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This Masters Degree programme will prepare you to work in senior and specialised interior design roles fulfilling industry demands. Read more
This Masters Degree programme will prepare you to work in senior and specialised interior design roles fulfilling industry demands.

Why Study Design (Interior Architecture) at Griffith?

Our one-year MA in Design (Interior Architecture) is available on a full-time basis. This programme is designed to improve your mastery of creative design solutions and advance your professional competence within the business and team management.

You will gain the technical skills required to give you a competitive edge over your peers including the economic advantages of interior refurbishment and sustainable development.

You will gain an understanding of the requirement to develop new approaches and technologies, raise the consciousness of the issues, and continue to up/re-skill the design profession in these areas.

You will gain the confidence to “hit the ground running” and take the lead as either a part of a larger team or working on your own as a self-employed designer.

The calibre of work produced by the Design Faculty has been recognised numerous times through industry awards and exhibitions.

An annual Creative Week showcases the Design faculty graduates with those of Media, Journalism, Computing, Film and Photography.

Is this course for you?

This course is suited to graduates from our undergraduate design degrees, students of related courses, or professionals with experience in the design industry. In particular, students from interior design, or a closely related spatial design discipline such as product and industrial design.

Substantial changes in legislation regulating the built environment are placing higher demands on the professional competence and responsibility of the designer. Complying with Irish Health and Safety and Building Control legislation demands significant specialised skill relating to accessibility, environmentally sustainable design, and delivering interior designs safely.

Course Content

Core modules:

• Business Management & Communications
• Design Theory in Cultural Context
• Material Technologies & Component Design
• Professional Practice in Design (Interior Architecture)
• Research Methodology
• Studio
• Sustainability, Conservation & Interior Environments
• Thesis by Practice

Optional modules:

• 3D Architectural Graphics and Visual Communication
• Advanced Material and Interior Architecture Technologies

Career Progression

Through the MA in Design (Interior Architecture), you will have gained valuable design experience, built a strong foundation of creativity, and covered a diverse range of topics. Previous graduates have gone on to successfully work in senior or specialised Interior Architect design positions. Graduates have also explored self-employment/entrepreneurship, after being specifically trained in business and management during the Master's course. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

• Senior Interior Architect
• Retail Store Designer
• Materials Consultant
• Exhibition Designer
• Display Designer
• Self-Employment / Entrepreneurship
• Visual Merchandiser
• House Showroom Designer
• Set Designer
• Interior Stylist

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Our MA Interior Design course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment. Read more
Our MA Interior Design course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment.

This degree provides you with a launchpad to potential higher level interior design careers within a diverse range of subjects. These include museum and exhibition design, design for film, television and digital games and brand interpretation for retail, leisure or promotional events.

An emphasis on ecological issues and processes is also a prominent aspect of this course, and underpins all aspects of the course.

You'll explore your area of interest to an advanced level, through establishing new spatial paradigms that build on your existing knowledge. Our course combines theoretical and practical skills, and encourages engagement with industry at all levels.

In-depth research into design processes and technologies, along with related work placement opportunities, will prepare you for new career directions. Your project work will be supported by ongoing staff research into sustainability, architecture, design-related digital technologies, experiential environments and brand communication.

You'll be taught through tutorials, seminars, self-directed study in relation to your project proposal, work-in-progress reviews and visits or references to sites of local and international interest.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Tuesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

Industry Partners

We've got extensive contacts across the range of interior design disciplines. Live projects, research analysis and feasibility studies will draw on our wide range of contacts and associations.

Connections include specialists in the related fields of audio-visual technologies, lighting design and interactive design.

Recent guest lecturers have included:
-David Callcott, CADA Design, retail and leisure design consultants (London and Hyderabad, India)
-Emma Vane, Production Designer for Atonement, the Harry Potter series, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Captain America: The First Avenger
-Finlay White, ModCell, sustainable construction
-Mick Pearce, award-winning international architect (Title: Bio-mimicry and the 3rd industrial revolution)
-Phil Hughes, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, museum and exhibition designers (London, New York, Beijing)
-Uwe R. Brückner, Atelier Brückner, exhibition design (Stuttgart, Germany).


Career opportunities exist within design or architectural consultancies in retail, leisure, exhibition, office, hotel, residential and cruise ship design, as well as in the fields of design management, interior or film-set design.

Our course has a strong ecological focus with opportunities for engaging with both the theoretical and practical aspects of real-world sustainability.

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The goal of this program is to train the urban interior designer, the professional who designs the public realm. squares, streetscapes, in-between areas, urban landscapes, terrains vagues; both existing and future ones to be determined, taking into consideration both container and content. Read more
The goal of this program is to train the urban interior designer, the professional who designs the public realm: squares, streetscapes, in-between areas, urban landscapes, terrains vagues; both existing and future ones to be determined, taking into consideration both container and content.
Such urban voids are equipped, furnished, connected, and networked. This kind of professional blends the skills of the architect, the designer, the interior designer and the curator. The quality of the public realm in contemporary cities increasingly depends on the ability to offer hospitable spaces meaningful on their own and suitable to multiple purposes.

