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Undergraduate

Interior Architecture

Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture) - BAppSc(Curtin) - B-INTARCH Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

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

Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

Curtin offers a professional degree in interior architecture which will qualify you to practice as a professional interior designer or find work within a variety of design industries. Our interior architecture degree with embedded honours offers the highest undergraduate Australian qualification for the interior architecture and design industry. The robust course structure also facilitates students to diversify their own learning from a selection of electives and minors.

Striking a balance between creativity and practicality, this hands-on degree explores human experience as central to interior architecture through consideration of design psychology, functionality, the quality of the interior environment through lighting, ventilation and acoustics, the integration of furniture, in association with planning, spatial design, design development, construction documentation and contract administration. 

This course provides you with a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of design, combined with a technical knowledge of interior construction, equipment and building systems, and the opportunity to experiment with your own ideas in design studios. Through several learning studios, you will develop knowledge of professional practice and communication, including computer, drawing and scientific skills.

Professionals working in interior architecture are able to offer passionate, creative, proactive and innovative solutions to exciting changes that are currently happening in airports, hospitals, schools, workplaces, retail properties, residential spaces and more, including the adaptive re-use of old buildings. 

Interior architecture involves a vast range of interiors of varying scales such as:

  • office, commercial and retail buildings
  • residential developments
  • complex interiors for health care environments
  • hospitality, entertainment, galleries and exhibition design
  • renovation and adaptive reuse projects
  • restoration and conservation of the interiors of historic buildings.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 80 hours' industry work experience in your own time, prior to the final year of your degree.

Check out our Interior Architecture Instagram feed to see work from our students.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) 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 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • 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.

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

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 page.

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.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • 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.

Other 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.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study 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 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.; or
  • Those who have completed an Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at North Metropolitan TAFE may receive recognition of prior learning equivalent to one year. These applicants will need to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. Please see Humanities' folio requirements for details.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

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

  • 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. Find out more about portfolio entry.
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with 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 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

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

  • 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. Find out more about portfolio entry.

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

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.

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.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$8,860*

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 do 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.

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.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Interior Designer
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.

Why Interior Architecture?

  • You will be taught by a select group of award-winning academics with significant industry and teaching experience.
  • This degree, which is recognised internationally, has a reputation for its advanced technology, practical research and industry relevance.
  • 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 simulated real-client experiences.
  • Interior architecture at Curtin contributes to the University's strong links with industry bodies and professional organisations such as the DIA (Design Institute Australia).
  • 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).
  • Interior architecture is central to the spatial revolution affecting modern learning spaces, healthcare places, workplaces and all aspects of our lives.

How this course will make you industry ready

You will be given the option to go on an international study tour and regularly exhibit your work. You will also complete at least 80 hours' work experience in the industry before graduation.

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, 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.