University of East London

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Our course will give you the educational and creative framework - and the necessary contacts - to launch you on your path to becoming an interior designer.

From the outset, you'll set about amassing a huge range of skills, including drawing, photography, model-making, measuring and documenting spaces and buildings.

You'll study design in all its forms - architectural, commercial and retail, residential, furniture, set and exhibition designs. Much of the work will be done on your feet as you visit local sites and examine their features.

You'll enjoy frequent visits to the rich cultural array of galleries, shops and museums on our doorstep in London.

We have excellent links with the local community, and our students spend a lot of time developing design ideas for specific projects such as restoring historical sites in the East End, or designing a new café. 

The extended course BA (Hons) Interior Design with Foundation Year is perfect if you want a degree in Interior Design but you don't meet the standard entry requirements.  First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 96 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include an art and design-related subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work 
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work 

Additional entry route

Foundation in Art and Design grade Pass and 1 subject at A2 Level

Portfolio and interview advice

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio may include paintings, drawings, sketches, a personal sketchbook, design and photographic work, 3D-modelling, work in progress, etc. It should exhibit an understanding of spatial awareness. 

We like to see the creative and planning processes that have contributed to your work, not just the final pieces. We also like to see some work that reflects your own personal interests, i.e. work that you might have undertaken in your own time.

We want to see your passion for your work and you’re expected to present the portfolio in a positive and interesting manner. You will be expected to display care and thought in the way that your portfolio is presented; the organisation is no less important than the content.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

When you graduate from this course, a wealth of opportunities within the broad area of interior design will be open to you.

You may choose to go into residential design or the commercial and retail field, or to look at architectural and design conservation. You could move into designing exhibitions or TV and stage sets.

Alternatively, you may decide to study further and take an architectural or spatial design course at master's level. 

Our graduates have excellent transferable skills, displaying resourcefulness and entrepreneurial qualities.

At a time when there is increasing demand for visual communicators, rapid developments in technology and expanding public interest in interior design, employment opportunities are growing constantly. 

As a design graduate you'll be able to exhibit your work at UEL and at Free Range, an annual exhibition in London's Brick Lane for interior, architecture and design students which is increasingly popular with potential employers. 

Professional studies modules will also prepare you for the world of work by giving you an understanding of how the industry works, covering areas such as online and published design magazines, making and publishing CVs. You'll also put together you own portfolio to showcase your work to potential employers.

Course Details

Our emphasis on project work will give you the chance to develop creative solutions to design briefs, enhancing and developing your creative talent and design skills. 

We'll also teach you the specialist skills you'll need as an interior design professional, such as observational and spatial drawing, computer drawing, model-making and material investigations. 

Our close connections to UEL's architecture and design departments will give you the chance to work collaboratively, and our excellent London location will mean you can use local commercial, cultural and historical sites for design ideas, projects and inspiration.

On recent visits we've organised, students have explored sculptures by Richard Serra in the Gagosian Gallery and drawings by Wangechi Mutu at the Victoria Miro Gallery, as well as Victoria Beckham's boutique in Mayfair, with interiors by celebrated US architect Farshid Moussavi. 

As you progress through the course, your developing individuality and attitude towards interior design will be reflected in your projects and in your personal academic portfolio.

*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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