Study an online BA Interior Design degree with OCA

Have you ever looked at an empty space and imagined what it could become? Do you find yourself thinking about making places, creating completely new interiors or adapting what is already there?

Our online Interior Design degree gives you the opportunity to challenge your preconceptions of spatial design and explore what Interior Design really means. Discover what spaces can become and how you can learn to create them.

You’ll research spatial ideas and understand how people and societies relate to their interior environments. The course will harness your creativity to become an architectural investigator and playful innovator of new interior spaces.

Through drawing, model-making, creative research and self-reflection you’ll be encouraged to investigate your own approach to interior spatial design. You will develop techniques of creative visual and written communication, to articulate your ideas to others, and learn the important tool of collaboration in relation to design project work.

Throughout your course of study, your tutor will support you to develop the skills you need to become a professional interior designer, enabling you to work with clients to create exciting and innovative interior spaces.

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What is an online BA interior design degree?

OCA’s online interior design degree is a full undergraduate bachelor’s distance learning degree, ideal for anyone looking to become a professional designer or pursue their interest in interior design for personal development. This online interior design degree is open to anyone who has a deep interest in interior design, and this means that you can apply to join regardless of previous experience or qualifications.

Distance learning courses are a fantastic way of developing your skills and knowledge at a pace that fits around your existing personal and professional life. You’ll be fully supported in your studies to allow you to grow creatively throughout your degree.

Looking to complete an Interior Design bachelor’s degree online? Begin your journey today with OCA!

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Course Structure

The degree is split into nine units: three at Level 1 (HE4), three at Level 2 (HE5), and three at Level 3 (HE6). These are core units that all students take, and are prerequisites for moving onto units at higher levels.
As a flexible degree, you can complete the programme in 9 years, with a maximum of three years to complete each level of the course.

Course Units

At Level 1 (HE4), you’ll take three units, Exploring Principles and Theories, Exploration Through Experimentation and Exploring Creative Practice. You’ll be introduced to the basics of interior spatial design and the built environment, through a series of creative exercises, evaluation, reflection and synthesis of ideas, practical output and contextual studies.

Level 2 (HE5) covers all scales in three units, firstly Small: Detailed Spatial Understanding, followed by Medium: Design at a Human Scale, and then finally Large: Expanding Horizons. You will build on the basic principles learnt in Level 1, and develop your knowledge and skills further to thoroughly investigate the world of interior spatial design.

At Level 3 (HE6) all students take Final Major Project, Critical Research and Sustaining Your Practice. You’ll study Final Major Project and Critical Research together, combining everything you’ve learnt throughout the programme. Sustaining Your Practice is about preparing you for your life after study, enabling you to continue as a professional designer and using your degree in your hobbies and interests, or even to develop a new career.

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Learn about studying the BA (HONS) Interior Design course from Programme Leader, Catherine Byrne.

Catherine Byrne – Interior Design Programme Leader – Virtual Open Day 2021 from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

Interior Design Degree Pathway

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Foundations

£915

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,080

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,080

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 2 (HE5)

£2,040

Per course unit (6o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £550 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £860 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £280.

Foundations

£1,052

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,680

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,680

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 2 (HE5)

£2,340

Per course unit (60 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £740 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £1,120 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £300.

More Information

  • OCA degrees are paid for on a unit-by-unit basis and are around a third of the cost of a degree at a campus university. Unit costs depend on the level of the unit, and also whether you live in the UK or rest of the world.

    If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, please contact accounts@oca.ac.uk as different fees may apply.

    If you are funding your course yourself you can either pay for units in full or you can spread the cost by taking advantage of our deposit and instalment facility for which a £50 fee is included in the deposit you pay.

    All OCA courses are listed with Student Finance England, Wales, and Northern Ireland allowing eligible students to apply for a Student Loan to cover the cost of fees. You may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan and/or Disabled Students Allowance to assist you with the cost of study.

    We’ve made this helpful guide to take you through the application process, making applying for Student Finance simple and straightforward.

    Download the Student Finance guide

    The OCA Learner Support Scheme can provide partial bursaries towards course fees for students who are not eligible for funding via Student Finance, based on financial hardship.

    Other sources of funding may include employer contributions, Enhanced Learning Credits (for Armed Forces Serving Personnel and Service Leavers) and Prisoner Education Trust.

    As a student with OCA, most reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks, or sent to you in the post.

    Other costs you may find on your degree include purchasing software (i.e. Adobe Suite) and /materials/books/texts to assist in your practice and research. These can be around £400 at Level 1, £500 at Level 2, and £550 at Level 3. Costs will vary depending on your choice of medium and whether books are bought or loaned from the library. Work is largely submitted to tutors and for assessment via email, however postal costs are expected to be around £40 per assessment for sending materials depending on quantity and weight of materials. Rates for overseas students will be higher.

  • Interior Design is an open access degree; this means that there are no formal qualifications or experience required to join the course. All you need is a passion for the arts, and willingness to learn.

    All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English equivalent to CEFR B2. Further details on the entry requirements can be found in the Student Regulations.

  • Upon completing this degree you’ll have the skills ready to be a professional Designer. This can encompass a variety of interior designer or spacial designer opportunities, such as in commercial, leisure, or domestic settings, as your own boss or in a consultancy. Prospects can tell you all you need to know about interior design jobs and vacancies.

    In 2017 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 3.12 million jobs in the UK creative economy, and 80,000 new jobs were created in 2017 alone. The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK.

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