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Study Interior Architecture at Curtin

Interior Architecture

Bachelor Degree

B-INTARCH

Course
Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Design attractive and sustainable interiors using visual ideas that work with changing trends and future lifestyles.

Study Interior Architecture at Curtin

Emiko Carter

Thanks to my inspiring tutors, I have come to believe that creativity is not only intuitive, but is also something that can be taught, practiced and worked on. This environment has helped me develop my own individual style and learn the confidence to express it.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide

(Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Industry links

Deliver client briefings and pitch design concepts to real clients and practitioners.

Graduates of Interior Architecture offer creative, proactive and innovative design solutions for the exciting developments occurring across all areas of contemporary life.

Communication skills, creative problem solving, and collaborative work practices are core business of this future focussed degree. 

Students of Interior Architecture will develop a strong foundation in critical design thinking and a range of theory relating to human occupation at a time when the ‘innovation economy’ is calling for change to the designs of environments where we learn, work and live.

You will establish a strong discipline-specific foundation, and then develop the knowledge and technical skills required for professional practice in interior design and construction.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a minor, which adds discipline and practice related skills and knowledge distinguishing you as a design professional.

Work-integrated learning is particularly strong in Interior Architecture. From the beginning, you will be taught by practitioners and academics, undertake real projects, work with real clients and undertake real sites visits. You will create site documentation and deliver client briefings. You may also pitch design concepts to real clients and practitioners.

Second year students may have the opportunity to undertake a studio field trip to Bali, while third year students may have the opportunity to undertake a studio field trip to Melbourne. 

Annually, there a number of New Colombo Plan International Internship Scholarships available to Interior Architecture students to undertake 3 month’s work experience with our practice partners including HASSELL in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Students must complete at least 10 days of relevant work experience before graduating.

Throughout the course, students have opportunities to develop leadership and mentoring skills. 

Interested in seeing student work?
Check out our Interior Architecture Instagram feed.

Curious about industry life?
Watch our Video Series: Transitioning into practice.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Work-integrated learning, and industry and practice partnerships are prioritised in this course. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of work-related experiences, including work experience, industry networking, travel, exposure to community and culture, and both simulated and real-client experiences.
  • Curtin is the only university in Western Australia to offer a 4-year interior architecture degree and as such be eligible for membership of IDEA (Interior Design Interior Architecture Educators Association).
  • You will be taught by a select group of award-winning academics with significant industry and teaching experience.
  • The Interior Architecture degree’s reputation for its advanced technology, practical research and industry relevance is recognised locally, nationally and internationally.
  • This degree has been designed to prepare students to take advantage of opportunities relating to the future of interior design and technology’s impact on the future of work.
  • Interior architecture at Curtin contributes to the University's strong links with industry bodies and professional organisations such as the DIA (Design Institute Australia).
  • Interior architecture is driving the critical re-think and re-design of learning spaces, healthcare places, workplaces and all aspects of our lives.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • Strong engagement with industry and practice in every aspect of the learning processes.
  • Real and simulated projects are throughout the course.
  • Continuous opportunities to develop and exercise leadership and mentoring.
  • Exceptional development of students’ communication and collaboration skills. 
  • Self-directed learning is introduced and developed towards being fundamental to the final fourth year of the course. Independent thinking and critical awareness are exercised.
  • National and International studio field trips are available in second and third year.
  • Annually a number of scholarships are offered to Interior Architecture students to undertake 3 month International Internships.
  • Selected students are invited to exhibit work in the end of year exhibition.
  • Completion of 80 hours work experience in the industry is required to graduate.
  • The degree is taught by enthusiastic and dedicated professionals who are active in research and practice, thereby ensuring this program is relevant to global conditions.
  • Opportunities exist for local site visits, a national field trips or overseas study tours to broaden your professional experience.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Curtin’s Interior Architecture degree is recognised by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers. Network with practitioners, undertake folio reviews with practitioners, attend a range of events including breakfasts with international/national design practitioners, and/or experts in discipline related fields at discounted rates.

Students and graduates are eligible for membership to the Design Institute of Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Interior Design practitioner
  • Specialist designer (lighting, furniture, kitchen, bathroom)
  • Interdisciplinary design team member (ID/architecture/landscape/graphic design)
  • Set design, installation design, exhibition and event design
  • Design writer/critic

Industries

  • Interior Design, Architecture, Building and Construction
  • Design research, strategy, theory
  • Project housing
  • Retail and hospitality design
  • Exhibition and event design
  • Design publication (writer/critic)

Interior designers are employed within the broad field of interior architecture or where they can apply specific expertise such as health care, corporate design or heritage and conservation. This may occur as a sole practitioner or as part of a company of interior designers and/or architects.

Graduates may also become specialists in areas including furniture design, lighting, event management, exhibition curation, interior magazine editing, academia, colour theory and universal design.

What you'll learn

  • Identify, explain and apply the disciplinary concepts in interior architecture
  • Develop creative practices and ways of building knowledge that are critical and reflective
  • Evaluate and synthesise information from various sources across multiple disciplines to inform the responsive processes related to the design and experience of interior architecture
  • Select and use effective and appropriate visual, spoken, written, graphic and technical communication techniques appropriate for academic and professional environments
  • Use a range of available technologies appropriate to interior architecture
  • Adapt and respond to new ways of learning and global interaction to develop a self-directed approach
  • Develop awareness and sensitivity around community and its role in Interior Architecture with particular attention to context and global differences in perceptions and interpretations of concepts and practice
  • Recognise and understand cultural diversity in particular indigenous perspectives and knowledges. Respect individual human rights and include concepts of social sustainability, social equity and cultural diversity into interior architecture
  • Work independently and collaboratively demonstrating relevant professional and ethical practices

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page. 

 

If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and may need to attend an interview. Find out more about portfolio entry.

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake only available to students with sufficient credit for recognised learning.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,170*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: B-INTARCH
  • CRICOS code: 023967K
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019