University of Technology Sydney

C09144v1 Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (BIntSt(Hon))
Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture (BDesign)

CRICOS code: 106925G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. See the Course transfer page for further details.

This course version is for students commencing in 2022 and onwards.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Inherent requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


The Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is an exit-point for students who have completed the International Honours pathway within the Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (C10272).

In the fourth year of the combined degree, International Honours students spend an academic year studying in the local language at a university in the country of their major and also complete an honours level research project under the supervision of a relevant UTS academic.

Entry to the International Honours pathway is dependent on students maintaining a credit average (or higher) in both their International Studies and professional degree in their first three years of study, and on the availability of placements in particular majors.

The course equips graduates with critical thinking, creativity and the skills to engage across the expanded field of interior architecture, to take up leading roles in industry. Uniquely, this course emphasises digital technologies of representation and fabrication, internationalisation and design practice. Students also learn a different language and culture, and travel overseas.

A further two years of study introduce and consolidate the learning of a language and culture other than English.

Course aims

Through their study, students develop spatial intelligence and excellence in design practice. The program fosters a creative and explorative attitude towards the design process, underpinned by reflective and critical engagement. Students generate a cohesive design approach where research and practice are consolidated in design outcomes.

The course has:

  • an emphasis on creative, innovative spatial practice and international networks
  • practice-oriented and research-integrated learning regarding specific projects
  • engagement with innovative and creative technologies
  • an emphasis on emerging design practices
  • close links with creative practitioners.

Career options

Career options include commercial and residential interior design, interactive and responsive environment design, museum and exhibition design, production design for film and television, theatre and performance design, and visual and spatial branding.

Career options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to take autonomous responsibility for actions and decisions
A.2 Ability to develop and establish an informed and ethical understanding and/or position toward social, technical and environmental practices
A.3 Ability to recognise cultural diversity including Indigenous, gender and multicultural perspectives
C.1 Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required and constructively contribute to peer learning and critique
C.2 Ability to communicate ideas effectively, including oral, written, visual, analogue and digital presentations (2D and 3D)
I.1 Ability to apply experimentation in thinking and practice as a means toward developing an individual design approach
I.2 Ability to understand and generate design propositions across a diverse range of design scenarios and negotiate final propositions with multiple stakeholders
I.3 Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.1 Conduct a major independent applied research project using advanced theoretical and specialised knowledge into international aspects of contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate critically research findings and creatively use applied research methods to understand complex problems.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and internationally.
INT.4.1 Acquire knowledge and skills of Indigenous Australian communication, engagement, research ethics and practices to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians across a professional context.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.
P.1 Ability to apply and utilise appropriate communication techniques, knowledge and understanding to enable practical applications in spatial design
P.2 Ability to rigorously explore, apply and extend multiple representational techniques
P.3 Ability to apply and deploy disciplinary learning, with a continuing commitment to professional development
R.1 Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study
R.2 Ability to analyse, formulate and synthesise complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives
R.3 Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of interior and spatial design precedent and to contextualise one's work within the extended discipline
R.4 Ability to reflect on, challenge and interrogate theoretical speculation


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Languages Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement


Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full time basis. There are generally up to 20 contact hours a week. Lectures and studios are on campus during session. Sessions focus on design studios that incorporate advanced communication and technology skills with innovative design thinking and practice.

Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points comprising 120 credit points of core subjects, 24 credit points of electives and 96 credit points of International Studies subjects.

International Studies (96 credit points)

  • Intercultural Communication (8 credit points)
  • International Research Methods (8 credit points)
  • Contemporary Society subject (8 credit points)
  • Language and Culture subjects (32 credit points)
  • International Honours (40 credit points)

Overseas study

International Honours students spend a full year at a relevant partner university where they complete an honours level research project.

Course completion requirements

CBK90823 Electives (Interior Architecture) 24cp
STM91203 Core subjects (Interior Architecture) 120cp
CBK92058 Country and Language choice (Honours) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

An example program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course with Germany major. The first core subject 99218 Intercultural Communication must be completed before the second year of study. as the international studies major.

Levels of award

The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, and Pass level.

The calculation of the Honours level is based upon the 48 credit points of study completed in the UTS subjects 999781 International Research Methods, In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1 and In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2, all completed while students are overseas on In-country Study.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building
UTS: International Studies