• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Art & Design
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Interior & Environmental Design is an exciting discipline involving the creation of interior spaces that enhance the quality of life of those using them. In designing shops, museums, courthouses, theatre sets or other interiors, designers use creative judgement and visual sensitivity as well as carefully resolving the practical aspects of a project. You will study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), part of the University of Dundee.

Interior and Environmental Design at Dundee

Our course covers many areas including interiors, architecture, exhibitions, installation, furniture and digital.

Interior & Environmental Design at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is an exciting spatial programme which operates at the creative intersections of design, architecture, art and societal need. New ways of experiences space are emerging and how we dwell, work and play is undergoing profound change as people, spaces and technologies merge. Our programme will help you explore personal responses to these issues. You will develop spatial thinking through materials, objects and place-making projects and international design contexts. 


These include interiors, exhibitions, installation, furniture, digital realms that embrace architectural themes and digital concerns. We will help you to develop your environmental awareness, presentation and communication skills. You will work in a large dynamic open studio environment.


Our teaching team has a wide range of experiences and interests including interior architectural practice, interior design research, furniture, spaces /service design & co-design, workshops and computer-aided design. You will also work with colleagues [staff and students’] from other disciplines.


We are members of the Group for International Design Education (GIDE) which lets you work on shared design themes with design peers from Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, England, China and Switzerland. Here you will have the option of collaborating at an annual design workshop in a host EU city. We are also members of IE Interior Educators. DJCAD Interior students are eligible to become a members of IE:S bringing you into contact with 4,000 peers across 50+ UK interior schools.



Did You Know?

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • think strategically as an Interior Environmental Designer
  • apply international and intercultural experiences to industry practice
  • use colour, light, materials to enhance spatial experiences and contexts
  • seek employment in the creative industries and in other sectors
  • apply for a Masters programme in the UK or abroad
  • promote yourself, your skills and your work to the public
  • explore membership of recognized professional organisations


Who should study Interior & Environmental Design?

You are

  • interested in the way we dwell in and experience environments
  • interested in how form, material, surface, skin are used to alter our experience of space
  • interested in the use of colour, light, texture and composition
  • creative, expressive and energetic
  • someone who works well in teams to solve spatial problems


You want to:

  • learn how to remodel and reuse spaces with sensitivity
  • explore the relationship between Interior & Environmental Design and Architecture, Fine Art, Design and new media
  • develop your digital skills
  • establish your own response toward Interior & Environmental Design


A student-led tour of the Interior Environmental Design facilities

Student exchange

The academic perspective is enhanced by opportunities for you to study abroad through exchange schemes that operate with centres of excellence in many European and transatlantic countries.

In addition, the department normally organises an overseas study visit for all Level 3 students.


Learn more about DJCAD

Our course covers many areas including interiors, architecture, exhibitions, installation, furniture and digital. Learn more on the DJCAD webpage

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBCC (minimum) - BBBB (typical) at Higher, including one creative subject (e.g. art & design, product design, graphic communication or other) plus an appropriate literate subject at Higher. A qualification in a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) is desirable. BB at Advanced Higher, including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects including one other subject outside art and design
GCE A-Level CCC (minimum) - BCC (typical) at A-Level, including one creative subject (e.g. art & design, product design, graphic communication or other) plus an appropriate literate subject at A-Level. A qualification in a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) is desirable. ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) BBBB at Higher, including one creative subject (e.g. art & design, product design, graphic communication or other) plus an appropriate literate subject at Higher. A qualification in a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) is desirable. Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level to include one creative subject (e.g. art & design, product design, graphic communication or other) plus an appropriate literate subject at Higher. A qualification in a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) is desirable.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include one creative subject (e.g. art & design, product design, graphic communication or other) plus an appropriate literate subject at Higher. A qualification in a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) is desirable.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Grade C with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at BC Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at BC Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in an Art & Design subject and 7 in a literate subject 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
Other Qualifications Foundation course in Art & Design
Notes All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and will be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

You will occupy a personal work-space and have access to excellent workshop resources across DJCAD and to a motivated teaching team, with expertise in interior architectural practice, interiors research, space, service-design and co-design, furniture, CAD and workshop.

You will be supported with CAD, workshop tasks and design studio experiences. You will study model making, laser-cutting, 3D printing, CNC, furniture, drawing, materials, structures, design studies and have opportunities to develop advanced research and enterprise reports in final year delivered by an interdisciplinary group of staff.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in international ERASMUS and or study-abroad exchanges and competitions.

