Interior Design

Interior Design

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2020
  • Future start date: Sep 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: 8P64

Overview

This degree aims to prepare you for a professional and creative career as an interior designer. 

Our holistic approach to interior design will enable you to develop your own unique design philosophy.   

You’ll be introduced to a broad range of design methods and principles, including digital technologies and professional standards. Approaching a range of public and private spaces, you will consider design ideas from a variety of perspectives including history, architecture, social and environment impact as well as purpose.  

Model-making is a core element of this degree. You’ll create models of your design ideas using our specialist facilities and document the end product in our photography studio.  

Professional practice modules will give you opportunities to work on live projects with real clients. You’ll be expected to consider all aspects of the design process from creative development to commercial and financial factors.   

When you graduate, you’ll have a diverse portfolio of work that you can showcase to potential clients and employers.   

This bespoke training will prepare you for a creative career across a wide range of sectors including commercial, residential, exhibition and installation and places of leisure and culture. 

Read the programme from the 2019 Graduate Show

Structure

This is a three-year programme, or four years if you begin on the Integrated Design Foundation

Year 1 (Core modules)

Module Title Overview
Design: Spatial Investigation This module begins a series of studio projects throughout the year that develop your abilities in the interior design process from generating ideas through to detailed resolution. You will experience the fundamental processes of design through understanding existing contexts and devising appropriate narrative and spatial proposals.
Interior Histories 1: Close Looking Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and visits, you are introduced to chronological histories of the interior and architecture based on a thematic range of design principles that have resulted in its evolution across time and place. The module engages your abilities to look closely at the world around you, so as to develop a rich design vocabulary from both the past and the present: and to recognise different perspectives on, and experiences of built space. This will be done by developing looking and writing skills, to build up observation and investigation skills, central to both history and theory and to the design studio.
Communication Skills 1: Representing Space, Structure & Form In this module, you will start by learning a range of traditional hand drawn orthographic techniques used in interior design – plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, axonometrics and isometrics – followed by an introduction to basic software packages, such as Photoshop and 2D CAD. These are some basic techniques of representation that will enable you to effectively communicate your interior design proposals throughout the programme, supported by the analytical mapping, modelling and visualisation techniques you are learning in the design studio. Through the study and practice of different ways of drawing, measuring and representing the characteristics of space, structure and form, you will also become familiar with design terminologies and with how to communicate to different audiences, by being both accurate and evocative.
Global Perspectives This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and trans-disciplinary learning for all Year 1 students enrolled on Regent’s degree programmes. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages you to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, to cross the physical and intellectual borders of your degree programmes. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares you for your subsequent studies by familiarising you with the resources available to meet your lifelong learning needs.
Design: Inhabitation This module introduces a dynamic process of investigation and analysis in design thinking and solving practical problems, whilst building on skills and consolidating techniques developed in the first term. Projects in this module will explore more complex public sites and programmes and, where appropriate, will engage with real clients in form of live projects. The projects will be located within an existing site, introducing you to survey techniques and asking you to design a scheme in response to a specific context. You will be encouraged to develop and test a design process through multiple iterations, working from initial site analysis, concept and programme development towards the complexity and detail required to inform a final proposal.

The first project ‘Designing for People’ introduces you to the knowledge and skills required to understand how the interior spaces we design affect and enhance the experience of the occupation.
Interior Histories 2: Experiencing Interiors Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and visits, you will develop a deep understanding of the poetic and practical qualities of different interiors through history. This is done by investigating some key London domestic interiors, supported by lectures that provide a contextual history of both interior design/architecture and the development of the interior design profession.
Communication Skills 2: Digital Skills This module builds on the drawing, digital imaging and 2D CAD skills you learnt in your previous Communication Skills module. You will study and practice more complex 2D CAD, as well as adding forms of digital imaging to explore video-based representations. You will also be introduced to the basics of digital fabrication, creating physical models from CAD and other digital files. The work is practical in nature and is designed to provide you with skills-based learning that supports and reinforces studio design work.

Year 1 (Elective modules)

In addition you will need to choose two elective modules from the list below.

Module Title Overview
Digital Photography This module covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The module will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. Technological requirements of digital formats will be discussed, such as formats and resolution. You will learn basic digital manipulation of images in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images. You will produce photographs in response to seminars looking at the work of notable photographers, and give an oral presentation about the work of a photographer of your choice.
Fashion Drawing This module introduces you to drawing the fashion figure and garments for communication and illustration of fashion design. You will learn to draw the body considering proportions, head, hands and feet as well as representing movement.
Genre Short Film On completion of this module you will be able to plan, shoot and edit a short film, possess a broad understanding of the short film as a genre, and its constraints and potential. In addition you will be responsible for aspects of directing, performing, shooting and editing your group production, thus acquiring valuable co-operative skills. You will gain an understanding of the importance of mise-en-scène, location, sound, camera angle, blocking, movement and cutting in the visual adaptation of a script idea. Finally post-production and editing will explore the full potential of conceptualising and evaluating your completed project, and audience/market considerations.
English for Academic Purposes These modules are aimed at students who want to improve their academic English or perfect their professional English skills.
Regent's Connect (language elective) Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language, cultural and cross-cultural elective modules available to the student community at Regent’s University London. Connect Modules are designed to broaden your education, enhance your CV and give you those extra attributes employers are often looking for. You will gain valuable life skills such as the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, you will develop resilience and self-awareness.

