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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Interior Architecture, part-time

The field of interior architecture is focused on designing living spaces for people with light, colors, objects ... From private homes to furniture and product design, or designing for exhibitions, shops, showrooms and events: In this part-time bachelor’s degree program, you will combine your studies with specific practical work. An alternative study option that prepares you optimally for a creative, diverse profession.

Your heart beats for...

... Designing, Building, Creativity, Social coexistence, Organization, Partical part, Foreign language English

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

Our part-time bachelor’s degree program has a modular structure and is ten semesters long: 
four semesters of full-time studies
one practical semester
four semesters of part-time studies, divided into two days in the classroom, three days practical work in an office/company
one semester full-time work on thesis

Part-time degree program coordination Architecture/Interior architecture:

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Claudia Fries 
phone: +49 5231 769 6495
email: claudia.fries(at)

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Professional qualification
  • For admission to the winter semester 2023/24, the eight-week basic internship does not have to be completed before the start of studies, but can be made up by the end of the 2nd semester at the latest.
  • The basic internship can be completed, for instance, in the areas of joinery, carpentry, wood mechanics, concrete block and terrazzo production, metalworking, architectural drawing, interior design, visual marketing design, stage engineering, upholstery, painting, lighting engineering, restoration, and similar areas.
  • In addition, students must verify they have completed an eight-week specialty internship by the start of the fifth semester. During the specialty internship, they will learn specific duties required in their profession as interior architects, such as in architectural and interior design planning firms, design agencies and interior fit-out companies or furnishing showrooms, planning departments for the government, district or city administration and railway and postal administrations, planning firms for furnishing and product design or stage and event design institutions.

If you would like to change from the bachelor's degree program in interior design full-time to the practice-based bachelor's degree program in interior design part-time:


  • The modules of the first three semesters and at least two compulsory modules of the fourth semester must already have been passed.
  • Submit an internship contract with a professionally suitable company or office. Proof of an internship position must be provided by the end of the 4th semester.
Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Pictorial design principles 
  • Color and space
  • Area, space, and sculpture
  • CAD architecture and interior architecture (creating designs on a PC)
  • Basic drafting 1

2. Semester

  • Advanced representation techniques
  • Advance design fundamentals
  • Art and architectural history
  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Basic drafting 2

3. Semester

  • Furniture design principles
  • Structural design
  • Structural design and building materials
  • Project: Designing sustainable spaces and objects
  • Elective subjects

4. Semester

  • Lighting design fundamentals 1
  • Building physics and building services
  • Interior renovation design and materials
  • Project: Designing temporary spaces
  • Elective subjects

5. Semester

  • Internship semester
  • Elective subject project: Reflection and portfolio

6. Semester

  • Basic costs and law
  • Design project

7. Semester

  • Lighting design fundamentals 2
  • Marketing - communication
  • Elective subjects

8. Semester

  • Fundamentals of human sciences
  • Architectural and design history 
  • Elective subjects

9. Semester

  • Architectural theory and communication
  • Advanced studies project

10. September

  • Elective subject project: Basic project thesis
  • Cumulative module: Extemporaneous, excursion, workshop
  • Bachelor’s thesis and colloquium

Focus areas/advance courses:

  • Projects, elective subjects and cumulative modules
Acquired Knowledge and Skills
  • Interior architecture drafts
  • artistic-design basic training
  • cultural and humanities fundamentals
  • technical and design expertise
  • digital design and illustration tools
  • marketing, costs and law
  • communication and presentations

The part-time degree program offers you an alternative training course with integrated practical components. It fulfills the statutory requirements of the NRW Building Chamber Law with respect to minimum standard period of study in the field of Architecture. Because of this, if other requirements are fulfilled it entitles graduates to enter the NRW Chamber of Architecture. This is required to work as an independent Interior architect.

Job Profiles
  • Interior architecture firms: Interior design for living, working, recreation, leisure and sport, education and schooling
  • Furniture development and design for private and public usage
  • Drafting and designing temporary spaces: for brand presentation, exhibitions, trade fairs, showrooms, events
  • Planning, organization and management: Building tasks and design processes
  • Designing virtual worlds: CAD, web design, multimedia design
Cooperation With Companies

We regularly cooperate on projects with numerous companies in the construction and design sectors.

Research in the Department
  • Institut für Designstrategien (IDS - Institute for Design Strategies): The IDS conducts research on fundamental interactions between people and spaces. It develops strategies to help achieve a climate-resilient built environment, and takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization for innovative approaches and complex analyses. 
    Research focal areas: Regenerative design, human centered design and data driven design
  • Institut für Energieforschung (iFE - Institute for Energy Research): Interdisciplinary research institution with members from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Detmold School of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, and Business Administration and Economics. The iFE develops technologies and solutions for efficient, networked, and innovative energy systems in the fields of districts, mobility, and industry.

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Creative Campus Detmold

Our Creative Campus in Detmold

Planning and building in one place. This concept can be found on our Creative Campus. Through both topics, a very special teaching and research location has been created. The internationally renowned Detmold School of Design is located here, as well as the Civil Engineering Department and the Center for Sustainable, Digital Construction, which is currently under construction. Architectural ideas thus cross paths with new thinking in civil engineering, such as sustainable 3D printing. The campus is complemented by media production, which together with the Detmold Academy of Music and the University of Paderborn have created a completely new stage for the transfer between creative science and business in the KreativInstitut.OWL. The campus is also adjacent to the city center, which can thus be reached by foot.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Interior Architecture, part-time
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Study model:
Restricted acceptance
Standard period of study:
10 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Creative Campus Detmold
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
English, Mathematics, Physics
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.07.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.06.
Currently no application possible