Interior Design courses in the UK
Introduction to Interior Design
Interior Design is a dynamic discipline that has gained tremendous popularity among students in recent years. It improves spatial awareness in many different areas, including residential, hotels, hospitals, retail stores, commercial set ups and exhibition spaces. Interior design is a versatile profession that requires a creative, imaginative and artistic mind that can execute and manage the design of a project.
To meet the growing demand for interior design work on large scale projects, an interior designer will need the employ of skilled builders, joiners, plasterers, textile designers, artists, furniture designers, as well as, engineers and technicians in order to fulfil the task requirements.
UK university modules for interior design cover all of the different aspects of this process, from initial design to branding to project management to execution. Course modules focus on colour, drawing plans, space planning, furnishings, wall and floor finishes, furniture styles, lighting and best professional practice – all combining to put you on the right path towards becoming an interior designer.
Most interior design courses at UK universities will also cover digital presentation and project management skills, both just as important as the practical side of the industry. Work placements and regular contact with specialists in the field are commonplace on most interior design courses, with professional training opportunities also available on live projects.
Careers in Interior Design
- Interior architecture design in retail, hospitality, residential, office, exhibition
- Work as part of a design team
- Freelance or establishing own independent studio
- Branding and communications
- 3D design
- Design manager
- Design journalist or writer
What are the entry requirements for Interior Design?
A qualification in art and design at Foundation or Higher National Diploma Level is a minimum for anyone wishing to study interior design at undergraduate level. A portfolio is also a must, as universities will wish to see what you are capable of as an individual, both artistically and creatively.
For international students wishing to study Interior Design at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.0 score generally required at most universities.
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Where can I study Interior Design in the UK?
To learn more about some of the best Interior Design universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Interior Design universities:
- University of Oxford
- Lancaster University
- Newcastle University
- University College London
- Brunel University
- University of Westminster
- University of Reading
- University of Leeds
- University of Kent
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