In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of a foreign language can facilitate transactions and provide skills which are crucial for success in a multicultural environment. Cultural sensitivity and intelligence will enable you to have more rewarding social interaction with people who have a different identity from your own and increase your global career prospects.

Year 2 (Core modules)

Module Title Overview
Design: ReHab ReUse In this module you will develop your explorations of how to creatively and positively intervene into existing buildings. This is the central activity of the interior designer - to work with what already exists, by adapting and transforming it for a new context and use. The site(s) and brief for the module will vary each year, with an emphasis on exploration of commercial programmes, such as retail, leisure or offices. If appropriate, the brief will be a Live Project.
Interior Theories 1: Design Philosophies This module aims to expand your comprehension of design and the design process that positively informs your practice. Through the module, you will develop your research and analytical writing skills to also support your understanding of interior design and its practice.

You are introduced to a variety of designers’ approaches from modern and contemporary periods worldwide, so as to better understand how designers think about what they do; to critically investigate the relationships between such ideas and built results; and to assist you in beginning to develop your own design attitudes and methods. The module also explores where changing ideas about design come from, and how this generates cycles of different movements and styles.
Communication Skills 3: Rendering and 3D Modelling This module aims to give you a range of advanced digital skills for representation and communication of interior design proposals. You will investigate the narrative details of your work in relation to an identified concept and programme, and develop an understanding of the importance of ‘storytelling’ in developing, representing and communicating design proposals. Areas include 3D digital modelling, rendering and digital fabrication techniques.
Design: Events & Exhibition Throughout the term you will create a real-world event design that takes into account the site, context, brief, event planning and associated design elements - such as refreshment and relaxation facilities, exhibition stand design and promotional elements. You will be asked to design the end-of-year exhibition for final year students on the BA (Hons) Interior Design at Regents University London. You and your fellow students will be responsible for organising the building, installation and management of this event in the second part of the design module.

Year 2 (Elective modules)

In addition you will need to choose two elective modules from the list below.

Module Title Overview
Communication Skills 4: Digital Skills for Storytelling This module aims to introduce you to advanced digital representational techniques, focused on digital film and animation as a tool for spatial storytelling.

You will develop a project that explores two different approaches to representation and communication: film and animation, and complex digital fabrication. Each of these techniques will enable you to develop your abilities to communicate, thoughtfully and creatively, composed messages about the qualities of interior space, structure and form. Your work will be informed by in-depth study and analysis of how designers and others use film-making, animation and both virtual and physical model-making to communicate an underpinning narrative.
Professional Practice 1 The first professional practice module explores the nature of contemporary Interior Design professional practice. This module aims to develop your knowledge of the wider professional and regulatory context of professional practice, including the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in the realisation of a design project, the professional institutions, the planning process, building regulations and health & safety.

You will develop an online portfolio, CV and cover letter and practice oral presentation skills to aid you when applying for an internship.
Bodies, Spaces and Objects: Action Research This module explores a variety of ways to interpret and analyse the inter-relationships between bodies, spaces and objects. It asks how design affects people’s lives by introducing contemporary research across visual and material culture, informed by subjects such as history, sociology, anthropology and psychology. The module enables engagement with, and debates about, how buildings, spaces and objects might be re-read and therefore understood in different and new ways, depending upon what set of ideas and approaches you draw on for such an analysis. It considers how design operates globally in consumer societies, as well as having the potential to make a difference.

You will work together around the development and publication of a themed pamphlet, combining different kinds of writing and illustration.
Regent's Connect (language elective) Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language, cultural and cross-cultural elective modules available to the student community at Regent’s University London. Connect Modules are designed to broaden your education, enhance your CV and give you those extra attributes employers are often looking for. You will gain valuable life skills such as the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, you will develop resilience and self-awareness.

In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of a foreign language can facilitate transactions and provide skills which are crucial for success in a multicultural environment. Cultural sensitivity and intelligence will enable you to have more rewarding social interaction with people who have a different identity from your own and increase your global career prospects.

