Why study Interior Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Take a virtual tour of this year's Architecture degree show
- Students can access study abroad opportunities and apply for overseas travel awards
- Access to some of the UK's best examples of urban redevelopment and iconic buildings
- Teaching in the RIBA award-winning, purpose-built John Lennon Art and Design Building
- Opportunities for overseas exchanges and study trips
- Direct involvement in live artistic projects taking place in the city
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
- For news, events, including student-led events, course information and student work and staff research, visit the LJMU Architecture blog
About your course
This programme gives you the opportunity to work on a range of authentic architectural projects with input from practicing architects and interior design specialist in a dynamic studio environment with access to industry standard technical facilities.
Taught principally through a studio environment that is seamlessly underpinned and informed by lectures and workshops, the over-arching ambition is to create graduates with artistic flair, and who are technically skilled and grounded in the demands of the profession.
The learning and teaching environment is progressively informed by research in pedagogy in the creative field. While teaching the curriculum, the programme also develops less tangible skills in students, such as communication, presentation and self-motivation; a key ambition is to create independent thinkers, adept at resolving problems with creativity and originality.
A broad educational experience is offered within which students can develop diverse rigorous and creative approaches to design issues that explore and test appropriate resolutions in relation to contemporary and anticipated contextual issues.
Design projects form the backbone of the core teaching strategy. These projects are seen as primers to a divergent creative and critical thought process: they are characterised by individual interpretation and interest of the subjects that encourage imaginative solutions through discursive studio forums.
As you progress through the degree, the design projects gradually become more complex and ambitious in their intentions and integrative in their nature. At degree level, predominantly, the city of Liverpool is used as a contextual laboratory to test concepts that have a local flavour with global implications.
The aim is to develop graduate skills and knowledge such that you become an autonomous thinker who is capable of analysing, visualising and testing potential solutions to increasingly complex spatial and social issues within an increasingly holistic global scenario.
We regularly host symposia and conferences, for example the recent symposiums included: The Display, Exhibition & Propagation of Architecture and Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis which both featured world-renowned guest speakers from architecture, design and academia.
For news, events, including student-led events, course information and student work and staff research, visit the Architecture blog.
"I wanted to receive an education that gave me the skills required to work in the real world. Studying at LJMU proved to be the best option, since they offered a well rounded education that focused on both design and technology."
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
To become a registered architect you usually need to work for an additional year in architectural practice then complete a two-year Master of Architecture (MArch) diploma. Once you have passed the RIBA Part 3 exams, you can practice in any EU or commonwealth country and many other countries outside the EU.
If after graduating you choose not to go down the route of becoming an interior architectural designer, a range of other careers are open to you. Past graduates have pursued successful careers as project managers, property developers, furniture designers, lighting designers, architectural visualisation artists and journalists.
Many of our graduates have successfully secured employment at world-class practices throughout the UK and further afield, while others have remained in the city of Liverpool contributing to its evolution, taking key roles in leading practices that have reshaped the city over the last decade.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
History and Theory 1
This module is delivered as a series of lectures, presented by studio tutors from all years of the programme, and dealing with the seminal developments in architectural design from antiquity to the twentieth century. Here you will be made aware or how art, technology, economy, environment and society have influenced the evolution of architecture. The module uses numerous carefully chosen buildings and their contexts to offer you an overview and grounding in the history of your predecessors in the architectural disciplines including urban design and landscape design.
This module introduces you to some fundamental aspects of architectural analysis and design process. The first stage of the module involves the study, drawing and presentation of architectural qualities found in a range of notable existing buildings. These comparative studies are undertaken as group work. The second stage is an individual student submission for a design proposal utilising the ideas previously explored.
Architectural Design 1
This module develops your thematic design ideas in an individual design project. Visual imagery in cinema is used to demonstrate and explore design concepts as a stimulus for the generation of ideas. Workshop activities include orthographic drawings, 3D systems, architectural conventions, photomontage, photography, model-making and sketching. Models and analytical drawings will be the primary means of exploring building studies.
Architectural Design 2 - Origination Stage 1
This module develops your design ideas, concepts and initial proposal for a building project and the subsequent module Architectural Design 2 progresses its spatial planning and technical resolution.
