Interior & Environmental Design BDes (Hons)

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: W250
Interior & Environmental Design
Interior & Environmental Design
TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


Interior & Environmental Design is top in the UK (*Guardian University Guide 2018)

Interior & Environmental Design is a dynamic spatial course combining design, architecture and art.

We have exceptional international links and focus on societal issues reflecting contemporary practice.

We offer a vibrant studio culture which puts you at the heart of the creative community at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

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You will learn how to interpret, design and adapt a range of new and existing environments by applying research methods and creative strategies for a range of spaces, objects and architectural scenarios that enhance the well-being of occupants and responds to client's needs.
Working at varying scales, sites, and contexts, we encourage you to develop a creative and intellectual position. You will explore spatial theories, societal contexts, and develop skills in space-planning, colour,materials, structure, lighting, and user experiences.
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Our teaching team are highly experienced in interior architectural practice, research, user and community engagement methods, architectural digital modelling, and furniture. You will benefit international collaborations, engage in national and international competitions, participate in optional (self-funded) study-trips, and in national graduate events. There are exciting opportunities to study at other design schools under Erasmus and/or Study Abroad.

We are founding members of IE (Interior Educators), a UK network which provides our students with access to peer support, industry advice, access to national competitions and prizes, and exciting opportunities to exhibit in London and enhance your job prospects. We are members of GIDE, the Group for International Design Education, a network of eight nations who collaborate annually in week-long workshop in an EU city and in shared projects.

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

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBCC (minimum) - BBBB (typical) at Higher including one or more from art and design, product design or another creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject BB at Advanced Higher, including one or more from art and design, product design or other creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing, information systems) and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level CCC (minimum) - BCC (typical) including one or more from art and design, product design or another creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject ABB including one or more from art and design, product design or other creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing, information systems) and an appropriate literate subject
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DMM A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level including one or more from art and design, product design or another creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject. 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 or more from art and design, product design or other creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing, information systems) and an appropriate literate subject
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H3H3H3H3 at Higher Level including one or more from art and design, product design or another creative subject, a science or appropriate technical subject (e.g. mathematics, physics, computing or information systems) plus an appropriate literate subject Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
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. HND in an Art & Design subject
Notes All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may 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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

You will have a personal studio-space each year which mirrors industry. You will have access to an excellent library, workshops, and digital fabrication facilities to help you develop your independence and confidence. Staff across art & design disciplines will assist your practice.

You will study:

  • Adaptive reuse, space-planning & spatial theories, systems and analysis
  • Model and place-based prototyping (physical & digital)
  • Digital manufacturing processes: laser-cutting / 3D printing/ CNC
  • Construction principles, furniture, materials, structures & assembly
  • Coding & programming linked to environments
  • Presentation & drawing skills
  • Critical & contextual studies

How you will be taught

You will learn within a dynamic open studio where creative interaction, peer, group learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and inter-year projects contributes to your development and future employability prospects. You will take part in industry-led, national and international design competitions, events and workshops.

Projects will help you establish an understanding of interior environmental issues through one-to-one tuition, small group tutorials and project presentations which are the most important features of your dialogue with peers and tutors.

How you will be assessed

Studio projects are reviewed at the mid-way stage and assessed at the conclusion of modules at each level whilst some contextual tasks are assessed by supporting illustrated essays and exams.

What you will study

Level 1

Apply directly to BDes (Hons) Interior & Environmental Design with a successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course, high school or equivalent (apply to W250).

Interior & Environmental Design shares a first year with BSc (Hons) Product Deisgn and Interaction Design. We explore projects reflecting the themes of people, place, design & technology. You will learn in a large open-plan studio and will develop your creativity, spatial design, and people-centred research methods. We offer an optional, self-funded study trip at this stage. Modules include:

Modules include:

Exploring print & web communication, categorisation and re-interpretation of media.

Introduction to 3D physical and digital prototyping.

Exploring the principles of visual communication, creative problem solving and critical thinking.

Observation and user research methods to understand place, objects and experiences.

Developing spatial, object and screen-based outcomes in independent and team projects.

Level 2

You will be introduced to interior practice in two large 40 credit modules. Smaller modules, led by Computing (School of Science and Engineering), introduce you to basics of coding, programming, and interactive objects and spaces. We welcome direct entry applications at this entry point from established colleges and other routes, and offer an optional, self-funded, study trip at this stage. 

Modules include:


The Module Co-Ordinator is Dr Rachel Menzies

If you want to talk about an aspect of the module or your work on it, please make an appointment to see the lecturer.

If you use email, please include "AC22006 " in the heading.

About the Module

An introduction to physical computing, the importance of well-designed human-computer interfaces and the extended interactional opportunities afforded by a rich range of sensors and actuators connected to the microcontroller.

Credit Rating

There are 20 SCQF points available on this module.

Module Timetable

1 Introduction to Physical Computing
2 Fundamentals of Arduino
3 Sensors
4 Actuators
5 Revision
6 Sensor project
7 The Internet of Things, Escape Rooms
8 Final Project
9 Final Project
10 Final Project
11 Revision
12  Class test

Assessment and Coursework

Coursework counts for 50% of the final module mark.
The final degree exam counts for 50% of the final module mark.


Marking criteria are provided on My Dundee for all assignments so that you know what we are looking for when we are marking your coursework. Please ensure that you refer to these when completing assignments.