Year 3

Module Title Overview
Design: Site, Research & Initial Investigations The whole year provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your learning, creativity and professionalism through the development of a single design project of appropriate scale and ambition. Typically students select from a given site or set of sites and develop a strategy for its redevelopment and reuse. This module concentrates on site selection, analysis, feasibility, and concept development leading to the development of a brief for a suitable building programme. This brief is then developed into a three-dimensional organisational and conceptual strategy for the building.
Dissertation: Research and Development You are required to embark on an intense process of investigation, reflection, and writing in order to produce a 6,000 word illustrated dissertation. In the first semester you are required to choose and develop a research topic and immerse yourself in an area that has specific interest to you relating to an aspect of architecture, interiors, and design. This research informs the work undertaken in your Major Project, which leads to the creation of the final design project. Following the submission of a formal proposal document, you will develop a first draft of at least 3,000 words comprising an introduction, literature review and some chapter outlines.
Professional Practice 2 The module aims at building an understanding of the administrative, financial and marketing issues involved in setting up your own design business. You will have the opportunity to create a brand idea and graphic identity, aimed at different types of audiences you might encounter as a designer and develop your abilities to compete successfully in this market internationally.
Design: Major Project This module provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your learning from the rest of the programme through the development of a single design project of appropriate scale and ambition. You will work independently to develop the design concept, programme and strategic decisions established in Term one, into complex and resolved spatial transformations within an existing context. The Major Project provides an opportunity for you to focus on your personal interest and ambitions as a designer and to create a body of work preparing you for professional practice or postgraduate studies.
Technology & Sustainability The module aims to emphasise that technology and sustainability are integral to every aspect and at every scale of a design project, from the impact of environmental, economic and social conditions of the site on the initial design strategy and programme, to the relationship with the host building, to the materiality and construction of the proposal and down to the minute detail of the door handle.

The module focuses on the development of your understanding of important technical and legal requirements as a professional designer. Within this module you will identify and develop technological and environmental aspects of your individual design project, in order to support the design development of the Major Project from the initial design strategy to the final detailed resolution.
Final Dissertation Building on your research, development and draft writing in your first semester, you will now complete a 6,000 word illustrated dissertation. This will include a substantial conclusion that draws themes together and answers the research questions you have set yourself. This research informs the work undertaken in Major Project Design.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

There's still time to submit an application. Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

 

 

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Tuition Fees

Annual programme degree level fee (September 2020 - May 2021): £18,000

Annual programme degree level fee (September 2021 - May 2022): £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposits

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students deposit: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme. You will also need to budget for materials that you will use for garment construction during the programme.

The library holds a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating annual fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures on the history and theory of interior design
  • Hands-on design work in the studio
  • Communications sessions on skills like drawing and auto CAD

Contact hours and expected workload

You will have 15 hours contact time per week that includes studio work, lectures and seminars.

Academic Calendar

Teaching staff

The programme is taught by a highly-qualified team of industry experts.

Methods of assessment

There are no exams on this programme. Your assessment will be through project work, which will include:

  • Individual tutorials
  • Group critiques
  • Seminar presentations
  • Group discussions

The Major Design Project allows you to demonstrate what you've learnt throughout the programme. You will select a site and develop a strategy for its redevelopment and reuse. This will include producing drawings and models for the final year show.

Disability support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

If you are holding A levels, we would typically make you an offer at two A-Levels at Grades A-C.

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent). 

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus two APs at grades 3,3.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may be eligible to join our Integrated Design Foundation programme.  Successful completion of the foundation year enables you to progress directly onto your chosen Fashion & Design degree programme.

Portfolio Review

After the submission of your application you will be asked to present your design work.

Your portfolio is to include an edited body of work with examples of your research, design development process and outcomes. We would like to see at least three different projects, showing a design response to your in-depth and individual research. We are keen to see your design process and not just the final outcome as this will allow us to assess your creative thinking and problem solving abilities. Evidence may be in the form of sketches, research, photographs, drawings, renderings, material experimentation, physical models and can include work you've made outside of your school course work.

Read our guidance for preparing your portfolio.

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide an on-campus English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be arranged in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.

Careers

We are based in central London and have strong links with industry. Throughout the programme you will have plenty of opportunities to network with a range of industry professionals. You will get to showcase your work at external events and, in your final year, participate in our show to gain vital industry exposure.

After graduation, you will be equipped to work in a range of interior design disciplines including architecture, retail, exhibition, hospitality, residential and workplace design. You may choose to work within an agency or open your own practice.

Using our strong links with industry and showcasing our students’ work at external events, we have helped recent graduates to gain positions at a number of highly-regarded design agencies.

The Regent’s University London BA (Hons) Interior Design programme aims to prepare its students for a creative and professional career across various areas of interior design, both in full-time employment and freelance scenarios. These commonly fall into a number of categories and associated fields as diverse as:

  • Exhibition Design
  • Installation design
  • 3D Design
  • Product Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Set Design
  • Lighting design
  • Game Design
  • Branding
  • Interior Architecture
  • Designer (within Architecture & Planning practices)
  • Design Consultant

Some students also opt to go onto postgraduate education, or move into associated research or project management fields.

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