University of Brighton Interior Design
This course is aimed at graduates from a wide range of design-related backgrounds.
Interdisciplinary research and practice is promoted throughout the course, and creative collaborations are developed between designers, fine artists, architects and thinkers wanting to follow an advanced course in interior design.
Students share spacious top-lit studios and have their own individual working spaces. There are also dedicated computer suites as well as photographic and workshop facilities.
Staff bringing their expertise to this course include:
- full-time academics who combine teaching with research and consultancy
- part-time tutors who are also practising designers
- eminent visiting specialists, critics and consultants.
The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Degree and experience
A good degree (2.2 or above) in a design-related subject. In exceptional circumstances, ie where an applicant has several years experience working in a design industry, those with non-design degrees will be considered. Applicants need to show evidence of a portfolio and most will be invited for interview.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.
During semester 1, the projects set for the Preliminary Design module provide an opportunity for students returning to education to take stock of their position, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and identify ambitions for future study. Lecture courses in Technology and Material Practices, Critical Readings and Research Methods run in parallel.
In semester 2, you consolidate and extend the priorities, ideas and strategies established in the preliminary design. Lecture series in Technology and Critical Readings continue. A proposal for the final research project is developed and submitted, which then takes up the whole of semester 3.
The course explores both the intellectual idea and the spatial language of interior environments. Students develop new skills while extending existing design practices to precisely articulate spatial design proposals.
We offer at least one study trip each year. It might be related to the design studio or a trip that offers you direct exposure to and experience of some of the most contemporary spatial design projects in Britain and mainland Europe.
Careers and employability
Our graduates generally succeed in finding challenging and rewarding work in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally. Brighton graduates enjoy a reputation for being creative and innovative designers, responsive to the needs of people and places. In addition, this postgraduate programme offers opportunities for experimental and exploratory work in spatial design both within and beyond the limits of professional practice.
Previous students include:
- an interior designer at Harrison Ince
- an interior designer at gpstudio
- a store designer at Estée Lauder Travel Retail
- an architect at Nest Architects
- an architectural technologist at Agora Chartered Architects
- an industrial and interior designer at B-H Design
- a senior interior designer at Hirsch Bedner Associates
- a creative director at Night Art Design Studio
- a designer at Johnson Naylor
- an interior architect at Cramer Möebel Design.
Fees and funding
UK/EU (full-time)4,940 GBP
International (full-time) 12,645 GBP
Please note these are the annual fees for the course. As the course duration is 18 months (full-time), you will pay a further 50% of the above figure for the final six months.
Perkins+Will Thesis Prize for Architecture
The £250 Perkins+Will Thesis Prize for Architecture is open to final-year students of the Interior Architecture BA(Hons) and the Interior Design MA. It rewards work that exhibits strong design principles and that shows concern for sustainability, social responsibility, diversity, wellness and innovation.
Scholarships, bursaries and loans
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students. Bursaries and loans may also be available to you.
The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2017–18. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and are subject to an annual increase of no more than 5% or RPI (whichever is the greater). The annual increase for UK/EU students, who are subject to regulated fees, will increase no more than the statutory maximum fee. Further details regarding tuition fees are available from the university’s student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).
The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.
What’s included in the fee?
When costs such as health or DBS checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.
You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply check with the school that provides your course using the contact details in the Find out more tab (at the end of this page) for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.
See our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.
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