The BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course is devoted to teaching architectural design in an experimental way and places observation and comprehension at the heart of this approach.
The BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course is focused on creating innovative design solutions to various contemporary issues inherent in the private and public spheres of the built environment. Recent graduates from the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design programme are now employed in exciting architectural practices in Moscow and elsewhere or, have initiated their own successful private practices. Our graduates are highly valued by employers for the range of skills, knowledge and attitude that they bring to all projects, irrespective of the scale and complexity and this is a testament to our approach to teaching and the student’s enthusiasm.
A distinction can be made to a more traditional Architecture degree where our interest is explicitly in the idea of an ‘interior’ or, more simply, working within defined limits or constraints. Most frequently this will be defined as being within an existing, or indeed proposed, building that must undergo change or adaption to meet a new brief, or set of circumstances. Nonetheless the envelope, or interior, in which students develop proposals could equally be defined by conditions of budget, time or materiality. Similarly the solution to a brief or problem may lie at a scale as small as a piece of furniture, or as large as an external public space and a more permanent structure.
To achieve this, our teaching seeks to expose students to design strategies that are rooted in observation, narrative and understanding that extends to both occupation and construction. This becomes a foundation for an iterative design process that shuns the a priori. The programme is focused on creating innovative design solutions in response to contemporary issues inherent in the private and public spheres of the built environment, and in particular Moscow. This gives a unique context and circumstance for students to develop their knowledge and attitude to practice. Their conceptual ideas and technical skills are developed through a combination of studio-based exploratory work, lectures and tutorials and consequently students are exposed to a diversity of ideas, working practices and design approaches. These are developed through both 2D design and 3D physical and digital modelling, often using real materials and construction techniques.
Also central to the taught programme is the idea that successful design solutions can only be developed through a thorough understanding of context in the broadest sense. In support of this belief a framework of Critical and Cultural lectures, seminars and visits aims to strengthen students' analytical understanding of the historic, contemporary and theoretical discourses that design plays in the built environment. Significantly students are asked to question how their work can engage with context in an intelligent and critical manner in parallel to defining what it means to be a professional
The teaching is structured around the design studio, where the assignments are developed under the guidance of tutors and visiting/guest lecturers. The studio provides an environment that fosters the ability to collaborate and communicate in a setting very much resembling that of a professional design practice. Unsurprisingly our teaching team consists of experienced architects from various European countries, including Russia, with a varied vision and rich professional experience in reputable design offices internationally. Importantly all teaching staff continue to practice and are regularly invited by some of the best European Architecture and Design Universities as guest lecturers and critics through the academic year. We believe that this diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds is an important feature of the course in catalysing a rich learning experience.
Starting with the redefinition of our understanding of space as a phenomenon and acquisition of techniques that help us measure and visualize it (Representing Space), we then move through a set of projects that develop knowledge about materials and their characteristics (Introducing Materiality), to more complex design exercises in spatial composition and our physical relationship to it (Anatomy of Space). The first year is finalized with a semester-long design project and exploration, where all previous primary experiences expand and fuse together into a comprehensive understanding of space as an entity more complex than mere volumetric definition (Serious Play).
- Design Studio 1 L4 A: Anatomy of Space (15 credits)
- Communication 1 L4 A: Representing Space (15 credits)
- Technology 1 L4 A: Introducing Materiality (15 credits)
- Critical and Cultural Studies L4 A: Design (30 credits)
- Design Studio 2 L4 B: Serious Play (30 credits)
- Communication 2 L4 B: Digital Skills (15 credits)
Year 2 (Level 5)
The second year is devoted to further development of an understanding of the discipline in relation to the built fabric, cultural and social context in parallel to technological elements of the design process. Students are expected to work with greater confidence and initiative at an increasing level of intricacy and scale. This is achieved through comprehensive contextual analysis and investigations into the composition of spaces to facilitate the coherent application of complex design vocabularies. Importantly the design briefs (Close Up and Inside Out) are located in real public buildings in Moscow, with unique and particular problems that need to be identified and successfully analysed. We believe that a genuine understanding of context leads to progressive and nuanced design proposals.
- Design Studio 3 L5 A: Close Up (15 credits)
- Communication 3 L5 A: Digital Skills (15 credits)
- Technology 2 L5 A: Detail (15 credits)
- Critical & Cultural Studies L5 B: Design (30 credits)
- Design Studio 4 L5 B: Inside Out (30 credits)
- Professional Development 1 L5 B: Preparing for Industry (15 credits)
Year 3 (Level 6)
The third year begins with two self-directed research projects with students taking increasing responsibility for their own learning, with close support and guidance from specialist teaching staff: First, a study of modern design methodologies, digital tools and production techniques (Contemporary Technologies). Second, a detailed research report relating to a particular building or space that could act as a host or catalyst for a student-generated complex design brief that addresses a theme shared by all members of the design studio (Generator). These investigations act as the foundation upon which the major design project in the second semester is based (Augment). This forms the central component of the portfolio of work completed over the three year Bachelor (Hons) programme.
- Design Studio L6 A: Generator (15 credits)
- Technology 3 L6 A: Contemporary Technologies (15 credits)
- Critical and Cultural Studies L6 A: Degree Essay/Report (30 credits)
- Design Studio 6 L6 B: Augment (45 credits)
- Professional Development 2 L6 B: Professional Practice and Employability (15 credits)
Upon successful completion of Year 3 students will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Admission requirements and processes
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course.
Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days following the language test.
Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits are compared with the number of credits which are necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Applications are accepted from March until August 31st, 2016.
Classes begin in September, 2016.
Period of study
Full-time - 3 years
Part-time - 5 years
Full-time GBP 5,100/year*
Part-time GBP 3,250/year*
Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.
*This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.
What documents are required if you apply
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:
- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview
During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced.
For Russian residents, interviews are conducted according to the schedule which you can find on our FAD page. The schedule of entry examinations for the BA courses is the same for applicants who apply for the Foundation Art & Design Course (go to the course page).
For international students we can organise the skype interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.
If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.
Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Download presentation with examples and recommendations for portfolio development (PowerPoint, 3,9 Mb).
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their educational and professional backgrounds in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Please contact if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or +7 (495) 640 30 15