Emma Payne

BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
6 years; part-time


Course: 5LWB
Institution: P65
Subject to Revalidation

Looking to start your studies in 2020? It’s not too late! Apply by 30 October 2020 to begin your BA (Hons) degree on 2 November.


Our Interior Decoration, Design & Styling course is one of a rare few in the UK designed to develop your skills in Interior Design and Styling, emphasising colour, surface and ambience in a range of environments. From a door handle or light switch to the impact of colour, texture and materials in a range of interior environments, this course will ensure you enter the industry as a well-rounded interiors specialist.

This degree generates inspired graduates, who are both visually intelligent and acquainted with manufacturing techniques. Cutting across a range of interior disciplines, here you’ll gain a great introduction to designing and making textiles for a range of environments - from domestic spaces to retail installs and luxury clientele.

Learning within the School of Design + Communication, your studies will place special emphasis on colour, surface, decoration and ambience in a range of interior contexts, both public and private. You’ll develop your own distinct taste in style curation, exploring lighting, furnishing, ornaments and textural finishes to make your mood board concepts a reality.

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You’ll develop bespoke products, including upholstery, accessories and furniture, and gain smart production skills through the use of 3D and digital equipment. You’ll also develop a keen understanding of consumer trends and learn how to design for different levels of the market, whilst refining your presentation skills. Specialist modules cover interior textiles, history of design, surface pattern and surface design. Hard skills that you will develop include drawing, colour pattern and styling, editorial photography and use of CAD software.

You will work in dedicated design studios, with skilled technical support staff. You will have access to our Fab Lab for digital prototyping, as well as wood, metal and glass workshops, digital print facilities, AVA CAD 3D design software and design intelligence facilities. Our extensive photographic resources include large-format scanners as well as an infinity cove - a seamless curved studio with solid backdrop for commercial- standard photography.

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The UK’s fashion and textiles industries contribute an estimated £37 billion per year to the economy, so it is important to gain a competitive edge. On this course you’ll be taught by industry-active academics and highly specialised technicians who are responsible for some of the world’s most impressive design and styling choices in hotels, restaurants and private residences. Boasting a combined client list that includes The National Trust, Made.com, Marks & Spencers and LuLuLemon Athletica, amongst multimillion-pound commissions in New York and Barbados, our Interior Design & Styling team are well connected and at the forefront of their field.

This course places a high value on both local and international industry connections, encouraging students to attend London Design Fair, Tate Modern, The Design Museum and Dutch Design Week – alongside group visits to fashion fabric shows in New York and interiors shows such as Maison&Objet in Paris.


Through industry projects, you will combine your knowledge of spatial composition and design with an appreciation for object arrangement, successfully delivering style solutions to real-world client briefs. You’ll also gain from our staff’s knowledge of entrepreneurialism and self-promotion, so that you too can see your creativity featured by Elle Decoration, Ideal Home, and The Times.

Through our industry links with Decorex, Chelsea Harbour, Heal’s, Desso London, and many more suppliers and agents, we will help establish you as one-to-watch in the competitive world of interior design and styling.

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  • 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.