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Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018
January 2019


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From 3D modeling to project management, Interior Design courses can teach you skills needed for a creative career using your eye for detail.

Most interior design courses consider technical content, understanding of volume and space, light, function and use. What sets our course apart is our user-centred and multidisciplinary approach – spanning retail, domestic, commercial, architectural, transport and marine interiors – to support you in becoming a fully rounded interior design professional.

Ranked among the 12 best universities in the country for ‘Design and Crafts’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018, our teaching team is made up of dedicated professionals and educationalists who are involved in consultancies or hold directorships in design studios. We’ll show you how to master creative thinking, communicate effectively and stay ahead of the game by monitoring new interior design trends.

A recognised centre of excellence, the department of Industrial Design was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education in 2008 and the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2007.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditations and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:


As part of our extensive skills development, we offer you the chance to take Adobe accredited modules as part of the University’s Add+Vantage scheme. Assessed by exams, this training will give you official Adobe accreditation in whichever software you’ve elected to study, providing a valuable addition to your CV, which is sure to enhance your employability.

What our students say...

Mixed with enthusiastic tutors and excellent facilities, interior design at Coventry offers a great course structure and projects to prepare students for professional work.

William Mansell, MDes/BA Interior Architecture and Design, final year student in 2017/2018

Course information

This course offers an opportunity to design for different uses and contexts in interior architecture and design. We cover a range of projects dealing with small to large spaces, anything from branding to work spaces, health and education, incorporating retail, commercial and domestic settings.

You will have the chance to learn to create innovative interior design solutions in a range of media, appropriate to the specific audience and use, taking into account critical factors, such as sustainability, technology, innovation and professional constraints.


of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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The first year introduces you to the fundamentals of interior architecture and design, covering the essential aspects of architectural and spatial design, materials and colour. You will learn both 2D and 3D design skills to represent your design intentions, including drawing for design and modelling in different materials. We consider the impact of human factors, design analysis and manufacturing.

Sustainability is a theme throughout the course; we start by examining the impact of social, environmental and commercial issues around interior design, such as responsible use of materials, acoustics, lighting, access and the possibilities presented by new technologies and future concepts.


  • Interior Design for Making

  • Interior Design Exploration

  • Professional Studies 1


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


During the second year, you are taught how to evaluate your work in relation to identified objectives, focusing on your own strengths and interests. We will consider current issues in interior design, design history, branding and design for different market places. Industry-standard advanced 3D computing and animating of computer models is simultaneously studied and practised.


  • 3D Modelling and Presentation

  • Marketing and Branding

  • Interior Design Specialist Skills

  • Professional Studies 2


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have worked with Jaguar Land Rover, the Bugatti Trust and Imagination. Several students have had successful internships in London, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stuttgart and Bologna.


  • Study abroad

  • Professional placement


The final year brings together your skills, knowledge, and understanding to produce a professional portfolio and may include entry to a national design competition, such as RSA, Student Lighting Awards and InteriorMotives, where we’ve had a succession of winners and finalists. You will also undertake a major project and exhibit in our Degree Show. Past students have designed exciting and innovative fashion retail spaces, proposed restoration and re-use for historic buildings and proposed learning spaces of the future.


  • Design Enquiry

  • Professional Studies 3

  • Interior Design BA Final Major Project


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Our Design and Crafts courses are ranked 12th in the UK by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Computing suites offer 3D modelling, animation and analysis software, as well as graphic and word processing packages, including Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, VectorWorks, Sketch-up, Cinema 4D, Vray and video editing software.
  • Strong track record for graduate employment – 89% of our graduates go on to work or study within six months of finishing the course, with 75% of those employed in a professional or managerial job (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Extensive facilities include: laser cutting, rapid prototyping, desktop CNC milling, 3D printing facilities, scanners, two large block material workshops, large scale painting facilities, and model making workshops.
  • Specialist design studios feature individual desk space, presentation equipment, wireless internet access, supported by a dedicated print bureau for 2D outputs up to A0 size and the FAH Art Shop.
  • Regular industry lecture series introduces students to specialists and current practitioners – with past presentations from JakStudio, BDP and Scott Brownrigg just to name a few.
  • Ranked 12th in the UK for ‘Design and Crafts’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Students in the School have received prizes in the Student Lighting Awards and InteriorMotives, as well as exhibited in big graduate shows like Free Range and New Designers.
  • Links with universities in Europe, Asia, China, North and South America provide opportunities to study abroad and gain an international perspective.

Opportunities to attend site visits to see contemporary and historical interior design, which have previously included Milan, Berlin, Venice and Rome.

Our main study themes are:

  • Interior design exploration: The technical content of the course will challenge you to develop industry standard skills. You will engage in universal design processes as practised throughout the international design community and develop work using key illustrative and modelling submission methods.

  • Professional studies: We will guide you on your journey to becoming a professional design practitioner. We will encourage autonomous activity in making, drawing, collecting, organising and developing images and other key personal ‘triggers of interest’ in a sketchbook that acts as a log of your work. The sketchbook is intended to be a constant companion and provide a place to note, draw and explore all aspects of design activity taught on the course or initiated in other ways. You will be introduced to the nature of professional practice and you will produce an interesting, individual portfolio of design work. The main outcome will become a ‘passport to the community of practice’ of professional designers.

  • 3D modelling: Develops your understanding of 3D presentation skills related to interior architecture and design. You will explore 3D spatial attributes by using surface modelling CAD software, 2D drawings and physical models.

  • Design enquiry: You will critically appraise and focus your own practice and demonstrate your capability to undertake an investigative activity that illustrates the basis for research and key knowledge that underpins the work of design practitioners in their field. Research may include: design practice, theory, management and the context of design, such as historical influence, contemporary practitioners, political and commercial agendas, market trends and analysis, sustainability, brand, technological developments and societal needs.

The course lasts three years when studied full-time. You can start in September.

You will have a base studio with your year group, which is where you will learn through design exploration, discussion, critical and creative thinking, sketching and making. In addition, your year tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Several projects are set each year. Projects fully represent the range and duration expected in commercial practice. Specific ‘drivers’ of design, such as environmental impact, inclusive design or branding will provide a range of changing and demanding possibilities. Previous briefs, for example, have addressed historical and contemporary trends, flexible space, commercial interiors, micro-living, and public spaces for mixed use.

The School provides technical support and access to industry-standard software and hardware, as well as other technologies such as laser cutting with specialist workshop technicians. In addition, we offer a range of extra workshops you can sign up for to enrich your skills in areas photography, printmaking, ceramics and digital media. 

During your course of study, you will have opportunities to visit leading exhibitions and design events, such as London Design Festival, London Festival of Architecture, 100% Design and Ecobuild. We organise fieldtrips to museums and galleries across the UK, which have included the Ikon Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery, National Gallery, the V&A, Ashmolean and the Design Museum. Each year, we also offer study trips abroad, previously to Milan, Venice, Berlin, Rome and Seville. During these trips you will have contextual study tours, visit amazing architecture and interiors, while enjoying social time together with your lecturers, vital for a strong course community and bonding.

We host a regular series of professional presentations through our Industry Lecture Series. Past speakers have covered a broad range of topics, including JaK Studio, BDP, Scott,Brownrigg, Bharat&Jean, Maber, Imagination and so on.

Teaching methods include:
lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. There is usually one written assignment per year and the rest of the coursework is in the form of practical projects, accompanied by developmental work, sketchbooks, experiments, blogs, animations and films. Project submissions may be electronic, with uploads to the University Intranet.

Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: presentations, portfolio reviews, essays, reports, reflective logs, e-journals, blogs, displays and exhibitions.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Practical or project work: 60%
  • Coursework, essays: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

