Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

W250

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

W250

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU042

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

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.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or fully online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

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:

Adobe

Adobe

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.


SBID- The Society of British and International Design.

SBID- The Society of British and International Design.

This course is currently accredited by the Society of British and International Design for the September 2020 intake The professional body registered in the UK to accredit professionals in interior design. SBID are committed to providing university accreditation to support educational institutions providing courses in interior design.

While the University hopes and anticipates that the renewal of any accreditations would be successful, if such renewals are unsuccessful, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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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.

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Form and Colour for Interior Architecture and Design

  • Making for Interior Architecture and Design

  • Professional Development

  • Tech 1 for Interior Architecture and Design

  • Interior Architecture and Design Exploration

  • Add+vantage

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Branding and Interior Architecture and Design

  • Tech 2 for Interior Architecture and Design

  • Professional Development

  • Interior Architecture and Design Specialist Skills

  • Add+vantage

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

After the second year, the course offers an optional Professional Enhancement Year or International Enhancement Year.

Students can opt to take a Professional or International Enhancement module which runs for a full academic year between years 2 and 3. Students can progress onto the relevant Processional Enhancement Year or International Enhancement Year module if they successfully complete the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits). Students confirm they are undertaking this option at the end of their second year, typically in August). They might choose one of:

  • an Erasmus study placement at an EU university;
  • a study placement at a university outside the EU;
  • an Erasmus professional work placement;
  • an approved professional work placement separately and independently organised that is outside the EU;
  • an approved professional work placement separately and independently organised within the UK;

Students opting for either the Professional Enhancement Year or the International Enhancement Year1 above will be registered on one of the specific modules listed below. Such modules are non-credit bearing but will appear on a student’s final academic transcript if completed. No additional tuition fees apply to such modules. If you complete the optional study abroad year or professional enhancement year, your degree award title will also provide the additional suffix of “With Professional Enhancement” if you’ve gone on placement and “With International Enhancement” if you’ve gone on a study abroad programme for a year. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.

Please note that the University cannot guarantee any placement and/or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel and accommodation etc.), application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the Course Director or the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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.

Modules

  • International Enhancement

  • Professional Enhancement

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Interior Architecture and Design Introduction to Final Major Project

  • Design Enquiry for Interior Architecture and Design

  • Professional Development 3

  • Interior Architecture and Design Final Major Project

  • Add+vantage

Add+vantage

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

1st

We have been ranked joint first amongst Modern Universities in England for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2021

In more detail...

  • Students in the School of Art and Design have received prizes in the Student Lighting Awards and InteriorMotives, as well as exhibited in big graduate shows like Free Range and New Designers.
  • 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.
  • 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 access to 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. Please note that these visits are subject to availability and may incur additional costs.

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:<br> lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical or project work, coursework, essays, Group work and presentations/posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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.

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. 

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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. Please note that all such opportunities shall be subject to additional costs, application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements

Throughout the course, projects will be set with an international focus, enhancing your global experience and broadening your mindset. Recent examples include a collaborative online international learning (COIL) 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 Planning and Visual Education (PAVE) and The Commercial Interior Design Association (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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

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 (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

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

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,400 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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:

  • Core workshop materials

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing any International or Professional Enhancement
  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits
  • Any additional design materials

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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 (subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, accommodation etc.), application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. 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.

Our Talent 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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

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.

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
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.