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University of Portsmouth

Interior Architecture and Design

UCAS Code: K120

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 A levels.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

112-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

79%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Interior design and architecture

**Overview**
Could you use your creativity, vision and technical skill to transform buildings from the inside out?

On this BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design degree course, you'll learn to adapt existing buildings for new purposes and create exciting new spaces by designing stunning, functional interiors.

The skills you learn could lead you onto a career in creative industries such as interior design and retail practice, brand consultancy and visualisation. It'll also set you up for postgraduate study.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course you'll:
- Develop concepts and designs in a lively studio environment that mimics what you'll experience in your career

- Critically debate the history and theory of interior architecture and design

- Develop your technical skills and get an understanding of the rigours and ethics of professional practice

- Work on live projects with the Project Office, our in-house architectural practice

- Access our well-equipped studios, packed with the latest tech including 3D scanning and printing tools and the latest computer-aided design (CAD) software

- Have opportunities to go on site visits and field trips in the UK and beyond, including a European city in your first year [flights, transfers and accommodation are included but you'll need to bring your own spending money and organise travel to the airport]

- Get the chance to take advantage of our strong industry connections to build your professional network

**Careers and opportunities**
After the course, you'll have plenty of career options.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in multi-disciplinary architectural design practices, commercial and retail practices, brand consultancies and film studios in roles such as:

- interior designer

- model maker

- visual merchandiser

- computer visualiser

- Part 1 architectural assistant

-film studio props designer

Others have gone on to work in industries such as such as education, events planning and retail management.

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

YEAR ONE
(Core)
- Communication: Fundamentals
- Design: Exploration
- Design: Interior Application
- Design: Introduction
- History and Theory of Architecture
- Technology and Environment: Exploration

There are no optional modules in this year.

YEAR TWO
(Core)
- Communication: Creative Practice
- Design: Adaptive Re-Use
- Design: Interior Investigation
- History and Theory of The Interior
- Technology and Materials

(Optional)
- Architecture Study Exchange
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Thematic Design
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise

PLACEMENT YEAR
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

YEAR THREE
(Core)
- Communication: Professional Identity
- Design: Space, Design, Atmosphere
- History and Theory: Dissertation
- Interior: Major Project
- Material Expression

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- digital reviews of design projects
- design portfolios
- reflective journals and sketchbooks
- technical journals and models
- essays
- dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

87%
high
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

82%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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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