Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Interior Design [with Foundation Year]

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Course summary

Develop your creative vision and get a fresh perspective on design on our full-time Interior Design degree at Cambridge School of Art. Exciting and intriguing spaces offer experiences that can change how we feel, move or enjoy them. Our role as designers is to help other people to develop social relationships which results in us working closely with communities and helping to embed stories into the fabric of our design work. By studying BA (Hons) Interior Design at ARU, you’ll explore the relationships between design, experience and narrative, helping you to develop your independent voice and creativity along the way. With our small studio groups, your tutors will really get to know you and your work, and help you become a distinctive interior designer who will contribute positively to the industry. Design can reveal a lot about the people who use a space, and the communities we build. On our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree you’ll learn to create exciting design proposals, while considering how to develop environments that connect stories with people. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to propose design questions that are human centred and based on the way we are or the way we can be. We will consider carefully the ‘archaeology’ of a site and examine the relationships between us, our sites and landscapes. You will create environments that speak to us. You’ll develop confidence and creativity through working in small teams, with exceptional tutors who are passionate about education and have long arcs of industry experience. You will work alongside other students from different creative degrees at different stages of your degree to help you understand how other people work and think and to learn you will learn what you can contribute to these design conversations. With small studio groups, you’ll engage in a consistent conversation with your tutors too. It’s one of the reasons our Design & Crafts courses ranked 8th in the UK for 'Satisfied with Course' and 3rd for 'Satisfied with Teaching' (The Guardian University Guide 2020). With an eye on your future career, you’ll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience. You can see your designs become reality in live projects and foster professional relationships through Design Bench, a series of industry networking meetings. Our past students have taken up placements or other work experience with organisations such as Alium Design, Robert Mathew Johnson Marshall (architects), Haley Sharpe Design Ltd (global designers), Julia Johnson (interior designer), Monteith Scott (designers), Dalziel & Pow, Penny Banks, Saunders Boston Architects, Arkitektones, Mineheart, and Laura Ashley. Many of these connections have led to employment. As well as our dedicated interior design studio, you can get training in support in our printmaking workshop; 3D workshop; digital photography lab; photography studios and darkrooms; Mac and PC suites, and all our other facilities. You can become a student member of the British Interior Institute of Design, the Society of British and International Design and Interior Educators, with access to resources, exhibitions and competitions. Careers Our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree will prepare you to work with architects or in spatial design practices on residential, commercial, hospitality, health, lighting, entertainment or furniture design projects. You might decide to set up your own interior design practice after you graduate. The creative skills you develop will also help you find a career in the visual arts, film, television, event and theatre design, or exhibition and museum design; while the management skills will be useful for project management roles on creative projects. Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might choose continue your studies with one of our full- or part-time our Masters degrees. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Course details


Foundation Year core module: Foundation in Art and Design Year 1 Core modules: Design Context and Technology Studio Culture 1 Visual Communication Year 2 Core modules: Contemporary Issues and Debates Digital Media in Application Studio Culture 2 Year 3 Core modules: Studio Culture 3

Assessment method

Our studio projects will allow you to focus on your creative development, while you’ll also demonstrate your process and creative decisions through a combination of portfolio, written and practical studio work. Modules are subject to change and availability.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Interior Design [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS