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Interior Design BA(Hons)

Create impactful interiors considering design theory, psychology and sustainability.

Key details
Location
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
3 years
Attendance
Full-time
UCAS code
W252

Course overview

Interior design utilises colour, pattern and materiality to create memorable interior atmospheres, considering the aesthetics, psychology and functionality of design. 

If you have a colourful and innovative mind, the world of interior design could be for you. Exploring commercial, experiential and residential spaces, you’ll learn to develop impactful interiors backed by explorations into design theories, psychology, social impact and sustainability. 

With dedicated design studios and access to high spec facilities, including VR suites, you’ll gain technical skills through hands-on collaborative projects and live industry briefs. You’ll also develop industry-standard professional practice skills and have the opportunity to apply for competitive internships. 

You will:

  • Work with a variety of exciting industry partners such as Gensler, DSK, MIX Magazine and Sanders Studios 
  • Hone your skills and pitch ideas to compete for a coveted industry placement 
  • Negotiate your own design projects and develop an individual design philosophy as you consider your future role in industry 
  • Engage with the creative and collaborative work ethic of the future through interdisciplinary projects 
  • Discover new ways of expressing yourself 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

Through this interior design degree, 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. 

Interior Design BA(Hons) Course Video

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. 

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. 

Taste

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.  

Modules

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. 

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.  

The final year 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. 

Modules

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.  

Innovation

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. 

Showcase

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

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

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.

How you'll spend your time

Year

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3

30%

70%

 

How you'll be assessed

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Practical exams

Coursework

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 The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through practical submissions and coursework. This can take many forms, including: 

  • Design process – sketchbooks  
  • Research 
  • Presentations 
  • Project-based portfolios 
  • Essays or reports 

What our students do

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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
An interior of a restaurant with a wooden roof, plants and chairs
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
Interior design of a furnished apartment with a leather sofa, glass internal doors and large photos
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
Interior design of large room with orange and green chairs and framed patterns
Interior Design room

9 Best interior design Instagram accounts to follow

08 April 2022

Ashley shares nine of his favourite interior design Instagram accounts to take your feed to new heig...

9 Best interior design Instagram accounts to follow
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Rachel Davies Jasmine Attwoodpage

Students create collaborative 'Future Trends' Report

22 December 2020

First and second year Interior Design students and first year Photography students have completed an...

Students create collaborative 'Future Trends' Report
Interior Design of multi-story building
Romina Arellano-Templer Design Student
Image: The Re-Build Project, credit Romina Arellano-Templer

Talented Falmouth Design Students Win National Competition

19 August 2020

Congratulations to Falmouth University students, Emily Robson and Romina Arellano-Templer, for their...

Talented Falmouth Design Students Win National Competition
Student Hollie Milne making a model with fellow student looking on
SADI_Student_HollieMilne

Frugi Feedback for Hollie

16 March 2020

First year Interior Design student Hollie Milne designed a trade stand for Frugi, the UKs leading or...

Frugi Feedback for Hollie
White triangle sculptures in a room lit with purple light
Light Up 2 _ Interior Design BA(Hons)

Interiors that are Lit

02 December 2019

Interior Design students have been playing with light and architecture to transform some of the nota...

Interiors that are Lit
Interior design student Fiona Poon
Fiona Poon award win
Fiona at Crawford Partnership

Award Win for Design Student

23 September 2019

Interior Design student Fiona Poon has won the Public Space Design category in this year's Get me 2 ...

Award Win for Design Student
Interior design concept by student Samuel Viney
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Samuel's design concept

Student Gains Invaluable Design Experience

18 September 2019

Interior Design student Sam Viney recently undertook an internship with Resolution Interiors, an int...

Student Gains Invaluable Design Experience
Geometry Global
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Collaboration Explores the Future of Retail

02 July 2019

Fashion Marketing and Interior Design students have joined forces to tackle the 'future of retail' i...

Collaboration Explores the Future of Retail
Interior Internships - Sam Viney
Interior Internships - Sam Viney

Interior Design Students Intern at Prestigious Studios

23 June 2019

Getting an internship in a top-end design studio is an invaluable experience; it offers an opportuni...

