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Interior Architecture

BA (Hons) - single

School of Architecture

This BA (Hons) Interior Architecture course gives you the opportunity to learn about and engage in the design process and develop your professional skills. You will investigate the design of space, our perception of space including sensorial experience and the cultural significance of design and its evolution.

Oxford is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the School of Architecture is one of the top schools in the UK. You will be able to make a critical contribution to the future of the profession, drawing on our vibrant design culture.

Typical offers

UCAS points: 128 - preferred subjects include Art, Design and Technology

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: normally 4-5 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • The course is focussed on design at an exciting hybrid scale between architecture and furniture.
  • The practice element of the course enables graduates to go directly into practice upon graduation.
  • You would be privy to being at the forefront of discourse among practitioners and academics in the discipline.
  • You will benefit from purpose-designed new studios and associated workshop facilities.
  • There is a vibrant School of Architecture student society, Oxarch, which runs guest lecture series, social events and design workshop events.
  • We maintain close connections with alumni working in a diverse range of design fields such as interior architectural firms, set design, exhibition design, architectural firms, and event design and management.

The course provides the skills required to design at a hybrid scale between architecture and furniture, called ‘Furni-tecture’. Graduates become professional designers armed with the knowledge, understanding and skills to respond to a wide range of contemporary human and cultural needs, through innovative, responsible and sustainable design.

The course emphasises the activation of the space between people and objects as well as the importance of the role of the occupants of the space. Design briefs are relevant to the discipline, such as exhibition spaces and also to contemporary issues facing us all such as co-housing.

In Year 1 you will work on design projects and learn the fundamentals of design, including designing three-dimensionally, in context and to scale and developing a design brief. These will include 'live projects' for real clients. Design skills are supported by the parallel teaching of representational techniques such as architectural orthographic drawing and model making. This part of the course aims to bring all students to a shared level of knowledge, understanding and skill in design.

Year 2 focuses on the development of a personal design approach and its application to interior architecture, and the development of a critical approach to the history and theories of spatial design. Typical projects include the design of a new pavilion, a private interior space, and the re-use of existing building fabric. The application of design through practice is a key element of the course for developing an appreciation of design excellence and sustainability.

Year 3 includes a comprehensive design project, a design project focused on professional skills and a dissertation.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

Year 1

The compulsory basic modules are:

  • Introduction to Architectural Design 1
  • Architectural Design in Context 2
  • Architectural Representation
  • Introduction to Technology
  • Architecture and Society
  • Introduction to Architectural History.

Years 2 and 3

The advanced and honours compulsory modules are:

  • Interior Architecture 1
  • Interior Architecture 2
  • Interior Architecture 3
  • Architectural Technology 1
  • Material Research and Design
  • Design Practice
  • Digital Culture
  • Management, Practice and Law
  • Dissertation
  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Issues in Architectural History and Theory.

The following is an acceptable module:

  • Independent Study

Field trips

Field trips abroad are offered each year in addition to site and factory visits. Recent field trips have visited places such as Italy, Hong Kong and France. Field trips are a very popular option because they offer the opportunity to experience architecture at first hand with your tutors. 

Field trips, site visits and factory visits are optional and an additional cost to the course fees. Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Typical costs of overseas field trips range from £300 to £600. Local and UK field trips, site visits and factory visits typically cost between £1 and £300. Please contact our Enquiry Centre if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Study abroad

Students wishing to study abroad can apply to do so in year two of their studies. This is not a mandatory part of the course.

Great opportunities to study or work abroad
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange facilitated by the University. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. Travel costs, accommodation and subsistence are not included in this funding.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Sample lecture/work

TDE Marketing recently made a film of Year 1 tutorials and a live project client presentation.


Attendance pattern

Design studio with your design studio tutor is held for two full days a week. Teaching in the design studio includes one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials, workshops, presentations and lectures. Design studio forms 50% of the curriculum. The remaining academic subjects are taught on other days through various series of lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.

Additional costs

As an architecture student you will produce many drawings and models, which can be quite expensive so you are encouraged to recycle used materials where possible, particularly for sketch models. Some students tend to work digitally, spending more on printing and some by hand, spending more on materials so these costs vary widely between students.

You should expect to spend approximately £500 - £700 on materials in your first year. You will be expected to keep a sketchbook, produce specific drawings, make models, mostly out of recycled and inexpensive materials, but consumables such as glue, knives etc will be needed. As you progress into your 2nd and 3rd year you will be expected to produce more finished presentation models using more expensive materials.  You can expect to spend approximately £500 - £1500 on materials in years 2 and 3.

You will also produce drawings and models using a variety of media, including computer drawing software.  The cost of materials and computer print-outs are kept as low as possible by the university.  Printing is charged at no profit and there is no charge for laser cutting beyond your own material costs. You can expect to spend approximately £300 - £500 on printing in year 1 and approximately £500 - £1500 in years 2 and 3.

