BA (Hons) Interior Design

BA (Hons) Interior Design


Course Overview

Interior designers understand how people live, work, and play. They know how our sense of place can influence the way we feel. Creating spaces, places and environments You will discover how light, sound, materials, colour and surfaces, technology and detail, can elicit emotional responses and create atmosphere; whether for spaces for living or working, commercial or domestic. 

During this course you will explore the creative, scientific and functional considerations that designers who deal with space need to consider. The course is designed for you to gain a confident understanding and intellectual awareness of the nature of spaces, a working knowledge of the technical, legal and logistical skills the interior designer needs, and the opportunity to engage with contemporary interior design practice. 

Core subjects of drawing, model making and studio design techniques and high-end CAD/CAM technologies, understanding materials and digital space will lay the foundations for specialisation in a commercial career or further study.

​Course Content​

​Year One​​​​​

Interior Design Studio 1: 40 credits (Term 1)
Field 1: 40 credits (Term 2)
Constellation: 40 credits (Term 1, 2 & 3)​

You will work in a studio culture, learning design strategies and the synthesis of the interior elements of 'object', 'space' and 'experience'. Object refers to every single component, new and existing, that the Interior Designer can influence, while Space refers to the synthesis of the interior objects into a holistic schema. Experience refers to understanding what potential activities and events the interior will contain and how the space should make the user feel.

You will learn how to visualise your ideas and present them, through sketching, technical drawing, model making, CAD visualisation and verbal presentation techniques.

We'll also focus on ethical and social issues such as environmental, ecological and sustainability principles, as well as technical, legal and regulatory constraints.

You will be offered the opportunity to collaborate across subject disciplines and develop your ability to contextualise your interior design practice by introducing historical and theoretical perspectives to assist in the development of ideas. 

Year Two​​

Interior Design Studio 2: 40 credits (Term 1)
Field 2: 40 credits (Term 2)
Constellation: 40 credits (Term 1, 2 & 3)

This year is designed to enable you​ to explore and understand what it means to be an Interior Designer in the 21st Century. You will learn more about the working life of a designer and begin to work independently and responsibly as a member of an Interior Design team.

You will develop your own understanding of the appropriate design language and identity for the particular client culture and user/s.

You will consider the site-specific restrictions and possibilities, and apply your knowledge of materials qualities, surfaces and texture; colour; form; furniture and furnishings to create a Place for Experience.

You will contextualise your ideas from a global, ethical, sustainable perspective, as well as being aware of technical, legal and regulatory constraints.

Year Three​​

Interior Design Major Project: 40 credits (Term 1)
Field 3: 40 credits (Term 2)
Constellation: 40 credits (Term 1, 2 & 3)

Working with academics and interior design consultants if appropriate, you will write a self-set brief that allows you to further explore and consolidate practical and creative skills alongside your professional aspirations. You may, for example, choose to explore commercial, specialist or a more speculative, philosophical direction to your work

Learning & Teaching

A significant focus on Studio teaching is maintained, supported by Keynote Lectures and supporting seminars.  Individual students will be supported by significant amounts of ‘feedback’ during Group Critiques, single and group tutorials.

Students take a significant lead in their studies, develop their own research focus and expertise base and actively engage with the process of assessment and the manner in which their individual expertise is expressed and tested.

Students will be supported as they work autonomously such that they are able to generate significant and unique learning through rigorous, self-directed and collaborative practice.


You will be assessed via coursework: written and portfolio based, viva voce (presentation and critiques.

In line with the CSAD Undergraduate Scheme each 40 credit module will have a single summative assessment point at the end of the module.
Interim assessments in a module will be formative only.

Discussions involving staff and students are a central feature of the critiques in assignments and project work organised within the studio programme. Critiques are held at each assessment stage (interim or final) of an assignment or project in the studio-based modules where students present their work to the year group and tutor for feedback and debate. This event is a cornerstone of the learning process. Assignments are designed to ensure that students tackle a wide range of case studies or precedent that illustrates a variety of situations or solutions. The critique process ensures students learn from work being done by others as well as through their own efforts.

Employability & Careers​

Whilst your learning is designed to develop you into a rounded and capable interior designer/artist and intellectual, your curriculum is similarly structured with your potential in mind. As such, the emphasis that will have been placed upon your work ethic, both creatively and academically, is matched with significant focus on real world experience; from building contacts and undertaking placements to live briefs and, should you choose so, support in forming your own business.

You will have the opportunity to engage with clients and in your final year and have the option of devising a detailed business plan should that be appropriate, rather than submit a dissertation.

Graduates from the programme are well placed to join interior design companies, work as independent designers. Some take further training, for example a PGCE. Some elect to take their studies further by studying at CSAD for a Master's level qualification and there are opportunities to take this further still, through a Professional Doctorate in Design or a PhD.

​​Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or above plus:

  • 300 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and

  • At least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers from any Subject (General Studies excluded)

  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit

  • 300 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades from any subject (minimum grade C2 considered)

  • Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject

  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered along with grades CC at A Level within any subject, General Studies excluded

  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent, or applying with other life experiences, other qualifications and/or art & design achievements will be considered.

Selection Procedure and Interview Days:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance at a School of Art & Design Interview.

Acceptance at interview is based upon a balance of three criteria:

      • Personal enthusiasm for and immersion in the practice and theory of Art & Design

      • Academic achievement and ability

      • Quality of work, ambition and skills demonstrated in a portfolio

For more information about Art & Design Interview Days, please  click here

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

UCAS Code: 56F1​

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Art & Design
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to

Undergraduate costs of study in CSAD 


CSAD provides a variety of basic materials. These enable students to develop their competence in a range of skills and demonstrate their technical ability. Materials needed in unusual quantities, or those that are specialised, expensive or unusual are at the student’s expense. Advice will be given about how ‘unusual’ is defined, which materials are deemed to be ‘expensive’, and examples given of what is viewed to be ‘unusual’. CSAD students often elect to spend on materials they prefer to work with, including sketchbooks and pens, as well as specialist equipment of their own choosing. 

In the main, no charges are made for the use of equipment, with the exception of some specialist high end equipment such as the Mimaki and 3D printers. Access to Cardiff FabLab is subject to student membership; it offers reduced fees for student use. 

For further information about additional course costs, including fees, equipment requirements and other charges for each undergraduate programme, please visit

Field trips and visits 

Field trips that are part of core learning will be paid for by the School. Additional visits are occasionally arranged which are optional and where the students may be asked to share the costs. The costs of study abroad, including exchanges, placements and projects are the responsibility of the individual student.

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit​

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact:

Admissions Tutor, Stephen Thompson
Tel:  029 2020 5011

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