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This course is led by an award winning teaching team.  We love design and obsess with exploring new ideas and new ways of making things.  You will study in a diverse, multi-cultural and creative environment.  You will learn to transform different types of buildings with new functions.  Through design, you will improve the quality of people’s lives by giving them a better place to live, work and play.  You will work with our contacts in industry on live projects, such as, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, and Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange, with real budgets, real sites, and to be built and enjoyed by the public.  You will meet big names such as, Will Alsop and Peter Cook, and network with our partners in the Hertfordshire Association of Architects.  We also enjoy visiting our friends around the world, in such places as, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and New York and look at beautiful architecture and design.  International collaboration projects, studio visits, student exchange are part of the action-packed experience of the course.

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Why choose this course?

  • Interior Architecture and Design students have participated in live projects with a number of commercial partners including Letchworth Garden City urban regeneration, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange, The Forum Hertfordshire, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and St Albans Museums.
  • The degree focuses on working with existing buildings and spaces and exploring different possibilities for habitation.
  • The Interior Architecture and Design degree pursues a progressive and holistic teaching approach as we consider the design process as something non-linear or sequential (i.e. research first, design later).
  • Graduates from the course are eligible for associate membership to professional institutions such as: The British Interior Design Association, The Society of British Interior Design and The Chartered Society of Designer.
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Key staff

Erica Liu
Programme Leader for Interior Architecture & Design. Erica has over 10 years of experience in the far east as an interior and exhibition designer. Her projects have also won 33 national awards.
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Silvio Carta
Architect and Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design. His studies have focused on contemporary architecture, digital design, architectural criticism, as well as research and analysis.
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Professional Accreditations

  • Member of the Interior Educators Group.
  • Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.


Students will foster the transferable skills which will enable them to respond to current and future career challenges. Create opportunities for live projects and work placements in the industry. This degree equips students with career development skills to work professionally in the disciplines related to interior architecture and design and contribute creatively in a variety of roles, working independently and as part of multidisciplinary design teams.

Interior architects and designers can work on new construction projects or within existing buildings, as an individual practitioner or entrepreneur, within an architectural or interior design company, or as part of a multi-disciplinary design consultancy. They may also move into areas such as retail design and display, production design for stage, film or television, exhibition design, event design, styling of photo shoots, or virtual environments, interactive design and game design. They may work on small-scale domestic schemes for individual clients, or be involved in large corporate identity and branding projects. The Interior Architecture and Design programme enables students to explore the design possibilities of these different areas, to develop their own position as a designer and help them achieve their personal and career development plans.

Teaching methods

Lectures, Workshops, Seminars, Field Trips, Group and Individual Tutorials, Critiques, Live Pitches with Clients/ Industry Panels.

The Interior Architecture and Design degree will develop your knowledge, skills and techniques of Interior Architecture and Design,  to broaden and deepen your understanding of and competency in Interior Architecture and Design. Students are encouraged to engage with some key contemporary issues and learn to develop their design exploration and experimentation, to be more self-directed in their design processes and to produce coherent and more complex design resolutions.

This degree will introduce students to thinking about the "interior" as a space of intersecting environments within an urban realm. Interior Architecture is explored as the engagement with and adaptation and transformation of the existing built fabric across both inside and outside spaces, generating ideas from a critical engagement with occupation, material form, site context and culture.

You will develop proficiency in a wide range of communication and technical skills from hand drawings, physical model making, CAD drawings and knowledge of structure, construction, materials and detailing. Learn how to observe, analyse, represent and communicate the qualities of existing spaces, adapt and improve existing building fabrics. In addition, a Critical and Cultural Studies modules offer the opportunity for students to acquire the theoretic and historic knowledge of the discipline while exploring a particular contemporary issues in depth.

Work Placement

There is an opportunity to undertake a work placement on this degree.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Design Skills 1 - 30 Credits
  • Introduction to Technology - 30 Credits
  • C&CS L4 History and Theory - Introduction - 30 Credits
  • Design Studio 1 (IAD) - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • C&CS L5 History and Theory - People, Buildings and Cities - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Technology - 30 Credits
  • Design Studio 2 (IAD) - 30 Credits
  • Design Skills 2 (IAD) - 30 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • C&CS L6 Degree Essay: Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Design Skills - 30 Credits
  • Final Project (IAD) - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

  • 96 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).  
  • A levels/BTECs to include an art related subject.
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • IB - 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include an art, design or technology-related subject at level 3 (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)