Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG331
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 213*
  • NFQ Level 7

Course Summary

What is Interior Architecture and Design?

Interior Architecture and Design is a profession that explores new ways to create inspiring interior environments within the built environment, promoting sustainability through creative re-use of space.

Why study with us?

The Interior Architecture and Design course at IT Sligo places the creative response to culture, community and location at the heart of every project. Interactions with live clients, sites and diverse design projects provide students with real world design challenges, with a focus on developing versatile, industry- ready skills. Students are motivated to be innovative and progressive trendsetters, inspired by up-to-date knowledge of the design world.

The core element of the programme in each year is Design Studio. The dynamic and creative Studio environment encourages students to develop their individual design style and skills through diverse selection of projects which include residential, hospitality, cultural, exhibition, community, conservation, restoration, furniture and lighting design, as well as collaborative projects with students from arts and construction-based professions. Students enjoy one-on-one contact time with tutors in dedicated studio spaces.

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, involving real clients and live sites;
  • Annual Field trips to design capitals: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Rome, Stockholm and Venice;
  • Student exhibitions and design competitions

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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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 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

Graduates work as Interior Architects, Interior Designers in Interior and architectural practices, or as specialist designers in retail, branding, hospitality design, contract interiors, and point of purchase design. There are also opportunities in exhibition design, TV and film, lighting, visualisation, and 3D modelling.

Further Study

Students can progress onto the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design at IT Sligo. This can be studied full-time for 1 year or part-time over 2 years. Alternatively, level 7 graduates can apply for advanced progression into national and international L8 programmes in Interior Architecture, Interior Design and Spatial Design.


“I choose this course because compared to other similar courses this was expressed more as an artistic choice. It’s for artists and practical thinkers. It’s a great course to learn new media from physical art (clay/ paint) to the digital world on computers (Photoshop/CAD). I love how free you are with your work. You get a brief and you’re allowed to express that in any way you’d like.” 

Rachel Walsh, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design


“I enjoy the atmosphere of the college and how friendly everyone is. From first year, the course has really pushed us to immerse ourselves and learn about the area and its history.

Through group projects and spending extra time in studio it has really made us bond as a group.”

Jordina Doyle, currently studying Interior Architecture and Design

Course Format

Semester 1

Interior Design Studio 1A10
Visual and Material Culture 1 (Introduction & Historical Survey)05
Architectural Technologies & Environment 105
Visual Literacy05
Design Fundamentals: Representation Skills05

Semester 2

Design Studio 1B10
Interior Context and Theory: Understanding Design05
Design Realisation: Interior Environment, Materials and Construction05
Design Fundamentals: Interior Representation05
Digital Media for Design 2 (Applied Digital Projects)05

Semester 3

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 4

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 5

Interior Architecture Studio III: Re-imagining Place10
Design Research- Reading and Framing Place05
Architecture Technologies and Environment 205
Visual and Material Culture 3: (The Contemporary World)05
Digital Media for Design: Revit05

Semester 6

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

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