TitleWeek GivenWeek DueEffort Expected (hours)Value (%)
Interesting Arduino 1 3 12 10
Sensor Project 5 7 25 20
Final Project 7 10 40 30

Reading List

All course material is available on My Dundee. This includes copies of lecture materials, practical exercises, and assignments. The reading list for this module can be accessed from My Dundee and provides recommended materials for completing the module.

Exploring sensorial, technological and temporal interactions in new and existing buildings.

Combining adaptive reuse of existing buildings with open-source and user engagement skills.

Level 3

You will collaborate with students in Product Design and Digital Interaction Design in semester one. Students can undertake an international exchange at this level. In semester two, you will focus on a spatial narratives module. You can participate in an optional, self-funded, EU interdisciplinary workshop at this stage. You will select one of three critical report options.

Modules include:

Physical Digital Products

Designing and prototyping interactive physical digital objects and places linked to an EU collaboration.

  • Expansive Learning Modules

Select from a wide range of optional modules and subjects across art and design. 

Developing speculative narrative strategies for new-build, existing buildings and/or urban sites.

Alternative Futures Part 1 - Produce a critical report for Design Enterprise 2; Communication Futures 2 or Dissertation 2 (select one)

Research and Creative Practice 1 

Design Enterprise 1 

Communication Futures 1 

Level 4

You will develop an independent vision for your final-year studies in both core studio modules (90 credits) and critical written research options. You will be expected to collaborate in the conception, design, fundraising, and delivery of a cohesive exhibition as a group.

Modules include:

Develop an ambitious, self-directed socially focussed brief reflecting advanced interior practices.

Alternative Futures Part 2 (30 credits across Sem 1 and 2) - Conclude a critical report for Design Enterprise 2; Communication Futures 2 or Dissertation 2 (select one):

Research & Creative Practice 2

Design Enterprise 2

Communications Futures 2

Our graduates are intellectually and creatively flexible individuals who work across creative industries in some of the following sectors:

  • Interior Design
  • Architecture
  • Exhibition Design
  • Furniture
  • Advertising & Retail Brand Experience
  • Education (teaching art & design at all levels)
  • The Arts
  • Computer Games Industry
  • Theatre, TV and Film Set Design (Game of Thrones; Star Wars; Trainspotting)
  • Lighting Design

Many go onto work for established cultural institutions such as:

  • BBC
  • Walt Disney
  • RIBA Royal Incorporation of British Architects
  • British Council
  • Scottish Futures Trust
  • V&A
  • National Museums of Scotland

Many go onto work for established UK and international practices, such as:

  • Ted Moudis Associates, NYC, USA
  • Moray Smith, London
  • Landau + Kindelbacher Architekten, Munich, Germany
  • Hassel, Perth, Australia
  • 20:20 Limited, London
  • Kokai Studios, Shanghai, China
  • Penson, London
  • Wilson Associates Singapore.
  • Sharon Marston Lighting, London
  • SOLUIS Technologies, Glasgow & London
  • KVA Architectural & Interior Design, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Kennedy Twaddle Architectural Design, London
  • MLA Michael Laird Architects, Edinburgh
  • DSDHA, London
  • Spacelab, London
  • Perkins+ Will, London
  • BDG Architecture + Design, London
  • So Vibrant Ltd, Harrogate, UK
  • Nicoll Russell Studios, Dundee
  • Mother, London
  • Buro Happold (Lighting), London
  • Brand Union, London
  • ID Studio, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Split Watermelon Design, Sydney, Australia
  • BoConcept, Athens, Greece
  • Benoy, London
  • RMJM, Edinburgh
  • Al Huttaim Carillion Group, United Arab Emirates
  • C2 Concepts, London & Glasgow
  • Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
  • Checkland Kindleysides, London & Leicester
  • Jack Morton Worldwide Global Brand Experience Agency, London
  • Bright 3D, Edinburgh
  • Ecophon Group, Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Fletcher Priest Architects, London
  • Pentagram, London
  • Beate Ellingsen AS Interiørarkitekter, Oslo, Norway
  • BDP Building Design Partnership
  • Sumo Digital, Sheffield
  • Wireframe Immersive, Glasgow

“One of my projects was commissioned by the Commonwealth Games. I built an installation for them in the Athletes’ Village. I was always interested in film set design and even though the course is not specific to this, I learned the skills to thrive in the industry. Within a year of graduating, I worked on Star Wars: Rogue One and I am continuing to work on films in Pinewood, London.”

Craig Gilroy
Craig Gilroy graduated in 2014. He has worked in London designing film sets such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Mummy, as well as Star Wars: Rogue One.

"The course at Dundee is so much more than its name would have you believe! Spatial design is at its heart but it doesn’t restrict itself to traditions of the discipline. It will encourage you to push beyond boundaries and find the solution their design problem without restriction. It gave me the opportunity to explore what makes me tick as a designer and has helped me to develop an incredibly broad skill set"

Rebecca Stephen
Graduated in 2016

"The one thing that I will remember about my time here is I gained a second family. Everyone in my class accepted me, from day one and I know I’ve made friendships for life."

Urška Ti?ar
Graduated in 2015. She is a designer for Wildstone London, the largest outdoor architectural advertising consultancy in the UK.

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.

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Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
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) £16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.
Rest of UK students Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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.

We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.

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.


Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowInterior & Environmental Design BDes (Hons)W250