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Interior Architecture - BA (Hons) Degree*


Remodel, redesign, and reinvent the spaces of the future.

Interior Architects shape the spaces we inhabit, working to design functional, accessible, stimulating and sustainable environments. Driven by a people-centred approach to designing spaces, you will work to enhance the quality, wellbeing and needs of those that inhabit and interact within them.

The programme sits within the Architecture and Designed Environments department, benefitting from ongoing collaboration with Architects, Interior Designers and Architectural Design Technologists. Interior Architecture benefits from cutting-edge research and applied practice in sustainable and inclusive design.

You will focus on the adaptation, reuse, remodelling and augmentation of pre-existing spaces. With a focus on sustainability, you will explore approaches to creating both permanent and temporary design solutions. Comprehensive facilities will ensure that you develop a rich creative and technical architectural language, ranging from sketching to data-rich immersive digital simulations.

Your studio-based practice will include critical theory, exploration, and a variety of briefs. You will work with industry and the wider sector to explore the relationships between places and spaces, and the values of the communities that use them. You will investigate the responsible and thoughtful use of materials, structures and spaces, to propose innovative and sophisticated solutions to the problems of the future. As part of this degree, you will undertake interdisciplinary learning experiences that are designed to shape you into an adaptable 21st century graduate.

* This programme is subject to validation for September 2025 entry. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.​

Course Content

Year One

Interior Design Studio 1.1 - 40 credits

This module will develop the basic knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles required to create creative and exploratory design proposals. Students will learn to situate their creative practice within the wider territory of the discipline which spans adaptive reuse, regeneration, spaces and places. 

Throughout the module students will develop a working knowledge of appropriate design processes, the critical analysis of the adaptive re-use of host spaces / sites in a responsible and sustainable way as well and the visual and verbal communication skills used to present design proposals. 

Interior Design Studio 1.2 - 20 credits

This module consolidates the learning across first studio module and begins to define student identity

as an interior designer or interior architect. Students will be supported in applying their knowledge through exploration, implementation and critical reflection as a part of a student led design proposal.

This student led project will develop students’ knowledge and skills in the connected but distinct

disciplines of Interior Design and Interior Architecture respectively.

Research Basics - 20 credits*

This module aims to develop students’ core academic research skills including locating sources, evaluating credibility, and analysing information. It will provide the foundations from which students will cultivate their confidence to engage in theoretical discourse and idea-driven dialogues which will be required throughout their undergraduate studies.

Interdisciplinary Understanding - 40 credits  

This module aims to introduce you to the principles of Interdisciplinary working: collaborative working, critical thinking and reflection. Projects within the module will challenge you to work with another discipline to explore a societal and cultural theme or challenge. 

Year Two

Interior Architecture Studio 2 - 40 credits

The module focuses on providing students with a thorough understanding of potential trajectories in Interior Architecture. It aims to boost confidence in advocating for unique approaches within the discipline. The goal is to cultivate a strong professional stance, addressing challenges in creative industries. Throughout the module, students develop confidence in exploring their creative identity within the context of Interior Architecture, navigating practical constraints in the commercial sphere for well-rounded preparation. 

21st Century Challenges - 40 credits

The 21st Century Challenges module builds upon the introduction to Interdisciplinary problem-solving developed at level 4 to continue to refine, and begin to apply, your skillsets through real-world projects and live briefs.  

Projects will tackle 21st Century Challenges to develop your leadership, collaboration, future literacy/critical thinking skillsets.  

Real-world Contexts - 20 credits  

The Real-world contexts module challenges you to apply the situated awareness and future-thinking skills to deploy your own practice in the creation or promotion of value for a variety of external stakeholders and communities.  

Research Proposal – 20 credits

The Research Proposal offers you an opportunity to strengthen your research skills, consolidate your research experience and orientate your level 6 contribution around an enquiry of your choosing that is inspired by your learning across all modules at level 4 and 5.    

 This research proposal will be used to continue your personal and professional development at level 6 where you will identify a route for your own enquiry. 

Year Three

Major Project - 60 credits

This 60 credit ‘Major Project’ module aims to encourage you to build an advanced level of intellectual expertise and vocation within the core of your practice, whilst positioning you at the forefront of an Interior Architecture discipline that expansively explores the adaptive reuse, remodelling and augmentation of pre-existing places. It provides you with an opportunity to improve your studio practice, whilst testing your individual knowledge, skills, and competencies in Interior Architecture research and practice, in response to a design concept and brief that you set yourselves.   

Navigating your project through the design stages from concept, scheme, to communication deliverables, you will better understand the role of the professional Interior Architect and their contribution to society in the wider context; produce tectonic construction detailing, material science and building physics information; understand legal and regulatory frameworks; and prepare you for the intellectual and strategic rigours of professional practice.

Positioning in Practice - 20 credits

The module aims to support your readiness in developing your unique professional career in Game Art. It will embed attributes reflective of the requirements of real-world practice aligned to your specialist discipline.  

You will have the opportunity to reflect upon how your experiences over the last 3 years have allowed you to position yourself as a professional in preparation for graduate level work, continued study, research, and entrepreneurial ventures. 

Contribution - 40 credits

Your practice is underpinned by your knowledge. Demonstrate your research and analysis skills in your final research submission, where you explore ideas in both written and practical forms.​

*modules available through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

All programmes within CSAD are delivered through a studio-based approach to learning. 

Studio-based learning provides an authentic learning environment which fosters cohort level community building, peer learning whilst being authentic to the demands of the individual disciplines. All studio spaces are bespoke to the needs of the disciplines within which students will receive a variety of learning opportunities including: 

Group Seminars, Group Critiques (crits) & Presentations, One to One Tutorials, Technical Workshops, Peer learning, Independent Guided Learning. 

During their first year of study each student can expect to receive between 10 to 15 hours of contact time per week via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.

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.


Throughout the duration of your studies, you will be evaluated on three main criteria, which underpin all of the disciplines being taught at CSAD: 


The practical, technical and conceptual skills you acquire during your course.


Your understanding and knowledge of broader intellectual context within which your discipline and work is located. This includes historical, environmental and ethical issues and will often be explored in your 'Theory and Context' modules.


Your understanding of intellectual and creative ideas from within and beyond your discipline; plus your ability to acquire new concepts and form new ideas. Ideas will be explored in your written work, as well as being evident in your practical progress. Each of these criteria is given equal weighting during the assessment process. That is to say that they are seen as equally important and critical to your development; an emphasis which is designed, for example, to enable a more well-rounded skill set from a student who may be skilled technically, but weak in generating ideas, or a student with much creative flair who may struggle to hone a broad concept into a strong, individual design. 

We provide a number of ways for you to track your progress en route to submitting your work for marking. Understanding that the emphases will revolve around the core areas of skills, context and ideas, you will also become familiar with the structured assessment form used by your tutors and learn to relate to your work back to the intended learning outcomes of each brief. 

The main types of formative assessment are; academic (feedback from your tutors); peer (from your course-mates or project partners); and self-assessment (which is your own critique, in light of other forms of feedback). You won't just be receiving feedback at the end of a brief, however – your tutors will often assess your progress as your work develops, providing formative feedback at crucial moments where it is hoped to encourage you to take risks, maintain your motivation or shape-up your ideas ahead of deadline.

Employability & Careers

​Upon graduating you could pursue a career as an Interior Architect creating potent and memorable experiences in the residential, commercial, public or private sector, such as living spaces, bars, restaurants, exhibition spaces, or working within sustainable design futures. There is also the option to pursue further postgraduate studies within Cardiff School of Art & Design.

During the course, there will be the opportunity to undertake live briefs and work experience. This will include building contacts and undertaking placements as well as exposure to game art professionals through industry talks and mentoring. You will be offered support in forming your own business if you choose to do so. ​

Some graduates become teachers by taking a PGCE, or elect to continue their studies with CSAD by pursuing a Master’s level qualification, or into research with a PhD or a Professional Doctorate in Art or Design. 

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Typical Offers

Tariff points: 96-120

Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.

GCSE: Preferably five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.

English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.

A level: Minimum three A levels. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.

BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM-DDM

T Level: No specific subjects required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points. No specific subjects required.

Irish Leaving Certificate: No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.

Scottish Advanced Highers: No specific subjects required.

Other requirements: Successful interview and portfolio review. Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.​

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here​.

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.

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact Interior Architecture Admissions Tutor, Craig Thomas:


Tel: 029 2041 6147

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.​​​

Key Course Information

UCAS Code:
K651​ - 3-year degree

Place of Study:
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Art & Design

Course Length:
Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking year-long sandwich placement.​

Meet the Team: Craig Thomas

Senior lecturer Craig Thomas discusses his career as an Interior Designer / Interior Architect and how he uses his experience to help prepare our students for the industry.

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