60% assessed by practical or project work

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The application of creative and logical thinking processes to solve interior architecture and design problems.
  • How to develop ideas through to material outcomes, fully understanding the impact of your design decisions on issues of intellectual property, social impact and cultural sensitivities.
  • The relationship between aesthetic and functional dimensions of design.
  • The principles of show 2D, 3D, and digital techniques as appropriate.
  • The appropriate mathematical and engineering principles for particular interior (products) design problems.
  • The role of ergonomic principles and other human factors in addressing needs, including the use of anthropometric data.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Utilise and reflect critically upon the drivers for design to generate a wide range of ideas, concepts, proposals solutions or arguments independently or collaboratively in response to set briefs or self-initiated activity.
  • Apply creative and logical thinking processes to the business of solving Interior and Interior Products design problems and develop ideas through to material outcomes.
  • Analyse the interrelationships within and between aspects of interior (products) design; to describe, interpret and evaluate designed artefacts from a range of critical perspectives, considering the context of their production, clients, users, consumers and markets and history of design processes.
  • Engage in integrated design practice based on the acquisition, understanding and application of the skills and working methods typical of product designers.
  • Realise a range of practical, creative and theoretical projects, analyse design problems and provide appropriate design solutions; initiate projects, meet deadlines, liaise with commercial collaborators, make presentations, research and synthesise information, produce reports and evaluate the design and research work of self and others.
  • Demonstrate skills associated with professional practice; time management, project management, professional level communication, self-promotion, interview technique, information gathering and use of information and communication technology as appropriate. 
  • Employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools associated with interior design through drawing, modelling and computer visualisation methods using skill and imagination. 
  • Utilise the various means by which one can represent interior design and judge their fitness for purpose; select and use various 2D, 3D, and digital techniques appropriately to communicate design intent and detail.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of medium group lectures and seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying and practical work in your own time.

Coventry School of Art and Design has a multinational population and you will be working alongside students all over the globe. Our teaching team and visiting lecturers include staff from the UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

There are opportunities for all students to apply for an Erasmus-style study exchange with students on a similar course in overseas universities. We have direct links with countries beyond Europe, including universities in China, Indonesia, Singapore and USA.

Throughout the course, projects will be set with an international focus, enhancing your global experience and broadening your mindset. Recent examples include an online international learning (OIL) project with a university in the Netherlands and university in Spain. To gain a deeper insight into the industry, you will also be given opportunities to enter international competitions, such as PAVE and IIDA.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Mixed with enthusiastic tutors and excellent facilities, interior design at Coventry offers a great course structure and projects to prepare students for professional work.

William Mansell, MDes/BA Interior Architecture and Design, final year student in 2017/2018

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU024
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB to include at least one Art or Design subject DDM in an Art or Design subject. 31 points to include visual arts or design technology at higher level. Minimum GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.


You will be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

Mixed with enthusiastic tutors and excellent facilities, interior design at Coventry offers a great course structure and projects to prepare students for professional work.

William Mansell, MDes/BA Interior Architecture and Design, final year student in 2017/2018

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)

January 2019

£14,850 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Voucher for the CSAD Art Shop
  • Core workshop materials

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Any additional design materials: £50+ per year

What our students say...

Mixed with enthusiastic tutors and excellent facilities, interior design at Coventry offers a great course structure and projects to prepare students for professional work.

William Mansell, MDes/BA Interior Architecture and Design, final year student in 2017/2018

Career prospects

Interior designers are in demand in a variety of employment sectors, including retail, domestic, commercial and entertainment. You could go on to become part of a design team, work as a freelancer or establish your own design studio.

The breadth and depth of skills you learn can also lead to careers in graphic design, arch visualisation branding, marketing, journalism or teaching.

Professional enhancement is central to our ethos and you will be encouraged to embrace either an industry placement or international study exchange before your final year. The outcome of your final year will be presented in our prestigious Degree Show with a further chance for you to present your work at an external venue, such as New Designers or Free Range in London.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It provides specialist careers information, advice and guidance to all our students from their first year through to final year and beyond graduation, helping them achieve their desired career outcome. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to become interior designers for companies including Imagination, GMP Design, Furnish Interior Design, India Jane, Creation Shopfitters, Atlantic chair and stool company, HÅLLNING.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

This design course is motivating, because it touches all different spheres in art raging from product and graphic design to architecture and interior design. All the tasks are very thought through to increase your creative and technical skills. It helps to stand out among other designers when approaching architectural and interior design companies. Tutors are always available and motivated to give their professional advice and support. I was highly pleased with this course.

Viktorija Burlakina BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, graduated with a First in 2015, now a lecturer at Coventry University

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.