
  • Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
  • Students' Union community
  • Optional in-person events
  • Invitation to attend alumni events

Although online students don't have access to on-campus facilities as part of the course, you can hire equipment and access facilities by paying a charge. Find out more about availability and prices here.

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How you'll learn & be assessed

How online study works

On this accelerated course you'll learn through online lectures, webinars, forums and design activities, which are available on our virtual learning environment. Presentations, tutorials and team meetings with your online tutor and your peers will provide support and help you to develop ideas. You'll also be encouraged to collaborate, share ideas and to establish a support network with your peers.

What will my study hours be?

Throughout the course you'll be provided with a structured diversity of experiences which will enable you to develop a strong skills base and working knowledge of industry practise. You'll refine dynamic design processes, spending between 27-50 hours a week working on your craft, depending on your choice of full-time or part-time study.

On completion of the course you'll have a varied portfolio of creative work and a keen sense of enterprise. These will equip you well to identify, create and respond to the many opportunities that exist throughout the design industry.

What does accelerated study mean?

An accelerated degree condenses your degree modules into two years on the full-time route, or three years on the part-time route. This means you'll be working across three study blocks per year, instead of two, including through the summer. Typically, there is a break of around two weeks between submitting your final assignment for each module and the start of the next study block. You will also get breaks on public holidays, for around two weeks at Easter and for around three weeks in December.

The BA Interior Design course employs a variety of assessment strategies over the course of the year. These include the submission of digital portfolios of work, online presentations, reports and a major practise project.

Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. You may also have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work.

You will receive continuous written and/or verbal feedback on all your work throughout the year. At the end of the module you will receive detailed feedback in written form.

You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.

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Our academic staff members are practising professionals within the design industry and have worked with the likes of Yo! Sushi, Brewdog, Eden Project, Lush and Office Shoes. With an array of specialisms between them, you'll gain current industry insights from across the interior design sector. You'll also learn from practitioners across the globe through live brief projects.

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As a graduate you could become: 

  • A junior designer in an Interior Design practice, progressing to designer or senior designer with experience
  • A freelance designer or design consultant 
  • A specialist in FF+E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment specification) 
  • An exhibition or event designer 
  • An architectural technician 
  • A visualiser, designer, or project manager in retail, hospitality, residential or workplace design 
  • An entrepreneur creating your own interior design business 

How to apply


You have the option to apply via UCAS or directly with us, depending on your education and experience. Find out more about ways to apply. 

UCAS codes

You can apply for the September 2024 full-time route through UCAS using: 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: W2OB
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We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an online interview to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

Applying with UCAS points

Course route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

Applying without UCAS points

We'll welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications. Find out more about APL.

If your first language is not English, you'll need to take an English Language test.  We accept: 

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening 
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 80 overall and at least 19 in all 4 components 
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts) 

We also accept a range of other recognised English language qualifications.  You can visit our English Language Requirements page for more information. 

For more information about equivalent international qualifications or English language requirements please contact our friendly Course Advisors

For starting your studies in 2024

Applications for these courses remain open whilst there are spaces available. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

The academic start date is 23 September 2024*.


Please note:

*Virtual Welcome Week begins the week before the academic start date. During this time, our Student Advisor team will host Welcome Webinars and be in touch with practical information on how to study online.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees for September 2024 entry

Annual tuition fee Student
£10,400 per year 2 years accelerated full-time
£6,935 per year 3 years accelerated part-time

Tuition fees for September 2025 will be confirmed in summer 2024.

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

What funding can I get?

Funding for online study is different to on-campus study. You'll find information about both tuition fees and how you can fund your online study on this page.

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Typical course costs

You will need to have access to a laptop or desktop computer. We strongly recommend that you purchase one before the course commences. It is an essential piece of equipment that you will need right from the start of the course.  

When considering the specs of your equipment, the most important things to look out for are the CPU/RAM/Graphics Card, as we use software that needs a large amount of power, especially Revit. We recommend one with as fast a processor as you can afford, 16GB of RAM minimum. and a reasonably sized screen (15” is minimum), plus the following absolute bare minimum computer specifications: 


  • Windows 10  
  • At least an i7 processor  
  • No less than 16GB Ram - more is better!  
  • Graphics Card (Nvidia 1050 minimum - not Intel Iris or XE integrated graphics) with at least 2GB - the bigger the memory the better!  
  • 512GB hard drive space minimum - bigger = better!  
  • 1920 x 1080 display resolution or higher. Ideally 4K.  
  • Mouse with a scroll wheel and two buttons  

You will be required to use Windows only software on the course, so an Apple computer will not be suitable for all of your studies. Chromebooks and iPads will not run the software you require for your studies. An iPad however, is a useful secondary machine for digital notetaking and sketching. 

Other digital equipment/software: 

  • Adobe Creative Cloud  
  • Sketchup - approx. £55  
  • 16 -32 GB memory stick - approx. £10-20. You will need to be able to back up and save work regularly.  
  • Wireless or Bluetooth mouse - approx. £15  
  • Access to either an A3 printer/copier/scanner or photocopying services (Approx £20 printing costs for A3 photocopies) 

Recurring annual costs

Process, Drawing and Modelmaking - Materials and Equipment - £150 

Adobe Creative Cloud

You will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud. You may be eligible for discounted licenses through Adobe's education pricing and Falmouth University seeks to provide further discounts when possible. If any discounts are available, we will communicate these to you.

For more information please visit Adobe Creative Cloud.

Face-to-face events (optional)

As an online student you will be given the opportunity to attend up to two events per academic year to meet your classmates and tutors in person. Dates and location of the events will vary.  

Costs of the events themselves are covered, however you will need to cover your own costs for travel, accommodation, food and drink. More information about these events will be given to you when you start your course, but you should expect them to cost approximately £500-800. 

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