Interior Design
BA (Hons)

Overseas study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Interior Design at Salford

1.

This is a broad based course that allows you to specialise in the areas of interior design that particularly interest you

2.

Learn from industry trained tutors who have led successful careers in the discipline

3.

Enhance your employability with opportunities to engage in real world projects, live briefs and industry placements

Course Summary

Designing for interiors requires both artistic flair and technical know-how. These are two very distinct skill sets that you will develop throughout this course.

Specialist subject tutors and dedicated resources ensure that you gain a sound understanding of interior architecture while also developing interdisciplinary attitudes toward design. A combination of studio-based modules and seminar lectures allow you to shape your studies around areas of interior design that particularly interest you.

With well-established links to the architectural and interior design industry, this course has a strong record of inviting specialist design professionals to deliver guest lectures and contribute to the teaching and learning experience. You will also benefit from a range of industry placement and live brief opportunities, which will enable you to work on real world projects and experience the cutting edge of design practice.

In addition to delivering quality teaching and a wealth of opportunities, the course has an enviable reputation for producing graduates who have gone on to work for a variety of architectural and interior design practices including large retail organisations, construction departments, and film and TV companies.

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Course Details

This is a broad based course which covers many aspects of interior architecture (commercial building interiors) and designs for temporary structures such as exhibitions, museums, and film and TV sets.  A combination of both studio-based modules and seminar lectures will enable you to shape your studies around areas of interior design that particularly interest you.

The course has extensive links with the architectural and interior design industry and is taught by tutors who have led well-established careers in the field. This course also has a strong record of inviting key figures and specialist design professionals to deliver guest lectures and contribute to the teaching and learning experience.  Visits to developments, buildings, practices and showrooms are embedded within the course in order to ensure practice-based learning, as are overseas exchanges.

Work placements and industry sponsored projects form part of the course allowing you to experience the cutting edge of design practice. International competition success underpins rigorous teaching and learning practice. Graduates have gone on to work in all areas of design in architectural and interior design practices including large retail organisations, construction departments, film and TV companies.

Year 1

Year One opens with a challenging series of projects covering  spatial awareness, form materials and structures, and the core skills required for Interior Design. While the majority of your time will be spent working on design projects, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in computing for design, extend your awareness of visual communication and workshop practice, and develop an understanding of cultural and theoretical studies in relation to design.

This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of 3D design and builds your awareness of the vocabulary used within the design industry. The analysis and demonstration of established design communication techniques will provide a basis for exploration, and the subsequent development of your own 2D and 3D design communication skills.
Design is a creative tool that is employed widely by a number of industries.  This module aims to provide you with an understanding of design procedures and ways of working which will help you generate, develop and realize your design solutions.
The purpose of this module is to provide you with an understanding of materials and associated processes within the context of specific design situations. You will appreciate the choice of materials available to you and how your decisions will affect your design proposals.
This module introduces you to the variety of individuals or ‘customers’ you will need to please as a designer.  Whilst full consideration is given to the ‘end user’, an understanding of the client, supplier and those involved with construction/manufacturing is critical.
Developing your understanding of professional practice is a core theme which runs throughout the course. This module encourages you to start aligning your skills with the identified requirements of industry and includes an emphasis on design communication skills.
This module encourages you to explore, consider and reflect on a range of perspectives in the wider field of creative practice, particularly in the context of your own practice.  By introducing key debates in visual culture, this module aims to increase your visual and critical awareness and demonstrate ways in which varied frameworks can inform contemporary practice in interior design.

Year 2

Focusing on professional practice and what it means to be a designer, Year Two is underpinned by the study of marketing, business and management issues. It involves examination of the global context of design in the early 21st century and usually includes the opportunity to undertake a study visit abroad.  There is a continued range of supporting options including further specialisation in technological media (CAD), international cultural studies, and visual communication.