Please visit http://www.polidesign.net/en/urbaninteriordesign

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What can this Master Interior Architecture offer you?. Perception and expression in the architecture of the interior. Read more
What can this Master Interior Architecture offer you?

Perception and expression in the architecture of the interior
What makes a certain place so characteristic? Is it the light, falling in a specific angle through the glass windows? The material and colors of the chairs, tables, curtains, walls, floor? The specific sounds of the room? The touch, the smell of things? The people …? Phenomenological aspects determine the atmosphere of an interior.

The core
Interior at our Master Interior Architecture is no niche, nuance or aspect of architecture, but a fundamental attitude towards the surrounding world. The core of this Master is the understanding of a place in all its manifestations, before you start to transform it because of changing needs and requirements.

What will you learn?
You will learn to develop a concept for a space based on your own ideas and artistic vision and realize that concept. Important part is how to present your conclusions as an essential component of your architectural design. At each assignment you will be asked to draw connections between your own work and that of others and between your work and the audience. Also you will make an active contribution in collaborative projects. In the two years you study in Maastricht you will get the chance to deepen your design skills, personal interpretation of the professional situation and artistic talent. You will obtain subject matter knowledge, insights and skills based on your own applied research.

English/Dutch. The lecturers also speak German.

Study Programme

The first year
Your own atelier
In the first year you will work in your own atelier, where you fulfill hypothetical assignments and where you evaluate your design process step-by-step with your lecturers. In these assignments you will explore materiality, light, time, scale and composition.

We start an assignment with excursions to different places, where you test these with your senses and explore it with our time’s state of mind, from within. You research the place’s anatomy, induce empathy and construct understanding. You formulate an intention of how to rebalance the choreography meaningfully and you exemplify the intended meaning as a built structure of explicit materiality. In these assignments the theoretical research and analysis play a key role.

Your graduation project
Final master assessment
In the second year you will focus on your thesis and final work piece. Your graduation project is the final master assessment. With this assessment you will proof that you are able to practice the profession. You will position yourself as an interior architect and present you to the outside world so that you can build the foundation for a future career. It also offers the possibility of a critical contribution to the debate on topical issues, and is valuable for the further development of the field.

Free to choose
The subject of your final project is free to choose but still fairly close in the broad sense of the interior. It is a hypothesis in a built-up area context. The selection and motivation of your graduation project is part of the graduation plan that is submitted. You will have to conclude the place and the primary idea of the intention.

Thesis and anatomical model
Your graduation project consists of two connected layers: the thesis and the anatomical model. The thesis should form the foundation of your project, based of language and theoretical research in historical, philosophical, cultural and socio-political sense. The anatomical model is the concrete implementation of your intention and includes all spatial elements.

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The programme aims to prepare an architect able to critically combine contributions to humanistic and artistic cultures with those of a technical-scientific nature. Read more

Mission and goals

The programme aims to prepare an architect able to critically combine contributions to humanistic and artistic cultures with those of a technical-scientific nature. The objective is to provide the student with knowledge concerning Architectural Composition, Architectural Technology, Urbanistic and Landscape Design, Restoration and Interior Architecture as well as the ability to use such knowledge to identify, formulate and solve in an innovative fashion problems on various scales of intervention.
The graduate can enrol on the Order of Architects, Planners, landscape designers and Conservationists with the qualification of Architect.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/architecture-architectural-design/

Career opportunities

Master of Science graduates in Architecture-Architectural Design can carry out all activities pertaining to the profession of European architect and cover roles of responsibility in public and private institutions and bodies operating the city and land transformation fields.


See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Architectural_Design_01.pdf
The programme provides the students advanced training in the field of Architectural Design, in which Politecnico di Milano is a distinguished University. Critical attention is devoted to all the aspects of architectural composition: historical, functional, technical in order to create integrated architectural projects. The educational process is centered on the Studios which deal with the issue of Architectural Design at various scales, from the single building to the transformation of parts of the city and of the landscape. The key aim is to acquire greater understanding of the complex relationships between the city and the work of architecture, focusing as well the attention on heritage and preservation, sustainability and environmental compatibility in European and developing countries.
Beside curricular activities, the School provides a number of international Open Lectures, Seminars, Workshops and Study Visits to enrich the educational training and the career opportunities of the students.
The programme is taught in English.


- Main Subjects:
Architectural Design Studio, History of Contemporary Architecture, Aesthetics, Culture of Urban Design, Urban Restoration, Materials for Building, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, Urban Sociology, Economic Evaluation of Projects.

- Elective Studios:
Interior Design Studio, Interior Design and Preservation Studio, Urban Design Studio, Landscape Architecture Studio, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Studio, Constructive Systems Studio, Architectural Design in Developing Countries.

Elective Courses, Workshop, Internship, Final Thesis.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/architecture-architectural-design/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/architecture-architectural-design/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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- Northernmost architect school in the world. - Design-oriented study programme. - Leads to an EU-notified professional architect’s degree. Read more
- Northernmost architect school in the world
- Design-oriented study programme
- Leads to an EU-notified professional architect’s degree

The international master’s degree programme in Architecture is a two-year design-oriented study programme. The courses are taught by professionals with wide range expertise in the field of architecture and urban design. Professors of the school are internationally recognized architects actively involved in the profession and architectural debate both in Finland and internationally.

The degree awarded is an architect’s professional degree, providing the right to practice the architect’s profession in Finland and the European Union according to the national laws and decrees.

The study programme provides students with skills, knowledge and advanced tools in:
- Design of urban areas and spaces
- Public building design
- Detailing of buildings and urban structures
- Use of Nordic building materials (e.g. wood)
- Architectural lighting
- Interior design
- Research and theory of architecture
- Academic writing
- Team work and presentation

Courses are organized as semester-long integrated studio projects, ranging from larger scale urban design tasks to designing of public buildings, as well as detailing of buildings and urban structures:
- Design-led Urban Renewal
- Design of Public Buildings
- Advanced Architectural Design
- Thesis project

Studies are carried out both individually and in multicultural teams in an international working environment. Nordic nature, climate and light circumstances offer a living laboratory for lighting experiments in 1:1 scale. Varying courses and additional study options give possibilities to integrate student competitions or workshops in the student’s individual study plan.

The School of Architecture has recently become a part of the university’s main campus in Linnanmaa, and will at the beginning of the year 2018 move into tailored and newly renovated premises in the campus. The school has its own computer labs for architecture students and workshops for professional model making. In Fab Lab Oulu the university provides common facilities, tools and instruction for digital fabrication and 2D and 3D laser cutting.

Career prospects

After graduation the students are eligible to carry on to doctoral studies at the University of Oulu. Most architects work as building designers and urban designers. Additional career options for an architect may be
• Entrepreneur
• Expert
• Teacher
• Researcher
• Concept designer
• Visualizer

Students applying for the programme must possess an applicable bachelor’s degree in architecture.

For all enquiries, please refer to our enquiry form: http://www.oulu.fi/university/admissions-contact

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If you want to pursue a design specialism within architecture this studio-based course will help you realise your ambitions. You will take a research-by-design approach in a studio environment to help you develop your own specialism and research-based study. Read more
If you want to pursue a design specialism within architecture this studio-based course will help you realise your ambitions.

You will take a research-by-design approach in a studio environment to help you develop your own specialism and research-based study.

We offer an international perspective on design and you will be encouraged to develop exciting design-led propositions on issues such as environmental sustainability, urban resilience and resource depletion.

You will study three themes - sustainable urbanism, facade design and architectural interiors. You will complete introductory and advanced projects in your chosen theme and, at the end of your course, you will have the opportunity to exhibit or publish your thesis work.

You can see examples of our students' work on our School of Art, Architecture and Design website (http://cagd.co.uk/public/architecture/MAArchitecture).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/architecturestudio_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


We receive notification of practice vacancies and our graduates are highly sought after and many find rewarding work in private design consultancies, local government agencies or environmental organisations in the UK and overseas. Your course will provide a solid foundation should you want to become an academic researcher in architecture, and you will also have the option to continue your studies and work towards a PhD.

- Architect
- Interior Designer
- Urban Designer
- Urban Planner

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

The Leeds School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at Leeds Beckett is well recognised within the three specialist areas. We have world renowned practitioners and academics in sustainable urbanism who have won international design competitions and have worked with and for leading design firms, such as Bauman Lyons Architects and MacCreanor Lavington.

The facade design tutorial team have worked on innovative designs for firms such as Foster, Atelier One, HOK, Ian Simpson, and Zaha Hadid. The architectural interiors team consists of practitioners, academics and designers, who specialise in themes such as building reuse and museum and exhibition design. Many of the students undertake live projects or competitions.

You will have access to an excellent learning environment which includes new multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, a state-of-the-art library and specialist workshops.

Craig Stott

Senior Lecturer

"Our course will give you skills in architecture that will be recognised around the world. The creative practice of design is central to our course, giving you a great insight into conception, elaboration and production of the spaces, buildings, cities and landscapes that make up the built environment."

Craig joined our University in 2010 and has a background in structural engineering. He has a strong interest in closed loop urbanism – a concept that by understanding material resource flows within city, it is possible to create a zero waste system. Craig also helped to found the Leeds School of Architecture's Live Project Office which engages in community-based projects, using architecture as a catalyst to positively transform local neighbourhoods in economically deprived areas.


- Design Studios
Architecture students gain access to our extensive studio facilities – including workshop and computer modelling software – to design and build projects.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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