Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design add-on (Online)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required N/A
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Honours Degree Addon
  • Duration 1

Course Summary

This is an online one-year Add-on Level 8 Honours Degree (2 years part-time). The major focus of both semesters is a major Thesis Design Project of the student’s choice that consolidates and showcases their design skills. In supporting modules, students strengthen their professional knowledge, explore their interests and refine their graduate portfolio in preparation for practice. 

Pioneering Hybrid Delivery - Blended Interactive Studio CULTURE: Thought to both distance learners and students on campus. The first of its kind in the country, successful delivery of a hybrid design studio - delivered concurrently to students both on-campus and online, with options of full time or part time. 


Design Studio is at the heart of the course. All students participate in interactive design discussions with peers and lecturers, enjoying the encouragement of small study groups and a supportive studio culture.

In Design Project VII & VIII, a yearlong design thesis project of the individual student’s choice forms half of the overall programme. Here, the student consolidates their design, communication and technical skills in one major design project.

In Research for Design and the Arts I & II students research a personal design interest in depth, further enhancing their Thesis Design. Reflective Portfolio and Professional Studies for Interior Architects prepare the student for practice.  

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Interior Architecture and Design offer the following programmes:

Level 7               BA in Interior Architecture and Design                3 Year

Level 8               BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design    3/4 Year

Level 8 Add-on  BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design    1 Year

Level 8 Add-on  BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design    1 Year online


View our 'Why Choose Us' Video here

View our detailed programme Video to find out more about each course we offer.

Click HERE to view the Interior Architecture and Design Flickr account and image gallery.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Applicants must have obtained a merit 2 level 7 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. Interior Design or Interior Architecture). Alternatively, equivalency in prior learning (RPL) and experience must be demonstrated through a criteria-matched digital portfolio of work and/or interview with portfolio.  RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions/ credit for some parts of the programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work or career. Further information is available at which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

Queries re application, portfolio requirements and interview dates to be directed to our admissions team at

Career Opportunities

Graduates are qualified to work as Interior Architects or Interior Designers, employed within Interior Architectural practices, Interior Design firms and Architectural practices. Graduates can also find employment in the areas of Furniture Design, Lighting Design, Kitchen Design and Exhibition Design. Graduates’ graphic skills can lead to employment in 3D visualisation.


“As a full time Mum, I welcomed the opportunity to study remotely the BA (Hons) Add-on.  

I was initially apprehensive attending online classes, but it has proven to be quite user friendly overall. The recordings are also a great resource for revisiting lectures.” 

Regina Burke, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design L8 add-on


“The ATU Sligo campus and online facilities are second to noneAccess to the Yeats Library online is a valuable resource. Staff and students support each other to complete projects from inception to completion.

Oonagh Buckley, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design L8 add-on

Did you know?

We offer a number of programmes in Interior Architecture and Design here at ATU Sligo:

Level 7               BA in Interior Architecture and Design                3 Year

Level 8               BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design    3/4 Year

Level 8 Add-on  BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design    1 Year

Level 8 Add-on  BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design    1 Year online


You can view our 'Why Choose Us' Video here

View our detailed programme Video to find out more about each course we offer.


“My experience of studying in ATU Sligo is one I still think of fondly. Be it the learning experience with lecturers or the friendships made and forged in studio time, it is certainly something I will never forget.

Interior Architecture gave me a great stepping stone to where I am now, the broad range of projects I did while doing this course have helped me greatly in my career. Would highly recommend ATU Sligo and their courses, there’s nowhere quite like it.”

Louise Connolly,

Graduate, currently working for CDP Architecture

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees
Total Programme Fee: €6,600
To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage. 
If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.
For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.
If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage.