At the junction of architecture, spatial practice and fine art, our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to transforming underused and unused spaces and places.
Many of our students pursue careers in interior architecture and design or related disciplines and the knowledge, understanding and skills they get from the course are broad and holistic, resulting in graduates going on to work in a variety of fields in the creative industries.
Setting briefs that are progressive and engage with real-world challenges, the curriculum provides a research-intensive, business-focused learning environment, encouraging you to challenge your preconceptions of the discipline and begin to understand the role of the designer in contemporary society.
During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to visit exhibitions, attend study trips, study abroad and enter competitions to further increase your exposure to the sector and expand your network of contacts.
Our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course is located within the Canterbury School of Architecture, ranked in the top ten Architecture Subject Table of the 2018 Guardian Good University Guide.
This supportive, progressive and experimental educational environment, established 75 years ago, is where you will be taught alongside the BA (Hons) Architecture course with whom it shares a common Year One curriculum and delivery; and the MA Interior Design course which provides graduates of the BA with the opportunity to progress to postgraduate study within the subject area of Interiors.
The arts school heritage of the University places the design studio at the heart of students’ studies. It is a learning environment that nurtures critical thinking and making through collaboration, offering a stimulating range of approaches to design through tutorials, project reviews and workshops.
Project-based learning will be central to your studies and so the curriculum provides a research-intensive learning environment, which will encourage you to challenge your existing understandings of Interior Architecture and Design. You will also be asked to question and consider the role of the designer in contemporary society. Throughout your studies, you will use design as your primary means of inquiry and begin to understand that the process of designing is an intellectually rigorous research activity.
You will be given the freedom and confidence to speculate – to play, to imagine, to take detours – as you explore in ways previously unimagined and engage with design briefs as agents of social, cultural, political and economic change.
Whether designing a structure, situation and/or event, the interior designer responds to how society interacts with, and inhabits space. Making it a human centred and narrative driven discipline that explores new forms of occupancy. With this in mind, it is important to recognise that interior design addresses issues of creative and intellectual stimulation, to ensure design proposals stimulate the mind, as well as the body.