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Interior Architecture

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

W250

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: normally 4-5 years

Department

School of Architecture

UCAS Tariff Points

128

Overview


On our Interior Architecture course you will design objects smaller than architecture, but bigger than a piece of furniture. 

You will have exposure to first-hand industry experience. And gain valuable skills in: 

  • digital making
  • design and fabrication
  • working at different scales
  • materials and technologies.

We provide you the best environment to broaden your thinking and creative ability. You will use traditional and advanced digital computational technologies in our new fabrication and design laboratories.   

We will support you to develop your own identity as a designer. And to explore entrepreneurial, socially responsible, sustainable and innovative ideas. 

With this degree you can find employment opportunities in: 

  • design offices
  • art and architectural studios
  • fabrication and manufacturing workshops.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 128

A Level: ABB

IB Points: 32

BTEC: DDM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Preferred subjects include: Art, Design and Technology

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.

Entry requirements

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 qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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.

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.

Learning and assessment


On this course you will develop the skills required to design at a hybrid scale between architecture and furniture, called ‘Furni-tecture’.

You'll graduate with the knowledge, understanding and skills to respond to a wide range of contemporary human and cultural needs.

You'll look at the space between people and objects as well as the importance of the people occupying the space.

Applying design through practice is a key element of the course. 

In Year 1 you will work on design projects and learn the fundamentals of design:

  • designing in 3D
  • designing in context and to scale
  • developing a design brief.

You will work on 'live' projects for real clients, invaluable for your portfolio. 

You will learn representational techniques such as:

  • architectural orthographic drawing
  • model making.

In Year 2 typical projects include:

  • the design of a new pavilion
  • a private interior space
  • the re-use of existing building fabric. 

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

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Architectural Design 1

Architectural Design in Context 2

Architectural Representation

Introduction to Technology

Architecture and Society

Introduction to Architectural History

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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.

Optional modules

Independent Study

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

The three-year full-time course is centred on the design studio.

You will learn about:

  • the design process
  • the investigation of ideas and concepts
  • the representation of design
  • the relationship between the design studio and its interface with the world of professional practice.

We place importance on learning from each other. You’ll generate and develop ideas in our open studio culture.

Design studio culture involves:

  • group and individual tutorials
  • presentations
  • discussions of ideas
  • forms of representation.

We will equip you with the latest architecture insights and knowledge. You will have the opportunity to take part in 'live' projects within the community.

Related subject teaching includes:

  • technology practice
  • the histories and theories of architecture
  • interior architecture
  • design and digital culture.

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures and seminars
  • group and individual presentations
  • a written dissertation in the final year.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 27%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 73%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 36%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 64%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 30%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 70%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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. Please see the additional costs section for more details.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is 100% coursework. 

Assessment methods include: 

  • group and individual presentations
  • portfolios
  • journals
  • reports 
  • a written dissertation in the final year.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our Interior Architecture degree is a vocational course which provides a direct route into professional practice.

Our graduates apply for different practices and a wide range of jobs. Many of our graduates work within high-level architectural practices such as Foster + Partners. And contribute to the better production and understanding of well-designed spaces for human occupation.

This course also provides a good grounding for other careers, such as in:

  • lighting
  • theatre
  • museum
  • product and exhibition design.

On this course you will develop a range of transferable skills including:

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

Further study

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

Free language courses


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.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.