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Interior Design (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Interior Design (Hons) programme at Heriot-Watt University explores the creative process of Interior Design, from materials and furnishings through retail and event design to architectural alteration and technology. 
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The Interior Design (Hons) programme at Heriot-Watt University is delivered jointly by the Schools of Textiles and Design and Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society and provides a core set of design skills required by the industry, supported by contextual studies, technology, and material expertise. Students tackle projects and tasks that enable them to articulate their own niche in Interior Design.

Programme Overview

The third year develops the critical skills interior designers need today, through a balance of design, contextual, and engineering and building science courses. Students are set a number of briefs and projects, each with different aims and challenges. 

Most of these courses are linked together, allowing students to explore different topics within one over-arching project. Almost all courses incorporate a range of collaborative work with students and peers beyond the interior design discipline.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Studio 
  • Design Principles
  • Contemporary and contextual studies 
  • Critical Architectural Studies
  • Professional Practice
  • Environment and Behaviour

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • HND  A in graded unit. Direct entry into Year 3 is possible with a completed HND in a relevant design field, or with a completed course of studies equivalent to a HND (e.g. an Advanced Diploma, BTEC, or similar).
  • All applicants will also need to submit a design portfolio to demonstrate an interest in Interior Design prior to being interviewed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14640 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14640 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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