Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

424081 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Year 12 (ATAR-based): 66.00
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Degree overview

  • Shape the way people live, work and thrive in built environments.
  • Learn how design influences, impacts and improves how people live their lives.
  • Gain valuable workplace experience when you complete an industry placement.
  • Get matched with a professional design mentor in your final year.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for Graduate Careers in Architecture1.
  • Balance study with work and life commitments when you study selected courses in intensive six-week blocks.
  • Learn from practicing, award-winning designers.
  • Get the opportunity to publicly exhibit your work twice a year.
  • Participate in international and national study tours and field trips.
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only architecture museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawing and photographs.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in design is ranked world-class2.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities3, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22 Architecture and Built Environment – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic
Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities.
2Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



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 you will learn about and gain practical experience in interior design practice along with furniture design and placemaking.

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 third and fourth year, you will undertake work placements.

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 can create furniture prototypes.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Course name
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Design Studio (Foundation) ARCH 1034 9 Note(s): 3
Interior Architecture Construction Principles 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 Construction and Materials BUIL 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 2 (Materials and Practices) ARCH 1035 9 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Theory of the Modern Interior ARCH 2056 4.5
Digital Representation COMP 2029 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
Digital Documentation COMP 2016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 4 (Detail) ARCH 2057 9 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Interior Architecture Workplacement 1 ARCH 2058 0 Note(s): 1
Interior Architecture Research Studies ARCH 3057 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
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
Professional Management ARCH 4016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 6 (Workplace Environments) ARCH 3058 9 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Interior Architecture Workplacement 2 ARCH 3060 0 Note(s): 1
Interior Architecture Research Studies Advanced ARCH 4007 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 3)
Interior Architecture Studio 7: Atmospheres ARCH 4011 9 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Design Studio Research ARCH 4051 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Interior Architecture Studio 8: Advanced (Social Sustainability) ARCH 4012 9 Note(s): 3
Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Interior Architecture Workplacement 2 ARCH 3060 0 Note(s): 1
Research Methods (Creative) CREA 4004 4.5 Note(s): 4
Research Practices (Creative) CREA 5001 4.5 Note(s): 4
Honours Research 1 (Creative) CREA 4001 9 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Honours Research 2 (Creative) CREA 4002 9 Note(s): 4
Honours Research 3 (Creative) CREA 4003 9 Note(s): 4

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, as well as to 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. 



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 reports
  • online quizzes

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Why this Degree

This dynamic degree is the ideal introduction to the creative world of interior design.

Our Bachelor of Interior Architecture 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 publicly exhibiting 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 inFORM program, 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.


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. UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

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Career outcomes

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 and recognition

Graduates of this program are eligible for Graduate 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


Employment for interior designers in Australia is projected to increase by 19.1 per cent by November 20261.

1Australian Government, National Skills Commission, Occupational Employment Projections 2021


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


Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors in Australia is projected to increase by 17,000 (16.8 per cent) by November 20261.

1Australian Government, National Skills Commission, Occupational Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an interior 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 program director

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.

Mr Andrew Wallace

Program Director

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Portrait image for Mr Andrew Wallace

Mr Andrew Wallace

Program Director


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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