PCs with the programmes needed for your course are available in the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Some students choose to buy a lap top and software when they begin to draw digitally but this is not mandatory and free student licences are available for much of the software. An optional laptop and software would cost approximately £500-£1200.

There are no compulsory books to purchase because the library is very well stocked and the direction of your reading is very individual due to the diverse nature of the course. Some students choose to purchase specific books to support their interests so you can expect to spend £25 - £150 on books each year.

Teaching and learning

The three-year full-time course is centred on the design studio, engaging students in learning about the design process, the investigation of ideas and concepts, the representation of design, and the relationship between the design studio and its interface with the world of professional practice.

The importance that we place on learning from each other is at the heart of how we organise our teaching. The school has invested in the development of an open studio culture, enabling you to see how ideas are generated and develop. Design studio culture comprises group and individual tutorials, and presentations and discussions of ideas and forms of representation. Our students also benefit from the opportunity to take part in live projects, gaining experience of real projects within the community.

Design is supported by a range of related subject teaching in technology, practice, the histories and theories of architecture, interior architecture, design and digital culture. These subjects develop through lectures and seminars, group and individual presentations and a written dissertation in the final year. The programme is very wide-ranging in content, and at all times students are encouraged to bring their own judgement, experience and newly acquired skills to bear upon the consideration of design.

There are particularly strong links between our architectural research and teaching, which means we can equip students with the latest insights and knowledge. Research-based input is found in subjects such as history and theory, technology and sustainable construction.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 27%73%0%
2 36%64%0%
3 30%70%0%

Approach to assessment

100% coursework. Assessment methods include group and individual presentations, portfolios, journals, reports and a written dissertation in the final year.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 0%0%100%
2 0%0%100%
3 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2017/18: £12,890 2018/19: £13,150

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Undergraduate fee levels for 2018/19 have not yet been announced by the government and are therefore yet to be confirmed. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level for new and returning Home/EU students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 128 - preferred subjects include Art, Design and Technology

A-level: ABB or equivalent

International Baccalaureate: 32-34 points


A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 ABB equivalent for this course will be 128 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Other typical offers include:

  • the equivalent to 3 A-levels grades at ABB, from 2 A-levels plus 2 AS-levels (we strongly recommend that one of the subjects is Art, Design, or Design and Technology)
  • equivalent grades in an Art and Design Foundation or vocational A-levels.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics, English and a physical science at grade C or above

We strongly recommend that one of your A-level or A-level equivalent subjects is Art, Design, or Design and Technology. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants will need to provide a portfolio (eg sketches, freehand/technical drawings, life drawings, 3D models, paintings, photographs). Please read our portfolio guidance notes.

On application you will be given instructions on how to upload a digital version of your portfolio. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to bring the original portfolio with you.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. The interviewer will look for evidence of motivation, general creativity and breadth of interest, and will expect to be shown work which demonstrates creative ability of some kind. Any such work may be presented, including art work where no formal course has been followed.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is an inspiring city in which to live and study. It is rich in the history of architecture, containing the work of world-renowned architects, and examples of the highest-quality contemporary and leading-edge practice.

The city offers a rich mixture of cultural opportunities to be experienced in its internationally renowned museums, libraries, art galleries, gig venues, concert halls and theatres. There is a thriving and diverse student culture in Oxford with a wide range of social events to match.

Specialist facilities

We offer first-class facilities, helping you get the very best from your studies. The School of Architecture has expanded into a purpose-built new building connected to its existing studios.

Our facilities include the following:

  • dedicated design studios for the School of Architecture with model making and drawing facilities, a dedicated print room and powerful rendering computers with specialist programs such as Rhino, 3D Studio Max, CAD, Microstation, Adobe suite, and web, image and movie editing software
  • the new purpose-built Architecture Workshop and Structures Laboratory with CNC mill, acid etching, 3D printers and 3D scanner, and concrete, metal and timber facilities
  • design studios are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and form the hub of design teaching and learning in the school.
  • digital workshop for the School of Architecture linking the design studios to a wide range of high-quality printers and plotters, laser cutters and 3D printers.

Live projects, student competitions, building projects and case studies are a significant feature of our teaching: we have strong external links with employers, the community, local authorities, developers and industry.

Eminent architects and designers regularly visit the school to lecture. Recent lecturers have included architects Studio Weave, engineer Jane Wernick, founder of Dezeen Marcus Fairs and digital animation architects, Factory 15.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

As a vocational course, the Interior Architecture degree provides a direct route into professional practice. Many graduates from this course work within high-level architectural practices such as Foster + Partners, contributing to the better production and understanding of well-designed spaces for human occupation.

The study of interior architecture at degree level is also a good grounding for other careers, for example in lighting, theatre, museum, product and exhibition design.

Through this programme, you acquire a wide range of transferable skills:

  • skills in design, communication and high-level digital representation
  • teamworking, leadership and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to apply technology to design
  • an awareness of the construction industry and different forms of practice
  • critical reading and writing skills.

Further study

Some students may wish to opt for further study or postgraduate research in interior architecture or other related design fields.