Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design

Interior Architecture and Design is a creative and progressive discipline which explores new and exciting ways to create interior environments which inspire and enrich the lives of those who use them. It is a profession which touches upon a variety of associated disciplines including, architecture, furniture, lighting, product, graphic design, set design and fine art.

The Interior Architecture and Design programme focuses specifically on ideas relating to-

  • Creativity- innovation and critical thinking in the conception and development of designs which inspire and excite;
  • Place– exploring designs that connect metaphors, memories, rituals and associations with the rich and diverse cultural and material identity of our region;
  • Inhabitation – evolving designs which enrich the relationship between occupants and their interior environments by manipulating narratives, emotions, aesthetics and expectations.

Our Interior Architecture and Design programme has evolved as a distinct but somewhat complimentary course of study to our highly regarded BA (Hons) in Architectural Design RIBA Part 1 programme which has been running since 1998. The two programmes share an experienced staff team of designers, some resources and a common visionof design and architecture which prioritises the following issues-

  • The creative and environmentally responsible re-imagining of our existing built fabric;
  • Following a regional design ethos;
  • Providing an internationally recognised level of education, training and progression; possibilities aligned with best practice for these professions.

The Unique Learning Experience:

The learning experience is accessible, experiential, self−directed and supported in order to promote both independence and responsibility as part of a design team. Our graduates are confident, critical thinkers with a personal vision toward quality design, equipped to become active and enthusiastic participants within their local communities and with the potential to transfer these skills to a global context.Through our progressive approach to design education we aim to empower students with a core belief in the genius loci of a region and a desire to make a positive difference.

Our dynamic ‘Studio Culture’ is enriched by;

  • Exciting design projects including: residential, hospitality, cultural, exhibition, community design, conservation, restoration, furniture and lighting design
  • Multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects with students from other design disciplines such as Architectural Design, Fine Art, Creative Design, Theatre Design and Advanced Wood and Sustainable Technology.
  • High contact time with tutors
  • Annual Field trips to design capitals: Amsterdam,Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Rome, Stockholm and Venice.
  • Student exhibitions and design competitions

Erasmus exchange programmes with partner European universities offering the opportunity to study abroad for up to a year

Key Skills:

During this course students develop a comprehensive range of high level skills appropriate to the dynamic and fast evolving role of the professional of interior designer-

  • Creative development of concepts and the expression/exploration of design ideas
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills involving the ability to draw and communicate utilising both conventional and digital techniques, 2D and 3D CAD, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • A critical understanding of the history and theory of interiors
  • Specialist knowledge of interior architecture and design practice involving, client, practice and project management
  • Interdisciplinary team working skills
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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2019 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

All applicants must apply through the CAO system. CAO applicants who are applying in the year of their Leaving Certificate are awarded a place based on Leaving Certificate points. The requirement for entry to the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design is six subjects at Leaving Certificate level. A limited number of places will be offered to mature students (over 23yrs of age) and graduates and transfers from other third level programmes. Students applying from outside the Republic of Ireland must demonstrate equivalency.

Non Standard Applicants may be called for interview and must present a portfolio demonstrating creative ability. Appropriate graduates from other programmes must apply directly to The Registrar’s Office of IT Sligo. Mature students apply through the CAO and will be called for interview. A request for supplementary information will be made including certified transcript of previous results. Places may be awarded based on this supplementary information.

Career Opportunities

Interior Architecture and Design graduates work in a variety of environments including architectural practice, in-house and freelance design for retail, public spaces, leisure environments, contract interiors and workspaces. There are also opportunities in exhibition design, TV and film, lighting design, visualisation, 3D modelling and point of purchase design.

Our programme gives students the opportunity to develop a broad range of transferable skills and design understanding that will enable them to work worldwide in many different contexts. Many graduates will go straight into design practice while others choose to pursue further academic study in areas of architecture, interiors, furniture design and conservation of historic buildings.

Students who achieve a 70% average overall in the BA in Interior Architecture and Design Level 7 course may be eligible to transfer into Year 4 of our BA (Honours) in Interior Architecture Level 8 course.

Students who achieve a 40% average overall in the BA in Interior Architecture and Design Level 7 course may be eligible to transfer into Year 3 of our BA (Honours) in Interior Architecture Level 8 course.

Graduates from our BA in Interior Architecture and Design will be entitled to Associate Membership of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

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