Interior designers work with clients to create attractive, safe and functional rooms and spaces. Study BA (Hons) Interior Design at ARU in Cambridge, and develop your creative vision.
Jack Broadley Dunn talks us through his major project: a design for a gallery in Waterstones, Cambridge.
BA (Hons) Interior Design student Victor talks about his experiences on the course.
As an interior designer you might work with homeowners, public bodies and businesses. You'll consider the use of furniture, lighting, flooring, artwork and decoration, decor and colour pallettes to create residential or commercial spaces that people enjoy using.
To become a professional interior designer you'll typically need a university degree in interior design or a related subject. Practical experience is also valuable and here at ARU, you'll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience. You can also choose to take an optional placement year in industry as part of your Interior Design degree.
With our small studio groups, your tutors will really get to know you and your work, and help you become a resilient interior designer with a distinctive creative voice.
Exciting and intriguing interior spaces offer experiences that make us want to return again and again.
Discover how you can embed stories into your designs – stories that help others to develop social connections and make your designed spaces important to the community.
By studying BA (Hons) Interior Design at ARU, you’ll explore the relationships between design, experience and narrative.
Based in our dedicated interior design studio in Cambridge, you'll learn to create effective design proposals. Your studio work will include:
You'll also learn about project management, professional communication, budgeting, and specification skills.
Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to propose design questions, such as: How can public spaces cater for multiple activities and users? How much space do we need to live in? How do major brands reinvent themselves to respond to new markets?
We think your ideas and design skills are important. You’ll develop these by working in small teams at different stages of your degree, sometimes alongside students from other creative courses.
There’s the opportunity to get inspired on European field trips, and to study abroad for a semester – with funding available to help cover the cost.
You can also see your designs become reality in live projects and foster professional relationships through Design Bench, a series of industry networking meetings.
A showreel of work by graduating students on the BA (Hons) Interior Design at Cambridge School of Art.See more of our BA (Hons) Interior Design students' work
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As well as our dedicated interior design studio, you’ll have use of facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Lecturer, Interior Design; School Recruitment Lead, Cambridge School of Art
Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Interior Design;
Lecturer, Interior Design
Our BA (Hons) Interior Design degree 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.
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.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might choose to continue your studies with one of our full- or part-time our Masters degrees. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
“Being at Cambridge School of Art has given me more confidence to pursue my passion."Luey
BA (Hons) Interior Design studentLuey's story
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