Learn to think about the spaces where we live, work and play. Come up with exciting solutions to create and modify them. We’ll turn your aspirations into the skills and knowledge you need to work as a professional interior designer in a dynamic industry.
This course will help you develop your creativity, and discover new ways to think and communicate your ideas, turning your aspirations into the skills, processes and knowledge needed in professional practice.
Guided by industry specialists and practitioners, you’ll study the theory behind interior design and gain project management skills, both of which will help you meet, and adapt to, the changing demands of the industry.
At Cambridge School of Art, our students have plenty of opportunities to explore the creative processes that underpin their practical and technical skills. We value your creativity and, with our optional modules, encourage you to collaborate with students from other art and design disciplines, such as fine art, fashion and film. This will let you delve deeper into your interests, or try out subjects you’ve never even considered.
Your final year will prepare you for professional life. You’ll identify and develop your specialism, and produce a body of work that forms the basis of your interview portfolio. The connections you make through networking opportunities will help you to find the right place to begin your career.
You’ll emerge from the course with a developed skill set, clear visual communication abilities, and an understanding of how you’ll fit into the interior design industry.
Course leader: Tim Kobin.
Our course will prepare you to work with architects or in spatial design practices on residential, commercial, hospitality, health or furniture design projects – or as a self-employed interior designer in your own practice. Alternatively, with the creative skills you’ve developed, a career in the visual arts, film, television, event and theatre design, or exhibition and museum design could also beckon. Meanwhile, your management skills will be useful for project management roles on creative projects.
Our past students have taken up placements or other work experience with the likes of Alium Design, Robert Mathew Johnson Marshall (architects), Haley Sharp (global designers), Julia Johnson (interior designer), Monteith Scott (designers), Dalziel Pow, Penny Banks, Saunders Boston Architects, Loci Design, Blue Moon, Arkitektones, Two B Design, Mr Wolf and Amberth, Mineheart, Laura Ashley. Many of these connections have led to employment.
We’ll help you to foster professional relationships through Design Bench, a series of industry networking meetings. You can also get a broader taste of the creative industries at one of our Creative Front Futures events. As a student member of British Interior Institute of Design (BIID) and Society for British International (SBID) Design and Interior Educators (IE) you’ll have access to a wide variety of exhibitions and activities with practitioners and other design students.
We encourage you to join in study trips to exhibitions and events in London and in European cities, as well as collaborative projects with other design courses in Breda (Netherlands) and Sydney (Australia). To help you to gain more exposure to the world of design, your work can be shown in a variety of exhibitions such as Free Range, London, Cambridge Festival of Ideas and on our interior design blog, which is followed by many professionals.
Our studio projects allow you to focus on your creative development. You’ll 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.
Additional study information
Throughout your degree, there will be plenty of opportunities for work experience and internships. You’ll be able to work on live briefs, enter significant design competitions throughout Europe and the UK and establish important industry links by networking with professionals.
You can also take advantage of the design festivals and galleries in London, just an hour away from Cambridge by train.
You’ll work in a dedicated Interior Design studio using specialist equipment to help you to communicate your ideas. You can practice hand skills such as drafting, model making and life-drawing, and you’ll also have access to computer labs equipped with suites of industry standard programs. This links with our fully equipped 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 state-of-the-art digital displays.
For more information about tuition fees, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 undergraduate 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.
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