BA (Hons)
Interior Architecture and Design

Key Information


Duration

3 years (4 years with Foundation Year)

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

UCAS Code

W250

Academic Year

Course Overview

Interior architects shape the spaces in which we live our lives, combining aesthetics with philosophy and function.

The Interior Architecture and Design degree at Lincoln takes a multi-disciplinary approach. It positions the subject between the academically rigorous profession of architecture and the fast-paced world of contemporary visual culture and design.

The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their practical design knowledge within specialist studios. It is taught by staff who are active professionals and researchers such as Tonia Warsap, Rosie Elvin, and Begüm Ulusoy.

Students can explore the disciplines within the design industry and building technology methods, while developing their own creative, individual style. Their studio learning is enhanced by a programme of lectures and seminars which aim to provide a thorough education in the social and historical context of architecture.

During the course, there are opportunities for students to gain practical work experience for real clients and building developments, including placements with a wide range of interior design and architectural practices.

You can find out more about the work of our staff and students by following our Interior Architecture and Design Twitter account https://twitter.com/iadlincolnuni or by following us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iadlincolnuni/.

This programme is also available with an Arts Foundation Year, which can provide an alternative route of entry onto the full degree programme. Find out more at https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/.

Why Choose Lincoln

Subject ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects*

Enter student design competitions

Access specialist facilities to hone creative practice

Opportunities to work on live projects with real clients

Take part in optional study trips

Opportunity to study abroad in an exchange programme

*Complete University Guide 2024 (out of 52 ranking institutions).

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How You Study

Three-dimensional thinking is the focus of the first year and it is explored through a variety of media. Students are challenged to consider how the design process works and begin to use the skills of planning and modelling. The history and theory of architecture and design are also examined, providing students with the chance to contextualise their practice with a solid theoretical understanding of the subject.

In their second year, students are introduced to the concept of social relationships and the responsibilities and challenges that face interior architects. In the third year, students are required to complete an individual comprehensive design project in an area of personal interest, demonstrating the skills they have acquired as a designer. Professional practice is emphasised at this stage, supporting students to develop the skills necessary for careers in the industry.

Modules are presented in two streams: the design process and the research process. The design process incorporates conceptual, technical, and professional knowledge areas, as well as conception development, resolution, and communication. The research process stream focuses on design theory and contextual material, enabling students to develop research skills.

Working in a studio-based environment, students can develop and evolve their skills through stimulating briefs and live projects exploring space, light and structure. In parallel to the studio sessions students engage in computer-based tutorials where they build their skills based knowledge. Theoretical principles are taught in a lecture/seminar environment, interior architects and designers are communicators and it is important that they are able to research, formulate opinions, and develop topical insight.

