BA (Hons) Interior Design

The Course

This course encourages you to take
creative risks and think radically in
developing solutions. It embraces
spatial design interests that include
furnishings, lighting, branding, television,
film and exhibition design. The teaching
is largely project-based and focuses on
the innovative use of materials, colour,
surfaces, furniture and lighting. You will
study colour theory, print-pattern design,
silkscreen printing, furniture, lighting and
exhibition design.
You will also study anthropomorphism,
ergonomics, materials, structure,
environmental control and sustainability.
The course is developing a strong
reputation in urban regeneration and repurposing
of buildings.

Book list

These books and essays give you a
flavour of the philosophy of the course:
Taylor, M. “Intimus” Interior Design
Theory Reader, Wiley Academy 2008
Pallasmaa, J. “The Eyes of the Skin”
architecture and the senses, Wiley
Academy 2005
Tanizaki, J. “in praise of shadows”,
Vintage, 1977

Career Opportunities

Architectural design practice; retail
brand designer; retail environment
designer; stage designer; exhibition
designer; furniture or lighting designer;
architectural model-maker.


Dawn Hesketh-Joslin / Senior Lecturer
and Course Leader for Interior Design +
Retail Branding
Dawn Hesketh-Joslin is a Spatial
Designer who has over twenty years
professional practice experience in
both architectural practice and design
consultancies, with project work in the
UK, Europe and Southeast Asia.
George Lovett / Senior Lecturer and
Course Leader for Interior Architecture
George is an architect with specific
interest and significant recent practice in
integrated design and education projects.
Garry is a registered architect and
founder member of the design
Garry is a registered architect and
founder member of the design
consultancy Fuzzy Architecture. Having
graduated from Portsmouth School
of Architecture in 1982, he worked in
private practice before beginning a
teaching career in 1992.

Visiting Lecturers

Iris Dunbar, The Interior Design School
Carmel Allen, Heals
Vin Goodwin, Architect
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Technical staff :

Joseph Davies, Joe Cruz, Rose Thomas, Anna Kakovka

Units of study include:

For building your skills:
Essential skill sets
Starting from the basics in areas from
printing to photography; pattern cutting
to photoshop. You are introduced to a
wide range of technical skill workshops.
Developing skill sets
Here you can choose the skills you
want to develop to support your main
For inspiration:
Key ideas in arts and design
These units run across all three years
and help you develop a broad knowledge
and understanding of how art and
design influences culture, whilst also
giving you a clear introduction to art
and design from the beginning of
Modernism through to current debates
on contemporary practice.
For employability and entrepreneurism:
Professional studio practice
Here you learn how to set up, run
and maintain a professional studio in
preparation for the real world of art and
Creative enterprise
Provides Support in creating your own
identity as an artist and designer in a
competitive marketplace.
Present and promote
From curating exhibitions to learning how
to use social media this unit gives you
the professional
know-how to present yourself to the
outside world!
Final major project
This is where the whole three years
comes together and you present a
professional portfolio of work that acts as
a springboard to your future career. Your
final major project forms the end of year
show for the public and industry.