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Interior Architecture

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: normally 4-5 years

UCAS Tariff Points



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

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 128

A Level: ABB

IB Points: 32


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

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. 

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


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 part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

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.

Student sat at a desk

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Architectural Design 1

Introduction to Architectural Design 2 (30 credits)

Architectural Representation

Architecture and Society

Introduction to Architectural History

Introduction to Architectural Technology

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Materials Explration (15 credits)

Interior Architecture 1

Interior Architecture 2

Digital Culture

Cities, Culture and Society

Issues in Architectural History and Theory.

Optional modules

Exchange Programme (15 credits)

Independent Study (15 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Design Practice (30 credits)

Technical Design (15 credits)

Management, Practice and Law (15 credits)

Interior Architecture 3 (30 credits)

Dissertation (30 credits)

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.

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 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.

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.

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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.