Subject Spotlight: Interior Design


What Exactly is Interior Design and Architecture? 

A unique blend of creativity and technical knowledge, it transforms indoor spaces into functional and aesthetically-pleasing environments. It’s a discipline that explores the art and science of designing and furnishing interior spaces – not just the aesthetics; but also understanding how different spaces function and how people interact with them.


Why Study Interior Design and Architecture Abroad? 

There are many reasons why an interior design course could be for you. Here are just a few:


  • Creativity and Innovation

This field allows you to express your creativity while solving real-world design problems. 

  • Diverse Opportunities

From residential projects to corporate offices and public spaces, the opportunities are endless. 

  • Impactful Work

Good interior design can significantly improve people’s lives, making spaces more comfortable, functional and enjoyable.


What’s it Like to Study Interior Design and Architecture? 

Typically it involves learning about colour theory, materials, lighting, spatial planning and building codes. It also includes practical training in using design software and creating architectural plans.


Career Prospects For Interior Design and Architecture Students 

A degree in interior design and architecture can open up a wide variety of exciting career opportunities in areas such as residential interior design, commercial interior design, sustainable design, or universal design, working independently or as part of larger architectural or design firms. Here are some potential roles:

  • Interior Designer

    Working with clients to create aesthetically pleasing interior environments, choosing colour schemes, furniture, flooring, lighting and other decorative items. 

  • Space Planner

    Using their expertise to plan and organise spaces in the most efficient way possible, space planners consider factors like workflow, safety and convenience. 

  • Furniture Designer

    Designing and creating furniture that’s not only functional and comfortable but also aesthetically pleasing. 

  • Exhibition Designer

    Designing the displays, stands and panels used at large exhibitions. 

  • Retail Window Display Designer

    Creating and arranging merchandise displays in windows or showcases to attract customers. 

  • Lighting Designer

    Working with different kinds of lighting to enhance the mood, look and functionality of a space. 

  • Kitchen and Bathroom Designer

    Specialising in designing kitchens and bathrooms for residential properties. 

  • Sustainable Designer

    They find ways to improve energy and water efficiency and indoor air quality, specifying environmentally preferable products such as bamboo and cork for floors.

Each of these roles requires a unique blend of creativity, technical knowledge and understanding of human behaviour. As you progress in your career, you may have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of interior design and architecture, such as sustainable design or historic preservation. 

Professional Bodies For Interior Design and Architecture 

Key professional bodies in this field include the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). These organisations offer resources, networking opportunities and continuous professional development.

Skills Any Interior Design and Architecture Student Should Have 

If you decide interior design and architecture is the best university course for you, there are certain skills you’ll need to succeed.

  • A good aesthetic sense
  • Creativity
  • Strong technical skills
  • Good communication skills 
  • Project management abilities
  • A keen attention to detail

Typical Degrees That are Interior Design and Architecture Focused 

Degree titles may include Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design or Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture and Design. Some programs may offer specialisation in areas like Sustainable Design, Lighting Design or Exhibit Design. 

Which Universities Offer Interior Design and Architecture Degrees and What are the Entry Requirements?

Studying interior design could lead to a rewarding career – and NCUK is an ideal pathway to get onto a top-tier course overseas. 

By completing an NCUK qualification, you have access to a wide range of interior design courses with our University Partners. Find more information about the wide range of courses, the universities offering them and the entry requirements using our course finder