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

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

Course Summary

This is a one-year add-on Level 8 Honours Degree. The major focus of both semesters is a major (year-long) 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, teaching simultaneously to both online and offline learners - 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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For Examinations, students may have to attend at the ATU campus through which they completed their studies. For some programmes it may be possible for the Exam to be taken remotely via online proctoring. ATU Students resident in the Republic of Ireland will be invited to attend exams at an exam centre located in Ireland. Students’ resident outside of Ireland or with exceptional circumstances may be eligible to attend remotely via online proctoring, where examinations are taken online and supervised virtually, subject to availability.

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

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

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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 and experience must be demonstrated through a criteria-matched digital portfolio of work and/or interview with portfolio.

Queries re application, portfolio requirements and interview dates to be directed to Admissions 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.


"There's really great Tutor support. The most important thing for me was an individual and human approach to each student.

Personally, this helped me a lot, giving me the opportunity to achieve my qualification.”

Ewa Duda, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design L8 add-on


“There is a huge amount of interaction between the programme staff and students.  You never feel unsupported or alone.  

The technology allows you to catch up on lectures should you want to refresh.  

I enjoy going to visit the campus, face to face allows a more in-depth catch up with both the lecturers and fellow students .”

Helen Merrick, 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.


“The course opened my eyes to a new world of creativity and design.

I have so many wonderful memories of my time at the ATU Sligo, from spending lots of time in the studio with classmates, to our Field trips in Sweden, Lisbon and London.

I really love my job; every day I get to work on different projects which keeps things interesting! My current role involves designing residential and commercial projects for the private sector.

This course really prepared me for the field of work as the construction industry can be very fast paced. I am extremely grateful for the course and the steppingstone which helped to pave my career.”

Karen Reilly,

Graduate, currently working for Corbwell Design