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Interior Architecture

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A Designed User Experience

Open the door of any building, in any part of the world, and enter…

As you do so you will be aware that, with no conscious effort on your part, you experience a response to the space behind the door.

These sensations are not accidental… They are a result of our senses' (sight, sound, smell and touch) reaction to the effects of form, light, colour, materiality, and sound.

It is all of these experiential qualities that an interior designer considers in the design of great spaces, and which we as consumers delight in as we inhabit them.

You Will Learn

The Interior Architecture degree provides a fundamental introduction to the field of interior spatial design. Through a range of interdisciplinary and interior architecture specific studies students will explore the broad cultural and environmental issues associated with design as required to cultivate a liberal and technical education. The Interior Architecture program equips graduates with the ability to generate creative design concepts, critically analyse work, and apply relevant technical expertise to develop conceptual spatial solutions into a built reality.

Choose Another Campus

The Bachelor of Interior Architecture is also offered at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank campus (2nd year entry only, with 1 year approved credit).

Course Information

Open Majors and/or Minors 

The following Majors and/or Minors are open to all UC students:

Your Creativity: Your Degree

Students are able to apply for admission into this degree by way of portfolios and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.

Why Portfolio Entry?

Because your ATAR score is not always a true reflection of your creative potential. This pathway offers you the opportunity to show off your passion and keen eye for Interior Architecture. School leavers will use this pathway to secure an offer in the Early Round of admissions. Mature Age Students will benefit from not worrying about their ATAR score (or equivalent) and focus on showcasing their personal talent and/or professional achievements in Interior Architecture.

What Should I Include in my Interior Architecture Portfolio?

There is no application form as such, but for your information, you might like to include the following with your portfolio: 

  1. Education/experience background: Can you show us that you've done well in relevant subjects at school?  It is advised that you include any academic transcripts or certificates you have from your other studies.
  2. Interest in Interior Architecture: Knowledge of the field, why are you interested in architecture/landscape/interior/design, what is some of your favourite work and why? 
  3. Reasons for Applying: What inspired you to join the course and the profession?
  4. Your Portfolio: The assessor will be looking at the originality of your work and the quality of your presentation.  In general, applicants should submit 6-10 pieces of their best and most recent work. Your work might include:               
    • Drawings, illustrations and visual art, 
    • Photography, Film or Animation
    • Design or Multimedia project work
    • Creative writing examples

Where applicants are not offered a place in their nominated course of B Interior Architecture, they are often referred to the UCC diploma program, which provides an alternate pathway into it. Information regarding the Diploma can be found on the UC College website. In particular, the Diploma of Design develops students' knowledge and skills in creative thinking, visual communication, technology, 2D and 3D design and will focus on the investigation and development of design projects in a supportive studio environment. This one year diploma enables students to study a generic design program which provides a clear pathway to a variety of bachelor degrees in the field of design.

How do I Apply?

For application details and procedures, as well as information on upcoming Portfolio Workshops, please check our Arts and Design Portfolio Entry page. Or email your enquiry to portfolio@canberra.edu.au.

You can also watch the following video presentation with Erin Hinton, Lecturer in Design & Architecture.

The Interior Architecture major integrates significant industry involvement in the form of industry sponsored projects, and off-site visits to relevant institutions. Students are encouraged to engage with the industry and develop ongoing relationships through participation in live studio projects, lectures and skills workshops delivered by the industry elite, and through professional work placement.

Students additionally have the opportunity to study overseas for a semester through the University of Canberra Student Exchange Program, and receive full credit towards their degree.

Career Options

Whilst career opportunities for Interior Designers are growing increasingly diverse, graduates are commonly employed as interior designers or contract designers with architectural and interior design practices, building developers, retail planners, contract furniture designers, facilities managers, and specialised architectural products designers and manufacturers.

Within these practices, graduates may specialise in the following areas:

  • Residential Design
  • Commercial Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Retail Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Design
  • Heritage Interiors

Given the multi-disciplinary approach of the Bachelor of Design, all graduates will be equipped with the skills and depth of thought to work across a range of design related careers and industries around the world.

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