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BA (Hons) Interior Design

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
BA (Hons)
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

The Interior Design degree provides students the opportunity to develop their creative and artistic talent within a unique, explorative and highly design-focused course structure where the main emphasis is on international contemporary design.

Throughout the degree, students are educated in design awareness, ability and critique, method construction and the technical characteristics required to advance a career in the vast and complex industry of interior design.

Why study Interior Design at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • Strong links and support from a broad range of design industrial partners both in the UAE and within our global network.
  • Practical based programme addressing in detail all aspects of the interior design sector.
  • Unique British design education with an emphasis on high academic standards where students are exposed to design-focused collaborations with industry experts.
  • Praised highly for considerable active press and media coverage received over last three years.
  • Voted number one in Scotland for art and design and number eight in the UK.

Your student experience

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.

Go Global

There are currently no Go Global opportunities for this particular programme. However, other Go Global opportunities may be available. Please contact for more information.

Course content

September Intake

The first year provides an introduction to the discipline of interior design research and conceptual approaches across the project briefs. Students also gain core skills through industry related projects and collaborative group work. Students are encouraged to develop individual strengths and skills in the analysis and evaluation of their work as well as through Creative and Contemporary Studies.

Mandatory September

  • Rethinking Design 2: Develop and Deliver
  • Rethinking Design 1: Discover and Define

Mandatory January

  • Design Studio Vernacular Design
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Visual communication for 3d design

Fees and funding

AED 76,045 per year

  • All tuition fees inclusive of VAT.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Our normal entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.

  • GCE A-Level - CCD (or BBBB at AS Level)  
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards – 65% 
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% + SAT I – 1000 (500 English + 500 Math) 
  • Tawjihiyya - 80% or Elite/Advance - 75% + EmSAT (English 1400 and Math 700)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 24 points (3 HL subjects and 3 SL Subjects) 
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - MMM 
  • FBISE or grade 12 equivalent - 70% 
  • Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) - Grades of 5 in every subject + IELTS 6.0  
  • French Baccalaureate - 13/20 + IELTS 6.0 
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate - 80% or 13/20 + IELTS 6.0 
  • Foundation year - Successful completion of HWU Entry Programme (Management/Design) with CCCC.
  • Compulsory subjects to include English.

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


Upon graduation, students can pursue a range of careers and roles within the interior design industry and its related areas, including: interior designer (commercial, residential); lighting designer; television, magazine and film set designer; healthcare design specialist; furniture designer; sole interior design practitioner; design director; retail window designer; interior site coordinator; interior space planner; exhibition designer.

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