UCAS code: W250
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Interior design is the study and design of interior space in a range of public and private environments.
You will develop your skills through innovative projects that enable you to explore the design potential of contemporary interventions into existing buildings that bring new life and functions to old structures.
You will be introduced to the theoretical and practical concepts of design, initially through a series of shared projects, leading to more focused, subject-specific outcomes.
You will be able to take up to 60 credits of option courses, either from within ECA, or across the wider College. These are subject to availability but offer the flexibility to construct a suite of courses that reflects your interests and enhances your main study.
Basic principles, theories, working practices and technical instruction will be covered in set projects and exercises that offer a wide-ranging introduction to the areas that comprise interior design. As part of the School of Design, you will also participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and classes which will expand your thinking and approach to making work.
Again, you will be able to choose option courses, subject to availability.
An externally facing professional practice year where there are a range of opportunities for internship, exchange and live projects with industry.
Through set projects you will develop your ideas and explore a range of techniques, thereby establishing an individual approach to your work. You will be encouraged to take part in appropriate competitions.
Elective courses are available from within the wider University.
You will feel confident about your ability to express ideas, opinions and concerns through your practical and theoretical work.
Year 4 is structured to enable you to start designing your future career. It is an integrated experience which will take you from brief writing to detailed design, and onwards into professional practice.
It will involve mandatory participation in a public exhibition of work as part of the Degree Show, and a voluntary opportunity to participate in the Free Range public architecture and interior design exhibition in London in July.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Design students benefit from studio-based learning at our Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. Option courses are usually taught outside the School across the wider university campus. You will also have access to the University's extensive libraries and computer facilities.
The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
Work based Placement Learning (WBPL) is available in Year 3, giving you the opportunity to experience the professional world while at University. The length of placement is seven weeks, and is generated by the student.
Study abroad is optional in Year 3.
The majority of design teaching and learning is through involvement in a range of experiential projects situated in a studio environment. Conceptual, material and technical issues are explored through seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials and critiques.
Research, critical thinking and study of the visual, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative design practice are regarded as essential to your development. This often involves participation in exhibitions, competitions, collaborations and live industry projects.
Formative assessment is continuous throughout the year, aiming to give you meaningful feedback and to encourage experimentation in the studio and beyond. Formative assessment for compulsory courses is through a mix of verbal and written modes such as portfolio, presentations and essays.
There is a mid-session review, usually at the mid-point of any given course you study. Summative assessment at the end of all the courses you take is informed by your academic and creative progress and performance throughout.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Graduating students have found work in various related design offices, for example with architects, interior designers, lighting designers, and with other areas of the industry, such as materials specification and sales.
Film, TV and computer gaming design, as well as theatre set design have also been destinations, as has further education and teaching.
The typical offer is likely to be:
Applicants will be asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio to provide evidence of artistic aptitude and potential, this will form an important part of the selection process. Information on mini-portfolio submission will be available here by early August. (Revised 16/05/2017 to provide more accurate information.)
Pearson BTEC and University of the Arts London Diplomas in Art and Design are accepted for entry on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Further information on accepted combinations and required grades will be made available here shortly, or please contact the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Admissions Office.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
Entry to the second year is available. Successful completion of a Foundation Diploma (at Merit Grade), a relevant HND or equivalent is required. Applicants will normally be expected to have undertaken these qualifications in addition to having met the minimum entry requirements (Highers, A Levels, IB etc). In some of our less competitive programmes it may be possible to consider applicants presenting ABC (or equivalent) or above at A-level. These grades must have been achieved in a single first sitting.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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There are likely to be additional costs for materials. In addition, some programmes offer study trips and individual field-based projects. You will usually be required to cover accommodation, subsistence and travel costs. Your actual contribution will depend on the programme and courses you select and on the nature of each trip.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.