Interior Architecture

BA (Hons)

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UCAS code: W250

Start dates: September 2024 / September 2025

Full time: 3 years

Part time: normally 4-5 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Architecture

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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 and Built Environment, for both academic and employer reputation.

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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

  • Architectural Representation (30 credits)

    This module introduces architectural design and explores how it is influenced by the philosophies, methods, and technology of the fine arts. The course combines theoretical learning with a studio-based programme to develop your drawing, modelling, and other communication abilities. In order to express concepts clearly and persuasively, you will learn how to critically study precedents and select suitable representational strategies.

    Upon completion of the module, you will have an understanding of the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance to architecture. Additionally, you will demonstrate an ability to appraise alternative evidence, arguments, and assumptions critically. Moreover, you will have the skills to evaluate and apply appropriate techniques of representation for both objective and experiential spatial qualities. The module will also equip you with valuable soft skills such as critical thinking and effective communication.

  • Introduction to Architectural Technology (30 credits)

    This module provides an essential foundation in architectural technology, covering construction, structures, environmental science, and sustainable design. It aims to establish a solid understanding of fundamental concepts to support future technology modules and to equip you with the technical skills necessary to enhance their design capabilities. Additionally, you will acquire knowledge of building materials, components, and systems, along with their environmental implications.

    By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of structural, environmental, and constructional principles essential for building design. You will grasp the significance of sustainable design and the impact of buildings on the environment.

  • Introduction to Architectural Design 1 (15 credits)

    This module is structured around a series of design exercises aimed at introducing the core principles of architectural design.. You will engage in both individual and group activities, undertaking fundamental exercises in spatial planning and sequencing. Through an iterative investigative process involving analysis, sketching, drawing, modelling, and testing, participants will explore three-dimensional spatial design in context and to scale. 

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain an understanding of the interplay between personal, architectural, and urban scales. By exploring challenges arising from architectural spatial design and utilisation, this module aims to facilitate a comprehensive comprehension of architectural design processes.

  • Architecture and Society

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the intricate world of architecture.
    You will gain knowledge about how architecture is influenced by different factors, such as cultural and intellectual theories, and technologies. You will also learn about the role of fine arts in architecture and how they impact the creative process. In addition, you will acquire an understanding of the needs and aspirations of users, as well as the profession of architecture and the architect's role in society. Lastly, you will also learn about basic business principles related to current and emerging architectural practice.

    By taking this course, you will develop your critical thinking skills and your ability to reflect on the wider contexts of architecture. This will allow you to become a more informed and thoughtful architect, able to respond to the needs of users and society at large. 

  • Introduction to Architectural Design 2 (15 credits)

    In this module, you will explore the intricate interplay between a specific architectural design and its contextual surroundings. You will learn to analyse sites, client briefs, and cultural influences. These insights will lay the foundation for a significant design project focusing on a medium-sized building. You'll develop the brief, apply technological understanding, study relevant architectural precedents, and express a cohesive concept. 

    By the end of this module, you will learn to harmonise aesthetic and technical elements, catering to specific site conditions and user needs. By delving into architectural precedents and sustainable design principles, you will refine your critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities. As you work on comprehensive design projects, you'll enhance your presentation skills and gain insights into the dynamic relationship between architectural forms and their surroundings. 

  • Introduction to Architectural History and Theory (15 credits)

    This module is designed to expand your comprehension of architectural history and theory. Delivered mainly through lectures, it introduces pivotal architectural figures, movements, and theories from the 20th and 21st centuries. The module aims to reiterate the significance of independent research in architectural history and theory, developing key skills such as the critical analysis of relevant literature. The written coursework component will help enhance your capabilities in independent research and effective argumentation in response to specific questions.

    By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate a critical appreciation for the spatial, formal, and material attributes of seminal historical buildings, thereby enriching your design representation and architectural skills.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Materials Exploration (30 credits)

    This module opens the doors to in-depth research and practical experimentation with materials and fabrication techniques, all in the context of spatial design. You will delve into the intricacies of materiality, investigate potential design applications, and craft test models and scaled prototypes that embody your creative exploration.

    Through comprehensive research and hands-on experimentation, you will master the art of selecting, researching, and applying materials for spatial design. You will be equipped with a rich understanding of precedents and manufacturing technologies. Your evolving proficiency will culminate in the production of prototypes and components, showcasing your ability to bridge creative ideation with technical realisation.

  • Digital Culture (30 credits)

    In this module, you will develop a critical understanding of digital media and its integration into architectural practice and contemporary culture. Through open lectures and workshops, you will explore how digital media influences architectural design and theory, and how it is shaping our cultural landscape. The module will provide opportunities to develop practical skills using 3D design software, allowing you to effectively conceptualise and represent design ideas. Additionally, you will examine contemporary digital art, expanding your knowledge of the intersection between art, design, and digital technology.
    By engaging with this module, you will gain a deeper understanding of the creative application of digital media in architectural design projects. You will learn to explore the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, and effectively communicate design ideas using designated software tools.

  • Interior Architecture 1 (15 credits)

    This module serves as your launchpad into the world of interior architecture, equipping you with essential design strategies and techniques. You will explore the art of analysing and refining spatial elements to meet specific functions, providing a robust foundation for your design acumen. By responding to architectural briefs, you will craft design solutions that harmoniously merge with the given context, enhancing your proficiency in design frameworks. 

    By engaging with this module, you will unravel the theories that shape aesthetics, enriching your designs with contextual depth. Hands-on experiences with various visual media, including models, prototypes, and spatial drawings, will equip you with effective representation skills, a crucial asset in conveying your design visions.

