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Interior Design

BA ( Hons )
Interior Design

3 years ( full-time )

This course enables you to learn how to translate, analyse and respond to existing buildings, places and spaces, to make them relevant and effective for human occupation skills essential for interior design. During Year 1, through studio projects and workshops, you will explore the notion of interior and how to use essential digital software and freehand skills to translate your ideas. By Year 2, you will begin to specialise in your preferred area, taking your ideas and making them more pragmatic. In the final year, you have the opportunity to work on a major project that is based on your ideas, research and area of specialist interest. Professional experience through all years of the course is facilitated by self-directed work experience and live projects.

You will also take part in Unit X, an innovative unit offered to students across Manchester School of Art; it encourages interdisciplinary study and collaboration on an external-facing project.

Special Features

  • Regular live projects throughout the course which have included exhibition design with Urbis Museum and Crosby Land Lease Developers, furniture design for The Design Council, office design for McCann Erickson and the design of a reception for City Inn Hotels.
  • Opportunities to undertake study trips to key design cities, recent trips have including Berlin, Rotterdam, Chicago, Venice and New York.
  • Students have previously participated in exchange visits to Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe.
  • Visiting designers and lecturers assist in the course team via lectures, projects and workshops.

Course Content

The uniqueness of the BA(Hons) Interior Design at Manchester School of Art lies in it s passion for collaborative and entrepreneurial ventures which are supported and embedded through the Art Schools award winning Unit X.

As an Interior specialist, you will more often than not collaborate with a number of like minded practitioners to manifest your ideas and we believe the Art School environment is the perfect setting to nurture these endeavours, which allow students to network and professionalise their practise throughout their time on the course.

As well as the core Interiors curriculum which is underpinned by Contextual lectures, students on each Level of the course undertake Unit X. Students have taken part in a number of highly successful Live projects with clients such as Urbis, the Manchester International Festival and the Royal Northern College of Music, in collaboration with our contemporaries in Creative Multi Media, Graphics, 3D, Textiles and Fashion. We further embrace this opportunity for collaboration on an International level, having collaborated with Institutions abroad for example ESAD, Portugal, on Interventions and Installations for the Lisbon Design Biennale, or hosting events with International visitors in our Stirling Prize nominated building. The course also runs regular optional study trips to key cultural cities such as Berlin and New York or to deign/architecture festivals such as Venice Biennale, Lisbon Design Biennale, Milan Furniture Fair and Amsterdam for Dutch Design Week.

The core elements of the course are taught by practising designers and architects, touching on all aspects of Interior Design such as Interior Architecture, Exhibition Design, Scene/Set design or Object/Element design.

Year 1

The First year of the course fosters creative, divergent and critical thinking from the view point of the Interior, allowing students to fully engage and explore the Experience and Atmosphere of spaces. Students learn to express their ideas, primarily through freehand drawing and model making and communicate their ideas through digital software such as Photoshop, In Design and Sketch Up.

In Detail

Building upon skills acquired in the Occupations Unit, In Detail explores specific aspects and occupations in Interior Design with greater emphasis on technical issues, materiality and detailing.


Building upon skills and approaches introduced in Year 1 units, this unit explores specific aspects and occupations in Interior Design. It includes studio, workshop and live projects which investigate specific narratives, programmes and occupations. This is evidenced through peer and client presentations, design development drawings, model making, technical, material and object investigation.

Unit X

This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the university and working within the creative community and the public domain.

Contextualising Practice 2

Delivery of critical, historical and professional issues to enhance your development within practice-based clusters. Delivery to clusters of cognate practice areas. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas plus cluster-wide professional and employability issues, facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner.

Contextualising Practice with Language 2

Delivery of critical and historical issues to enhance the student’s development within practice-based clusters. Content consists of selected thematic options in critical and historical areas facilitating and enhancing the development of both studio-based work and identity as a practitioner. Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, tutorials, guest speakers, visits and placements.

Year 3

The Third year of the course starts to bring together the poetics of 1styr and the pragmatics of 2nd yr to develop a students own practice in preparation for their future career. Students undertake one or two self-initiated major studio projects, which are underpinned by a theory based extended essay and the collaborative Unit X. Students have project appraisals from studios such as Johnson Naylor and HMKM, and undertake studio visits and portfolio surgeries in preparation for future employment. They also take part in the final Degree Show, which is the culmination of their three years of study and the course takes part in the Free Range Graduate exhibition in London.

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