BA (Hons) Interior Design

If you’re interested in art, architecture and interiors, as well as in people, this well-established Interior Design degree will prepare you for a career in this growing and competitive industry. Starting with the principles of interior design, you’ll progress to larger projects, explore spatial design and specialise in the remodelling of existing buildings for new use.

You will work on industry-related projects, working with professional designers, learning how to handle a project with real clients and budgets, and how to operate as a freelance designer. This can lead to work placements and project management skills that employers value. Live projects are a key feature of our Interior Design course, and thanks to our excellent links, our students’ work is regularly selected and used by companies across the UK.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff
Sandwich 4 Years September Cardiff
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff
Sandwich 4 Years September Cardiff

In the first year, you start with the principles of interior design and use applications that help you communicate your design intentions.

In the second year, you will progress to larger design projects, explore spatial design methods and work closely with the interior design industry.

In the final year, you will work on a self-chosen final creative project, plus a minor design project or enter a design competition. You will also gain skills that will make you more attractive to employers, such as project management.

Live projects are a feature of years two and three. Due to our excellent links with industry, the work produced by our students is regularly selected and used by partner companies. You can also work on industry-related projects that may lead to work placements. These projects give you the chance to work with professional designers, learning how to handle a project with real clients and budgets, and how to operate as a freelance designer.

Year One

  • Interior Design Projects
  • Interior Digital Presentation
  • Design in Context
  • Building Analysis

Year Two

  • Interior Design in Context
  • Interior Design Projects
  • Employment Experience Diploma (Fashion and Retail Design)
  • Interior Technologies
  • Interior Architectural Communication

Year Three

  • Interior Design Minor Project
  • Critical Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Interior Design Final Project


You will learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and computer laboratories, presenting and debating your work with fellow students. In our professional creative environment, you will learn how to communicate your design ideas through manual draughting and computer-drawing programmes such as AutoCAD and 3D StudioMax.


Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.

Institution Code


Elys John, Course Leader
Heddus Davies, Lecturer
Patricia Brien, Academic Subject Manager
Aimee Ward, Lecturer
Ian Standen, Lecturer

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.


An interview and portfolio are required for this Interior Design course. Your portfolio should demonstrate strong artistic and design abilities.

Your portfolio should be a carefully constructed selection of your work, preferably produced during your most recent course of study, and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course. All work should be well organised and presented.

You should be prepared to discuss your work and the designers, and/or artists who have influenced you. Here are some interview tips that will help.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include an art and design related subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level with an art and design related subject

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include 5 in a relevant higher subject

Typical Access to HE Offer

60 credits overall to include 45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes in a relevant subject

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000
Per year
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £400
Equipment. Per Year
Field Trips £150 - £400
£150 (Year 2 & 3), £400 (Year 1)
Other: Printing & Exhibition Costs £250 - £550
£250 (Year 1& 2), £550 (Year 3)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Successful graduates of this course are employed as interior designers in design and architectural firms. A number of graduates have also chosen to set up their own design companies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.