BA (Hons) Interior Design

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The course

UCAS code
4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type


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The Interior Design programme offers a creative blend of design skills to equip students for industry. It applies conceptual methodology to imaginatively adapt or re-use interiors. Key study themes include materials, hand and digital making skills, drawing, furniture and detailing, sustainability, human centred design, technology and digital communication.

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 interiors for Adidas, Herman Miller and Accor hotel group.

This exposure to live clients and stakeholders is something we’re proud of. We encourage you to use your time with us as an opportunity to work with more and more external partners, organisations and businesses. This helps you challenge yourself and develop connections and skills that will be invaluable after graduation – whilst also building a sense of identity as a designer. Many of our graduates go on to work in creative roles in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond, for companies like AECOM, Area, and IKEA amongst others. You could follow in their footsteps. 82% of our graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their Interior Design degree. 

The course is taught in our Scottish Borders Campus. Find out more about what this highly creative and practical course has to offer on our School pages.

How we teach

As a student on the programme you would be joining a diverse yet dedicated community of students studying interior design. 

We appreciate all students are different and have designed the programme to be as inclusive and dynamic as possible. During your time with us you would likely collaborate with other students – from interior design and beyond – and also from within the Edinburgh campuses and in Dubai in order to provide a truly global experience.

We teach using a variety of means and methods, from tutorials, to lectures, to site visits and more.

Graduate profile

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

Blending art and technology

Course content

Year 1

Our first year begins with courses that cover the fundamental skills needed for most types of design, including the design process, before then focusing on the specific skills an interior designer needs to build – including materiality and an awareness of sustainability as a holistic concept integral to interior design. During this time most students collaborate beyond their chosen programme, in order to understand where interior design fits in around other design disciplines

Semester 1 

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

Semester 2 

•    3D Design Studio 
•    Introduction to Materials 
•    Visual Communication for 3D Design

Year 2

Our second year focuses on the core skills needed to function as an interior designer – these include visual communication, construction studies, and professional development. Our second year also introduces design studios, as a place to work in your own way on a range of exciting briefs – often these include live projects with industry.

Semester 1 

•    Interior Design Studio 1 
•    Professional Development for Interior Design

Semester 2

•    Digital Technologies 
•    Interior Design Studio 2 
•    Advanced CAD for Interior Design 

Year 3

During year three our students have the opportunity to advance specific interior design skills including global working, advanced technology and entrepreneurialism. During this year students work collaboratively with students from our Dubai campus and make use of our maker centre and new tools including 3d printing, laser cutting, and VR technology – and the chance to apply all to their ongoing ‘studio’ work.

Semester 1 

•    Advanced Digital Skills and Technology for Interior Design 
•    Interior Design Studio 3 
•    Construction for Interior Architecture

Semester 2

•    Critical & Contextual Studies 3
•    Global Collaborative Design 
•    Interior Design Studio 4 

Year 4

Our Honours year allows you the chance to design and complete your own project. During this time you will further refine and demonstrate creativity and project management skills in creating your own interior design that responds to a particular challenge or issue. The year ends with a degree show exhibition showcasing your work.

Following the final year some of our students also chose to stay on into our MA Interior Architecture and Design programme, whilst others graduate and proceed to work in the design industry.

Semester 1 

•    Final Major Project 1 
•    Optional courses available: Marketing Strategy for Design and CCS Essay 

Semester 2

•    Final Major Project 2 
•    Advanced Practice and Evaluation 


Work and study

This is what our BA (Hons) Interior Design students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 75% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 10% are working and studying.


  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £19000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £21000

Potential career paths

  • Design occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB 
  • A-Levels BCC
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DMM (in a relevant area

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

Year 2

Standard entry requirements

  • HNC B in graded unit (in a relevant HNC)
  • BTEC DMM (in relevant subject)

Year 3

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

Additional information

Portfolio and interview

Portfolio submission is a prerequisite and will demonstrate your interest in interior design. Our portfolio requirements are explained in the Guidelines to Applicants for Portfolio Programmes.

Successful applicants will be asked to submit their digital portfolio and invited to discuss it at interview.

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 2024 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,704

* 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.

** '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). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

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

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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)
View details about the Heriot-Watt University Bursary

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