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Portfolio Guidelines

These guidelines apply to BA (Hons) Interior Architecture.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture

Our popular BA (Hons) Interior Architecture course encourages applicants straight from school, sixth form college, art & design foundation courses and via mature student routes. Applicants, therefore, apply at different times, and all applications will be considered.

We interview applicants for this course, and we will contact you with an invitation to attend an interview event and to upload a digital portfolio of work once you have met our entry selection criteria (see Entry Requirements). The interview event will be online and include a detailed introduction to the programme and an individual interview. The interview is an informal discussion with a member of the teaching staff and is an opportunity for you to get to know us, to ask any questions and for us to meet you. You will also share your portfolio during the informal interview so that we can learn about your work and ideas in more detail, and you can find advice on what to include below. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of our Applicant Visitor days as well, to discuss accommodation, studying at Northumbria, to see our excellent studios and facilities in person, and discuss the programme with staff.


International Students

Shortlisted international students will be asked to submit a digital portfolio of work and will receive feedback on the outcome of your application from admissions and a member of the teaching staff.


Your portfolio

Your portfolio should be a collection of your creative work and is a means for you to demonstrate your abilities, interests, and potential for interior architecture. Your portfolio should include some freehand observational studies that convey your appreciation of composition and form, and your design development work/work in progress will show your enthusiasm for design, and interest in or potential for interior architecture. We are particularly interested in seeing how you think and develop your ideas, so please include sketchbook pages and work in progress.

You should include…

  • Observational sketching and painting (this could include life drawing)
  • A range of media (2D/ 3D/ photography/ digital/ print/ mixed media)
  • Sketchbook pages and design development work 
  • Your personality through the work selected
  • Examples from any relevant work experience
  • Any self-motivated work which is not part of your current art and design course curriculum 


Northumbria University sets a minimum entry tariff for qualifications to maintain academic standards. However, we also believe talking to you is an indicator of your potential too. If you are offered a place to study architecture or interior architecture at Northumbria, we are inviting you to join our community, not just join a course. Our Applicant Visitor Days and interviews are the opportunity for us to hear about your work and studies to date and to tell you about our community to help you make the right decision on where you would like to study.  


Course info

UCAS Code W251

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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