The particular characteristics of a specific situation can influence the redesign of an existing space.  This module will explore the manner in which these defining qualities can be examined and exploited by encouraging you to investigate methods of interpretation and evaluation of the urban form.  You will be introduced to appropriate forms of technology, construction and materials and study how these elements are utilised in the production of interior design project work.
Interior Design practice is constantly influenced by regulatory issues as well as new and existing technologies.  This module will provide you with a strong insight into challenging and exciting ways of utilising these developments in your own practice. You will also build an awareness of architectural technologies in current practice as well as an understanding of the processes involved in design development and production.
Interior Architecture can include user-specific commercial interiors such as offices, banks, retail, education, health or cultural facilities as well as interiors for hospitality or entertainment.  You will gain a strong foundation in one of the above forms of interior architectural design by undertaking an appropriate design project which will expose you to the challenges and creative opportunities of interior architecture.
Building upon the professional practice skills introduced in Year One, this module looks at business, employability and enterprise issues and encourages you to reflect upon your own work and ongoing development. This module is also used to identify and pursue placement opportunities for the final module of the year.
Further developing your visual and critical awareness of the varied contexts of interior design, this module will enhance your understanding of how cultural, commercial and/or historical frameworks can influence contemporary practice.  In addition, you will develop an informed view of the programme’s disciplines, the relationships between these disciplines and the wider relationships that can be made to other forms of visual, creative and cultural expression.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement at the end of Semester 2.  This will enable you to demonstrate and develop your skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the relevant working procedures within industry and the professional activities of design.

Year 3

In Year Three, you have the ability to shape your course around your own personal interests by choosing from a wealth of specialist modules. You will also have the opportunity to pursue a detailed study of a relevant creative, cultural & contextual issue that is of particular interest to you through a self-directed research project. There is plenty of scope for experiment, to explore boundaries and to investigate new areas, further increasing your portfolio of skills (for example, component design, advanced communication design).

This module will further extend and strengthen the student's knowledge and skills in producing design solutions within the area of specific building interiors, with an emphasis on the creation of appropriate and suitable ambience through the use of materials and lighting. Commercial client and user needs will be studied in relation to particular aims and requirements and conditions developed within a brief appropriate to Interior Architecture. The creative reuse of existing buildings for a variety of commercial uses will involve the student in research and analysis to understand the specific natures of such spaces. Such considerations will lead to the production of more fully developed design solutions which will be implemented up to full client presentation standards.
Building upon the research methods introduced in Year Two, your work in this module will provide an evidence base with which to inform and evaluate design directions within the negotiated Major Project.
The final self-directed project acts as a conclusion to the course and as such it enables you to continue in the development of a more personalised programme of study, supporting personal careers aspirations and directions. The module also provides an opportunity for you to initiate engagement with industry over an extended period, providing valuable experience of a potential career direction.
This module supports you in your final year whilst also encouraging you to consider your career options and define your personal objectives. You will take the first critical steps in pursuing your career aspirations by producing a self-directed portfolio of work, which demonstrates your skills, knowledge and understanding via the use of appropriate professional techniques.

The emphasis of this module is on independent research, exploration and investigation.  This module provides you with the opportunity to pursue a detailed study of relevant creative, cultural & contextual issues in a subject area that is of particular interest to you.  You can choose from one of the four following project options:

  • Dissertation
  • Original visual work with critical text
  • Presentation with extended essay
  • Business report

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 240-280 points
GCE A level 240-280 points including an A2 in an art and design or a design and technology subject at grade C
BTEC National Diploma MMM - DMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma applicants may be considered for entry into year 2
Foundation Degree overall pass
Scottish Highers 240-280 points including an appropriate subject
Irish Leaving Certificate 240-280 points including an appropriate subject
International Baccalaureate 26 points including an appropriate subject

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

The UCAS application should indicate, as well as the required academic qualifications, an awareness of Interior Design through the applicant’s statement. This may be evidenced by some knowledge and understanding of the chosen subject area through visits to exhibitions, buildings, knowledge of practitioners, appropriate technical journals. You should be verbally articulate and be able to demonstrate reasoned judgment in written formats relevant to their chosen subject of study.  

As with all design courses, good visual communication skills are required. This can include drawing in its broadest sense, from observational drawing through sketch development, to presentation drawings and scale technical drawing.

