Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 5 to 6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

112-120 (2022 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with a non-accredited foundation year.

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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.

Interior Architecture and Venue Design at Derby

If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design right now, why not consider taking this course with a non-accredited Foundation 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.

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 (CSD) and affiliated with the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), so you will develop all the knowledge and skills you need to become professionally qualified. The CSD is the internationally recognised body for the design profession and it provides support and guidance for designers at every stage of the career 'from learning to earning'.

The CSD provide free student membership during your time at University and free graduate membership until the end of December of the year you graduate. During your time studying this course, the CSD provides each student member space on their website to showcase their work. There is also the CEP (Course Endorsement Prize) student prize provided by the CSD at the end of each year for the student who has demonstrated exceptional work throughout their course. Once you have successfully completed your studies, you are automatically eligible to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Society of Designers (Assoc. CSD). 

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Broaden your horizons on placement

You can gain valuable industry experience on an optional work placement between stages two and three of your studies. This placement could be taken abroad and may provide a salary.

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.

Derby Property Summit

Over the past few years, students have also collaborated with Marketing Derby at the Derby Property Summit events to showcase their final year projects that are based on ideas and designs for an area within the city of Derby.

Derby Property Summit 2021

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Excellent Facilities

As a student studying this course, you'll have access to a wide range of resources and facilities including a Design Studio with a modelling area containing computers with design software, an A3 scanner, a 3D printer, light boxes, a hot wire cutter, guillotines, hot glue guns, large steel rules and cutting mats, binding machine, drawing boards and modelling tables. In our Workshop area, there are two laser cutters vacuum former, along with wood and metal working areas, and a spray booth. In addition to this, there is a further laser cutter as well as large format plotters available in the Digital Design Hub. The Media Hub also provides a loan facility for cameras, digital measuring devices, as well as other environmental recording equipment. You'll also have access to the Arts and Design library in Britannia Mill.

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.

Architecture, Architectural Technologies and Interior Design at Derby.

View Architecture, Architectural Technologies and Interior Design at the University of Derby video transcript

An architectural model from the Peak Gateway project.

Student concepts wow real estate developer for PEAK Gateway

Sudents studying Architectural Degrees and Masters level programmes have worked with Milligan to create inspiring concepts that explore the future vision for the PEAK Gateway development.

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Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Our Environmental Sustainability Research Centre provides exciting opportunities to contribute to urgent global challenges in climate change and sustainable development.

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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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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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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. 

Student drawing of a astrology section in a museum

Degree Show 2021

We're showcasing the work of some of our talented Architectural Technologies and Interior Architecture students to celebrate their achievements over the 2020-21 academic year.

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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

Valeria Carnevale
Programme leader

Valeria is programme leader for the Architectural Technology course. She also teaches on both architectural courses. 

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Entry requirements

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

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)


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply


UK students

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

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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As a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design graduate, you are ideally prepared for the wide variety of employment opportunities available to you, covering everything from generic architecture, or interior design, to venue project management and technical consultancy, depending upon where you wish to focus your career.

Some of the more popular choices are:

In all of these areas, you could be involved in new build, refurbishment, change of use or conversions.

Graduates in the past have also secured employment in the areas of:

Your degree and professional qualification will also give you the opportunity to work overseas. Some past students have been employed in Santa Monica, USA and Japan, as well as many other countries.

Graduation from the course also gives you a sound basis for the opportunity of progression onto other professional qualifications, with some graduates having progressed on to RIBA courses and eventually qualifying as Chartered Architects, either whilst working (part-time) or (full-time) at other Educational Institutions.

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Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years with a placement year

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.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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