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Interior Design

BA (Hons)
Interior Design
3 years (full-time)

This course enables you to learn how to translate, analyse and respond to existing buildings, places and spaces, to make them relevant and effective for human occupation - skills essential for an interior designer.

Special Features

  • Regular live projects throughout the course which have included exhibition design with Urbis Museum and Crosby Land Lease Developers, furniture design for The Design Council, office design for McCann Erickson and the design of a reception for City Inn Hotels.
  • Opportunities to undertake study trips to key design cities, recent trips have including Berlin, Rotterdam, Chicago, Venice and New York.
  • Students have previously participated in exchange visits to Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe.
  • Visiting designers and lecturers assist in the course team via lectures, projects and workshops.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 1 provides a foundation focusing on creativity and developing basic skills. Studio projects explore investigations into the main ideas of interior design such as idea, form, context, object, narrative, surface and mapping. Contextual studies underpin the studio work, providing lectures, seminars and a ‘toolbar’ of skill sessions such as IT software drawing and modelling skills.

Inside (Out)

An introduction to the subject of Interior Design emphasising creativity, intellectual curiosity and the acquisition of basic skills.  Studio and workshop based projects which explore fundamental ideas of interior design; mapping, concepts, form and scale through drawing and model making. You will work in groups and independently to respond to briefs through a variety of media.

Object and Place

This unit continues to build a foundation of experience in Interior Design by applying creativity and intellectual curiosity to given spaces.  Analogue skills will be further developed here, and technical drawing and digital technologies will be also be introduced. Studio and workshop based projects will be undertaken which support the development of design concepts and give reference to specific spaces, elements and objects.  Ideas are expressed through freehand drawing, model making, technical drawings and digital compositions.

Unit X

This unit provides an opportunity to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice by undertaking work alongside students from Design/Art programmes within Manchester School of Art. The unit covers set project(s) which encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. You will engage in lectures and talks from key research staff and students, tutorial group meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to creative opportunities.

Contextualising Practice 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. Lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Contextualising Practice with Language 1

You are allocated to one of four pathways addressing programme-based clusters of cognate practice areas. The unit includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, visits around cultural contexts and professional issues.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will be provided with a framework of projects that emphasise greater personal expression and future specialisations. Contextual studies explores and develops dissertation topics and illustrates professional issues through work experience sessions.

In Detail

Building upon skills acquired in the Occupations Unit, In Detail explores specific aspects and occupations in Interior Design with greater emphasis on technical issues, materiality and detailing.


Building upon skills and approaches introduced in Year 1 units, this unit explores specific aspects and occupations in Interior Design. It includes studio, workshop and live projects which investigate specific narratives, programmes and occupations.  This is evidenced through peer and client presentations, design development drawings, model making, technical, material and object investigation.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice.  You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student's development within practice-based clusters.  Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

In Year 3 you will focus on the development of a personal major project that may be closely connected to any research or written assignments that you have undertaken. The completion of written work and a number of professional skills seminars contextualise the studio projects.

Site and Agenda

This unit comprises the formulation, research, gestation, design development and presentation of a major project based on personal design related interests, possibly related to the extended essay.  Main components include exploration of host building, development of appropriate design programme, feasibility exploration and consideration of building regulations, element detailing, material and furniture specification and professional presentation.

Unit X

On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.

Contextualising Practice 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a student's individual practice interests.

Contextualising Practice with a Language 3

Programme of research and critical analysis of cultural and professional issues related to a your individual practice interests. A negotiated project focused around an individually defined area appropriate to your aims and ambitions.


Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.


Professionalism is embedded in all aspects of the course through visits from respected Professional Critics from industry, Live projects and Unit X. Students are also supported and encouraged to seek self-directed work experience in vacation periods. Students have undertaken work experience in Manchester for companies such as Stephenson-Bell, Ian Simpson Architects, Start Judge Gill and Sheppard Robson, and in London for Imagination, Johnson-Naylor, Conran+Partners, Casson-Mann, Virgile+Stone to name a few. Many enterprising students use the vacation to seek work experience abroad and opportunities have arisen in Japan (Klein-Dytham) and Dubai (Paul Bishop Design), Australia and the US.

You can find further details about the curriculum in the Programme Specification Document

Student Work

Visit our online galleries to see examples of work by Interior Design students.



Graduates have gone on to be interior designers for leading design consultants and architects in the UK, Japan, Dubai and the USA.

Making an Application

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS.

If you meet our criteria we will invite you to an Interview and ask you to show us a Portfolio of your work.

You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required

280 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). If applying using Foundation Diploma in Art and Design a minimum of a Merit is required depending on other level 3 qualifications.

Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Specific GCSE Requirements

GCSE Grade C or above (or acceptable alternative) in English Language

Non Tariffed Qualifications

A relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or above will be considered

International Baccalaureate26 Points

International Students

A minimum IELTS score of 6 with no element below 5.5 is required.

Check our MMU International site for further information if you are applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees 2015 Entry

UK and EU full-time student fees: £9,000. Non-EU full-time international student fees: £11,650.

See Money Matters for further information and advice.