Interior Design Students Intern at Prestigious Studios
A group of Sustainable Product Design students outside the International Salone del Mobile
Milan design trip 2019 (7)

Learning from the Best: Design Students Explore Milan

07 June 2019

If you’re dreaming of becoming a designer, Milan is the place to be. As first-year students from ...

Learning from the Best: Design Students Explore Milan
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Spilling the Beans: A Collaborative Student Web Series

05 June 2019

Students from across departments have been collaborating on an exciting digital television project: ...

Spilling the Beans: A Collaborative Student Web Series
Viktoria Koumaridou

Interior Design Artist Visits Falmouth

03 June 2019

Second-year BA(Hons) Interior Design students have enjoyed a series of workshops recently, including...

Interior Design Artist Visits Falmouth
Fashion Marketing and Interior Design Campaign Collaboration
Fashion Marketing and Interior Design Campaign Collaboration

Fashion Marketing and Interior Design Student Collaboration

21 January 2019

Challenging preconceptions, creating immersive experiences, and helping people fall in love with the...

Fashion Marketing and Interior Design Student Collaboration
Jean and Stephen SBID award win

Interior Design Student Wins Prestigious Award

11 December 2018

Stephen Tozer, 2018 Interior Design graduate, has won the Interior Design category at the ...

Interior Design Student Wins Prestigious Award
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Innovative Installation at London Design Week

17 September 2018

Fashion Marketing and Interior Design students have collaborated to establish an installation for th...

Innovative Installation at London Design Week

Staff

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. 

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
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Carlo Convertini

Professor

Carlo is also an Interior, Furniture and Product Design Professor with more than 10 years of experie...

Carlo Convertini
Jean Whitehead staff profile

Jean Whitehead

Senior Lecturer Interior Design

Jean, a senior lecturer in Interior Design, joined Falmouth University in 2004 and is a graduate of ...

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
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Emma East

Lecturer

Emma East graduated in 2011 from the University of Derby in Architectural Technology & Design, h...

Emma East

Facilities

  • 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 

Take a virtual tour

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Art & Design Facilities

Primarily located at the Falmouth Campus in a subtropical garden, our studios and workshop facilitie...

Art & Design Facilities
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Penryn library group study area

Library Facilities

Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...

Library Facilities
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Sports Centre - Outside
Sports Centre

Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...

Sports Centre

Second year internship programme 

“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

Interior Design and Campaign Design collaboration

Careers

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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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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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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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
Black and white image of Jake Morley
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
Emily King Headshot
Emily King Headshot

Graduate designing luxury yachts

13 January 2021

Interior Design graduate Emily is currently working as Creative Designer for Princess Yachts, a lead...

Graduate designing luxury yachts
portrait photo of graduate - Phyllys Egharevba
Grad Profile - Phyllys Egharevba portrait

Graduate Designs at the Young Vic

03 August 2020

Interior Design graduate Phyllys Egharevba graduated in 2018, she is currently working freelance as ...

Graduate Designs at the Young Vic
Portrait of Kieran O'Shea
SADI Grad Profile Kieran Oshea

Graduate Designing Social Spaces that Create Connections

03 June 2020

Interior Design graduate Kieran O’Shea is currently working for Amarelle - a team of exp...

Graduate Designing Social Spaces that Create Connections
Photograph of graduate, Megan Sandalls
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Graduate Designing Exclusive Interiors

30 April 2020

Megan Sandalls graduated Interior Design in 2018. She is now a Senior Interior Designer at Iroka, an...

Graduate Designing Exclusive Interiors
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SADI_GradProfile_Tabitha Organ

Graduate is Design Lead at Conran

16 April 2020

Tabitha Organ graduated Interior Design BA(Hons) in 2015. She is currently working for Conran and Pa...

Graduate is Design Lead at Conran

How to apply

Course route UCAS code
Interior Design BA(Hons) three year degree W252

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

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.

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

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time 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

Recurring annual costs 

  • £400-500 – materials and printing  

One-off costs for the course duration  

  • £750 to 1200 – Laptop, if not already in possession 

Optional study visits and placements for the course duration 

  • £800  

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

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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