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BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures

Interior Design and Environment Architectures is the design and re-design of existing spaces. This course engages with interiors and pushes the boundaries of how we can make and re-make environments whilst considering the experience of the user.

This course is a fusion of architecture and interior design. It deals specifically with public and private commercial spaces within an urban environment. You will explore the impact of materials, technology, structures and form. You will study the design and rehabilitation of buildings, the technical aspects of construction, and how architecture relates to the notions of live, work and relax. You will develop your skills through a mixture of problem-based learning, design studio tutoring, workshops and traditional teaching.


3 years full time

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Ravensbourne University London

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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK or international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above

Selection criteria

For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.

We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.

When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.

Please note: direct entry into year 3 is not available for this course. 

Course structure


You will be continually assessed through preparation of written and project work. Assessment in the final year is through dissertation and portfolio.

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Year 1

You will build skills in communication and representation, construction and dual use environment. Alongside this, you will begin to think about your own design and angles on problems of the built environment. We encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.

FHEQ Level 4

ARC16101 Architectural Theory and History

ARC16102 Introduction to Professional and Business Practice

ARC16103 Specialist Study 1: Structure

ARC16104 Specialist Study 2: Introduction to Construction

ARC16105 Specialist study 3: Introduction to Environment and Services

Year 2

You will gain greater understanding of urban history and theory, urban design, and design for commercial and retail environments, as well as rehabilitation. This will allow you to enhance your practice and develop your approach to your design work. We set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a design team.

FHEQ Level 5

ARC16201 Urbanism: History and Theory of the City

ARC16202 Urban Intervention

IDS16203 Market Factors: the new commercial paradigm

IDS16204 Sustainable Design: Rehabilitation and Re-use

Year 3

You will bring your learning together in a final negotiated major project, where you will investigate and make architectural design decisions. Alongside this, you will carry out a negotiated project in the form of a live brief. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. You will leave with a portfolio that shows your skills in areas in entry-level architecture.

FHEQ Level 6

ARC16301 Dissertation

ARC16302 Preparing for Professional Practice

ARC16304 Negotiated Brief

IDS16303 Major Project


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Environment Design.

Key study topics

  • Future facing creative interior architectural design, experiment and exploration in new interior/architectural design and the re making of existing spaces
  • Architectural study tours abroad, looking at contemporary design
  • Opportunities to take part in international events and competitions
  • Live project opportunities
  • Parametric and computer generated design at the cutting edge
  • Latest techniques for designing structures and rapid prototyping
  • Architectural and interior  history, theory and context
  • Business enterprise for design and regulatory frameworks
  • New developments in re use of existing buildings design
  • New developments in interior architecture/design projects around the world

Top reasons to apply

  • This course has ARB Part 1 prescription
  • Unparalleled opportunities in a design specialist institution
  • State of the art facilities in an award winning building
  • Outstanding teaching from senior industry experts, with direct contacts to the professions and industry
  • An ambitious nurturing environment with an excellent employment rate
  • Challenging creative projects, that are contemporary and future facing
  • International profile, a renowned history of success, a top 10 world academic institution in its subject areas, based in London a dynamic world city


  • Interior/Architecture designers
  • Rehabilitation and extension of existing buildings
  • The creation of new built environments
  • Small scale public realm interventions
  • Design of interactive virtual spaces
  • Detail design and small scale production
  • Urban consultancy
  • Workplace designers
  • Event designers
  • Exhibition designers
  • Commercial development
  • Culture projects
  • Retail and leisure
  • Heritage matters
  • Community development
  • International project development
  • Retail design/planning

To prepare you for the profession, we put an emphasis on cross-disciplinary practice and live competition briefs. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring further industry perspectives to the course.

Interior architecture graduates often go on to design the rehabilitation and extension of existing buildings, or the creation of new built environments. You could find yourself working in architectural and urban consultancy, workplace design, housing research, and retail planning or community development.

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Chris Hall, BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures student

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