Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years †

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

64 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

K111

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Interested in a career where you can translate your design ideas into reality? This accredited degree equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to design exciting venues ranging from bars, restaurants and entertainment complexes to hotels, shops and museums. And, by choosing to take a foundation year first, you can make a smooth transition to honours degree level.

You can also take the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design without a foundation year. Find out more.

This degree covers a wide range of venue designs that offer enormous potential, from the interior architecture of bars, restaurants and multi-purpose venue spaces to the design of hotels, resorts and residential developments. You will look at the planning and design of live performance spaces, social and community places, exhibition spaces, galleries, brand retail outlets and museums, to name just a few examples.

A firm foundation for progression

Taking a foundation year is an excellent choice if you lack the entry requirements to join the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design straight away. It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year gives you a solid introduction to subjects such as design and construction science, plus the scholarship skills for technologists that will serve you well at honours degree level. From day one, you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to build your knowledge and confidence.

A thorough understanding

During your studies, you will be constantly challenged to conceptualise, investigate and develop the design of three dimensional spaces.  You will gain a thorough understanding of the ways in which architectural and interior design histories and theories, as well as existing physical and cultural contexts, inform design processes, programmes and proposals.

We foster an ethos where you will produce socially, culturally and environmentally responsive design proposals, drawing upon best practice and the wide-ranging expertise of our teaching teams.

Professional credibility

This degree is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers so you will develop all the knowledge and skills you need to become professionally qualified. Once you have successfully completed your studies, you are entitled to become a member of the society.

Raising your professional profile further still, you will also become eligible to join the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) as an Associate Member on the Professional Pathway working at Level 3. If you complete a placement year and the associated Diploma in Professional Practice, you would join BIID working at Level 4.

Broaden your horizons on placement

You can gain valuable industry experience on an optional work placement between stages two and three of your honours degree studies. You will also achieve an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice, as part of this experience.

In just one example, Sara Butkiewicz and Toni O'Donnell headed to Los Angeles for their placements, working in Beverly Hills and Bel Air.

Strong employer links

Our courses are designed with the help of employers, so they are focused on preparing you to hit the ground running from day one in your career. Our links span companies such as Scott Wilson, Vinci PLC, Taylor Woodrow, Bowmer & Kirkland and Baggaley Construction.

Our industry partnerships mean that you will have the chance to see real-world projects at first hand and go on study trips in the UK and Europe. You will also be inspired by guest lectures delivered by experts from industry. 

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What you will study

Foundation year

You will study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Introduction to Design
  • Construction Science

You will then study a total of 120 credits per year full time and a maximum of 80 credits per year part time. This will be made up of single and double modules.

You will study modules such as:

  • Studio Design and Personal Development
  • Design Analysis and Personal Development
  • Technology and Structures 1
  • Environmental Design and Services
  • Architectural CAD
  • History and Theory of Design and Architecture 1

You will study modules such as:

  • Studio Design 2 and Personal Development Part A
  • Studio Design 2 and Personal Development Part B
  • Technology and Structures 2
  • Venue Design
  • Interior Design
  • History and Theory of Design and Architecture 2

Optional placement year, including Diploma in Professional Practice

You will study modules such as:

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

You will study modules such as:

  • Integrated Project (double module)
  • Independent Study and Personal Development (Architecture) (double module)
  • Sustainable Design Analysis
  • Professional Practice and Project Management
  • Project Research and Urban Design

How you will learn

Real world learning

During the course, you will have the opportunity to take an optional placement year as well as UK and European study trips. You will also be encouraged to display your work in exhibitions, both locally and in London.

The majority of your studio projects are based upon actual local sites so you could get involved in current projects with real-life clients.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you develop your presentation and communication skills, which are essential for professional practice.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

As a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design graduate, you are ideally prepared for employment opportunities covering everything from generic architectural or interior design to venue project management and technical consultancy. Some graduates have even secured jobs abroad, such as with the Akarstudios in Los Angeles.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

5 years with a placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.