How you will be taught

Learning occurs within a dynamic open studio where social interaction, peer and group learning and inter-year participation contributes to a stimulating environment.

Projects will help you work independently, in small Interior teams, in larger groups with students from other disciplines and be better prepared for industry. One-to-one tuition and small group discussions and critiques are the most important features of your dialogue with the teaching team.

How you will be assessed

Project work is reviewed at the conclusion of modules and assessed at the end of each level. Some theoretical designs are assessed by supporting essays and exams.

What you will study

Level 1

Level 2

  • Material Matters [Interior material projects, lectures and workshops]
  • 21st Century Designer
  • Overseas Study Trip [self-financed/ optional dates vary]
  • Border Crossings [international collaboration with interior schools in the Netherlands, USA, Slovenia and Scotland]
  • Change by Design

Level 3

  • PNC1: Partnerships, Networks and Connections pt1 [semester 1]
  • ERASMUS / Study Abroad at an international institution [optional]
  • Elective modules [semester 1]
  • PNC2: Partnerships, Networks and Connections pt2 [semester 2]
  • GIDE International Study Workshops Trip [self-financed/ optional mid Feb]
  • Alternative Futures pt1 [semester 2]
  • Research & Creative Practice pt1 or Design Enterprise pt1 or Communications Futures pt1

Level 4

  • Design in Action Honours / Personal Project [semester 1 & 2] and includes CAD, Professional Practice workshops
  • Alternative Futures pt2 [semester 1]
  • Research & Creative Practice pt2 or Design Enterprise pt2 or Communications Futures pt2
  • London Free Range or New Designers Exhibition [self-financed/ optional after degree show]

With the wide range of skills that you will develop on the design programmes, you will be prepared not only to practise as a designer in your chosen field but also to meet the challenges of a variety of different career paths. Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work and postgraduate activity including:

  • Interior and architectural design
  • TV and film set design
  • Furniture design
  • Lighting design
  • Theatre set design
  • Exhibition
  • Installations
  • Soundscapes
  • Arts management
  • Computer Aided Design
  • games industry
  • Animation
  • Business
  • Teaching

We support students in this initial step by providing the opportunity to exhibit their work annually at events in London. Each year level 4 Interior & Environmental Design students are given the opportunity to exhibit at FREERANGE London, a graduate summer show that provides a platform for graduates to showcase their creative talents at the centre of London's creative scene.


Others have gone on to freelance and establishing their own successful businesses. Extra curriculum activities such as the Enterprise Gym help students cultivate entrepreneurial skills.

Alison Best, Interior & Environmental Design Graduate

“I began Interior and Environmental Design in the mind set that I could never achieve the diverse and creative work everyone was producing within the course. Four years later I can honestly say I have never been happier I made the journey and challenged myself through such an innovative and positive experience. The support from my fellow classmates and tutors has been immense and outstanding during my time at DJCAD. This support and encouragement has pushed me to my limits in succeeding and being in a position I never thought I could reach. The huge range of skills I have gathered have allowed me to develop into the unique and confident designer I am today.”

Eilish Victoria, Interior & Environmental Design Graduate

"The enthusiasm, dedication and support from the tutoring staff in Interior & Environmental Design is what sets the course apart from other programmes. Constantly willing to go above and beyond, tutors push you to succeed and grow. They are always approachable and available to help, there to listen and inspire you. This close relationship between staff and students gives the whole department a team spirit that makes it an energetic, welcoming and collaborative creative environment."

Nicole Tennant, Interior & Environmental Design Graduate

"Spending the past four years as a part of IED has been an amazing experience for me. You are given the opportunity to learn new skills and develop your own style through a wide range of projects which also give you the chance to realise your strengths and interests in the various areas within the discipline. Not only is IED a brilliant course, you also build relationships with people throughout the different year groups, making your time at IED welcoming and sociable - some of the friends I have met on this course will stay my friends for life."

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

Digital Interaction Design, Product Design and Interior & Environmental Design share core values: People, Place, Design and Technology.  We want to hear how applicants to the courses are interested in our values. The following recommendations will help in the preparation of your creative work portfolio for discussing with staff at interview.

Application Consideration Process

Based on the information contained in the UCAS application, selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview to present their creative portfolio.

It is also very important to select a Referee who will fully support your application.

Investigate your discipline -Your personal statement should demonstrate your interest in Interior & Environmental Design as a discipline.

Preparing a Creative Work Portfolio

We recommend you prepare a creative work portfolio that demonstrates quality rather than quantity of work. Be selective of your project work, showing ideas as well as finished artefacts or presentations.

