Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG348
  • Duration 3 / 4
  • Points Required 400*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary


The Interior Architecture and Design course at IT Sligo provides an Internationally recognised level of interior education and training aligned with ECIA* excellence in Interior Architecture education and best practice across Europe. This Level 8 Interior Architecture and Design Honours programme offers a unique combination of:

  • excellent professional grounding in Interior Architecture and Design
  • focused preparation for enterprise and
  • freedom of choice, creative opportunity and expression

*European Council for Interior Architecture

Why study with us?

 As part of the Yeats Academy, we draw on the existing ‘spirit of place’ of the rugged Atlantic coast– as have generations of creative practitioners who have come from or been drawn to this magnificent mythical place with its deep rooted history, evocative landscape, rich culture and creative spirit.

The learning experience in Interior Architecture and Design course is designed to be accessible, experiential, self-directed and supported, to scaffold and promote student independence and autonomy. We work with students in small groups to ensure personalised support from lecturers and to foster inter-student collaboration and connection. Students are provided with individual studio space which is accessible throughout the week, and can avail of all on-campus facilities (workshops, computer labs, printing services).

Interior Architecture Studio modules form the core of the programme. The Studio projects are carefully selected to give students diverse experience across a range of Interior typologies. Students have the opportunity to work both individually and in groups, to work with ‘live’ clients and on community projects, participate in international design competitions and to liaise with design professionals throughout the course.

An annual field trip to a European design capital forms part of the curriculum and is where possible linked to a visit to an international design week event or design industry fair.


What makes our Level 8 (Honours) Interior Architecture and Design course unique?

Students are provided with a choice of three or four year options. The three core years provide discipline specific training which is combined with modules that enjoy creative collaboration with programmes across the Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture. The sandwich year is designed in response to the diverse aspirations of our students offering a unique selection of pathways including:

  • work placements   
  • studying abroad- Erasmus opportunities
  • training for enterprise
  • a year of studies in another creative discipline at IT Sligo
  • student’s individual selection of modules from across the Yeats Academy

How is student work assessed?

A 'risk free' environment in which learning and creativity can flourish facilitates the student to become an autonomous professional capable of responding to design problems contextually globally, nationally and locally.

“If you want to change student learning then change the method of assessment”

                                       George Brown, Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

There are no tests and exams as part of the programme. Students are assessed through design projects and assignments with feedback given as the design and projects progress.

Do you share our vision?

Our Interior Architecture and Design programme focuses an environmentally conscious approach to the re-use, re-imagination and innovative re-invention of the existing built environment with a strong focus on sculpting interior space. Our graduates are skilled in responding creatively to both the Interior Architectural aspects of place, heritage and building as well as interpretation of client’s identity and design needs.   

Our vision for this program stems from the following core philosophical aspirations:

  • Care for human experience
  • Inspired, environmentally conscious response to place - community, location and culture
  • Creative communication and global engagement

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.


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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Students can apply through the CAO or as mature students.

 Extra CAO points will be credited to Students who have studied Art, DCG or Construction Studies at higher level for the Leaving Certificate. Students with relevant work experience or a Level 6 qualification in Interior Design, Spatial Design or similar may submit a digital portfolio of relevant work to admissions at IT Sligo. This may supplement CAO and other qualifications and  will be judged on an acceptance/non acceptance basis.

Career Opportunities

What are your career choices?

The global Interior Design Market is estimated to grow at a significant rate*, driven by changes in social structures and standards of living as well as governmental initiatives, regulations and corporate responsibility policies arising from the recognition of global environmental issues.  *

Our graduates are equipped with the necessary skills to work as interior architects, interior designers, retail or exhibition designers or to progress to specialist roles such as lighting designers, set designers or other. In addition to working in commercial practice environment, there are opportunities for our graduates in the design sectors in public bodies as well as in education.

Further Study

Completion of the Level 8 BA degree allows entry to a Level 9 MA in Interior Architecture through Creative Practice at IT Sligo, as well as serving as a gateway to a wide variety of national and international postgraduate courses.  


“The tutors are very approachable and accommodating. They have guided us through the design process from creating the brief, to concept development and on to project completion, instilling in us the importance of each step and teasing out a deeper, more considered creative response along the way.”

Regina Burke, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design


“The lecturers are made up a good mix of those with academic background and those with industry experience. It is easy see how the material being studied would be useful in a real life design setting.

The programme staff are very passionate about their topics but also the well being and welfare of students.”

Helen Merrick, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design


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

I have so many wonderful memories of my time at the IT 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

Course Format

Semester 1

Interior Architecture Studio I: Inhabiting the Interior10
Cultural Context: Interior and Furniture05
Interior Materials and Detailing05
Design Fundamentals: from Concept to Development05
Digital Media for Design III05

Semester 2

Interior Architecture Studio II: Material Identity10
Architectural Context & Theory I05
Design Realisation I: Refurbishment and Detailing05
Professionalism and Communication I- Interior05
Digital Media for Design; AutoCAD & Sketchup05

Semester 3

Interior Architecture Studio III: Re-imagining Place10
Design Research- Reading and Framing Place05
Architecture Technologies and Environment 205
Yeats Academy Creative Interdisciplinary Practice I05
Digital Media for Design: Revit05

Semester 4

Interior Architecture Studio IV: Collaboration and Community 10
Environmental Psychology for Design 05
Design Realisation II: Energy and Interior Environment05
Advanced Design Representation05
Professionalism & Communication for Design II05

Semester 5

Interior Architecture & Design Erasmus 1 Semester Abroad [E]30

Semester 6

Interior Architecture Semester Long Work Placement [E]30

Semester 7

Interior Architecture Stage Long Work Placement [E]60

Semester 8

Interior Architecture Studio V: Thesis Part I15
Research for Design and the Arts I05
Reflective Portfolio10

Semester 9

Interior Architecture Studio VI: Thesis Part II15
Research for Design and the Arts II10
Professional Studies for Interior Architects05

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.