Study a Interior Design degree with OCA

Have you ever stepped into an empty house and marvelled at the blank walls, the open space, with eagerness to design or deliver the rooms creative potential?

BA (Hons) Interior Design at OCA will challenge your preconceptions of what space is, and how you can shape it. Exploring how people and society relate to their environments. The course will harness your creativity, helping you to become a spatial dreamer, architectural investigator and playful innovator of interiors.

Throughout the course you’ll develop skills by envisaging, exploring and experimenting. Support from your specialist tutor and creative community will evoke new ideas and interpretations. You’ll question both the physical and the invisible, conducting experiment-led research and learn from these tests. Through model-making, drawing and self-reflection you’ll be encouraged to develop your own creative approach to interior design. The course supports you to develop the skills you need to become a professional interior designer, working with clients to capture spirit and essence.

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Course Structure

The degree is split into eight units; three at Level 1 (HE4), two at Level 2 (HE5), and three at Level 3 (HE6). There are some core units that all students take, many more optional units, and some prerequisites for units at higher levels.

As a flexible degree, you can complete the programme in 3–9 years, with a maximum of three years to complete each level of the course.

Core Units

At Level 1 (HE4), you’ll take two core units, Exploring Principles & Theories, and Exploration through Experimentation. You’ll be introduced to the basics of interior design and the built environment, and learn higher education principles of creativity, evaluation, and reflection.

Level 2 (HE5) covers Advancing Forward, and Future Thinking. Here you’ll be introduced to conventions, and project management through negotiated briefs. You’ll also develop self-direction.

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 life after study, enabling you to continue as a professional designer and using your degree in your hobbies, interests, career, or maybe to start a new career.

Optional Units

Alongside the core units at Level 1 (HE4) you can choose an additional unit to study from the following: Sensing Environments, Responsible Design or Merging Practices.

Within these three units you could look at how we think about space and interact with it, how design is shaped by the environment and public use and perception, or the development of multi-purpose spaces with a focus on industry.

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Foundations

£875

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£3,945

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,260

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,260

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,315

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 necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,630

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).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,260

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website.

Foundations

£1020

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,380

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,600

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,600

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,460

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).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,800

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).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,600

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.

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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