Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

72 (September 2021 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 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. 

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

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Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

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 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

On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will enter onto BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design so you will develop all the knowledge and skills required to become professionally qualified. 

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. This placement could be taken abroad and may provide a salary. You will also achieve an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice, as part of this experience.

Good recent examples being Hallum Herbert, Jenny Ritz and Thayna Couto De Oliveira all heading out to California for placements working in Santa Monica and Pasadena.

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 Lathams Architects, Maber, Morrisons Design Ltd., CPMG and Akar Studios.

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. 

Find out more about our Architecture, Architectural Technologies and Interior Design courses at the University of Derby

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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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. Our annual Degree Show is a great way to showcase your work to prospective employers and the public. You can take a look at some of our student projects in our online exhibit

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.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Graham Markwell

Graham Markwell
Programme leader

Graham is the College Lead for Architectural Programmes and Programme Leader BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design.  Graham is also the Subject Leader JHS Architectural Design and a Senior Lecturer.

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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
IELTS6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
Portfolio

Required 

Alternative entry qualifications:

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
A-levelsDDD
BTECMPP
GCSEGCSE Maths and English grade 4/C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

N/A

International/EU

£14,045 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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How to apply

Apply for September 2021

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UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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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.

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† Additional information about your studies

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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