Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

BA Interior Design

UCAS code: W250

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BA Interior Design

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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

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.

Facilities and resources at ECA

Placements

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

Study abroad is optional in Year 3.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

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.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Programme details

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.

Programme details (2017/18)

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.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5.

Additional requirements

Mini-portfolio

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. The deadline for mini-portfolio submission is 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday 30 January 2018 and late mini-portfolio submissions will not be accepted. (Revised 11/09/2017 to provide more accurate information.)

Important dates

  • Early November 2017: Mini-portfolio submissions site opens
  • 15 January 2018: UCAS deadline for Home/EU applicants
  • 30 January 2018 at 12:00 (midday): Mini-portfolio submission deadline
  • 30 June 2018: Final deadline for UCAS applications from applicants from outside the EU. (Revised 16/05/2017 to provide more accurate information.)

BTEC/UAL Diplomas

Applicants studying Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Art and Design will be considered for entry with the following:

  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma with MM plus one A Level at grade A (or DM plus B at A Level) .
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma with D plus two A Levels at grade B (or M plus AB at A Level).

Applicants studying the University of the Arts London Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design will be considered with Merit. (Revised 16/08/2017 to provide more accurate information.)

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

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.

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.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

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:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BA Interior Design

Additional costs

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.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding