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Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Validated Programme in Interior Architecture & Design

Next intakes are January 2019 and September 2019.

Study Interior Architecture & Design at Marbella Design Academy in sunny Spain and be awarded an official Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Design by our UK partner – University of Bedfordshire.

Fee per academic year: 10.800Euros, Starts twice per year, in September and in January.

New introduction for the 8th of January 2019 intake. This January´s intake will enjoy an accelerated programme which allows you to complete the academic stage of training in 2.5 years, instead of the normal 3 years. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree, in Interior Architecture & Design by our UK partner university (University of Bedfordshire). You will start in January and study continuously through Summer till August and progress into the second year in September of the same year. This means that you will be able to save on living costs during your studies and enter employment more quickly.  When you have satisfactorily completed your first year you will have four weeks of Summer holiday before starting your 2nd year on the16th of September 2019. 

This three-year Bachelor of Arts validated Interior Architecture & Design programme offered to our students is developed, delivered and assessed by Marbella Design Academy and validated by University of Bedfordshire. When awarded your undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree by University of Bedfordshire, you can apply for a Master’s degree at any university of your choice.

What an amazing vocation it is to be a professional Interior Architect. Projects are endless and you can open many different “doors” as a professional Interior Architect. Your creative expression is only limited by your own imagination. Our highly educated and professional tutors nurture our students to be individuals, to dare to think out of the box. Students are encouraged to solve their projects in innovative ways starting each new project brain-storming and doing their research. The students creative expression is highly respected.

Marbella Design Academy´s Bachelor of Arts validated Interior Architecture & Design programme provides you with the highest caliber of education in the interior architecture/design industry. Our students are provided with plenty of personal one-to-one attention to help cultivate their interior architecture and design skills.

From the first year of study, you will have top-class training and gain experience using the latest technologies, such as AutoCad, PhotoShop, Illustrator and Indesign. 3D Studio MAX, is introduced in the second year of the programme.  This training will further enhance your employability once you graduate. We teach our students to be self-confident and to present themselves and their projects professionally in front of an audience; skills that are essential when they present their future projects as professional Interior Architects.

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Marbella Design Academy is one of the top design schools in the world. Students receive excellent training, and after three years of study, our graduates  are fully prepared to start their career as self-employed designers, or easily gain employment in companies worldwide. The employment rate among our graduates is outstanding as nearly 100% enjoy a successful career as professional Interior Architects.

Students are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a six-weeks work placement in a real world environment during the third year of study.

Student life is fulfilling and you cannot avoid making friends from all over the world. Come and study with us in sunny Spain and enjoy the best time of your life. We offer lovely surroundings, with great design programmes taught in English. Students live in really wonderful, furnished apartments from only 250 euros per month and day to day living costs are especially low in Spain.

When satisfactory completed the Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Interior Architecture & Design and graduated from Marbella Design Academy you are awarded a BA (Hons) degree by University of Bedfordshire and you can apply for a Master’s degree at any university of you choice.

We use 3D printers: 3D Printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates a physical object from a digital design. Every 3D print starts as a digital 3D design file – like a blueprint – for a physical object. Trying to print without a design file is like trying to print a document on a sheet of paper without a text file. This design file is sliced into thin layers which are then sent to the 3D printer. Our 3D printer allows us to print in two different materials: ABS and PLA. Here you are some examples:


Green Screen Technology: Marbella Design Academy has its very own green screen for video effects. Through the magic of motion video and green screen technology our students are now able to create amazing motion graphics. Interior students can be scaled and transported into their own rendered scenes for video presentations. Fashion students can take their fashion shoots to exotic places and superimpose any digital or virtual background behind the models in their videos. Graphics students can create Hollywood style visual effects for their projects. Marbella Design Academy’s new green screen uses a technology known as ‘Chroma Keying’. This is the process of isolating a single colour in an electronic image and using software to make that value transparent, allowing another image or background to show through instead. If the colour of the subject matches the green background too closely, those areas will also be removed, making a hole through which the background will show. For this reason bright green is used in the film industry as it is not a colour traditionally worn by TV or Movie personalities.

Computer help for students: Should you have a problem with your computer, then we can strongly recommend using WEBCOMUNICA in Monda. JJ (the owner) is a genius when it comes to fixing computer problems. JJ can help students with their PC or MAC problems for a special Marbella Design Academy student price. You can call JJ any time on: +34 686515 371 or you can pass by his shop in Monda in Calle Hospital 6, 29110 Monda.

2nd hand MAC computers can be bought via this website:

Marbella Design Academy is more than a place of education, it is an all-round experience. There is an amazing atmosphere surrounding you, putting you into a creative place that inspires you to get on with your work. As we are in a family like environment it is easy to get to know every student and I have made friendships at the Academy that I know I will keep a long time into the future. To me Marbella Design Academy is not only a college, we are a family. 

Lana from Russia – Interior Architecture Student

I’m studying Interior Architecture, about to finish my First Year. For me, choosing Marbella Design Academy was definitely not hard. I fell in love with the University the first day I looked at their website and even went visiting it but the location, Spain was another good point for me. Being part of this University, is like having a family far away from home. The administration, the Professors and the students here at Marbella Design Academy are very friendly, they make you feel loved, and know exactly who you are and what type of personality you’ve got. Marbella Design Academy is more than just a university, it is your second home, you don’t even want to leave the place until late in the afternoon. They just make you gain so much experience. I live in Monda near the Academy. People are friendly, almost all the students live there. There are places in Monda, you just have to explore. There are perfect walks to let loose and get inspire, for any course. I love it. 

Jessica, from Germany– Interior Architecture Student

Study Plan & Materials List

Interior Architecture & Design validated programme

Total – days – hours and CORE credits during the 3 years of study (Holidays are not included in this calculation).

1st Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

2nd Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

3rd Year, 1200 hours incl: lectures, direct, independent study – 120 CORE CREDITS

In total for all 3 years of study: Approx. 3.600 hours incl. lectures, direct and independent study:

360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)


BA Validated Interior Architecture Programme

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study: 360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

INT41 – Fundamentals of Design (40 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Creative Design
  • History of Art
  • History of Interior Architecture I
  • Fundamentals of Interior Design
  • Basic Building Construction
INT42 – Communicating Design (30 Credits)
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Photoshop I
  • AutoCAD I
  • 3D Studio MAX 1
  • Indesign I
INT43 – Design Projects (50 Credits)
  • Group Project
  • Project I
  • Final Project and Portfolio


BA Validated Interior Architecture Programme

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study: 360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

INT51 – Fundamentals of Design (10 Credits)
  • History of Architecture and Environmental Influence
  • Conceptual Principals of Interior Decoration
INT52 – Communicating Design (40 Credits)
  • Freehand Drawing II
  • Indesign II
  • Photoshop II
  • Photography
  • AutoCAD II
  • 3D Studio MAX II
INT53 – Construction Systems (20 Credits)
  • Furniture Design
  • Technology and Construction Systems
  • Measuring, Quotation and Project Planning
INT54 – Design Projects (50 Credits)
  • Group Project
  • Project I
  • Final Project and Portfolio


BA Validated Interior Architecture Programme

120 Credits = 60 ECTS points. In total for all 3 years of study: 360 CORE CREDITS (UK) = 180 ECTS Points (60 ECTS points per academic year)

INT61 – Interior Architecture Practices (30 Credits)
  • Project Management Theory
  • History of Interior Architecture and Design
  • 3D Studio MAX III
  • Sustainability and Ethics
INT62 – Design Projects III (40 Credits)
  • Rehabilitations and Reforms
  • Project I
INT63 – Final Major Project (50 Credits)
  • Work Experience & EVO (Educational Vocational Orientation)
  • Final Major Project and Portfolio

Digital SLR Camera
Preferably with a manual mode (meaning you can control the exposure).

PC Laptop (portable computer)

We recommend you to buy a Lap Top with sufficient RAM memory and a powerful graphic card. We also recommend a 15” screen. When you have purchased your computer, please practice working on it prior to start.

Computer Programmes

Please make sure you get the programmes in the same format as your laptop (for example a Mac formatted program will not work on a PC).

  • Adobe Master Collection CC2018 with manual from Adobe
  • Microsoft Office – student version
  • 3D Studio Max – latest version from Autodesk
  • AutoCAD – latest version from Autodesk

Remember to buy the original student version as they are much cheaper. Also ask for the latest version.


All books can be found used but at a slightly cheaper price through, just make sure the vendor ships internationally.

3 Books all interior design students should have:

  • Ian Higgins (2015), Spatial strategies for Interior Design. Laurence King Publishing.
  • John Coles (2015), Fundamentals of Interior Architecture. Bloomsbury.
  • Greme Brooker (2013), Key Interiors Since 1900. Laurence King Publishing.

Other Materials.

You can purchase them all at Marbella Design Academy piece by piece as you need them.

  • 1 Set square 45 x 45 (not the smallest)
  • 1 Set square 30 x 60 (not the smallest)
  • 1 Circles template
  • 1 Protractor
  • 1 ruler (triangular) with scale: 1:50, 1:25 etc.
  • 1 measuring tape in cm. (if possible, cm and inches)
  • 1 ‘propelling’ pencil, 0,7mm with leads HB. (Good quality recommended) 3 ink pens. 0,1 +0,2+0,3. Black
  • 3 soft, freehand drawing pencils. 2B, 3B and 4B.
  • 1 pair of compasses (with attachment for holding your ink pens)
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 role of masking tape
  • 10 sheets of transparent drawing paper, 60 x 85 cm
  • 1 small box of professional watercolors.
  • 3 brushes, small, medium and large.
  • 1 Set of colored pencils
  • 1 Water color pad
  • 1 A4 Notebook
  • 1 Table brush, (to dust off your drawing board)
  • 1 Portfolio wallet to fit to paper seizes 50x70cm. Included 10 plastic Sheets.
  • 1 Sketchbook A3 (130gm.sq.m paper)

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Important Information

Tuition Fees: Click Here
Tuition Language: English
We have two intakes per year:
2019 Starting on:
  8th January 2019
16th September 2019
2020 Starting on:  
  7th January 2020
14th September 2020
Duration: 3 Years
6 Hours daily (Monday to Friday)
From 09:00 to 16:00
Entry Requirements: Click Here
International Students: Click Here
Accommodation: Click Here

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