The ability to understand 3D form and scale needs to be shown within a portfolio of work if invited for interview. The portfolio should contain evidence of both observed and experimental media application.  

All suitable applicants to the course are interviewed.

Teaching

The course is taught by a variety of teaching and learning methods, however the design project forms the basis for the majority of activities on the course. Most modules include lectures, practical workshops or skills sessions, one-to-one tutorials, group seminars and design studio practice.

You will work on a variety of design projects in a way that reflects contemporary design issues, culture and professional design practice. In addition to studio projects, computing skills are developed throughout the course to develop skills in 2D, 3D and multimedia computer applications. Theory modules are delivered through a series of formal lectures and seminar discussion groups that again reflect contemporary design issues and, where possible, align to studio practice modules.

Assessment

Dependant on the modules that you choose, you will be assessed through:

  • Coursework (70%-90%)
  • Presentations (5% - 15%)
  • Dissertation (5% - 15%)

Employability

Our graduates have enjoyed employment across a range of the diverse jobs within the Interior Design sphere, from retail and workspace planning, to museum, event and exhibition design, production design for television, retail branding and store design, lighting as a specialism within the Interior Design discipline, bespoke house design, hotel interiors, interior specialists within multi-disciplinary teams – virtual environment for computer games, marine interiors.

Career Prospects

When you graduate you will be equipped for a range of careers in the interior design field. Graduates have gone on to work in all areas of design in architectural and interior design practices, large retail organisations, construction departments, film and TV companies

The course has an outstanding graduate employment record, both in the local design community and recently further afield in both Architecture and Interior Design practices in Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco.

Through the strong industry links and vibrant visiting lecturer programme the course can provide a stepping stone for those students wishing to work within the design community – our alumni are now working in premier design organisations – BDP, Judge Gill, Stephenson Bell, Leach Rhodes Walker, Sheppard Robson, The Co-Op, MBLC, as well as further a field in Hong Kong and Australia.

Some students also follow more typically general graduate routes into teacher training, office design and retail, with others undertaking further studies at Masters in Interior Design, CAD.

Alumni Profile

Luke Artingstall graduated from Salford in 2006 with a good 2; 1. He had undertaken Foundation studies here, and chose Interior Design as his degree course.  

During the summer of the second year Luke decided to really focus on illumination of his design projects, and was our first highly commended student in the prestigious RSA student design competitions.  

On graduating Luke first was employed by a Computer Aided Design (CAD) company, especially for his beautiful rendering of interior visualisations, eventually securing his dream job at the prestigious multi-disciplinary design company; Building Design Partnership, within their Interior Design department in 2008.  

Luke is now a key designer within the Lighting department, and has just won the prestigious Lighting Design Awards. http://www.bdp.com/en/News/2011/BDP-Wins-Lighting-Design-Award/

Links with Industry

You will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals and all have practical experience across the field of interior design – ranging from building renewal, commercial interior design, and television and film design.

We have a programme of visiting speakers and the valuable knowledge and experience that they bring ensure that you are kept informed of the current changes and demands within the Interior Design industry. Guest speakers have included Maurice Shapero, George Mills, Anthony Chadwick, Andrew Thurman, Trevor Stratford, and Graham English.

Many students who completed their studies at Salford have continued to maintain a strong link with the University and the course, and are regularly invited to deliver talks, advise students and offer work placements. These include ex-graduates, who are currently working as interior designers, event and museum designers, and interior architects on projects such as retail, leisure, education, sport.

You will be regularly informed by professional practitioners who teach on the course, from varying and appropriate sections of the industry in-line with your needs and learning outcomes. This professional perspective complements your knowledge and development while providing an acute awareness of the interior design world.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

Additional costs

Additional costs from £200 (show in final year), £50 (UK optional trip), international optional trips individually costed. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Financial support for this course

 

Facilities

The course has extensive dedicated facilities including a large studio with a permanent work space and Wi Fi for all students. Close to the studio are well resourced computer suites (Mac and PC) with up to date software. A main feature of the course is the 3D Workshop which boasts up to date wood, metal and plastic facilities, spray shops, hot metal, laser cutting and rapid prototyping resources including CNC and 3D printing