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  • Scotland / EU
  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • International

The course

UCAS code
4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type



Collaborate with talented designers from interiors, textiles and fashion in a specialist design school. This course gives you the opportunity to develop a complete set of interior design skills spanning the creative process, materials and furnishings right through to retail and event design, architectural alteration and technology.

Express yourself with the latest tech. We’ll show you how innovative new technology can help you bring your interior design ideas to life. And we’ll give you the opportunity to work on real projects for big businesses. Recently our students have worked on live projects to develop branded environments for Aeroleather, Locharron and Findra.

This exposure to live clients is something we’re proud of. We encourage you to use your final year as an opportunity to work with more and more external businesses. This helps you challenge yourself and develop connections and skills that will be invaluable after graduation. Many of our graduates go on to work in creative roles in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow for companies like IKEA among others. You could follow in their footsteps.

The course is taught in our Scottish Borders Campus, which sits close to the heart of Scotland’s luxury textile industry. This is your chance to study in an area that’s home to some of the UK’s top design and production facilities for textiles and fashion. Find out more about what this highly creative and practical course has to offer on our School pages.

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 course 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.

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Course content

Year 3

Develop the critical skills top interior designers need today. This year covers design, contextual, engineering and building science courses. You’ll be set a variety of briefs and projects, all with unique aims and challenges. Most of your work will be connected, allowing you to explore different topics within one over-arching project. Almost all the courses incorporate a range of collaborative work too, allowing you to share ideas with students and peers from other design disciplines.

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

Year 4

This is where we move on to the generation and development of a final major project. This is a great opportunity to test and demonstrate all the professional skills you’ve acquired over the course through one large project. You’re free to create and implement your own design brief, and then create an end-to-end interior design project that answers your brief. This process is supported with classes that help you to accurately and critically locate, reflect on and develop, your own practice and methodology.

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

Entry requirements

Year 3

  • HND A in graded unit. Entry into Year 3 from appropriate articulated HND/BTEC courses or from Approved Learning Partners (dependent upon places available).

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £15,080

* 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).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

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 students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.