Northumbria University Newcastle - Interior Design BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Interior Design BA (Hons)

This interior design course at Northumbria focuses on designing innovative interiors within new architecture and via the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and their exterior presence.

Design projects will be set in the context of existing architecture or new build sites, covering all aspects of the interiors industry. Projects will cover a diverse range of commercial interiors that include;

  • Leisure (bars, restaurants and nightclubs)
  • Hospitality (hotels)
  • Retail
  • Exhibition/event design
  • Workplace
  • Museums
  • Public Spaces
  • Theatre and TV set

You will explore complex architectural intervention down to the finer detail of commercial interior design. Exciting design proposals will develop through the study of design history and theory and be explored via investigations into existing site and architecture, function, materials, brand, tactility, space, form and human interaction. All projects are set in the context of industrial practice and communicated through 2D and 3D methods, including technical drawings, 3D visualisation, sketching and model-making.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio 

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

The Interior Design course is designed to support the development of your intellectual, practical and transferable skills to prepare you for employment upon graduation or further study.

You will graduate as highly employable industry-ready professionals, able to confidently offer solutions to complex and challenging interior design briefs. You will be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities and resourcefulness in the application of processes, aesthetics, function and materials.

Course Details

This course will encourage you to acquire a flexible and imaginative approach to problem solving through enquiry-based learning. Cultural, critical, and professional practice studies provide a social, historical and professional context to the subject discipline, developing your knowledge and insight into your own personal practice.

Working in studio groups, you will learn to be flexible and collaborative, to identify and redefine problems in a creative way, and focus on solutions that are both relevant and considerate.

You will create your work from concept to realisation using traditional, new and emerging technology, and you will learn to present your work and ideas to a variety of audiences in both academic and industry practice situations.

Year One

Historical and Contemporary Influences on Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design (Core,40 Credits)
Introduction to Commercial Interior Design (Core,40 Credits)
Architectural Technologies and Communication for Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Design Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional,40 Credits)
Critical Issues in Interior Design (Core,20 Credits)
Interior Design Practice through Spatial Design (Core,40 Credits)
Interior Design Practice through Branded Environments (Core,40 Credits)
Computer Aided Design for Communication and Realisation (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Three

Design Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Design Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

Advanced Commercial Interior Design (Core,40 Credits)
Advanced Commercial Interior Design for Industry (Core,40 Credits)
Advanced Academic and Professional Practice (Core,40 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Design (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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