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in studio sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Design Process 1.1: Fundamentals and Skills 2024-25XMD1100MLevel 42024-25An introduction to conceptual and creative processes in design production; thinking through drawing, graphic communication, and conceptualisation. Essential three-dimensional skills and manipulation of space, which includes a consideration of design and spatial elements, scale, and representation. The module serves as an initial immersion into discovery-mode learning: students produce knowledge through their own design and inquiry.CoreDesign Process 1.2: Application and Communication 2024-25INT1172MLevel 42024-25Visual narratives, as the expression of stories through visual media, are introduced by considering the individual in the environment. Students are introduced to the use of spatial and narrative typologies as possible design strategies. Students collaborate with academics in small design projects by applying the essential design skills previously acquired.CoreDesign Process 1.3: Consolidation and Agency 2024-25XMD1101MLevel 42024-25The module consolidates the learning and teaching of the preceding modules: student projects are structured with a member of the academic staff to introduce students to autonomy and accountability in the definition of projects and in the determination of outputs. As an expression of their own agency, students define their own project within the discipline from a matrix of choices; a learning agreement is required. The focus is on installation or insertion as modes of production which includes temporary, transitory, mobile, or transient typologies. The design of a small volumetric environment in a defined physical context.CoreResearch Process 1: Principles and Concepts 2024-25INT1171MLevel 42024-25Design is considered as a form of inquiry to introduce research methods. Students are made aware of design ideologies and societal, geo-political, and cultural drivers as generators for design. Students are introduced to reflective practice and accountability by keeping a research diary. Delivery is through academic presentation, including verbal (written and spoken) and visual communication (digital and physical).CoreDesign Process 2.1: Strategy and Concept 2025-26INT2104MLevel 52025-26The module is presented from a conceptual and strategic point of departure to develop and enhance previously acquired fundamental design skills. The focus is on insertion as a mode of production which considers issue, type, user/audience, theory/concept, and site/venue. Content analysis, interpretation and thematic planning is to focus on the user/audience or content as design generators.CoreDesign Process 2.2: Space and Technology 2025-26INT2172MLevel 52025-26The module takes the integration of behavior, narrative and technology into account when developing spatial proposals. The built environment or contextual brief is considered as a cultural artefact which is informed by its context. Insertion is the mode of production under consideration which includes long-lived typologies.CoreDesign Process 2.3: Technical Resolution 2025-26INT2105MLevel 52025-26The technical resolution and communication of a previously developed design concept or new project. The module is student-led with a concentration on design development, detail, and specificity.CoreResearch Process 2: Methods and Perspectives 2025-26INT2171MLevel 52025-26Selected visual research methods are covered in greater depth. The relationship between theory and practice is considered. Students are introduced to meta-theoretical perspectives and expected to formulate their own normative positions in response to context and paradigm. Reflective practice in collaboration is fostered; further at the completion of the module students are expected to be proficient in academic presentation, including verbal (written and spoken) and visual communication.CoreDesign Process 2.2 B: Space and Technology (Exchange Option) 2025-26INT2173MLevel 52025-26The module takes the integration of behavior, narrative and technology into account when developing spatial proposals. The built environment or contextual brief is considered as a cultural artefact which is informed by its context. Insertion is the mode of production under consideration which includes long-lived typologies.OptionalDesign Process 2.3B (exchange option for returning students) 2025-26INT2175MLevel 52025-26The module takes the integration of behavior, narrative and technology into account when developing spatial proposals. The built environment or contextual brief is considered as a cultural artefact which is informed by its context. Insertion is the mode of production under consideration which includes long-lived typologies.OptionalResearch Process 2 B: Methods and Perspectives (Exchange Option) 2025-26XMD2106MLevel 52025-26Selected visual research methods are covered in greater depth. The relationship between theory and practice is considered. Students are introduced to meta-theoretical perspectives and expected to formulate their own normative positions in response to context and paradigm.OptionalStudy Period Abroad - Design 2025-26XMD2107MLevel 52025-26This module provides an opportunity for students in the Lincoln School of Design to spend a semester in Year 2 studying at one of the University’s partner institutions. In academic terms, during the semester abroad students undertake a course load at the partner institution of equivalent standard to that of the semester A programme at Lincoln. Participation in study-abroad also offers unique opportunities for personal student development. Although students will be supported through the application process by the module coordinator and colleagues at the partner institution, much of the responsibility for organising the time abroad rests with students. Study abroad offers the basic experience of adapting to and working effectively within a different academic culture. A limited number of places will be available each year, and participation is subject to the School's approval, based on the above and on students’ records of attendance, academic achievement, and participation.OptionalThe Placement Year 2025-26INT2009MLevel 52025-26The Work Placement Year aims to give students a continuous experience of full-time work within an organisation. It should be a three-way co-operative activity between employer, student and University from which all parties benefit. It is more than simply obtaining work during a gap in study – work placements should enable students to experience at first hand the daily workings of an organisation while setting that experience in the broader context of their studies. The Work Placement Year constitutes a minimum of 24 weeks work placement during an academic year, funded by full-time paid employment, normally taking place between year 2 and year 3. (It should be noted that leave does not count as part of the 24 weeks.) All students on the Work Placement Year as part of their full-time undergraduate study will remain enrolled with the University during the period of placement and receive support. Students originally enrolled on 3 year programmes wishing to transfer to the 4 year programme must do so before the commencement of their placement, should gain the consent of their funders, where appropriate, and advise the University of their intentions before the September enrolment. Students on three-year programmes who suspend their studies for a year to gain work experience will not be officially recognised as placement students on the Placement Year, will not be enrolled for the Work Placement Year will not be supported by the University and are not considered as students of the University for that year.OptionalInterior Design Process 3.1: Strategic Definition and Brief 2026-27INT3175MLevel 62026-27The definition of an interior treatise topic to incorporate issue, type, user, theory, and site. The negotiation and definition of a self-directed programme of design investigation. The determination of appropriate interior outputs to provide evidence of meeting the programme outcomes.CoreInterior Design Process 3.2: Concept and Design Development 2026-27INT3176MLevel 62026-27The implementation of a self-directed programme of design investigation.CoreInterior Design Process 3.3: Technical Design and Communication 2026-27INT3177MLevel 62026-27The detailed exploration and communication of a self-directed programme of design investigation.CoreResearch Process 3: Design Exegesis 2026-27INT3179MLevel 62026-27Students are expected to complete a large scale self-directed research study to support the design treatise.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

