The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type



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.

Advanced entry

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.

Graduate profile

Read the profile of Sejal Pandey who studied Interior Design and now works as an Interior Designer in Edinburgh for Wagstaff Interiors.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 3

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.

Semester 1:

  • Design Studio 5
  • Design Principles
  • Contemporary and contextual studies 1
  • Critical Architectural Studies

Semester 2:

  • Design Studio 5
  • Professional Practice
  • Contemporary and contextual studies 2
  • Environment and Behaviour

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 24%
  • Independent study: 76%


  • Written: 9%
  • Practical: 5%
  • Coursework: 86%
Year 4

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.

Semester 1:

  • Final major project part 1
  • Portfolio 1
  • Contemporary and contextual essay
  • Inclusive and safe environments

Semester 2:

  • Final major project part 2
  • Portfolio 2
  • Evaluative report
  • Sustainable and intelligent buildings

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%


  • Written: 13%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 87%


Work and study

This is what our BA (Hons) Interior Design students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 90% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 60% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Design occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Childcare and related personal services
  • Customer service occupations

Entry requirements

Year 3

  • UK Students: Direct entry into Year 3 is possible with a completed HND in a relevant design field, with a graded unit at grade A.
  • International and overseas students: Direct entry into level 3 is possible with a completed course of studies equivalent to a HND (e.g. an Advanced Diploma, BTEC, or similar).
  • All applicants will also need to submit a design portfolio prior to being interviewed.

Additional information

  • Portfolio Requirement: Once you have applied to UCAS you will be required to send us your portfolio. Portfolio submission is a prerequisite and will demonstrate an individual interest in interior design. This can be communicated through any media including traditional, observed and expressive drawing, painting, and photography. Our portfolio requirements are explained in the Guidelines to Applicants for Portfolio Programmes.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2017

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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