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Interior Design BA(Hons)

Create impactful interiors considering design theory, psychology and sustainability.

Key details
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Full-time / Professional Placement
UCAS code

Course overview

Create impactful interiors for commercial, residential and experiential spaces on a course that equips you with the skills you need to create a dynamic career. You’ll explore areas such as design theory, psychology and sustainability as you learn how to make memorable atmospheres using colour, pattern and material.

Working in our dedicated studios and workshops, with access to cutting-edge equipment including virtual reality (VR), you’ll gain technical knowledge through hands-on collaborative projects – ready to graduate as an innovative and industry-connected designer of the future.

You will:

  • Work with a variety of exciting industry partners such as Gensler, DSK, MIX Magazine and Sanders Studios 
  • Pitch ideas to compete for a coveted industry placement or micro-internship
  • Negotiate your own interior design projects and develop an individual design philosophy to achieve your dream job in industry
  • Engage with the collaborative work ethic of the future through interdisciplinary projects that look to innovative solutions
  • Harness your creative identity through our studio culture, IT suites and workshops
  • Draw inspiration from our extensive materials library 
  • Have the opportunity to go on study trips such as Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano) and Dutch Design Week (DDW), the biggest design event in Northern Europe 

Course details

Interior Design BA(Hons) Course Video

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

Through this interior design course, you'll develop the practical skills and theoretical understanding to become a confident, well informed and industry-connected designer of the future. 

Through hands-on projects spanning residential, commercial and branded spaces, you’ll explore the fundamentals of interior design and Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E); examine space in relation to communities, human behaviour, design theories and brand awareness; and consider the environmental impact of built environments. You’ll also learn vital project and design management skills, including how to pitch, model, draw, simulate, test and communicate design proposals. 

In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the principles of interior design and examine the psychology of creating interior atmospheres. You’ll learn how to use spatial concepts to analyse how design decisions shape the experience of a place, and to make recommendations based on client and user need. This will allow you to evaluate, research, draw and model a space to propose an innovative design based on an experiential-focused brief. 


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. 


In Taste, you’ll gain an understanding of the theories surrounding the visual aesthetics of the interior. You’ll also develop the technical skills you'll need to communicate your ideas in a professional interior design context. 

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 the second year, you’ll explore innovative design concepts for the future through live briefs and collaborations with industry partners. Throughout this project work, you’ll continue to enhance your understanding of colour, light, texture, materiality and acoustics, as well as building your understanding of technical detailing and presenting to industry standards. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to compete for a variety of industry internships and undertake study trips.  


Trend forecasting

In the Trend Forecasting module, you’ll learn to explore, identify and predict consumers’ attitudes, needs, wants, spending patterns and lifestyles, and discover how all this informs interior design via global trends. 

Future Living

What is the future of interior design? Here, you’ll explore the evolution of the interior from concept through to technical resolution, while actively questioning future living environments and their environmental impact. 


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 professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme. 

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

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

How you’ll study during your professional placement

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. 

The final year of the course is focused on preparing you for life as a professional interior designer. Through masterclasses in lighting, sustainable materials, detailing and Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E), you’ll further solidify your technical design skills – giving you the knowledge to complete a project from concept through to resolution. You’ll also hone your project and design planning skills and techniques through a dedicated Design Ambitions module.   

You’ll consolidate everything you’ve learned through personally negotiated projects and the completion of an industry-ready graduate portfolio, which will be your calling card as you step into the world of work. 


Design Insight

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.  


You’ll develop a personal design pathway that embraces originality, creativity and innovation and actively questions the future of interior design. 

Design Ambition 

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


In your final module, you’ll prepare for industry or further study by creating a ‘showcase’ for your skills and design ability. 

As part of our process of continuous improvement, we routinely review course content to ensure that all our students benefit from a high-quality and rewarding academic experience. As such, there may be some changes made to your course which are not immediately reflected in the content displayed on our website. Any students affected will be informed of any changes made directly.

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How you’ll learn & be assessed

Based on Falmouth Campus, with opportunities to access facilities on Penryn Campus, you'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, studio practice, workshops and practical demonstrations. You'll also learn through guest lectures 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.

You'll be assessed through practical submissions and coursework.

Assessment methods

Assessments can take many forms, including: 

  • Design process – sketchbooks  
  • Research 
  • Presentations 
  • Project-based portfolios 
  • Essays or reports 
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Interior Design students looking inside model

Interior Design final project retrospective

Step into the life of an Interior Design student here at Falmouth by hearing from some of our amazing students, graduates and staff. They'll take you through their thought processes and design tips and techniques behind the creation of impactful built environments. 

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

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Library facilities

Library Facilities

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Sports Centre

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Our Interior Design staff includes professional interior designers, architects, digital specialists and lighting designers. You’ll also gain the latest professional insights through talks, workshops and opportunities with our industry-leading partners. 

Fay Freeman

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Carlo Convertini

Senior Lecturer

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Jean Whitehead

Senior Lecturer Interior Design

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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...

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Iain Stewart-Tull

Associate Lecturer

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

Iain Stewart-Tull
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Emma East


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Jeb Beresford

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Sarah Molloy

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Sarah Molloy

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“Working with Interior Design students at Falmouth University enables us in industry to not only keep track of junior talent to benefit us in the long run, but it also allows us to support in honing their skills to better prepare them for entering the design world. University degrees are a great start to what we hope will be a long future for many design students, but it can only teach so much.

The course is structured in a way to give breadth and knowledge and a broad overall sense of what the design industry is all about. With first hand connections we support in filling the gaps and keeping the conversation fresh. It’s a great privileged and honourable opportunity for us working in agencies to use our experience, much of which is varied to mentor these students so that they are fully prepared, excited and ready to start their careers as post graduates. After all they are our future”  

– Sammi Burden, Creative Director, Bull Design

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As a graduate of this Interior Design degree, you could go into varied roles including:  

  • Interior designer 
  • Design consultant 
  • Spatial designer 
  • Project manager 
  • Design journalist 
  • Lighting designer 
  • FF&E consultant  
  • Exhibition/event designer 

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Sustainable Product Design student work

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How to apply

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2024 through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply via UCAS

Course route UCAS code
Interior Design BA(Hons) three year degree W252
Interior Design BA(Hons) with professional placement PY41

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 professional placement 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

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 2024

UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 31 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.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

We’re looking for students who are curious, artistic and passionate about the interior design field. Good hand drawing skills and an awareness of three-dimensional understanding and thinking is desirable.  

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees for September 2024 entry

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,950 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per professional placement year Full-Time UK and EU/international

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

Typical course costs

  • £100-£200 – recurring annual costs (materials and printing)
  • £40 - Suggested reading
  • £400-£450 – optional study visits
  • £750-2000– one-off cost for the duration of the course (laptop)

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter. 

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