Formative assessment takes place in the studio with continual feedback during studio sessions. Summative assessment includes practical examinations, and verbal and visual presentations which take place at the end of each module.

Learn more from our Academics

Discover more about Interior Architecture and Design at Lincoln from our Undergraduate course to our Postgraduate course.

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Specialist Facilities

Through instilling in our design students a thoughtful and critical approach to the way they think about design and apply their creative skills, we aim to prepare them to be leaders in the creative industries.

The University of Lincoln has a comprehensive range of facilities designed to provide a supportive environment for creative practitioners. Students have regular access to workshops, labs, and industry-standard equipment, as well as highly knowledgeable technicians. This environment can help students to develop their knowledge and skills, and complements our purpose-built design studios where students have their own space, giving them the opportunity to work independently and with their peers.

Students are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk software, as well as Lynda.com for the duration of their studies.

This course is more than just seeing what exists already within the discipline and duplicating it - it's about taking that as inspiration and creating your own contribution to the world of interior architecture.

Studio Culture

A practical studio culture is in place at the University of Lincoln and as well as striving to provide a stimulating and creative environment, this way of working aims to prepare students for their future career in architecture and design. It also allows students the opportunity to take responsibility for how they develop a space, explore their own visual style, and to engage with other students and staff. Each year group is designated an area, and each student has a space in this area. The School encourages students to engage with the studio environment and work with peers.

Live Projects and Competitions

Students have the opportunity to work on live projects and competitions. For example, students worked with YMCA Lincolnshire and the design fee was used for our end of year show. One of our students also won the Interior Educator Award in the Social Justice category for their project One Size Fits All.

What Can I Do with an Interior Architecture and Design Degree?

Graduates have gone on to careers in various areas of the discipline, working in a wide range of interior, architectural, or design practices nationally and internationally. Some choose to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Applicant Portfolios

Once you have submitted your application to UCAS, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio to evidence your practical work. We will contact you by email with information about where, when, and how to submit a portfolio, as well as provide you with handy tips on what to include.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50% of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

Standard workshop induction costs are covered by the University, as are some initial printing and material costs. However, depending on the media/materials chosen by the student, there may be additional costs for incurred for printing and materials.

Mandatory field trip costs are covered by the University, but optional study visits are at each student’s own expense. Previous optional trips have included Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, and Hull - UK city of culture 2017.

Those who choose to do a study abroad exchange programme or year long placement do not pay tuition fees for that year but are responsible for covering any travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

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