Develop your creative vision and get a fresh perspective on design by studying our full-time Interior Design degree at Cambridge School of Art, ARU. Choose to study abroad for one semester, go on field trips and get ongoing support to find work placements. Discover the relationships between design, experience and narrative to become a unique interior designer with a distinctive creative voice.
The lecturers here are very helpful; they're like family.
They challenge us to be brave with our ideas.
Exciting and intriguing spaces offer experiences that make us want to return again and again. On our BA (Hons) Interior Design you will learn to create effective design proposals, while considering how to develop spaces that connect stories with people.
Design can reveal a lot about the users in the space or community they inhabit. You will explore how to embed significant stories into your designs, stories that will help others to develop social connections and make your designed spaces important to the wider community.
For example, you might consider how someone behaves in a space, what inspires their social interactions, then develop your design proposal around the needs for this activity, such as a communal kitchen where neighbours can meet each other and learn to cook locally grown food. Here we ask, ‘What connects someone to their place?'
Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to propose design questions - not just solutions, allowing you to better understand a space before you redesign it. Such questions might include: how can public spaces cater for multiple activities and users?; how much space do we need to live in?; how can we respond to changes on the high street by offering an alternate experience?; or how do major brands reinvent themselves to respond to new markets?
We think your ideas, design skills and team work are important. You’ll develop these by working together in small teams at different stages of your degree, sometimes alongside students from other year groups or other art courses, as well as engaging in a consistent conversation with your tutors throughout all three years of the course.
Our small studio groups ensure there are at least two tutors for every 20 students. Your tutors will get to know you and your work very well, helping you to become a resilient and creative designer ready to work in industry.
In all of your work, you’ll be able to draw on the shared languages of our specialist team, including spatial and architectural design, object design, film, theatre, and lighting design. This varied combination of ideas makes our graduates unique.
You’ll also have opportunities to take part in live projects set by industry as well as work placements. In a recent live project, our second year students designed and built the setting for our third years’ degree show exhibition in Cambridge and London.
Joining our course will also make you a student member of the British Interior Institute of Design (BIID), the Society of British and International Design (SBID) and Interior Educators (IE), meaning you’ll have access to many different exhibitions, competitions, resources and activities involving practitioners and other design students. We’ll also help you to foster professional relationships through Design Bench, a series of industry networking meetings.
Course leader: Tim Kobin
Our BA (Hons) Interior Design will prepare you to work with architects or in spatial design practices on residential, commercial, hospitality, health, lighting, entertainment or furniture design projects. You might decide to set up your own interior design practice after you graduate, as Bogdan Burcui did with Two B Design.
The creative skills you develop will also help you find a career in the visual arts, film, television, event and theatre design, or exhibition and museum design, while the management skills will be useful for project management roles on creative projects.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our past students have taken up placements or other work experience with organisations such as Alium Design, Robert Mathew Johnson Marshall (architects), Haley Sharpe Design Ltd (global designers), Julia Johnson (interior designer), Monteith Scott (designers), Dalziel & Pow, Penny Banks, Saunders Boston Architects, Arkitektones, Mineheart, and Laura Ashley. Many of these connections have led to employment.
You’ll have opportunities to visit exhibitions and events in London and other European cities, as well as collaborate in projects with design courses in Breda (Netherlands) and Sydney (Australia). To gain more exposure to the world of design, you can show your work in exhibitions such as Free Range, London, Cambridge Festival of Ideas and also on our interior design Instagram page, which is followed by many professionals.
Our past students have won significant prizes, allowing them to set up their own businesses and develop prototypes, such as Lucy Tushingham’s Major Project proposal, 'Flat Pack House'.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
Modules are subject to change and availability.
Our studio projects will allow you to focus on your creative development, while you’ll also demonstrate your process and creative decisions through a combination of portfolio, written and practical studio work.
At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.
Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
You'll have the chance to take part in field trips to other locations to experience different types of interior space. Our most recent trip was to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
You’ll work in dedicated Interior Design studios using specialist equipment to help you communicate your ideas. You can practice hand skills such as drafting, model making and life-drawing, and you’ll have access to computer labs equipped with suites of industry standard programs. This links with our 3D workshop, where you can prototype your ideas.
You’ll also have access to a technical reference library and our on-campus Ruskin Gallery, complete with digital displays.
You can get full training on any of our industry-standard art facilities from a dedicated team of technical officers
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Estimated costs of materials across three years £900.
London show £40 per semester (2x £20).
Optional field trips £150 per year.
Freerange magazine participation £140 (3rd years only).
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
It is essential that you send us a digital portfolio for review.
For full information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our cambridge school of art portfolios page.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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