Interior architecture is a design discipline that focuses on interior environments and all aspects of their structural, spatial, social and material assembly.

Interior architecture and interior design share a common ground but differ in the scale of intervention – while interior architecture includes the manipulation of structural elements such as walls, floors and staircases, interior design generally engages at the scale of individual rooms.

In this degree you will learn to develop creative solutions that respond to current societal and functional aesthetic challenges in the built environment – spaces that may be permanent or temporary, from the scale of rooms to the scale of cities.

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Career opportunities

  • Professional designer in architecture and design practices
  • Private consultant, specialising in residential, retail, workplace or hospitality
  • Corporate interior designer specialising in multi-storey residential, retail, hospitality, medical, hotel or exhibition design

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

The degree is recognised by, and a member of the Interior Designer/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) are eligible for membership to the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

UNSW Built Environment recognises that your ATAR or equivalent may not reflect your potential in creative thinking and making. We are pleased to offer you the Alternative Admission Scheme to give you the opportunity to submit a portfolio of your work to support your ATAR.

Your portfolio submission should be a selection of your best creations and should describe where your creative imagination and skills lie.

The Alternative Admission Scheme is optional. Applicants who do not submit an application under this scheme will be assessed on their ATAR (or equivalent) only. Following your submission, assessors will review your portfolio and cover letter and may invite you for an interview. For more information visit the Built Environment's Alternative Admission Scheme page.

Of note: The Alternative Admission Scheme is only available to domestic students or international students studying onshore in Australia.

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