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Interior Design

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Art and Design

UCAS Code: 8G22

Start Dates(s): September


Three years full-time

UK - £9250 per year

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • This is a broad based course that allows you to specialise in the areas of interior design that particularly interest you
  • Learn from industry trained tutors who have led successful careers in the discipline
  • Enhance your employability with opportunities to engage in real world projects, live briefs and industry placements
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

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.

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
GCSE English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 96-112 points
GCE A level 96-112 points including an A2 in an art and design or a design and technology subject at grade C or above
BTEC National Diploma MMM - DMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma applicants may be considered for entry into year 2
Foundation Degree overall pass
Scottish Highers 96-112 points including an appropriate subject
Irish Leaving Certificate 96-112 points including an appropriate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 points including an appropriate subject

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

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.

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £14,400

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.


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.


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

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


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.

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.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study


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