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Study interior design abroad

An in-depth guide to studying interior design as an international student.

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Interior design degrees abroad

Studying for a degree abroad in interior design is possible all over the world. It can have a focus or specialism in areas such as residential and commercial, and may also include aspects of architecture and design.

Completing an interior design degree abroad can give you the practical and theoretical experience to become an interior designer, either for a company, or to set up your own company. Building a portfolio of work while studying is crucial to show what you’ve learnt and how you can help future employers and clients. Studying interior design abroad will introduce you to new techniques and trends, including those from the local culture.

You may also find that studying abroad gives you a wider option of universities to choose from with better work experience placements or facilities to make use of.

Interior design program structure

Interior design can be studied at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels, however this will depend on the exact country you study in. At undergraduate level you may be more likely to find interior design degrees in parts of Europe than say the US. You may find that you can only study interior design at bachelor’s level by dedicating a certain amount of credits to its study, rather than a bachelor’s degree in its own right.

A master’s or professional doctorate in design will cover interior design as your specialism.

As part of any level of interior design degree, a large proportion of how you are assessed will involve a portfolio of work, or projects where you showcase your knowledge and talent. You will also have essays alongside any practical work to illustrate your theoretical application, as well as your creative process. It’s likely that you will be assessed on separate essays to cover specific themes, styles or artists in some modules.

Interior design degrees open up a lot of opportunity for cross-collaboration with other students who are studying for different art and design degrees.

Many interior design programs will be made up of modules covering topics such as:

  • Project management
  • Architecture
  • Aesthetics
  • Materials
  • Research
  • Portfolio work

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Interior design study abroad programs

Interior design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in interior design

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    Design: Interior Design - BFA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,338 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,338 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Human Environmental Studies: Interior Design - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Interior Design - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,019 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,137 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Interior Design - BA (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,753 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Interior Design - BSc/BBA/BA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,936 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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Associate in interior design

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    Interior Design - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Interior Design - AB Davis College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    February, November, August, May
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Diploma in interior design

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    Interior Design with Co-op - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    22 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,508 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,350 CAD

    Start date
    October, July, April, January
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Interior design graduate programs

Master's in interior design

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    Interior Design - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,695 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing - MA Buckinghamshire New University, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,785 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,100 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Future interior design careers

With a degree that requires you to produce a large amount of coursework, interior design students are creative, self-motivated and good with project management. These are highly sought after skills by employers, meaning you don’t have to enter a career as an interior designer upon graduation.

Interior design students enjoy a range of roles, In various sectors. You may find that you suit roles such as:

  • Creative
  • Journalist
  • Designer
  • Event planner
  • Consultant
  • Merchandiser