Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 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.

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.

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

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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. 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. 

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

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.

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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Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
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.

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
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

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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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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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Graham Markwell

Graham Markwell
Programme leader

Graham is the Programme Leader BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design and the Programme Leader for FdSc Architectural Studies.  Graham is also the Subject Leader JHS Architecural Design and a Senior Lecturer.

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Contact us

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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.

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.