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BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Key information

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the creative design process, bringing functional and sustainable interior environments to life.

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

Our Interior Architecture and Design programme offers a creative blend of design skills to equip you for industry. You'll apply conceptual methods to imaginatively adapt or re-use interior environments and learn how innovative new technology can help bring your ideas to life. Key areas that you will study include sustainability, human centred design, hand and digital making skills, materials, drawing, furniture and detailing, technology, and digital communication.

You will also have the opportunity to work with external partners, organisations, and businesses on live industry projects, challenging yourself to make connections and develop skills that will be useful after graduation, while also building your identity as a designer. Our students have worked with brands such as Adidas, Herman Miller, and Acorn Hotel Group.

You can follow in our graduates' footsteps, as many have gone on to work in creative roles in the U.K. and beyond, for global companies including AECOM, Area, Maybourne Hotel Group, and IKEA.

Your student experience

Your learning will be informed by the expertise of our chartered architects, interior and environmental designers, and research-active academics in the fields of sustainable building design and architectural conservation. You’ll benefit from their extensive real-world experience in architecture and interior design.

Teaching and assessment

Taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and workshops, you’ll get to know and build relationships with the teaching staff, academics, and technicians. You’ll be assessed by coursework, and your final year project, and will receive support and feedback throughout the programme.

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Course content

September Intake

Mandatory September

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

Mandatory January

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

Programme Video

Interior Architecture & Design at Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt students and academics explore why the world needs Interior Architecture and Design. Watch our video to understand how smart interiors, robotics, virtual and augmented realities are becoming central to creative environments. Experience what studying Virtual and Creative Environments at Heriot-Watt can offer you.

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: 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.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

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

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

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

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB
  • A-Levels BCC
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DMM (in a relevant area
  • Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
  • Please see below for Portfolio submission details 

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including English)
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

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.

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