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Interior Architecture

BA (Hons)

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UCAS code: W250

Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years

Part time: normally 4-5 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Architecture


Have you ever walked into a space and wondered who it’s for? Why was it created? Or if it’s accessible for everyone? These are the kinds of questions you’ll be asking, and answering, when you study our Interior Architecture degree. You’ll design spaces that are inclusive while developing your own ideas.

You’ll work on a live project from day 1, with a client, deadline, and budget. National and international field trips to influential practices and landmarks will help inspire your creations. As will talking to the architects who designed them and the communities they benefit. Then you’ll get to work in our studios and workshops.

At the end of each year, you can show off your portfolio to employers, friends, and family in our digital exhibition. This is your chance to showcase the creativity you’ve developed at one of the top 10 UK universities for architecture & built environment.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Become a talented maker

    Design on a scale that’s halfway between furniture and a building, shaping materials and structures in an original and inventive way.

  • Think beyond 4 walls

    You’ll discover how to make a building waterproof and structurally sound and learn to design the external envelope of a small building.

  • A route to employment

    Our interior architecture degree gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work in an architectural practice.

  • Strong social focus

    You’ll learn how to make your designs accessible to everyone, considering ethics, culture, and other societal issues.

  • Support from experts

    The course has good links with our alumni community, who are ready to share their advice and expertise with you.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Course details

Course structure

This course teaches you how to respond to many human and cultural needs. Design through practice is a key part of interior architecture. 

In your first year, you’ll learn about the essentials of designing in 3D, and in context and to scale. You’ll also discover how to come up with a design brief and practise representational techniques such as architectural orthographic drawing and model making. 

In year 2, projects often involve designing a new pavilion, private interior spaces and how to reuse existing building fabric.  

And in year 3, you’ll work on a comprehensive project focused on sharpening your professional skills. You’ll also write a dissertation on a specialist subject of your choice. 

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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.


Assessment is 100% coursework. 

Assessment methods include: 

  • group and individual presentations
  • portfolios
  • journals
  • reports 
  • 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.

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 Exploration (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 those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


This degree gives you the skills and knowledge you’ll need for employment in an architectural practice, design office or a fabrication and manufacturing workshop. Some of our students are now working for practices including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Foster + Partners.

But this isn’t your only career option. With the skills in communication, leadership and teamworking you’ll have developed, you could go on to a career in:

  • lighting,
  • theatres,
  • museums,
  • productions and exhibition design.

One of our recent graduates is using the knowledge and experience they gained on the course and applying this to their work in environmental psychology.

You may consider continuing with interior architecture at further study or postgraduate research. Or use the knowledge you’ve gained to take on postgraduate study in a related discipline.

Related courses

Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications and equivalences

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?

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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.

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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.