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The programme explores the creative process of Interior Design, from materials and furnishings through retail and event design to architectural alteration and technology. The programme is delivered jointly by the Schools of Textiles and Design and Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society and provides a core set of design skills required by the industry, supported by contextual studies, technology and material expertise. Students tackle projects and tasks that enable them to articulate their own niche in Interior Design.
Please note that students will articulate into year 3, as we are only running Interior Design at years 3 and 4 in the UK. This course is taught at both the Edinburgh campus and the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. For more detailed information about this subject area visit the School pages.
A four year BA Interior Design programme is offered at our Dubai Campus.
Read the profile of Sejal Pandey who studied Interior Design and now works as an Interior Designer in Edinburgh for Wagstaff Interiors.
Course contentDetailed course guide
Year 3 develops the critical skills interior designers need today, through a balance of design, contextual, and engineering and building science courses. Students are set a number of briefs and projects, each with different aims and challenges. Most of these courses are linked together, allowing students to explore different topics within one over-arching project. Almost all courses incorporate a range of collaborative work with students and peers beyond the interior design discipline.
- Design Studio 5
- Design Principles
- Contemporary and contextual studies 1
- Critical Architectural Studies
- Design Studio 5
- Professional Practice
- Contemporary and contextual studies 2
- Environment and Behaviour
Year 4 focuses on the generation and development of a final major project. We expect all students to test and demonstrate all professional skills acquired over the programme through one large project. This project is self-elected, meaning students are required to carefully create and implement their own design brief, and then generate an end-to-end interior design project in line with it. This is supported with classes that enable the student to accurately and critically locate, reflect on and develop, their own practice and methodologies.
- Final major project part 1
- Portfolio 1
- Contemporary and contextual essay
- Inclusive and safe environments
- Final major project part 2
- Portfolio 2
- Evaluative report
- Sustainable and intelligent buildings
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