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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

  • Successful completion of two of the following recommended eight open enrolment units APC100, BIA140/BIA145 (co-requisites), BAS120, BIA100, BIA110, BIA120 and BIA130 (of which one must be APC100) and separate English language proficiency is required OR
  • Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies the English language proficiency requirement.)

Higher Education

Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Secondary Education

Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link

VET Studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course.

Additional Information

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at

This degree was previously known as Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture).

Interior designers, as qualified professionals in Interior Architecture, design quality environments for a diverse range of users and functions. They coordinate the design and construction of building interiors including commercial, workplace, hospitality, medical, gallery, and retail environments. In addition, interior designers may be involved with more transient environments and the associated displays for trade fairs, exhibitions, museums, and public events. Their skills and knowledge are also utilised for adaptive reuse of existing buildings and conservation of significant sites. Interior designers require skills and understanding in all aspects of design, including technical knowledge of interior construction, equipment and building systems. They must also exercise ability in communication and administrative skills. The degree also provides a sound basis for more specialised careers and study in areas such as furniture or set design, education and/or research.

This degree is highly respected in the interior design industry, both nationally and internationally, and has alliances with a number of national and international universities which encourage student exchanges and national and international field trips. Students are encouraged to compete in national and international competitions, in which Curtin students always do very well.

In order to complete this degree, students are also required to complete a minimum 10 days of work experience in the field.

At the completion of this degree students will be able to:

  1. identify, explain and apply the disciplinary concepts in interior architecture
  2. develop creative practices and ways of building knowledge that are critical and reflective
  3. synthesise and manage information from various media to inform the processes related to interior architecture and evaluate its use in design solutions
  4. select and use effective and appropriate visual, spoken, written, graphic and technical communication techniques to a range of audiences
  5. select from a range of available technologies to use appropriate to interior architecture
  6. adapt and respond to new ways of learning and global interaction to develop a self-directed approach
  7. develop awareness and sensitivity around community and its role in Interior Architecture with particular attention to context and global differences in perceptions and interpretations of concepts and practice
  8. recognise and include concepts of social sustainability, social equity and cultural diversity into interior architecture
  9. work independently and collaboratively demonstrating relevant professional and ethical practices.

Interior designers are employed within the broad field of interior architecture or where they can apply specific expertise such as health care, corporate design or heritage and conservation. This may occur as a sole practitioner or as part of a company of interior designers and/or architects. Graduates may also become specialists in areas including furniture design, lighting, event management, exhibition curation, interior magazine editing, academia, colour theory and universal design.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

For further information, please contact

Recommended Study Pattern

Generally the degree is fully planned in sequential progression.

There are 8 open enrolment subjects – these subjects are APC100, BIA140/BIA145 (co-requisites), BAS120, BIA100, BIA110, BIA120 and BIA130.

Completion of 2 of these subjects (one must be APC100) AND English language competency is sufficient for students to apply for the degree.
Completion of 4 of these subjects (one must be APC100) will be sufficient for students to apply for the degree.

Please note: The subject APC100 replaces BAS100, do not enroll in this subject if you have already completed BAS100 (or the equivalent HUM100).

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture), students must complete the following:

  • 29 core subjects to complete (Including 2 double subjects)
  • 1 Elective subject (Students can select a subject which will help them with the upcoming thesis in the fourth year. We suggest/recommend it can be something in visual arts, humanities, or a related architecture subject. Ultimately there is no other requirement than it be a 25 credit (or equivalent) subject in a Bachelor’s level degree or higher).
  • Work Experience: minimum of 10 days to be undertaken before graduation.
  • Students who fail a core subject twice may be terminated from the degree

Choose your subjects


In third year students will be required to complete 1 elective unit chosen from any undergraduate unit offered through OUA. It is suggested it is chosen to help you with the upcoming thesis in fourth year.