Contemporary Design for Interiors Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information

  • Course Code: IA2540C11
  • Fees: View fees and financial support information
  • UCAS Code: W250
  • Validated by: Lancaster University
  • Study Mode: Full time and Part time
  • This course is recruiting in: 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19

If you want to be a successful interior designer you will also need a sound business head on creative shoulders. You will need to be able to develop a design that meets a client's brief -& within their budget - and see it realised. So, as well as drawing sketches and thinking about material and fittings, you have to calculate costs, recommend people to carry out the work and supervise its progress. You will study modules such as: Materials Techniques: Image and Colour, 3D Construction & Visualisation, Business Skills, Advanced CAD and Visualisation for Interiors, Regulation Framework for Interiors and more. This course should to appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into higher education after a gap of study.

If you want to be a successful interior designer you will also need a sound business head on creative shoulders. You will need to be able to develop a design that meets a client's brief - within their budget - and see it realised. So, as well as drawing sketches and thinking about material and fittings, you have to calculate costs, recommend people to carry out the work and supervise its progress. Our Contemporary Design for Interiors (FdA) course helps you do all this and more.

What will I study?

You'll study all the modules that form part of a foundation degree such as Personal Development Planning, Work-Based Learning and core Business Skills. You'll also then specialise in your chosen area of Interior Design. You might sometimes produce design solutions to live project briefs commissioned by interior design companies. You also have the opportunity to develop your own ideas. The Business Skills module recognises that there is a real need for graduates with skills in business and an understanding of how businesses operate. If you leave and decide to embark on an independent career, this module will ensure you have an excellent grasp of how to promote yourself and thrive as a new business. Work-Based Learning is integrated into the course. In the past, companies such as Graham and Brown, the major UK Wallpaper manufacturer, have provided work-based learning placements in their design departments. Previous students have also worked in local design companies in various roles. Whatever your work-based learning choice, you can be sure that you will not only gain experience in a specific area but also learn about the bigger systems that operate within a large international company.


  • Contextual Studies
  • Drawing
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Digital Design
  • Materials Techniques : Image and Colour
  • Materials Techniques : CAD for Interiors
  • 3D Construction Visualisation : Interiors
  • Research Methods
  • Critical Studies
  • Business Skills
  • Advanced CAD and Visualisation for Interiors
  • Regulation Framework for Interiors
  • Final Major Project
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Research Project

Download the Programme Specification for FdA Design for Interiors. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course. 

Entry Requirements

You'll need 120 UCAS tariff points. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. UK students should possess a Level 2 (GCSE level) qualification in English and Maths. Please check the International section of the website for details. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. All applicants will have to interview successfully and must show a portfolio.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 48 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by essays, assignments/briefs, presentations, portfolio building as well as an assessment of your final studio exhibition.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

There are excellent and diverse career opportunities available in this sector from interior designer agency positions to working as an independent designer. The Interior Design industry is wide ranging and the course caters for different areas within this industry. Many graduates however choose to top-up their degrees to a full BA (Hons) through studying an additional year at University Centre at Blackburn College. You will need a commendation in your Foundation Degree in order to progress to this level.

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"The courses are continuing to encourage the innovative and creative approach to the design process and can be seen in the work of the students. This can only continue to develop as the course continues to become established. I would congratulate the staff team on the work they have done and the standard of achievement their students have reached. I also thank them for the preparation of work and their hospitality during my visits."

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