Develop your creative vision and get a fresh perspective on design. Discover the relationships between design, experience and narrative to become a unique designer with a distinctive creative voice.
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.
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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.
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, Loci Design, 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 blog, 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.
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.
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
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.
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).
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
You should submit a portfolio that contains any work of art, design and drawing, such as freehand drawings, conceptual sketches, technical drawings, coloured drawings/ representations, photographs, movies, paintings, collage, etc. We’ll also accept pictures of models or large pieces of work. All work presented in the portfolio must be your own original work. We are interested in seeing how you think about 3D spaces and in your creativity.
If you’re invited to interview you’ll receive a letter with more information about our portfolio requirements.
If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
For more information, please download our digital portfolio pack.
Important additional notes
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