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Wolverhampton School of Art

Interior Design with Sandwich placement

BDes (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

BDes (Hons) Interior Design is a strongly vocational course with project work at every level that is both current and relevant to graduate employment.

BDes (Hons) Interior Design is a strongly vocational course with project work at every level that is both current and relevant to graduate employment.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W252
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BDes (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

BDes (Hons) Interior Design is a strongly vocational course with project work at every level that is both current and relevant to graduate employment. The key to success as an interior designer is to be innovative and flexible with an in depth knowledge of contemporary methods, materials and concepts. As an interior Design student you will develop knowledge of specialist research practices leading to innovative ideas about space and function, learn visualisation and model making skills that bring your ideas to life and develop an excellent understanding of construction and technical specification that will enable you to present and pitch your design solutions to professional audiences.

In the first year, you will rapidly become familiar with the principles and practices of interior design using both traditional drawing techniques and contemporary computer visualisation skills. You will have the opportunity to work within a specialist workshop and studio environment on a wide variety of projects designed to provide experience and understanding of the many varied career opportunities available to interior design graduates.

Alongside these practical skills you will explore the historical and cultural origins of design and use this knowledge to inform the development of personally defined styles and approaches to creative problem solving.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

What happens on the course?

Interior Design is assessed on 100% coursework.

The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/ external projects in the public domain.

Studio and workshop culture is core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement (sandwich year) option. A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies.

Students are supported to progress and achieve their potential through careful tracking by staff in project feedback sessions, personal tutorials and formative assessment points. Each module has two points of formative assessment that provide key performance indicators for the student and staff teams to use in personal development planning. Assessment reviews and tutorials will be used to assess progress, galvanise the student to understand and map their own learning journey and to use this information to improve their indicative grades and project work. The assessment strategy has been designed to provide students with a number of opportunities throughout the year to test their work against the learning outcomes and to further develop aspects of their practice before receiving a final summative grade for the module. These formative reviews will also be used by staff to trigger university and subject support mechanisms for students who are not achieving at an appropriate level before summative results start to affect progression and achievement at each level.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Interior Design is a respected, professional and burgeoning industry that makes a significant contribution to global economies. As a consequence, many career opportunities exist for talented interior design graduates, either as freelancers or within design and architectural practices. This established and successful course aims to familiarise you with the principles and practices of interior design and prepare you for professional employment in the field.

Employability is core to the ethos of the School of Art’s learning and teaching, and Interior Design provides opportunities from Level 4 to experience and engage with professional and industrial contacts. At Level 4 students are encouraged to encounter and experience all aspects of their specialist area and further embed themselves into the subject through visits and speakers. At Level 5 students will have the opportunity to experience professional practice and will work on subject-specific briefs led by external clients/organisations. At this level there will also be an emphasis on off-site/live projects/placements that offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Level 5 is designed to give students the opportunity to risk take and experiment within their subjects but also to meet and network with other students across the School of Art. Level 6 emphasises self-negotiated projects and provides students with the time and support to develop their individual voices as artists and designers. There is also provision for interdisciplinary teams working together on ambitious final outcomes where appropriate, and student will be supported to maintain placement learning and external networks established at Level 5. In addition, the University offers a Career Development Week each year, which is intended to provide cross-curricula activities that enable students to extend or galvanise their skill and employability goals.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

All of our students have the opportunity to engage with an additional ‘Employability Award’ associated with their degree, and a high percentage of our students achieve the gold standard as a result of our employment-focused curriculum.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Interior Design course at the University of Wolverhampton aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to achieve your design and career potential.

The Interior Design course in particular is distinctive in its approach because you will:

  • Work in a dedicated art and design building with vibrant and lively studios
  • Participate in prestigious national and international design competitions, and work with our industry partners on real design projects.
  • Take part in work placements, specialist career development and graduate with the University’s Employability Award.
  • Work in well-equipped workshops supported by dedicated technicians with extensive digital prototyping facilities for both large and small-scale 3D realisation.
  • Enjoy annual study trips to national and international trade shows and exhibitions.
  • Enrol on an optional placement year
  • For more information about our facilities click here.
  • The member of academic staff who leads this course is David Henley.

The School of Art houses a range of purpose built studio spaces and workshops with an extensive range of professional equipment not available in schools and colleges. Students at the School of Art are taught by practicing artists and designers working in academic and technical roles. These specialist practitioners teach both fundamental skills, support experimental and speculative practice and ensure practice is underpinned by knowledge and awareness of contemporary contexts.

Student’s in the Wolverhampton School of Art work within professionally oriented studios and workshop spaces designed to emulate industry practices. Our undergraduates explore a wide range of design solutions underpinned by a clear understanding of the social, historical and contemporary contexts of their work.

As an interior Design student you will develop knowledge of specialist research practices leading to innovative ideas about space and function, learn visualisation and model making skills that bring your ideas to life and develop an excellent understanding of construction and technical specification that will enable you to present and pitch your design solutions to professional audiences.

In the first year, you will rapidly become familiar with the principles and practices of interior design using both traditional drawing techniques and contemporary computer visualisation skills. You will have the opportunity to work within a specialist workshop and studio environment on a wide variety of projects designed to provide experience and understanding of the many varied career opportunities available to interior design graduates.

Alongside these practical skills you will explore the historical and cultural origins of design and use this knowledge to inform the development of personally defined styles and approaches to creative problem solving.

The final year offers the opportunity for defining and refining individual creativity through self-directed project work, and allows for the tailoring of portfolio content to best suit a students chosen career paths. As part of your personal development plan you will also have the opportunity to enter national and international competitions to further your experience and readiness to enter the workplace

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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