Architectural Design 2 - Resolution Stage 2
This module develops your concepts of the previous project work into a resolved architectural proposition, expressed through physical models, orthographic and perspective drawings. The module includes a constructional submission. The development of design skills is supported by weekly tutorials interspersed with design reviews. Design Workshops provide guidance towards the constructional section and building assembly of the project.
Technology and Practice 1
This module gives you a grounding in the challenges of building high quality architecture and begins to make connections between the technical and the design aspects of the subject. The module provides a sound theoretical and practical foundation to build on in Levels 5 and 6. It introduces you to the role of technology in the process of architectural design from commencement to realisation, as it has existed historically as well as in recent buildings of note. Accent is placed on innovatory thinking and on the present technical and practical horizons possible within the profession of architecture viewed internationally.
History and Theory 2
In this module you will analyse seminal examples of building remodelling and interior design from antiquity to the twentieth century. The scope will be mainly European with references to other international contexts. During the semester a directed Study Tour to a major European city of architectural importance will introduce you to invaluable first-hand experience with seminal buildings, their creators and their users. Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris and Athens have been the venues of past Study Tours.
Creative Adaptation - Origination
This module introduces you to the importance of researching, understanding and interpreting social and cultural ideas. Studies of relevant history and theories, technology and materials will underpin the module. The module engages you in the process of interpreting and thematically developing a given brief and investigating through three dimensional studies the notion of changing social and cultural activities through the modification of built form. The year as a whole is focused on the rigorous exploration of spatial design at a range of scales, relating to the modification of existing built form within the surrounding physical and social realm whilst also developing meaningful interior studies that capture the articulation of light, space, materiality, texture and human occupation.
Creative Adaptation - Resolution
This module encourages you to adopt a rigorous approach to structure materiality and environmental design. This should include knowledge and practice associated with your project's ecological impact over time through integrated environmental design strategies. The philosophical context for this module is intellectual culture, and how changes in culture might influence how we envisage, create and – crucially – meaningfully inhabit space.
Experimental Design - Origination
This module develops your experimental and explorative processes in architectural thinking, design and production. The architectural inquiry in this module will be informed by thematic research, cultural and historic re-interpretation, and sustainability, as appropriate to each project. From a given starting point you are encouraged to explore and define the parameters of the field of inquiry for your project. In so doing, the aim is that you will devise your own objectives for research, brief, developmental interpretation and ultimately design response.
Experimental Design - Resolution
This module enables you to develop experimental and explorative processes in architectural design thinking, production, technical studies, and representation. You will develop your abilities in creative detailed design development and detailed resolution of your design project. You will also explore the integrated consideration of technical issues in relation to your design project, such as material choice and detailed technical strategies, underpinned by principles of sustainability.
Technology and Practice 2
The aim of this module is to methodically inform you in the topics of environmental design, structural design, materials choice and properties, Computer Aided Design, and the construction and modification of buildings. The module builds on the broad introduction given at Level 4 by focussing on the technical realisation of buildings through analysis, design, detailing, and site construction and supervision.
This module facilitates your knowledge of architectural design and its theories with focus upon contemporary practice. You will engage in analysis of 20th & 21st century architectural designs and relate them to contemporary philosophical ideas and social phenomena. Each lecture will deal with a defined theme, exploring concepts through international architects/artists and their achievements. The role of the critique and the designer in the evolution of new architecture is also discussed and you will also be expected to engage in a significant element of background reading and research.
Interior Design - Origination
This module aims to instil you with an understanding and appreciation of the process of researching and developing a thematic brief then interpreting this into interior spatial design. It will introduce you to the importance of researching, understanding, and interpreting design interventions within commercial and cultural environments. Studies of relevant history, theory, technology and material will underpin the module.
Interior Design - Resolution
This module aims to develop your understanding and appreciation of the processes involved to develop a design emerging from the Level 5 module Creative Adaptation in terms of spatiality, materiality and environmental integration. Studies of relevant history, theory, technology and materiality will underpin the module.
