BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling — Overview
Applying to study with us in September 2021?
This course is currently under revalidation, with the new title BA (Hons) Interior Design & Styling. Degrees listed as subject to revalidation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, ensuring our well-established undergraduate curriculum accurately reflects the excellent academic and employment opportunities available to students. Through close consultation with industry experts, academics, students and alumni, you can be sure the course you study will prepare you for a bright future in the ever-changing creative industries.
This new programme is one of very few in the UK to develop your skills in interior decoration, design and styling, emphasising colour, surface, decoration and ambience in a range of interior environments.
The focus of this programme is design, in both public and private spaces – the look of a place, and what it feels like when you walk into it. From the moment you enter a space, the first point of contact – a door handle or a light switch – to the bigger impact of colour, texture, materials, lighting, and the juxtaposition of objects and decoration, the interior can become your space in which to experiment, style and design.
Our programme aims to develop talented, visually intelligent graduates, who are inspired by interior decoration and design and acquainted with manufacturing techniques.
The projects you’ll work on will introduce you to a diverse range of interior situations – from contract and retail to domestic, large and small, luxurious and purely functional. Given our unique geographical location, the design settings that you’ll consider will also include high-end luxury cruisers and other marine vessels.
What will I achieve?
Through this programme you’ll learn how to develop ideas and present them to clients.
You will develop products, including upholstery, accessories and furniture, and gain smart manufacturing skills through the use of 3D and digital equipment in our Fab Lab.
You will learn how to design for different levels of the market and develop excellent presentation skills. The programme includes projects around design for hard and soft surfaces; we also cover the history of interiors and there will be elements of design styling using photography, for editorial.
Specialist modules cover interior textiles, surface pattern and surface design. Hard skills that you will develop include drawing, colour pattern and styling, use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, interior decoration and presentation techniques.
Thinking & making
Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.
We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.
Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.
Highlights — BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling:
- Access impressive facilities, across disciplines.
- Work on many different kinds of interiors from domestic to commercial.
- Experience live projects with clients, photographers, filmmakers and designers.
- Benefit from knowledgeable and well-connected staff.
- Develop a range of hard skills, including CAD, photography and prototyping in hard and soft surfaces.