Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

Interior Design

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Course summary

Do you have a passion for interiors and the spaces we live in? This professionally accredited interior design programme blends aesthetics and technology, asking students to use their design, research and problem solving skills to create amazing indoor spaces. The course is supported by a group of employer partners who are actively involved in mentoring, helping past students to secure roles in a range of top London interior design businesses. Students are encouraged to build these skills during independent industry work placements or by undertaking the unique work based learning unit, as well as throughout the course’s curriculum of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The course team are able to support students as they search for work placements by tapping into their professional network. In previous years, students have secured employment or placements at Sunseeker, award winning interior designers The Myres touch and HomeSmiths interiors, as well as property development companies including Barrett Homes and Crest Nicholson. The staff’s industry links have also enabled students to work on live briefs, interact with real case studies and attend informal employer liaison meetings throughout the course. The end of year show lets built environment students showcase their final projects to the public. Employers are also invited to attend, and past students have successfully gained employment as a result of the event. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in an annual London exhibition and national design competitions. Solent University's BA (Hons) Interior Design course is accredited by the Society of British and International Design (SBID) and recognised by the European Council of Interior Architecture as meeting professional interior design standards. Students benefit from a free three years membership to both of these professional bodies. What does this course lead to? Recent graduates have found positions as interior designers in the commercial and domestic interior design sector in the UK, including London-based interior design practice Sarah Ward Associates, Artillery Architects, John Lewis Interiors, Crest Nicholson, Sunseeker, Jigsaw and Porcelanosa. Other graduates have been successful in setting up their own interior design practices. Students are also prepared to become freelance consultants upon graduation, which can increase employability. Who is this course for? The interior design programme is ideal for students who have a background in art, design, graphical communication, materials, product or interior design. The course is designed for students preparing for careers in interior design, architectural interior design, product design, graphic visualisation, retail design, space planning, workplace design, lighting or design consultancy. Students from both academic and creative backgrounds will be considered as the course offers plenty of time to create a portfolio and learn basic skills.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Architectural Design Development Architectural Design Realisation Design Communications Materials and Finishes History of Design Interior Design Practice YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Commercial Interior Design Ergonomics Interior Detailling Modern and Contemporary Studies Architectural Visualisation YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year) Sustainable Refurbishment Building Information Modelling YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Sustainability and Interior Design Development Sustainability and Interior Design Realisation Final Major Project Professional Practice

Assessment method

The course is assessed using studio-based design projects, portfolios and presentations, essays, mood boards and research projects.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
ID01
Institution code:
S30
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.

International applicants

For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/entry-requirements/help-for-international-students

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

Electronic portfolio submission required


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)80with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
71%
Student satisfaction
79%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
88%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13800 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries

Interior Design at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS