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Interior Architecture BA(Hons)

Uncover the potential of the spaces in which we work, rest and play, on this exciting degree.

Key details
Location
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Attendance
Full-time / Placement year
UCAS code
K120/K121

Course overview

This course is new for entry year 2023

Interior Architecture is the creative discipline that focuses on the re-use, adaption and spatial manipulation of existing buildings. Practitioners are always conscious of place, place-responsiveness and community needs. Understanding a building’s social and environmental impact is central to the practice of Interior Architecture.

With a firm focus on re-use and refurbishment, this studio-based Interior Architecture degree will prepare you to meet real-world, future-focused challenges in readiness for a successful career in this very relevant field. You'll gain the knowledge and skills to assess the potential of existing buildings and plan intelligent and innovative solutions.  

You will:

  • Experiment with creativity, examining its role in re-thinking the interior and developing a personal design philosophy
  • Explore the materiality of interior spaces through technical design, workshop practice and a material library
  • Consider the environmental ethics, alongside the social and psychological aspects, of design solutions
  • Learn to draw, model, simulate, test, communicate and pitch your design proposals
  • Develop project and design management skills as you collaborate with peers on live, industry-led projects or work with industry partners
  • Work in dedicated design studios with access to professional equipment, workshops and support from specialist staff
  • Have the option of a placement year in professional practice

The placement year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and is subject to validation.

Course details

On this Interior Architecture degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or study Interior Architecture BA(Hons) with a placement year option.

Through this Interior Architecture degree, you'll learn the fundamentals of interior architecture and adaptive reuse. You'll explore the relationship between people and space, the role of materiality, and how spatial manipulation and aesthetics can impact the experience of indoor environments. In preparation for your future career, you'll also develop vital professional practice and collaborative working skills.

In your first year, you'll get acquainted with the principles of interior architecture and work on collaborative briefs with Interior Design students. You'll explore place, place-making and site-specific architectural responses, while examining the social and psychological aspects of creating spaces. You'll also learn how to shape spatial experiences, applying spatial concepts to design decisions. Through this, you'll evaluate, research, draw and model a space to propose a redesign based on an experientially focused brief.

Modules

Spatial Awareness

In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between body, movement, space and form. Working with lecturers from the Academy of Music & Theatre Arts, you’ll tap into the world of choreography and dance to help develop your understanding of the experience of space. 

Design Principles

In this module, you’ll explore the principles of interior decoration, commercial interiors/branded spaces and interior architecture, as well as developing your understanding of interior space from a user, client, brand and site perspective. 

Poetry of Place

You'll develop an understanding of place and place responsiveness by exploring the theory of adaptive reuse through restoration, conservation and architectural appropriation.

You, Me, Us

In this module, you'll investigate collective identities, practices and values. Examining human behaviour, you'll gain an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors that shape the interior condition.

In your second year, you'll learn to recognise, explain and assess the political dimensions of interior architecture as well as how to propose alternative designs based on ethical considerations. You'll enhance your knowledge of adaptive reuse and its role in the rehabilitation of existing buildings, focussing on community need and site reading. You'll also deepen your understanding of the theories and systems of colour, light, texture, materiality and acoustics.

Modules

Spatial Politics

In this module, you'll explore the impact of design activism and inclusivity on the underlying processes by which interior spaces are perceived and made.

Reinvention

You'll examine heritage buildings as cultural assets that redefine creative reuse and community engagement/regeneration. You'll be encouraged to consider the principles of interior specification, technical design and environmental concerns.

Collaboration

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.

Fictional Interiors

You'll explore the possibilities and constraints of representation by considering narrative and storytelling as integral to 'imagined' interior spaces. You'll learn to articulate the differences between virtual and real interior places by experiencing AR and VR technologies.

You can choose to take an optional placement year after your second year on a three-year programme. 

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. 

Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study during your placement year 

You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. 

You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. 

Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. 

In your final year, you'll learn project planning skills and techniques and apply them to self-negotiated projects relating to your specialist interior architecture interests. Drawing on the knowledge and skills you've developed so far, you'll be challenged to design a complex interior space. You'll also gain vital professional practice skills through a University-wide future skills module and develop a graduate portfolio that's fit for industry.

