From 3D modeling to project management, Interior Design courses can teach you skills needed for a creative career using your eye for detail.
Most interior design courses consider technical content, understanding of volume and space, light, function and use. What sets our course apart is our user-centred and multidisciplinary approach – spanning retail, domestic, commercial, architectural, transport and marine interiors – to support you in becoming a fully rounded interior design professional.
Ranked among the 10 best universities in the country for ‘Design and Crafts’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019, our teaching team is made up of dedicated professionals and educationalists who are involved in consultancies or hold directorships in design studios. We’ll show you how to master creative thinking, communicate effectively and stay ahead of the game by monitoring new interior design trends.
A recognised centre of excellence, the department of Industrial Design was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education in 2008 and the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2007.
This course offers an opportunity to design for different uses and contexts in interior architecture and design. We cover a range of projects dealing with small to large spaces, anything from branding to work spaces, health and education, incorporating retail, commercial and domestic settings.
You will have the chance to learn to create innovative interior design solutions in a range of media, appropriate to the specific audience and use, taking into account critical factors, such as sustainability, technology, innovation and professional constraints.
Why choose this course?
If you like the idea of transforming and giving new life to the spaces in which we live, work, learn or play, this studio-based course will teach you how to plan and design imaginative interiors of all shapes and sizes.
A distinct advantage of our course is the scope of your potential field of work – from furniture and lighting to transport interiors. We express this scale in the axiom SMLXL, which stands for Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large and includes anything and everything from interior objects to large public spaces, small spaces such as residential interiors to super large interiors like airports.
Our course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and expertise needed to become a successful interior designer. It will also help prepare you for a broad range of roles within creative industries – from furniture or event designers to set design consultants, visualisation artists, point of sale design and teachers.
We deliberately strike a balance between traditional hand-processes and emerging technologies. You’ll participate in workshops for block material, drawing, and model making, while having access to laser cutting, rapid prototyping and 3D printing. With a focus on the quality of materials and user needs, we will encourage you to come up with original, creative solutions to challenging design problems.
Our students are among the most satisfied in the UK: we achieved 100% satisfaction in every category of the latest National Student Survey (NSS) overall, for the quality of teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, learning resources, personal development – the works.
All members of staff are committed to design research and are frequently called upon as industry or external experts for design consultancy and for other educational institutions. Their research expertise is vast and varied – from the use of spatial design to trigger emotional response and interaction between spaces and the human body to parametric design and the phenomenology of space.
International experience opportunities
Coventry School of Art and Design has a multinational population and you will be working alongside students all over the globe. Our teaching team and visiting lecturers include staff from the UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.
There are opportunities for all students to apply for an Erasmus-style study exchange with students on a similar course in overseas universities. We have direct links with countries beyond Europe, including universities in China, Indonesia, Singapore and USA.
Throughout the course, projects will be set with an international focus, enhancing your global experience and broadening your mindset. Recent examples include an online international learning (OIL) project with a university in the Netherlands and university in Spain. To gain a deeper insight into the industry, you will also be given opportunities to enter international competitions, such as PAVE and IIDA.
Interior designers are in demand in a variety of employment sectors, including retail, domestic, commercial and entertainment. You could go on to become part of a design team, work as a freelancer or establish your own design studio.
The breadth and depth of skills you learn can also lead to careers in graphic design, arch visualisation branding, marketing, journalism or teaching.
Professional enhancement is central to our ethos and you will be encouraged to embrace either an industry placement or international study exchange before your final year. The outcome of your final year will be presented in our prestigious Degree Show with a further chance for you to present your work at an external venue, such as New Designers or Free Range in London.
Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It provides specialist careers information, advice and guidance to all our students from their first year through to final year and beyond graduation, helping them achieve their desired career outcome. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.