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University for the Creative Arts

Interior Architecture and Design (UCA Farnham)

UCAS Code: W251

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Interior design and architecture

One of the most established of its kind in the country, this BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course investigates the potential for interiors to affect our everyday lives – from the home to the workplace and the spaces enjoyed in between.

You will explore this concept through critical thinking, drawing and making, whilst contextual studies and theory blend with units throughout the course.

The industry-facing nature of this degree provides an authentic interior architecture and design learning experience, giving you vital business skills and knowledge which will help to launch you into a career as soon as you graduate.

You’ll work directly with the local community, industry and businesses, providing you with the opportunity to develop your skills through live projects and design partnerships woven into the structure of the curriculum.

The Interior Architecture & Design course has unique industry partnerships with leading design agencies, where you'll get the opportunity to work with design directors in their studios. These partnerships, along with live projects and high profile industry guest speakers, will bring you into regular contact with new ideas, people spaces and objects that reflect the most exciting thinking in interiors, architecture and design.

You’ll be able to explore new ways of working without the constraints that may be found in industry, while maintaining the programme’s experimental and risk-taking spirit.

The levels of the course are structured to deliver the principles of interior architecture and design in the first year, the processes of interior design in the second year, and the practice of interior design in your final year.

You'll conclude your degree by completing a dissertation, a strategic portfolio of work and a capstone personal design project. This final project reflects a culmination of your learning on the course and is the single most significant expression of personal position.

We have a proud history and record of securing graduate positions in a wide range of design areas such as retail leisure, exhibitions and events, offices and conferences, hotels and clubs, residential, transportation, film sets and computer animation.

Many of our graduates have gone on to start their own companies or be creative directors at design agencies such as 20:20, Household and Imagination.

Similar courses that we offer:

Architecture - UCA Canterbury
Interior Architecture and Design - UCA Canterbury

Modules

In Year 1 you'll be introduced to a number of historical and contemporary frameworks through a series of illustrated lectures, and you'll examine the process of design development from initial exploratory brief to final proposal. You'll also be introduced to the technology of small buildings, forms and materials by experimenting with structural types and methods of construction. In Year 2 you'll become familiar with a variety of research methods, and develop communication processes in relation to more complex and diverse scenarios that explore ideas relating to branding and identity. In Year 3 you'll produce a body of work completed to a professional standard. Your design outcomes will express your individual approach to interior architecture and design. You'll also produce a clear argument that conforms to academic conventions and demonstrates an understanding of the subject through analysis and evaluation.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Farnham

Department:

Architecture and Interior Design

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Interior design and architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Design occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

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