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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 and art & design foundation courses; 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 with your portfolio of work once you have met our entry selection criteria (see Entry Requirements). The interview day will provide you with a general introduction, a tour of our fantastic facilities and a chance to meet and talk to current students. The interview is an informal discussion with, at least, one full-time member of the teaching staff and is an opportunity for you to get to know us and for us to meet you and learn about your work. You will therefore require a portfolio for the interview, and advice on what to include can be found below. Applicants can also attend one of our Applicant Visitor days to discuss accommodation, studying at Northumbria and to see our excellent studios, facilities and to discuss the programme with 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. We are particularly interested in seeing how you think and develop your ideas, so please bring sketchbooks and work in progress should also be included. Your portfolio should include some freehand, observational studies that convey your interest in and potential for interior architecture and best displays your engagement with creativity and the design process.

You should include…

  • Observational sketching and painting, including life drawing 
  • A range of media (2D/ 3D/ photography/ digital/ print/ mixed media)
  • Sketchbooks and development work 
  • Your personality
  • Any relevant work experience
  • Any self-motivated work which is not part of your current art and design course curriculum

Please note digital media on CDs/ DVDs/ memory sticks cannot be viewed during the interview


International Students

Shortlisted international students who are unable to attend an interview in person will be asked to submit a digital portfolio and will be interviewed via Skype. 



Northumbria University sets a minimum entry tariff for qualifications to ensure academic standards are maintained. 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

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