About this program
BA (Hons) Interior Design
Explore and develop your own voice and design identity, creating inspiring solutions for spatial environments including residential, commercial, and historical spaces. You will learn in dedicated professional design studios and acquire a range of skills in the design and development of spaces as well as being involved in collaborative opportunities with local and international partners.
The course is for anyone who is inspired and moved by interiors and inquisitive enough to find out how to realise these technically. Studying interior design at Derby will help you develop your design skills to create functional and unique spaces with strong spatial identities. You’ll learn how to best use specific spatial qualities, i.e. forms, texture and materials, lighting, colour, architectural components, objects and placement of these, enabling you to make your ideas become a reality. You’ll be inspired to work in a way that is environmentally responsible, memorable and experiential.
From commercial to residential spaces, BA (Hons) Interior Design opens the doors to a career where you can devise creative, inspiring solutions and develop your own distinctive professional practice.
Why choose this course?
Explore how people relate to the architectural space around them. Gain unique insights into the connection between interior and exterior space. Build your appreciation of the many elements – from user experience to texture and colour – which contribute to effective and appealing interior design.
Is this course for you?
If you want a strong understanding of both traditional and contemporary interior design techniques and approaches, together with the freedom to articulate your own ideas and challenge convention, this is your course.
Opportunities and experiences
In addition to your lectures and seminars, you will take part in live projects which build upon your ‘real’ world learning and will contribute to your credibility as an interior designer. Live projects to date include: Repurposing of an old barn to a contemporary wedding venue for Victoria Brown; design of Bohn’s restaurant interior now located in Nottingham; design of 1st Crack coffee shop and the design of S.H.E.D. a mobile transforming shed that is travelling the country for the next two years. You will also be able to obtain Building Information Modelling (BIM) training by your second year and construct an online portfolio in readiness for DPP and/or final year and graduation.
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Qualification requirementsQualificationOfferFurther informationUCAS TariffA levelPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)Access to HE DiplomaGCSE/National 4/National 5112 pointsYour offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.BBCDMMD: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 creditsPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above
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What you will study
You'll study modules such as:
- Critical Context: Exploring Global Context & Spatial Typologies
- Visual and Professional Practice: Imagination to Visualisation
- Designing Spatial Narratives: Introduction and Exploration
- Toolkit: Structural Layers & Materials
- Critical Context: Context Specific Investigations
- Visual and Professional Practice: BIM for Promotion
- Designing Spatial Narratives: Contextualised Interventions
- Toolkit: Technical Services & Drawing Systems
Diploma in Professional Practice (optional)
- Applied Professional Practice
- Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
- Critical Context: Probing and Interrogating Multi-Contexts
- Visual and Professional Practice: Networking Strategies
- Designing Spatial Narratives: Reimagining Existing Space
- Toolkit: Sustainable Strategies & Innovation
How you will learn
You’ll learn in well-resourced, professional design studios at Britannia Mill. Resources include ISKN tables, Macbook Pros, large format scanners, drawing boards, as well as the arts and design library.
You will also be able to make full use of the traditional 3D workshop facilities (wood and metal) at Markeaton Street and the latest 3D computer software. You’ll have access to specialist textiles equipment and machinery in the Digital Design Hub such as the laser cutter and digital fabric print facilities in the textiles department.
We also showcase at Free Range in London along with 50 other Interior Design institutions giving you the opportunity to display your work at one of the largest graduate shows in Europe. This valuable experience will help you to prepare for a career in interior design.
Assessment is 100% coursework based including practical production and oral presentation work, along with written assignments. In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a subject of your choice and work on self-negotiated and independent creative projects.
Fees and funding
Tuition feesChannel Islands£9,250Year 1EU£14,045Year 1International£14,045Year 1England£9,250Year 1Northern Ireland£9,250Year 1Scotland£9,250Year 1Wales£9,250Year 1
Additional fee informationNo additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Careers and employability
You could advance not only to interior design roles but also to careers in styling, retail display or set design for film, TV and stage. Some graduates set up their own consultancy practices or work on a freelance basis, building on the entrepreneurial instincts they develop on this course.
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