University of Hertfordshire Interior Architecture

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University of Hertfordshire Interior Architecture

University of Hertfordshire Interior Architecture

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad

About the course

This course is led by an award winning teaching team.  We love design and obsess with exploring new ideas and new ways of making things.  You will study in a diverse, multi-cultural and creative environment.  You will learn to transform different types of buildings with new functions.  Through design, you will improve the quality of people’s lives by giving them a better place to live, work and play.  You will work with our contacts in industry on live projects, such as, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, and Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange, with real budgets, real sites, and to be built and enjoyed by the public.  You will meet big names such as, Will Alsop and Peter Cook, and network with our partners in the Hertfordshire Association of Architects.  We also enjoy visiting our friends around the world, in such places as, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and New York and look at beautiful architecture and design.  International collaboration projects, studio visits, student exchange are part of the action-packed experience of the course.

Interior Architecture and Design Gallery

Why choose this course?

  • Interior Architecture and Design students have participated in live projects with a number of commercial partners including Letchworth Garden City urban regeneration, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange, The Forum Hertfordshire, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and St Albans Museums.
  • The degree focuses on working with existing buildings and spaces and exploring different possibilities for habitation.
  • The Interior Architecture and Design degree pursues a progressive and holistic teaching approach as we consider the design process as something non-linear or sequential (i.e. research first, design later).
  • Graduates from the course are eligible for associate membership to professional institutions such as: The British Interior Design Association, The Society of British Interior Design and The Chartered Society of Designer.
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Entry requirements…

2017 entry

UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

  • 96 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
  • A levels/BTECs to include an art related subject.
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • IB – 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include an art, design or technology-related subject at level 3 (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page

Key staff

Erica Liu
Programme Leader for Interior Architecture & Design. Erica has over 10 years of experience in the far east as an interior and exhibition designer. Her projects have also won 33 national awards.
Find out more about Erica Liu

Paul Cureton
Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Design Skills and Innovation for Interior Architecture and Design. Research work includes the Future of Cities and Landscape and Urban Representation.
Find out more about Paul Cureton

Silvio Carta
Architect and Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design. His studies have focused on contemporary architecture, digital design, architectural criticism, as well as research and analysis.
Find out more about Silvio Carta

Professional Accreditations

  • Member of the Interior Educators Group.
  • Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian’s 2017 University League Tables.

MA Interior Architecture and Design

About the course

  • On the Interior Architecture & Design MA you will develop your professional skills.
  • You will work with design professionals of international standing and in industrial contexts.
  • Develop research skills.
  • Exhibit your work and work as a tutor/mentor with our undergraduates.
  • Take a look at our MA Design Leaflet.

Why choose this course?

MA Interior Architecture & Design is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms and will benefit from visiting interior designers, architects and design professionals. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Interior Architecture & Design degree will be of interest to interior and spatial designers, architects, and design professionals in related disciplines. It gives you a forum to explore a wide range of issues, including creative practice and the psychology of space as well as the use of materials, scale and form in the creation of private, commercial and public spaces.

Through working with a strong experimental ethos and developing solid technical skills, you will examine the connection between architecture and interior design and the creation of both real and virtual spaces.

Interior architecture & design have a dramatic impact on our understanding of the spaces in which we live and work. This course is dedicated to helping you advance your practice against the expanding profile of this subject area.

Entry requirements…

An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also be able to take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate through a portfolio or interview your preparedness for study at postgraduate level.

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.