Modules

Design Ambitions
In this module, you’ll reflect on your skills and ambitions helping you to define a career pathway post-university. 

Materiality

In this module, you'll explore sustainable materials and their role in the creation of extraordinary interior environments. You'll learn how to select and specify materials, and produce detailed designs for a small-scale build.

Design Insights
Through a critical report, you’ll explore a personal philosophy as a designer and develop an entrepreneurial mindset by identifying a niche in the market.  

Legible Spaces

This module acts as the final showcase for your skills and a steppingstone to future employment. You'll undertake a self-negotiated project that consolidates your personal design ethos and explores the role of legibility in design: a space that is understandable, memorable and usable from the concept through to technical resolution.

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.

How you'll learn

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio practice, workshops and practical demonstrations. You'll also learn through visiting professionals and integrated studio design projects.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through practical submissions and coursework.

Assessment methods

Assessment can take many forms, including:

  • Design Process - sketchbooks
  • Presentations
  • Project-based portfolios
  • Essays or reports

What our students do

Check out the stories below to discover more about our amazing students, graduates and staff in the School of Architecture, Design & Interiors.

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Liling Warwick

Sustainable Product Design student interns with Kinneir Dufort

05 January 2023

Liling Warwick shares her Kinneir Dufort internship experience. 

Sustainable Product Design student interns with Kinneir Dufort
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Nathan Tipping-Stevenson - Architectural Drawing

Architecture graduate receives Serjeant Award for Excellence in Architectural Drawing

07 December 2022

Falmouth Architecture BA(Hons) graduate Nathan Tipping-Stevenson has been named as a recipient of on...

Architecture graduate receives Serjeant Award for Excellence in Architectural Drawing
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Amanda Losasso

Bravery and big commercial projects: in conversation with interior design lecturer Amanda Losasso

15 November 2022

Amanda Losasso leads Falmouth’s new online BA in Interior Design. We talked to her about her wealt...

Bravery and big commercial projects: in conversation with interior design lecturer Amanda Losasso
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SeaCo

Falmouth graduate longlisted for Dezeen Design Awards 2022

23 September 2022

Sustainable Product Design graduate Libby Challoner has been longlisted for the Dezeen Design Awards...

Falmouth graduate longlisted for Dezeen Design Awards 2022
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AP Holm

Student takes home sustainability award at Interior Educators 2022

02 August 2022

BA(Hons) Interior Design student Ashley Powell has seen his shortlisted project 'holm' rise to ...

Student takes home sustainability award at Interior Educators 2022
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Ashley Powell

Interior Educators Awards 2022: Shortlisted projects exhibited at Re-Form show

22 July 2022

Falmouth University's shortlisted Interior Educators Awards submissions were recently exhibited at t...

Interior Educators Awards 2022: Shortlisted projects exhibited at Re-Form show
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Tommy portrait

Fashion Design student finds a creative home in Falmouth

30 May 2022

A year into his studies, and BA(Hons) Fashion Design student Tommy Marley was struggling to realise ...

Fashion Design student finds a creative home in Falmouth
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Restaurant Interior design

The psychology of space: How interiors shape our behaviour

20 May 2022

Discover how interior environments can impact our daily lives and influence our behaviour.

The psychology of space: How interiors shape our behaviour
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Sketch

Interior Design students create concept designs for AMATA

18 May 2022

Two second-year Interior Design BA(Hons) students have teamed up to create concept designs for an ex...

Interior Design students create concept designs for AMATA
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Showcase 2022

The Falmouth Showcase is coming: 21-26 May 2022

10 May 2022

Hungry for inspiration? On the hunt for fresh talent? Discover our next generation of incredible cre...

The Falmouth Showcase is coming: 21-26 May 2022
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Interior Design apartment visual

The difference between interior design and interior architecture

28 April 2022

Understand the key differences between interior design and interior architecture.

The difference between interior design and interior architecture
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Robot Shoe 1

Innovative graduate creates robotically recycled footwear

09 December 2021

Sustainable Product Design BA(Hons) graduate Max Ashwell has created a pair of shoes that ...

Innovative graduate creates robotically recycled footwear
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Trinitycollabboazkoha 002

Graduates pool their skills to design positive community change

28 October 2021

A team of Interior Design graduates are helping to transform a disused pub into a community space in...

Graduates pool their skills to design positive community change
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Eyewear 1

Student designs future-proofed sustainable sunglasses

16 September 2021

Sustainable Product Design student Charlie Ruck is giving plastic waste a new lease of life with the...

Student designs future-proofed sustainable sunglasses
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Rent Deck Model

Student to exhibit sustainable design in Milan

27 August 2021

Sustainable Product Design graduate Herbie Hodson has been selected to exhibit his final year projec...

Student to exhibit sustainable design in Milan
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Photo 2

Graduate returns to Falmouth to embed sustainability into design curriculum

18 June 2021

Megan Coe graduated from BA(Hons) Interior Design in 2019, and has since been working in Cornwall fo...

Graduate returns to Falmouth to embed sustainability into design curriculum
Headshot of Interior Design graduate Ella Tapley
Ella Tapley

Graduate is creating luxury interiors and connecting people

14 May 2021

Interior Design graduate Ella is currently working for Mehrai Design, a London-based ...

Graduate is creating luxury interiors and connecting people
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Brickfield Min

Architecture MArch students collaborate with Brickfield-BUILD project

06 May 2021

Falmouth’s Architecture MArch students have partnered with Brickfield, a community brickworks base...

Architecture MArch students collaborate with Brickfield-BUILD project
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Riko Headshot Mg 2776 1

Graduate designing for Sybarite

18 March 2021

Interior design graduate Riko Sobukawa left Falmouth in 2016 and is currently working for architectu...

Graduate designing for Sybarite
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Jake Morley image

Graduate designing modular apartments in Sweden

05 February 2021

Interior Design graduate Jake is currently working for Adept Consulting as a structural designer –...

Graduate designing modular apartments in Sweden

Staff

You'll learn from practicing interior designers, architects, digital specialists, material specialists and lighting designers with professional knowledge and experience of today's interior architecture industry. You'll also gain further professional insights from visiting practitioners.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

Fay Freeman

Course Leader, BA(Hons) Interior Design

Fay Freeman is the new Course Leader for BA(Hons) Interior Design having joined the University ...

Fay Freeman
Jean Whitehead staff profile

Jean Whitehead

Senior Lecturer Interior Design

Jean, a senior lecturer in Interior Design and a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, chosen because s...

Jean Whitehead
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Jennifer Neal

Associate Lecturer

Jennifer graduated from Falmouth University in 2010 and is delighted to be back teaching here as her...

Jennifer Neal

Iain Stewart-Tull

Associate Lecturer

Iain graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture with a master of architecture degree and w...

Iain Stewart-Tull

Facilities

  • Dedicated design studios
  • VR / AR equipment
  • Workshops – 3D, metal, wood, resistant materials, rapid prototyping, casting, milling, virtual reality suites, dance studios and theatres
  • Subject-specific library with multiple online resources
  • Material Library with access to real material samples
  • Student support and academic support services
  • WiFi and open access IT suites across both campuses
  • Online Learning Space with 24/365 access

Take a virtual tour

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Interior Architecture BA(Hons)

Careers

As an Interior Architecture graduate you could become:

  • An architectural designer
  • An architectural technologist or consultant
  • A spatial designer
  • A design consultant
  • An expert in interior design conservation

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply now

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our international applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Interior Architecture BA(Hons) three year degree K120
Interior Architecture BA(Hons) with placement year K121

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition 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.  

Course route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with placement year 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

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

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2023

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per placement year Full-Time UK and EU/international

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

Typical course costs

  • £400-500 – recurring annual costs (materials and printing)
  • £500+ – optional study visits
  • £750-2000– one-off cost for the duration of the course (laptop)

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students?

From course details and academic support, to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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