Comprehensive Design Project
This module will seek to seamlessly integrate Design activity with the subjects of History, Theory and Technology, and Practice. There will be opportunities to thematically interpret projects allowing you to approach the subject with a significant degree of individuality and specialisation. Accent will be placed on demonstrating in-depth skills in both thematic-led design and proven technical competence that are graduate standard. A choice of project themes will be proposed for the Comprehensive Design Project and studio staff will deliver illustrated lectures on each thematic subject for these themes. You will use these themes as the point of origin for your own thematic, conceptual and design interpretations.
Technology and Practice 3
This module aims to build your understanding and knowledge of the technical realisation of buildings explored in Level 5. This is achieved through creation of a coherent integrated environmental strategy for the CDP building including appropriate structural resolution and considered thinking in materiality and construction. The module continues from Level 5 in further informing you in matters of environmental design, structural design, materials choice and properties, and the construction of buildings on site. It also introduces essential knowledge and discussion concerning the practice of architectural design. Emphasis will be placed on demonstrating in-depth skills in both thematic-led design and proven technical competence that are graduate standard and which graduates will confront within practice.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
During Level 4, you will be introduced to fundamental tools and ideas that form the basis for the study of architecture alongside students on the BA (Hons) Architecture programme. The interpretation of themes and conceptual thinking will be established within the year’s overall focus of Form, Space and Light.
During Level 5, you will explore two core aspects of architectural thinking: the creating adaptation of existing building and experimental design and complete a study trip to a city in Europe. You will also complete modules which will inform and aid your work in the design studio.
The final year, Level 6, focuses on I the repurposing, remodelling, rebranding, restyling and refitting of existing buildings. You will secure the skills and knowledge required to practice interior architectural design via a creative but rigorous approach to design project work.
Alongside your development of professional architectural skills, you will gain transferable skills that will enhance your employability once you graduate. You will hear from a range of guest speakers, as part of the School of Art and Design's Masters Series lectures. You will also have opportunities to participate in symposia run by the Architecture department as well as opportunities to enter competitions relating to professional development.
In a recent competition held in association with Finsa, final year Architecture students were asked to design a school or shelter for war torn countries so that children could learn in safety. Read about the competition from the perspective of the winner.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Independent design project work makes up 60% of this course, and so it is vital that you get the support you need to be able to fully develop your design skills. For this reason, you will be allocated a design tutor who will provide one-to-one teaching and support throughout each project.
The feedback system and the production of a personal development plan with a personal tutor are also designed to help you achieve your full potential, in both your studies and your future career plans.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Typically, you will be assessed on your design and research presentations (group/individual), written work (essays, reports etc), exams (seen/unseen), practical work (workshop abroad), and your portfolio. At the end of your studies there will be a one-to-one interview with an external examiner.
The type of feedback you will receive varies according to the module. For instance, design modules are reviewed twice with formal feedback given by a panel at the second review, and portfolio reviews are conducted at the end of each semester when you will work with your personal tutor to put together a personal development plan. This will address your strengths and weaknesses and help you develop your academic work as well as your career plans.
What you can expect from your School
Rated a top 10 school of art in the 2020 Guardian University League Tables.
Cross-disciplinary learning in art and design subjects takes place in the Liverpool School of Art and Design’s John Lennon Art and Design Building, based in the Mount Pleasant Campus. Here students studying a variety of disciplines, including Architecture, Art in Science, Exhibition Studies, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, History of Art and Museum Studies and Interior Architecture, will have the opportunity to develop their work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within a stimulating and critically demanding environment.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Welsh GCSE in Maths
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
- Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: At least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be assessed on an individual basis. These applicants should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
Submission of portfolio requiredIELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
All short-listed applicants are requested to submit a digital portfolio prior to an offer being made. Applicants are awarded an offer on the quality of their digital portfolio or work, and academic attainments.
We are looking for students with an enthusiasm for design, who wish to engage in the debate on the future of the built environment.
You should have a willingness to read around the subject widely. You should be willing to gain first hand experience of buildings, towns and cities and acquire information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects.
You would be expected to meet the criteria below:
- Critically aware of their surroundings
- Capable of discussing Art & Design issues
- The ability to analyse and reflectively criticise your work and the work of others
- Visual awareness
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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