We understand that by its very nature, creative work can be diverse. Applicants to Interior & Environmental Design are engaged in computing, technology, art & design and spatial design in very different ways.

We consider all creative portfolio work including: websites, videos, blogs, computer graphics, sound recordings, things you have engineered, photographs, sketchbooks, posters, paintings, drawings, models, 2D & 3D prototypes you have made by hand or digitally drawn.

Creative work may also include inspiration or creation of music, dance, drama and poetry.

Digital Portfolio Guidelines

Within your portfolio submission, we would ask that you evidence work that connects with our core values: People, Place, Technology and Design.  

Please select no less than 15 images based on the information provided below.

Digital Folio Submission Format

jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, tif, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, png and bmp file types are allowed and each file size limit of 5Mb.

Movie files can be submitted providing links to YouTube/Vimeo or QuickTime movies.

You can also provide us with the URL of your blog, website and any on-line folio of creative work. We can look at this as well as review your images.

If you are unable to present your creative work portfolio in person, we offer submission of a digital portfolio and an interview via Skype as an alternative; however we strongly encourage all those invited to attend interview. 

Digital Portfolio Content

The main content of your portfolio will demonstrate aspects of your design process, a variation of the Design Council’s double diamond Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver. 

You will select how you structure your portfolio, either by projects or themes.  We would like to see your comments on our core values, either in the narrative of you annotations or project analysis.

People, Place, Technology and Design

Our values emerge as themes through design practice: People, Place, Technology and Design.  Ideally, we want to view your digital portfolio/read your supporting statement/question responses as if we are having a face-to-face conversation with you.

We want to know if you are comfortable with our values and share them. 

We have prepared some probing questions connected to our three values and themes to encourage you to have a conversation with us while preparing your digital portfolio.

We realise that the UCAS personal statement does not allow you to fully express specific interests in either studying at Dundee or Design education if you are interested in and apply to several courses/institutions and therefore we would like to know more about your reasons for studying in Interior & Environmental Design at Dundee.

Top tips

  • We suggest that your digital submission does not exceed 5MB
  • Create a contents page to structure your projects and demonstrate your skills
  • Make sure your images are clear, bright and a scale suitable to view online
  • Use a typographic font that is legible for online viewing

Digital Portfolio Submission

You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.

Attending an Interview

Selected applicants will be invited (via email) to attend an interview. You will be given notice to allow you to prepare your creative work portfolio and make any necessary travel arrangements.

You will be given a tour of the studios/facilities as well as meet with current students, individual interviews will take place thereafter. This is as much an opportunity for you to ask questions relating to teaching & learning, as it is for us to get to know you and your interests. There will also be an opportunity to take a campus tour.

Interview Preparation

Learning how to visualize your creative ideas is part of the course content, so if you lack a traditional portfolio, it is more important that you are able to talk with enthusiasm about what you do.

If you’ve not been involved in structured creative project work, we want to hear what you have been doing: events, exhibitions or on-line forums you’ve engaged in.

What aspects of the discipline, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the University of Dundee appeal to you? We really want to know why you want to study on the programme to make sure you have applied for the right course.

We look forward to meeting you soon and hearing what People, Place, Design and Technology mean to you.

  • From a People perspective, we all have different needs and we want to hear how you think your designs will make people’s lives better. Who would you like to design for? What problems did you notice that inspired you to redesign an existing product or devise a new one? What did you learn from prototyping and model-making? How did others respond to your designs? How did you resolve issues around form, aesthetics and ergonomics?
  • From a Place perspective, what types of environments interest you in terms of places of work, home or play?  Which artists, designers, architects and mavericks do you admire?  How do you generate ideas?  Which creative processes and skills do you like to use to express your ideas (digital, hand-made etc.)?  How do you relate to people and places when you develop interior ideas
  • From a Design perspective, what designers or companies do you admire? Is there a period in design history that inspires you? What tools and techniques do you use in the design process that shows your skills? What aspects of the thinking and making process do you enjoy?
  • From a Technology perspective, you need to think and plan how you tell your story: tell us how you perhaps use open source code or deconstruct your computer. Are there tech trends that interest you, screen designs, human interfaces or social networking platforms? Have you worked with materials, structures or electronics to develop designs? Explain why you love working with technology and what got you started.

Application Decision

Based on your application/interview, a decision will be made and notified to you via UCAS Track.

If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.



  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowInterior and Environmental Design BDes (Hons)W250