University of Technology Sydney

C10423v1 Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of Languages and Cultures

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture (BDesign)
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures (BLangCultures)

CRICOS code: 103082C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


There is no direct admission to this course. Current UTS students in combined Bachelor of Arts in International Studies courses may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Continuing) application to transfer into this course. Check with the Student Centre.

Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures offers students studies in languages other than English, culture and society focused on developing their intercultural and linguistic capabilities. It also offers a capstone subject that allows students to design and carry out a small-scale research project that requires them to apply their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

The combined Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture Bachelor of Languages and Cultures provides students with intercultural and linguistic skills that raise their awareness of the international implications of design in interior architecture. Students develop an understanding and awareness of a language other than English languages and another culture and refine their intercultural skills. Students also develop their professional skills in writing, research and evaluation.

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.

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 the languages and cultures studies, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. In 2022, students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). From 2023, all students enrolled in most undergraduate courses will complete a transdisciplinary subject as part of their course of study. More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

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
LC.1.1 Employ effective intercultural strategies to operate within professional settings.
LC.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures.
LC.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods for international and intercultural studies.
LC.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures.
LC.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language.
LC.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts.
LC.5.1 Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings.
LC.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.
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


LC = Languages and Cultures course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The 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. This is also combined with the Languages and Cultures program.

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 Languages and Cultures subjects.

Course completion requirements

CBK90823 Electives (Interior Architecture) 24cp
STM91203 Core subjects (Interior Architecture) 120cp
CBK91972 Language Major Choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session with the Germany major as the chosen language and culture major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

Year 1
Autumn session
86004 Design Studio: Foundations in Interior Architecture   12cp
86008 Communication and Construction: Representation   6cp
86006 History and Theory 1   6cp
Spring session
86005 Design Studio: Inhabitations   12cp
86009 Communication and Construction: Generative Methods   6cp
86007 History and Theory 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
86529 Design Studio: Performative Spaces   12cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
86530 Design Studio: Knowledge Spaces   12cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
86533 Design Studio: Spatial Agency   12cp
86114 Communication and Construction: Material Futures   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
86113 Communication and Construction: Technologies   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
CBK91976 Elective   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91975 Language Choice 16cp  
Spring session
992219 Languages and Cultures Capstone Project   16cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91975 Language Choice 16cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
86221 Communication and Construction: Interior Technologies   6cp
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Spring session
86222 Communication and Construction: Synthesis   6cp
86223 Design Studio: Interior Architecture Major Project   12cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

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