This course is one of a rare few in the UK designed to develop your skills in Interior Design and Styling, emphasising colour, surface and ambience in a range of environments. From a door handle or light switch to the impact of colour, texture and materials in a range of interior environments, this course will ensure you enter industry as a well-rounded interiors specialist.
Our Interior Design & Styling degree generates inspired graduates, who are both visually intelligent and well acquainted with technical drawing packages. Cutting across a range of interior disciplines, here you’ll gain a great introduction to designing interiors for a range of environments - from residential and commercial spaces to public realm and even transport.
Your studies will place special emphasis on colour, surface, decoration and ambience in a range of interior contexts, both public and private. You’ll develop your own distinct taste in style curation, exploring lighting, furnishing, materiality and textural finishes to make your design concepts a reality.
Through a variety of projects you'll find your own interior specialism, which could range from hospitality design or styling for editorial to designing yachts or airplanes . You’ll also develop a keen understanding of consumer trends and learn how to design for different levels of the market, whilst refining your presentation skills. Specialist modules cover interior project management, history of design, event planning and live design briefs. Hard skills that you will develop include technical drawing, visualisation, editorial photography and use of CAD software.
You will work in dedicated design studios, with skilled technical support staff. You will have access to our Fab Lab for digital prototyping, as well as wood, metal and glass workshops, digital print facilities, AutoCAD design software and design intelligence facilities. Our extensive photographic resources include large-format scanners as well as an infinity cove - a seamless curved studio with solid backdrop for commercial-standard photography.
"Design solves problems. So it is first and foremost about meeting the needs of people" Design Council 2018. On this course you’ll be taught by industry-active academics and highly specialised technicians who are responsible for some of the world’s most impressive design and styling choices in hotels, restaurants and private residences. Boasting a combined client list that includes The National Trust, Made.com, Marks & Spencers and LuLuLemon Athletica, amongst multimillion-pound commissions in New York and Barbados, our Interior Design & Styling team are well connected and at the forefront of their field.
Timorous Beasties exhibit at Mirror — our undergraduate building's on-site exhibition space.
This course places a high value on both local and international industry connections, encouraging students to attend London Design Fair, Tate Modern, The Design Museum and Dutch Design Week – alongside group visits to interiors shows such as Maison&Objet in Paris and IMM Cologne in Germany.
Through industry projects, you will combine your knowledge of spatial composition and design with an appreciation for object arrangement, successfully delivering styled solutions to real-world client briefs. You’ll also gain from our staff’s knowledge of entrepreneurialism and self-promotion, so that you too can see your creativity featured by Elle Decoration, Ideal Home, and The Times.
Through our industry links with Decorex, Chelsea Harbour, Heal’s, Desso London, and many more suppliers and agents, we will help establish you as one-to-watch in the competitive world of interior design and styling.
BA (Hons) Interior Design & Styling is one of our top performing subjects in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2023! 100% of students responded positively to the following questions:
How often does your course challenge you to achieve your best work?
To what extent have you had the chance to explore ideas and concepts in depth?
How well does your course introduce subjects and skills in a way that builds on what you have already learned?
To what extent have you had the chance to bring together information and ideas from different topics?
How well has your course developed your knowledge and skills that you think you will need for your future?
How often have you received assessment feedback on time?
How well have teaching staff supported your learning?
During your studies, how free did you feel to express your ideas, opinions, and beliefs?
That’s the best possible student response to eight of the 27 questions put to students in the National Student Survey 2023!
This is a fantastic result for BA (Hons) Interior Design & Styling at Arts University Plymouth. Additionally, 95% of our Interior Design & Styling students responded positively for the NSS question theme of “Learning opportunities”, 93% for “Academic support”, “Teaching on my course” and “Organization and management”, 90% for “Assessment and feedback” and “Student voice”.