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BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design

Students will study the city, its buildings and how their adaptation and reuse can help shape the context within which we live
Course length
Full-time — 3 years, Part-time — 6 years
Start date
Tuition fees
Full-time: GBP 6900 / year, Part-time: GBP 4400 / year


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.


On successful completion of the programme, students will typically:

have a Knowledge and Understanding of:
- key aspects of the discipline, including current developments and debates in the field of Interior Architecture and Design;
- cultural, historical and professional contexts;
- visual languages, materials and techniques of the practice of Interior Architecture and Design;
- a process of idea development and design realisation to relevant levels of professional competence;
- audiences, markets and requirements of professional practice in the design industries.

Intellectual Skills - be able to:
- exercise, in a creative design process, analysis, selection and judgement; 
- demonstrate a willingness to explore visual languages, materials and techniques;
- generate ideas, present arguments and draw conclusions independently;
- present a range of solutions to design problems in critical response to set briefs and/or self-determined projects.

Practical Skills - be able to:
- produce interior / spatial designs using a range of materials for various professional/audience contexts, using safe working practices;
- demonstrate relevant levels of professional competence in the realisation, presentation and communication of design ideas in a field of Interior Architecture and Design;
- make aesthetic and functional judgements in the realisation of design ideas.

Transferable Skills - be able to:
- research, critically evaluate, organise and present information to a range of audiences;
- retrieve and present information digitally;
- demonstrate personal responsibility and initiative in the management of own learning;
- identify personal strengths and learning needs;
- demonstrate effective communication skills through considered use of English language,
both orally and in writing;
- work effectively within a team;
- respond flexibly to change.

Year 1
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

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    Year 2
    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
    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

  • Admissions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be open in spring 2019.

    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.

    Period of study

    Full-time — 3 years
    Part-time — 6 years

    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. 

    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

    entry examinations
    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.
    Application deadline
    1 round (24.05.2019 - 31.05.2019)
    2 round (24.06.2019 - 30.06.2019)
    3 round (15.07.2019 - 21.07.2019)
    4 round (12.08.2019 - 18.08.2019)

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