Why study this course?
Our Interior Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is the perfect choice if you want to pursue a career in interior design but don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the requirements to enter the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students who study the traditional three-year course.
This four-year course has a built-in foundation year that is both preparatory and diagnostic, meaning we’ll help you discover your strengths, find areas of improvement and prepare you for the subsequent three years of study.
Our Interior Design course scored highly for student satisfaction across the board in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021. It achieved 92% student satisfation for the teaching on the course, 96% satisfaction for learning opportunities, 93% for assessment and feedback, 91% for academic support and and overall satisfaction score of 93%!
We’re also in the top 35 unis in the UK for architecture according to the Guardian university league tables 2022.
You can find out more about what to expect on the course in this video presentation from our Head of Interiors.
More about this course
Our Interior Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) involves an exciting range of projects in the cultural, social and commercial fields that will prepare you for a successful career in interior design.
The foundation year will prepare you for academic study by equipping you with skills such as essay writing, reading, research and critical analysis. You’ll also be introduced to working in studios and workshops, while completing intensive short-term projects. These will be followed by interpretive and longer projects, which aim to give you a sense of direction and a personal perspective on interior design, as well as on the broader art and design field.
You’ll share your foundation year with students from our other foundation year courses, allowing you to gain new perspectives on and ideas for your own work. There will be opportunities to view work from other students and present your own finished and work-in-progress projects. This year will be excellent preparation for the end-of-year exhibition, where you’ll present your project to your peers, tutors and the general public.
On completion of the foundation year you’ll begin more focused study of interior design, sharing the classroom with students who have started on the traditional three-year course. You’ll study the same course content and have the same choice of modules as those students. You can learn more about the subsequent three years of study by visiting the Interior Design BA (Hons) course page.
If towards the end of your foundation year you decide that you’d like to specialise in a different subject area there will be flexibility to do so.
You will be assessed via project work, essays and an individual portfolio.
Where this course can take you
This course will prepare you to work with confidence as a specialist in a design or architectural practice. On entering the workplace you will find your role requires a range of skills and experience beyond the purely creative. The collaborative nature of the projects you’ll complete whilst studying are ideal for preparing you for interacting with other professionals and performing construction industry processes.
Recent graduates have been employed by design companies including Gensler, BDP, Turner Bates, Black Sheep, Fitch, AI Architects, Woods Bagot, Foster and Partners, Seen Displays, Areen, My Beautiful City and Avante Garde.
We also have graduates who have chosen to work for set designers, interior design magazines and in museum and gallery curation.
Others have chosen to continue onto postgraduate study. Graduates of this course are well-suited to pursuing further studies in interior design, sustainable design, architecture and environmental design and strategic brand management at postgraduate level. We have a variety of suitable courses at London Met, such as:
- Interior Design MA
- Environmental, Sustainable and Regeneration Design MA
- Architectural History, Research and Writing MA
- Public Art and Performance MA
Every student who studies on one of our three interiors courses has the opportunity of a work placement at a leading London design practice. We place our students in the top 150 interior and architectural practices in London including Penson, Gensler, turnerbates, Fitch and WeAreYourStudio.
What is a degree with a foundation year at the School of Art, Architecture and Design?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). A foundation year in our School of Art, Architecture and Design is the starting point for many of our art, architecture and design students and acts as an introduction to the wide range of creative practices explored within the University. You may join us with a clear idea of the subject you intend to study or you may use it as an opportunity to explore a number of different directions or experiment with your creativity. A foundation year degree is also a great choice if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.