Start date
September 2020
Full Time: 3 years
Part time: 6 years
Tuition fees
Full Time: GBP 6900 per year
Part time: GBP 4400 per year
Payment by installments is possible
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course
About the course

The Interior Architecture and Design programme centres on the creative improvement of existing and new buildings and spaces. Students learn about how the objects and spaces that make up our everyday landscapes provide pleasure, give meaning to and can enhance the quality of people’s lives. Students develop an understanding of how people and activities interact with the material, environmental, sensory, emotional, functional and cultural qualities of a specific space and situation and how interior architects can design better places. 

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design programme is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

We focus on studio-based design projects supported by Critical and Cultural Studies. It enables students to learn design through a dynamic process of investigation and analysis, ideas exploration, experimentation, testing and development, realisation and communication. As the programme moves from level 4 to 6, students develop their own ideas through a self-directed design approach. Students increasingly consider some of the key contemporary issues for interior architects, such as the importance of place and site specificity, the role of the architect, sustainable design and the significance of traditional and new materials and traditional and contemporary building techniques on design and construction. Students are also tasked with exploring how buildings are made and how to use and join materials at real scale (1:1). This process engages the students with the process of construction and equips them with the knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in realizing built work. Overall, we aim to cultivate a learning environment to enable the development of independent, innovative and responsible designers with a thoughtful and imaginative approach to existing and new buildings and space making. 

The teaching team consists of experienced architects from various European countries, including Russia, with a varied vision and rich professional experience in reputable design offices internationally. Importantly all teaching staff continue to practice and are regularly invited by some of the best European Architecture and Design Universities as guest lecturers and critics through the academic year. 
What makes the programme unique
International approach
The course strikes a balance between teaching students to think within an international context whilst also focusing on the locality within which they are based. Students will be challenged with projects that respond to real local problems and conditions whilst being asked to adhere to international standards and practices.
During the program, our students regularly participate in projects for well-respected clients, including: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Department of Culture, the State Library of Foreign Literature, Cinema Illusion, the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art, Flacon Design Centre, Artplay Design Centre and others. The resulting works are annually exhibited at well-regarded exhibitions such as Mosbuild and ARCH Moscow.
International Diploma
BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.
In addition to the core curriculum, our students have additional opportunities to travel abroad with their tutors — to interact directly with cities, their environment and buildings, plus study the socio-cultural ties that help one to better understand the features of individual countries and regions. This allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the motivations of an architect and to create their own innovative and unpredictable designs.
The course regularly invites well-known Russian and foreign experts in the field of architecture and interior design. These meetings take place in a variety of formats — from one-off lectures and round tables to series of workshops with practical activities and tasks.
Each student is allocated a private workspace in one of our spacious art studios for the duration of their studies, where they can experiment with design and the creation of large and small structures. We believe that our students' imaginations should be allowed to run free — unrestricted by the constraints of physical space.
Variety of techniques
In our programme a great deal of attention is paid to the study of modern technologies, construction and materials through the use of manual techniques oriented towards interaction between design consciousness and architectural skills. The 'open-studio' policy provides our students with access to our BHSAD photo studio for digital and analogue photo/video shoots, a screen printing and etchings workshop and the ceramics and sculpture workshop — all of which are designed to expand students' creative vision.
The Centre is equipped with advanced equipment to work with metal, wood and plastic. We have facilities for turning, milling, drilling, grinding and more. We also have professional hand tools, a 3D printer, a spray booth and powerful computer stations, which allow our student to progress through all the stages of industrial design: from sketching and 3D visualization to prototype manufacturing.
hardware & software
All the computers in our digital design labs have access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which gives students the opportunity to learn and use key industry standard applications like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and AfterEffects. Specialist technicians, including qualified Adobe Certified Instructors, are available to support the students in making the most of the software.
The Learning Resources Centre at BHSAD is the perfect place to study. It offers access to a broad range of specialist books and journals, DVDs, videos, slides, and all the electronic resources hosted by the University of Hertfordshire library including image and article databases, electronic books, and more.
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Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
Starting with the redefinition of our understanding of space as a phenomenon and acquisition of techniques that help us measure and visualize it (Representing Space), we then move through a set of projects that develop knowledge about materials and their characteristics (Introducing Materiality), to more complex design exercises in spatial composition and our physical relationship to it (Anatomy of Space).

The first year is finalized with a semester-long design project and exploration, where all previous primary experiences expand and fuse together into a comprehensive understanding of space as an entity more complex than mere volumetric definition (Serious Play). 

Core modules: 

  • Design Studio 1 (IAD)
  • Design Skills 1
  • Introduction to Technology
  • C&CS L4 History and Theory - Introduction
Programme Specification

Year 2: Modules
The second year is devoted to further development of an understanding of the discipline in relation to the built fabric, cultural and social context in parallel to technological elements of the design process. Students are expected to work with greater confidence and initiative at an increasing level of intricacy and scale. This is achieved through comprehensive contextual analysis and investigations into the composition of spaces to facilitate the coherent application of complex design vocabularies.

Importantly the design briefs (Close Up and Inside Out) are located in real public buildings in Moscow, with unique and particular problems that need to be identified and successfully analysed. We believe that a genuine understanding of context leads to progressive and nuanced design proposals.

Core modules:

  • Design Studio 2 (IAD)
  • Design Skills 2 (IAD)
  • Advanced Technology
  • C&CS L5 History and Theory – People, Buildings and Cities
Year 3: Modules
The third year begins with two self-directed research projects with students taking increasing responsibility for their own learning, with close support and guidance from specialist teaching staff: First, a study of modern design methodologies, digital tools and production techniques (Contemporary Technologies). Second, a detailed research report relating to a particular building or space that could act as a host or catalyst for a student-generated complex design brief that addresses a theme shared by all members of the design studio (Generator).

These investigations act as the foundation upon which the major design project in the second semester is based (Augment). This forms the central component of the portfolio of work completed over the three year Bachelor (Hons) programme.

Core modules:

  • Final Project (IAD)
  • Advanced Design Skills
  • C&CS L6 Degree Essay : Dissertation
Student works
Kristina Mikryukova
Kristina Mikryukova
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Ilona Agadzhanova
Ilona Agadzhanova
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Yulia Osina
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Franzisca Dederer
Franzisca Dederer
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Student work
Student work Deconstructing the commubal house, “Library"
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Student work Deconstructing the commubal house
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Student work
Student work Deconstructing the Dacha, completed Banya pavilion
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Alina Nezhivets. Models exploring composition of the space-defining elements
Alina Nezhivets. Models exploring composition of the space-defining elements
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Elizaveta Timofeeva. Studies for the theatrical space of ZIL cultural center in Moscow
Elizaveta Timofeeva. Studies for the theatrical space of ZIL cultural center in Moscow
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How to apply
Entry exams
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. 

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
Required portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation.

First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.

Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport. 
Interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Admission requirements
Application deadlines will be announced in spring 2020.
How to enrol
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Required documents
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Tuition fees
Full-time: GBP 6,650 / year*
Part-time: GBP 4,200 / year*

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects.

Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:
A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.
Success stories
Success stories
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How can I apply for training?
Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.
What is the language of delivery?
The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course

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