The Interior Design course provides students with a comprehensive set of skills to prepare for a career in interior design. The course provides a strong grounding in key conceptual and technical aspects of spatial design, develops creative thinking, self-expression and a capacity for independent learning.
Furthermore, the programme focuses on the interior design studio and encompasses courses in other subject areas such as history and theory, technology, environment and visual communication. Various electives are included in each year to ensure students receive a well-rounded academic base that will enhance both their personal and professional development.
An interior designer analyses needs, integrates findings with knowledge of interior design, formulates design concepts, develops and presents design recommendations, prepares working drawings, collaborates with other licensed practitioners, prepares and administers contract documents and evaluates design solutions. Therefore, what one does within the field of interior design depends on his/her area of interest and design specialty. One may be employed by an interior design or architectural firm, a retail store, or a design division of a corporation or institution. One may decide to be self-employed and work out of his/hers own studio.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates of the programme can be accepted into Second Cycle degrees (Master’s Degree).
The minimum admission requirement to an undergraduate programme of study is a recognized High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or equivalent internationally recognized qualification(s). Students with a lower HSLC grade than 7.5/10 or 15/20 or equivalent depending on the grading system of the country issuing the HSLC are provided with extra academic guidance and monitoring during the first year of their studies.
Applicants are expected to submit a creative portfolio (visual arts and design work). Additionally, an interview with a panel of Department Faculty members ensures that the student understands the spectrum of the studies and academic demands and demonstrates the required commitment. The Department’s admissions panel discusses with the student his/her interests and skills and explains the academic path and the spectrum of skills to be achieved in order to lead to the degree of BA in Interior Design. Students with strong portfolio may in exceptional circumstances balance unsatisfactory academic requirements.
The standard admission procedures of the University of Nicosia apply.
English Language Proficiency
The list below provides the minimum English Language Requirements (ELR) for enrollment to the programme of study. Students who do not possess any of the qualifications or stipulated grades listed below and hold IELTS with 4.5 and above, are required to take UNIC’s NEPTON English Placement Test (with no charge) and will receive English Language support classes.
TOEFL – 525 and above
Computer-based TOEFL – 193 and above
Internet-based TOEFL – 80 and above
IELTS – 6 and above
Cambridge Exams [First Certificate] – B and above
Cambridge Exams [Proficiency Certificate – C and above
GCSE English Language “O” Level – C and above
Michigan Examination of Proficiency in English (CaMLA) – Pass
Pearson PTE General – Level 3 and above
KPG (The Greek Foreign Language Examinations for the State Certificate of Language Proficiency) – Level B2 and above
Anglia – Level B2 and above
IEB Advances Programme English – Pass
Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Michigan Language Assessment by: Cambridge Assessment English & University of Michigan – 650 average score for ALL skills and above
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, and class participation.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
Upon successful completion of the programme students should be able to:
Recognise, interpret and evaluate theories and historical trends in relation to the discipline of Interior Architecture and Design, Architecture and related Arts, Technology and Human Sciences.
Recognise, identify, analyse, and apply design and programmatic scenarios.
Combine effectively methods of abstraction and conceptualization, creative and critical thinking, as well as integration of information and problem solving methods, either individually, or as a member of a team.
Recognise and demonstrate social, ethical, environmental, professional and cultural principles involved in the design field.
Develop insight in the profession of the Interior Designer and his/her role in society, while keeping in tune with current developments in the discipline.
Demonstrate time management, decision making and organizational skills in relation to managerial and legal aspects and ability to apply hierarchy and structure to information in written and drawn work.
Classify and identify building materials, finishes and their characteristics, architectural construction and technical systems.
Competently apply health and safety regulations and procedures and secure the well-being of building inhabitants and users.
Apply research methods to review and critique both written assignments and project proposals.
Apply visual communication skills and representation techniques, as well as written and verbal communication skills in order to communicate propositions effectively
The above semester breakdown is an indicative one. A few of the courses are electives and can be substituted by others. Students may contact their academic advisor and consult their academic pathway found on this website under “Schools & Programmes”.