If you’re interested in art, architecture and interiors, as well as in people, this well-established and award winning 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, and explore art, architecture, analytical drawing, printmaking, model making and CAD prototyping/fabrication as part of the design process. You will work on real-life projects, in collaboration with industry, the community and with other USW courses. The Interior Design course focusses on social and environmental responsibility, with many projects based on the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and spaces with an overriding passion for conservation.
Students regularly win awards for their work, most recently in competitions set by the BBC and internationally renowned furniture designer and maker, Vitra. The Interior Design course also offers unique opportunities for work placements throughout the course, allowing students to develop their portfolios and gain industry contacts, as well as gaining invaluable skills and experience. Cardiff has a thriving creative industry with noted companies such as Paramount, Rio Architects and DMP based in the city, all of whom have USW graduates now working for them.
The Interior Design degree at USW will not only help you to develop a confidence and passion for the subject; it will equally prepare you for the professional workplace.
Throughout your time on the Interior Design degree you will be encouraged to take risks, gain real-world experience and to develop your individuality as a creative Interior designer.
You will develop interior designs through creative research methods, sketching, analytical drawing and making. We use analogue and digital techniques to prototype our ideas; you will get a good understanding of computer programs such as AutoCAD, 3DSmax, Revit, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Sketch Up.
From year one you will be part of live projects, working with real clients and have many opportunities to present your ideas to them. You will gain a good understanding of scale and proportion so you can effectively design an interior space. Equally, you will form an excellent understanding of specifying interior finishes; materials, light, colour and pattern.
In year two you will continue to work on live projects with our industry partners. You will learn about conservation principles and the significance of historic buildings. You will develop an eye for detailed design and be confident in specifying and presenting your interior designs professionally. Whether you are working towards our one-year placement or a summer placement you will develop a portfolio and CV that will be complemented by feedback from industry portfolio reviews.
The third year is about gaining access to the workplace. Through our extensive alumni and industry contacts, we focus on the transition from university to the workplace. Your final major project is also your opportunity to work on a project focussed on your interests as a designer, supported by USW Interior Design academics and industry mentors. For these reasons, many students secure employment in the industry before they graduate.
Students on the Interior Design course will learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and computer laboratories, presenting and debating your work with fellow students. In our professional creative environment with our Cardiff campus, 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.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here 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.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).t
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
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
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.
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.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
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 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.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£1000||
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£400||
Equipment. Per Year
|Field Trips||£150 - £400||
£400 (Year 1), £150 (Year 2 & 3)
|Other: Printing & Exhibition Costs||£250 - £550||
£250 (Year 1& 2), £550 (Year 3)
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Successful graduates of the Interior Design 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.
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.