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Interior Design

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH19; HH20 (with professional placement year); HH21 (with foundation year)

Key facts

BA (Hons) Interior Design
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH19; or HH20; or HH21
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades at CCC or above, with a grade C in an Art and Design or related subject. 

View "typical offers" for more information.

Learn to transform and repurpose spaces on our new Interior Design course.*

  • Develop design proposals, working across a range of interior spaces such as restaurants, hotels, retail spaces and museums.
  • Repurpose existing spaces in the public sphere - finding new uses for old buildings is a key skill.
  • Enrich your learning with opportunities for practical work experience.

*Please note that this course is subject to final approval.

Our BA (Hons) Interior Design course focuses on existing buildings and spaces, and finding innovative ways to use them.

We'll explore the experiential qualities of the spaces we use every day - lighting, environment, materials, finishes - and how these are used to create mood or ambiance.

As a budding interior designer, you'll apply your design skills to a broad range of interiors, such as hotels, restaurants, exhibitions, retail and shop fitting, offices and commercial premises, museums, and galleries.

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Study options

This course is also available as a four-year full time programme with the optional addition of either an Integrated Foundation Year in Art and Design or a Professional Placement Year.

Integrated Foundation Year (UCAS code: HH21)

The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation Year in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.

Professional Placement Year (UCAS code: HH20)

This year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of “with Professional Placement Year” to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.

What you'll learn


From the outset, you'll develop design proposals, working across a range of interior spaces such as restaurants, hotels, retail spaces and museums. In today's design world, sustainability is paramount. Finding new uses for old buildings is a key skill. 

Design Studio projects form the core of the course, and you're supported through seminars and lectures to develop knowledge of contemporary interior design practice. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about teamwork and client relationships by working on "live" projects with external audiences or collaborators. 

Historical and critical studies modules allow you to learn about the history of design and develop key writing and communicating skills, leading to an extended essay in your final year.

You'll explore the professional world through Professional Context modules, developing knowledge of contemporary designers, how they work, and the projects they have completed. This will include visits to factories, production companies, studios, exhibitions, and recently completed projects.

Course structure

Year one
You'll begin by undertaking design projects to learn fundamental skills in observation, measured surveys, drawing, and knowledge of materials and structures.

Year two
You'll continue with design project work, which will require you to develop your drawing, CAD, and model making skills to effectively communicate your ideas and design proposals in presentations and formal critiques.

Year three
In your final year, a project that includes the construction of an element of your design work at full size will enable a more in-depth understanding of construction and the tactile qualities of materials.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% based on coursework, presented at the end of each of the modules. At this point you’ll receive summative feedback, so you’ll know how to improve or develop your work.

Throughout the module, you'll receive formative feedback through individual and/or group tutorials, seminar sessions, and group critiques. Feedback is given verbally and /or in written format.

All feedback aims to enable you to improve your work, and you'll receive the summative feedback and marks within three weeks of the completed module submission date.

How will I be taught?

As you progress through the course, teaching methods will change to deliver the intended learning outcomes of the modules. In general, Interior Design teaching involves methods such as:

  • Studio engagement
  • Taught practical sessions
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Active participation through seminars, group work, and directed learning
  • Practical workshop introductions
  • Lecture series
  • Directed or self-directed projects
  • Live projects
  • Engagement in using both hand and digital processes
  • Study trips
  • Personal presentation, display, and documentation of work.

Self directed learning is facilitated through materials on Minerva – Bath Spa University’s Virtual Learning Environment – and other web-based resources. You’ll also have access to our specialist art and design library.


Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world through our Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes.


The range of professional destinations for Interior Design graduates is very broad. As well as the more traditional roles in architectural and interior design practices, many graduates go on to work in other specialist design fields such as:

  • Exhibitions and trade fairs
  • Retail and shopfitting
  • Theatre and stage
  • Film and TV production.

Practical skills developed through the course can also lead to careers in model making, animation, lighting design, and other related disciplines.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a BA (Hons) Interior Design student you’ll, benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities, including:


Beginning in Autumn 2019, our Art and Design students will have access to Locksbrook Road, a new, innovative, purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus specifically conceived to encourage creative cross-disciplinary encounters with other artists and designers.

With this new space, we intend for the Bath School of Art and Design to become one of the most inspiring and exciting places to study not only in the UK, but anywhere in the world.

“The updated buildings will allow us to supercharge our existing approach, which is based on superb, disciplinary teaching and practice, with a strong, real-world focus and an emphasis on collaboration."

Anita Taylor, Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design


Tuition fees

Our undergraduate fees for 2019/20 entry are not yet available. See current undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students and international students for reference. For some courses, material fees and additional costs for trips may apply.

We'll update this page as soon as we have more detailed information.

Student funding

We can help you manage your finances and check that you're getting all the funding you're entitled to.

We have a number of funding options for UK and EU students and international students, and we also offer support if you're having financial problems. Email: studentsupport@bathspa.ac.uk for more guidance.

Interested in applying?

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades CCC including grade C in Art and Design or related subjects preferred
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grades ​Merit​, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art and Design
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each element.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in addition to the qualifications listed above.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited by email to bring a portfolio of creative work and preparatory work/sketchbooks to interview. Interviews will take place at our Sion Hill campus. Offers after portfolio interview only. More details will be supplied on invitation.

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews with a digital portfolio will be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited by email bring a portfolio of creative work to interview. Applicants will also be asked to bring a short piece of set work. Interview will take place at our Sion Hill campus. More details will be supplied on invitation.

Get ahead

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design in addition to the qualifications listed above; however we will consider applicants without this.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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