School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Interior Design with Foundation

UCAS tariff 32 - 48
UCAS course code W244
Institution code P60
Duration 4 years (+ optional placement)
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

The foundation pathway provides students with non-standard entry points to progress onto the BA (Hons) Interior Design programme. The foundation year allows you to develop the required practical, technical, academic and creative skills needed in preparation for the first year of the undergraduate programme. Upon successful completion, you will join the undergraduate BA (Hons) Interior Design programme equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete an undergraduate degree.

Interior Design with Foundation
Careers with this subject

Graduates from our course are adaptable and flexible and are working at major design consultancies, running their own businesses, working as freelance designers, or have moved into education or postgraduate research.

Our design projects and programme of employability and creative industry skills create graduates who are skilled, knowledgeable and professionally aligned to today's job opportunities.

This course produces students who have gone on to successful careers within interior design and architectural practices, such as:

  • Fosters and Partners
  • Soho House Group
  • the BBC
  • Yoo Interiors (Starck & Hitchcox)
  • Kelly Hoppen Interiors
  • HLM Architects
  • and workplace specialists Interaction.

Where could a design degree take you?

Key features

The course is designed to encourage visual exploration and creative discovery within an engaging and vibrant studio setting. Upon successful completion of the foundation course, you will join the undergraduate BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design or BA (Hons) Interior Design programme equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete an undergraduate degree.

Key features of BA (Hons) Interior Design

  • User-centred. Our approach puts people – and sometimes cats – at the centre of the design process. You will develop an inclusive and diverse approach and build awareness of the psychological impact of space on the health, wellbeing, productivity, and happiness of individuals and communities.
  • Sensory and immersive. We craft interiors that explore the sensory and immersive impact of space, materials and systems and how they contribute to the user experience.
  • Future-focused. We encourage you to take today’s issues and develop new ways of living. We utilise technology in content, delivery, presentation and documentation and explore the digital frontier of space with virtual and augmented reality.
  • Expert-led. Our lecturers run their own businesses or have professional experience working for clients like Lego, British Airways, LG, Sony, major museums and architects.
  • Making at the core. From model making to 1:1 prototyping, you’ll explore materials to understand their application and performance and how to utilise their sensory characteristics with access to a range of traditional and high-tech digital fabrication workshops.
  • Innovation in delivery. You’ll work in an interdisciplinary design studio learning with and from other three-dimensional design specialisms and benefit from a blended learning environment, which includes team teaching and podcast delivery of content.
  • Diverse. You’ll work on a broad range of interior design projects across a range of scales from strategic planning down to fine detailing and across sectors including residential, workplace, hospitality, branded and thematic spaces, as well as exhibitions and the public realm.

Successful completion of your foundation year (Year 0) will not lead to a separate award or qualification in its own right but provides progression onto Year 1 of BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design or BA (Hons) Interior Design, or one of the following visual communication-related degree programmes after a successful interview:

Course details
  • Foundation year

  • You'll become part a vibrant creative community through an engaging learning environment with a focus on active exploration and discovery across a wide range of methods and media. Working in our open-plan studio, you'll learn by doing, putting teaching into practical outcomes. Upon successful completion of this year, you'll enter the first year of the BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design or BA (Hons) Interior Design.

    Core modules

    • Materials, Methods and Media (ADA001)

      This module will introduce students to various techniques, materials and mediums through practise-based experiments, play and problem solving. You will be introduced to different creative processes and methods of working that will help you to develop your ideas and engage in critical and reflective practice.

    • Image, Type and Narrative (ADA002)

      Students will experiment with media, photography and typography to explore the relationship between image and word. This module enables students to gain knowledge within subject areas and explore the importance of developing an independent voice. Projects will become increasingly student driven as they develop their ability to propose ideas and solutions through self-directed inquiry, discovery and production.

    • Risk and Resolution (ADA003)

      Students will consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding in initiating, researching, developing and presenting a final project and exhibition. This module will also enable students to continue to research and develop their strengths as an independent art and design practitioner and prepare them for their next stage of study.

    • Critical Themes in Art & Design (ADA004)

      This module introduces students to transformative phases within the historical and contemporary context of art, design, photography and media. Students will learn to ask critical questions and find answers through information gathering, reading and research. Through articulating responses, students will be introduced to academic conventions in preparation for progression to further Higher Education.

  • Year 1

  • In your first year, you create innovative, practical, and future-focused spaces. You gain a hands-on understanding of processes, materials and construction using traditional and digital fabrication methods at a range of scales from model making to 1:2:1 prototyping. We introduce a range of software packages and interact with other design disciplines.

  • Year 2

  • In your second year, you begin to shape your career path by working on design projects to establish your skills as a designer. We explore methods, ideas and themes, and gain a deeper understanding of the design industry with live projects. You set up your own exhibitions and build a portfolio, becoming proficient in design processes, computer-aided design, digital and traditional fabrication and communication methods.

  • Final year

  • In your final year, you work on your major project and dissertation to take your specialism deeper and develop an individual philosophy. You develop your network to deepen your understanding of the industry and visit design practices like Mystery, Pearson Lloyd, and Foster Associates. You also exhibit your projects at our Degree Show and national events such as New Designers.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Interior Design with Foundation programme specification 7104

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 48

This programme offers access to study at university for those students who may not have the standard entry profile for BA study. Equally, it is designed for those returning to study who have relevant work/professional experience but not the required academic profile for Level 4 entry. It is also suitable for Level 3 learners whose subject choice does not include the necessary background but who are otherwise academically capable.

We will accept other pre-entry qualifications or combinations of different qualifications. Applications may also be considered from candidates who do not meet these minimum entry requirements. We welcome individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and previous educational or professional experiences, including those with non-standard qualifications. 

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home £9,250 £9,250
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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  • Lecturer in Design Culture
    Motivated by using design and art as a creative force for positive change
  • Lecturer in 3D Design - Spatial and Interior Design
    Experienced design researcher and practitioner
  • Associate Head of School (Marketing and Recruitment)
    Runs a consultancy specialising in commercial and residential interior design
  • Associate Head of School - Enterprise
    Visual cartographer and maker with wide-ranging research expertise
  • Lecturer in 3D Design
    Active researcher and practitioner focused on enterprise and sustainability
  • Lecturer in 3D Design
    Vast international industry experience working in consultancy and product design
  • Lecturer in Industrial Design
    Currently working at the design studio and workshop he founded in London
  • Lecturer in 3D Design - Design Maker
    Experienced researcher and designer developing his own independent practice