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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBIR

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 27,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 28,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
024202C

Key features

  • Study in a school alongside students from a diverse range of creative disciplines in design, art and architecture.
  • Gain valuable workplace experience when you complete an industry placement.
  • Get matched with a professional design mentor in your final year.
  • Have the opportunity to benchmark your work nationally and internationally through design competitions.
  • Get the opportunity to publicly exhibit your work twice a year.
  • Participate in international and national study tours and field trips.
  • Take part in the annual Interior Architecture Professional Practice Week.
  • Learn from practicing, award-winning designers.
  • Study a degree has been ranked in the World Top 100 for Architecture1.

12017 QS Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

With a focus on design research, theory and practice, this degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in the creative interior architecture industry.

The curriculum is closely aligned with industry and students will learn about and gain practical experience in interior design practice along with furniture design and placemaking. There is also the opportunity to better understand the principles of project management through the choice of electives.

Real-world experience is a major focus and during your fourth year you will be paired with an industry mentor who will support you as you prepare to transition into the workforce. During your second and third year you will undertake work placements.

Why Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Why this Degree

This dynamic degree is the ideal introduction to the creative world of interior design; it’s also highly regarded and is ranked in the World Top 100 for Architecture1.

Our Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree offers a blend of hands-on experience with solid theoretical knowledge, ensuring you graduate with the tools needed for a successful career in this competitive field. Learning will be further enhanced when you:

  • work with community groups on real-life projects in Australia and overseas
  • gain valuable workplace experience with an industry placement
  • are matched with a design mentor who will support you as you complete your studies and prepare to embark on your transition into professional practice
  • have the opportunity to benchmark your work nationally and internationally through design competitions, and to publicly exhibit your work twice a year
  • have the opportunity to join study tours and field trips, where you will visit international and national design practices, exhibitions and significant interiors
  • take part in the annual Interior Architecture Professional Practice Week, where you have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities that enable you to apply your practical, theoretical and philosophical knowledge to professional design practice

12017 QS Subject Rankings

Real-world connections

There is a large practical component to this degree. Work placements throughout your studies mean you will gain valuable practical experience while building a network of industry contacts. In your fourth year of study you will be matched with a design mentor who will support you during your final year and as you prepare to transition into the workforce. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

This degree consistently records high graduate employment rates. You could typically find work in architectural practices, interior design practices, building companies, or other organisations supplying the design and building industry, such as corporate furniture suppliers. Careers to consider:

  • interior designer: design, document and manage the implementation of interior spaces
  • event designer: oversee and direct the overall look and visual appeal of an event
  • furniture designer: develop design concepts, experiment with different materials, liaise with clients, and build sample models for either mass produced furniture prototypes or one-off exclusive pieces
  • project manager: manage the design process, liaising between client, consultants and builders
  • design manager: work within major organisations developing and delivering design strategies to enhance the organisations brand and business strategies

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this program are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. The Bachelor of Interior Architecture does not confer qualifications in Architecture and the South Australian Architectural Practice Act legislation (2009) restricts the use of the title `Architect' to those registered by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia.

Industry facts

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Employment for interior designers in Australia is projected to increase by 19.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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The architectural services sector in Australia is projected to grow and reach $7.1 billion in annual revenue by 20201.

1IBISWorld’s Architectural Services market research report 2017

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Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors in Australia is projected to increase by 17,500 (14.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

Studying at UniSA has been a good experience and the City West Campus is going through a renovation at the moment, which is very inspiring for an interior architecture student. Facilities such as classrooms, lecture theatres and the Jeffrey Smart Building are all very good and have the latest technologies.

Eduardo Sanz

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Eduardo Sanz

Eduardo Sanz

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

The highlight of my studies was a study tour to Italy and Denmark. It was an incredible experience, not only in terms of the sights and places, but in the friendships forged between the group.

Coby Costi

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Coby Costi

Coby Costi

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree will see you graduate with the confidence and practical capabilities needed to succeed in this competitive field. You will:

  • gain a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of design, and through valuable hands-on projects and industry placements you will also gain practical knowledge and skills that will see you transition with ease into the workplace
  • gain an understanding of industry trends – delve into the world of workplace design, as well as the expanding field of furniture design with hands-on experience in the production and fabrication of furniture
  • apply design processes and strategies to a range of interior architecture projects, many of which are professional projects with real clients; alternatively you may choose to complete workshop-based courses where you create furniture prototypes

During your fourth year you will be given the opportunity to pursue your own area of interest, such as retail design, hospitality design, furniture design or other related fields.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • projects
  • presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • online quizzes

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Course name
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Design Studio 1 (Foundation) ARCH 1034 9 Note(s): 3
Interior Architecture Construction 1 BUIL 1019 4.5
Design, Culture and Environment ARCH 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Interior Architecture Studies ARCH 1031 4.5
Interior Architecture Construction 2 BUIL 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 2 (Materials and Practices) ARCH 1035 9 Note(s): 3
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Digital Media COMP 2016 4.5
Theory of the Modern Interior ARCH 2056 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 3)
Interior Architecture Studio 3 (Multi Media) ARCH 2047 9 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Interior Detailing BUIL 3005 4.5
Multi Media Representation COMP 2029 4.5
Interior Architecture Workplacement 1 ARCH 2058 0 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 4 (Detail) ARCH 2057 9 Note(s): 3
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Interior Architecture Research Studies ARCH 3057 4.5
Professional Management ARCH 4016 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 3)
Interior Architecture Studio 5 (Multidisciplinary) ARCH 3047 9 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Interior Technologies ARCH 3059 4.5
Art, Architecture and Design Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Interior Architecture Workplacement 2 ARCH 3060 0 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 6 (Workplace Environments) ARCH 3058 9 Note(s): 3
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Interior Architecture Research Studies Advanced ARCH 4007 4.5
Free Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 3)
Interior Architecture Studio 7: Atmospheres ARCH 4011 9 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Design Studio Research ARCH 4051 4.5
Art, Architecture and Design Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 8: Advanced (Social Sustainability) ARCH 4012 9 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
FOURTH YEAR (Honours)
Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 2)
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5 Note(s): 4
AAD Research Practices ARCH 5052 4.5 Note(s): 4
AAD Honours Research Studies 1 VSAR 4008 9 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
AAD Honours Research Studies 2 VSAR 4009 9 Note(s): 4
AAD Honours Research Studies 3 VSAR 4010 9 Note(s): 4

Interior design fundamentally deals with how the built environment effects people, how they work, play, learn, heal and live; our program distinguishes itself through its balance between practice and theory and learning through doing and making.

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

As an architecture student, you will have access to:

  • dedicated design studios
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum
  • digital and traditional workshops
  • specialised computer suites
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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