BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living

About This Course

The BA (Hons) Outdoor Living degree course is the perfect pathway for students who aim to carve out a career as a professional interior designer with a specialist interest in outdoor spaces or alternatively anyone who enjoys expanding their knowledge of the skills and techniques required when looking to design an outdoor area.


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Undergraduate Deg.

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Degree awarded by Staffordshire University

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Career Advancement Areas

This course offers students the opportunity to promote themselves to clients and employers as a professional interior designer with proven academic knowledge of the design world.

The interior design market is increasingly growing year on year and the demand for high quality interior designers is on the rise. Consequently, many of our degree level graduates will go on to work in high-end interior design practices, work on a freelance basis or alternatively set up their own design business.

What You Will Learn

  • MODULE 1. RESEARCH AND CONTEXTUALISATION (30 Credits) – This Module introduces the research skills and methods which will to help you to locate and retrieve information and which you will use throughout the remainder of the Degree programme.
  • MODULE 2. SPACE PLANNING (30 Credits) – This Module investigates the way that interior space may be organised according to a particular set of requirements. Such requirements vary according to the designated function of an interior.
  • MODULE 3. DESIGN IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT (30 Credits) – Interior design is continually changing and has been moving forward for centuries. This progression was usually led by a combination of factors rooted in social change such as etiquette, politics and display or technological advancements.
  • MODULE 4. CREATIVE LIGHTING AND TECHNOLOGY (30 Credits) – Good lighting and successfully integrated technology are fundamental to an interior design scheme.
  • MODULE 5. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (30 Credits) – Responsible and sustainable design is an essential consideration for the contemporary interior designer.
  • MODULE 6. HOME STAGING AND SHOW HOME DESIGN (30 Credits) – This Module looks at those factors which influence the design of residential sales environments.
  • MODULE 7. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (30 Credits) – This Module will take you step-by-step through the stages of establishing and running your own interior design practice.
  • MODULE 8. FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS (30 Credits) – Essential to the success of any interior project is the selection, suitability and quality of the furniture and furnishings.
  • MODULE 9. DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS FOR OUTDOOR LIVING (30 Credits) – Within this Module, the principles that define outdoor living and transitional outdoor spaces are examined with particular reference to materials selection and hard landscaping performance.
  • MODULE 10. PLANTS & PLANTING FOR OUTDOOR LIVING (30 Credits) – Planting design is the selection and placement of plants to create or enhance a design, and within this Module the development of effective designs for an outdoor living space is discussed.
  • MODULE 11. RESEARCH AND INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR OUTDOOR LIVING (60 Credits) – This Module is a double-length Module (60 credits) based upon clear proposals with specific criteria. The subject area for assessment will be established in discussion with your tutor focusing upon the development of innovative ideas in response to a clearly-defined brief appropriate to design for outdoor living.



NDA Level 3 Diploma/NVQ or City & Guilds in a related subject/One A Level in a design related subject /Successful completion of an Art Foundation 

Year at College or University/We welcome applications from mature students with a CV showing previous interior design experience


3 years


University Teaching




Interior Design

Designing Works

Who Should Register?

The BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living is the ideal course for those who have a true passion 

for interior design and crave the opportunity to add a professional graduate qualification to a their CV.