  • Cities, Culture and Society

    In this module, you will explore key architectural principles that are used in Urban Planning and are longstanding techniques in the formation of cities, communities and the built environment. Steeped in history, this module delivers a comprehensive orientation on methodologies for both technical and design aspects of urban projects. You will also take regulatory and economic factors into consideration. A multi-faceted approach to learning enables you to explore the impact of urban projects in a research-based context as well as in practice. 

    On successful completion of this module, you will have a working knowledge of crucial architectural ideologies in relation to urban design. You will develop critical assessment skills through the examination of case-studies and workshop sessions designed to help build problem-solving skills. Overall, this module will help develop your architectural ability and provide a launching pad for a successful career. 

  • Interior Architecture 2 (15 credits)

    This module empowers you to perceive buildings not as isolated entities, but as interconnected elements embedded in a physical and cultural fabric. Prepare to challenge conventional divisions like interior and exterior, embracing a sophisticated understanding of architecture as a harmonious sequence of continuous three-dimensional spaces. 

    By the end of this module, you will learn to develop design briefs into formal propositions, skillfully balancing spatial, aesthetic, technical, and societal considerations in your design solutions. As you propose specific design briefs aligned with your intentions and contextual considerations, you'll create a comprehensive framework for your interior designs, further enriching your professional acumen in the field of interior architecture.

  • Issues in Architectural History and Theory. (15 credits)

    Through a series of enlightening lectures, you will be introduced to pivotal architectural landmarks, urban plans, and texts that illuminate architectural evolution. The lectures will establish a fundamental chronological framework of architectural history while also introducing contemporary interpretive methodologies. Complementing the lecture series, interactive seminars, practical classes, and workshops will immerse you in key texts, research techniques, and critical analysis of architectural history and theories.

    By the end of this module, you will cultivate a profound understanding of the cultural, social, and intellectual forces that have shaped architectural design. As you explore the influence of arts, both past and present, on architectural creativity, you'll gain insights into their broader relevance. 

  • Optional Modules

Optional modules

Independent Study in Architecture (15 credits)

This module offers you the opportunity to pursue a self-directed exploration of a topic within the realm of architecture. Your chosen subject matter should be accompanied by a synopsis, outlining the topic and learning outcomes. This individual study module accommodates diverse interests and fosters critical thinking and research skills.

Embarking on an independent study journey in architecture empowers you to take the reins of your learning. You will refine your ability to define and shape the scope of your inquiry, select appropriate research methods, and analyse findings. This experience not only enhances your research skills but also cultivates effective time management and task coordination – vital skills in academia and beyond. The independent study nurtures self-reliance and reflective thinking, adding a unique dimension to your architectural education.

Exchange Programme (15 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (30 credits)

    In this module, you will embark on an individual research journey within the realm of architecture and its cultural context. You will explore concepts of research practice, develop your critical thinking skills, and learn how to construct compelling arguments based on reliable sources. Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to refine your research, writing, and presentation abilities, culminating in the production of a well-structured and well-presented dissertation.
    Through independent research, you will enhance your ability to analyse and evaluate diverse sources, synthesise information, and present your findings in a clear and coherent manner. These skills will not only contribute to your academic success but also prepare you for professional practice, where research, critical analysis, and effective communication are essential.

  • Technical Design (30 credits)

    This module offers a unique platform to integrate your technical strategies into design work, fueled by insights from precedent analysis, technology research, drawing, computer simulations, and model crafting. Explore materials and design realisations with an investigative spirit, underpinning your creations with a profound understanding of their technical underpinnings. You’ll express your vision through drawings, diagrams, research findings, and models that resonate with spatial quality and material ingenuity.

    By the end of this module, you’ll have a strong grasp on strategies for building construction, structural theories, and construction techniques, you will seamlessly navigate the intricate web of architectural technology

  • Management, Practice and Law (30 credits)

    This module immerses you in the multifaceted landscape of architectural and interior architectural practice. It delves into the various dimensions that shape these professions within our diverse society. Through a comprehensive exploration of political, economic, social, technical, legal, and environmental contexts, you will be prepared for a successful transition into professional practice upon completion of your degree.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain insights into the intersection of design and real-world complexities, from planning policies to legal and professional responsibilities. By immersing you in the multidisciplinary nature of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, this module primes you for effective engagement within this dynamic sector. Furthermore, the module nurtures your critical thinking abilities, fostering connections between personal narrative, design thinking, and business modelling. 

  • Design Practice (30 credits)

    Through this module you will acquire a profound understanding of its primary functions and working dynamics within a wider professional context. You’ll delve into the working methods of design practitioners, gaining insights that will enable you to develop contextual design projects of exceptional quality.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you’ll elevate your professional knowledge and navigate professional architectural space with confidence. You’ll gain key technical skills that will allow you to produce detailed technical drawings, analytical diagrams, models/prototypes, and visually stunning 3D representations. Additionally, you’ll develop a strong command of appropriate terminology, enabling you to effectively communicate the architectural and technical qualities of your design propositions. Lastly, through in-depth research and analysis, you will substantiate your design choices, resulting in compelling and impactful design solutions.

  • Interior Architecture 3 (15 credits)

    Challenge the norm as you conceptualise, explore, and cultivate an inventive architectural vision within the tapestry of the broader built environment. Develop an acute sense of design principles tailored to the project brief, finely attuned to a diverse constituency of interests, and underpinned by social and ethical considerations that champion sustainability. 

    Upon successful completion of this module, you’ll be able to articulate architectural detailing that resonates with your overarching interior design concept. You’ll also be able to navigate contemporary issues and debates surrounding interior architecture, skillfully manoeuvring through spatial, aesthetic, and social design qualities that seamlessly resonate with the given context.

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

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Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

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

International full time

2025 / 26
Home (UK) full time

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

International full time

Questions about fees?

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

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

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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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.