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Become a specialist in the architectural design of interior spaces—the places we live, work, play, eat, shop, exercise and learn. Read more

Become a specialist in the architectural design of interior spaces—the places we live, work, play, eat, shop, exercise and learn. Make a difference to people's wellbeing and create a better future through the innovative design of interior spaces.

Learn to create innovative interiors that respond well to the many demands of spaces—performance, identity, mood and physical comfort. Examine how design can affect the way people experience, interact with and move through an interior.

You'll gain an expansive knowledge of design through considering interiors in a range of contexts—social and cultural, ecological and technological, historical and contemporary. Study Interior Architecture in detail and examine the relationships between materials, people and space.

Learn through a combination of taught courses and a self-directed, design-led research thesis or portfolio.

International recognition

Victoria’s Master of Interior Architecture programme is internationally recognised through affiliation to the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA).

What you'll study

In your first year, or Part 1, you'll complete seven taught courses—six are compulsory and one elected. You'll learn to successfully apply design strategies through all stages of the design process. Focus on technologies and materials and examine history, theory and criticism in interior architecture. You'll also learn about professional practice including your legal and ethical obligations.

You'll also complete a research-based advanced design project. During this you'll learn to identify questions and explore processes, and develop effective presentation methods to communicate your research findings.

Research year

During the second year, or Part 2, you'll complete a research portfolio or thesis under supervision from academic staff in the School.

Current research topics include:

  • architecture and dystopia
  • housing and public infrastructure
  • parametric design and digital agency
  • contextual shifts
  • responsive environments and robotics
  • people and designed environments
  • corporate spheres and community spaces
  • public ecologies
  • settling regional landscapes
  • indigenous materials
  • history and theory.

You'll be part of a strong culture of research and work with experienced staff who have published a variety of scholarly articles, books and conference papers.

Read more about research in the School of Architecture.

Workload and duration

The MIA can be completed in two years of full-time study or in up to four years if you're studying part time.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Community

Postgraduate study will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. Make the most of opportunities to attend events, seminars, workshops and social functions.

You'll also benefit from the expertise of working professionals through the Faculty's connections with local industry.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can also give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

As an Interior Architecture graduate, you might work as a specialist within an interior design or architecture firm, or in the interior division of a large, multidisciplinary design company.

You might also work as an exhibition designer, stage or screen set designer or retail designer. Other jobs may include lighting designer, furniture designer or environmental designer. You might also make a career in teaching or research.



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**This course is available to graduates from Northumbria University’s BA (Hons) Interior Architecture degree only**. Within this Post Graduate Interior Architecture course you will work in a critical and self-directed manner, developing personal and professional attitudes towards architecture and creative reuse. Read more
**This course is available to graduates from Northumbria University’s BA (Hons) Interior Architecture degree only**

Within this Post Graduate Interior Architecture course you will work in a critical and self-directed manner, developing personal and professional attitudes towards architecture and creative reuse. You will develop ownership of your investigations in design, theory, construction technology, environment, management and communication, benefiting from our established design studio culture and our student-centred approach to learning. You will work as part of a postgraduate community, sharing knowledge, techniques and replicating the way you work in architectural practice.

Interior Architecture students scored 100% satisfaction in every area of teaching on their course, as well as 100% satisfaction in Northumbria’s library resources being good enough for their needs.

This innovative postgraduate course is unique in the country in that it allows Northumbria BA(Hons) Interior Architecture graduates, with a good degree to successfully attain exemption from ARB Part 1 of the Professional Examinations within the context of your existing specialist interior-based study combined with specific urban and architectural enquiry.

Learn From The Best

An acclaimed academic team will teach you, comprising architects and designers who have designed award-winning projects nationally and internationally, as well as staff who have published research around the world.

This unique team will provide you with authentic, exemplary and supportive guidance to help you shape your personal identity and career path within the subject, the wider architecture and design professions and beyond.

Our research-informed teaching methods, studio culture and student-centred learning and support have led to unmatched levels of student satisfaction and employability. We use regional sites and relevant international field study visits to enrich your learning as you develop your specific and transferable skills and knowledge towards employability.

Teaching And Assessment

Aimed at assimilating you into the architectural profession, this course will equip you with the tools you need to respond flexibly to professional issues and possibilities. A comprehensive mix of advanced manual and digital design skills will enable you to present concepts through a wide variety of media.

The skills you will develop through this course reflect and support the attributes expected of a graduate, and are transferrable to a wide selection of alternative professional and academic pathways. In this respect, the programme embeds the key transferrable skills of autonomous learning, analytical methods, critical curiosity, social responsibility and communications skills into the curriculum.

You will be assessed both formatively and summatively within each module, and provided with ongoing constructive guidance and confirmation of your learning.

Module Overview
KA7033 - Design Rationale (Core, 30 Credits)
KA7034 - Integrated Architecture Project (Core, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

As a student within the architecture department you will have full use of the design studio, specialist model making, rapid prototyping and IT workshops. You will have access to professional plotting services to help you synthesise and apply your learning, supporting the creation of a personalised portfolio relevant to your future professional career and realisation through sophisticated 2D and 3D representation.

Through our Electronic Learning Platform (eLP) you will have access to project and assignment information and learning materials for each module of study. The course emphasises self-directed learning, critical thinking, and independent research to support your academic and personal development, set within a supportive yet academically rigorous learning studio culture.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich methods, particularly in the format of project-based learning, are embedded within this course. You will develop skills in critical curiosity, informed judgement and the evaluation of alternative proposals, and you will learn to apply self-selected lines of inquiry and critical justification to your designs.

Your research skills and the articulation of opinion will be assessed through your individual written reports. Our assessment methods encourage critical approaches to learning, including the use of focused research inquiries to underpin design processes and choices.

Give Your Career An Edge

Your career prospects are at the centre of our course design. Interior Architecture prepares you with the contemporary knowledge and skills applicable to the industry, underpinned by regular contributions from practitioners and guests and authentic learning experiences. It offers a balanced education on the principles and practice of architectural design that is underpinned by cultural and historical context, technological and environmental knowledge, and management processes. You will work within real world scenarios to enhance your employability, especially with respect to effective communication.

Working within industry standards, producing reports that demonstrate the authority of your written, drawn and analytical abilities, will prepare you for your onward career. You will leave us as an industry-ready graduate.

Your Future

This course will prepare you for the successful attainment of Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 1 status, with the opportunity to progress within the architectural profession, further Masters level study (ARB Part 2) and a wide range of opportunities in a rapidly changing professional context.

We will equip you with a wide variety of skills in design, visualisation, communications, practice management and research. Our graduates have secured positions in a range of leading architecture and design practices, both regionally and nationally, as well as further study internationally. Our graduates are equipped to work within a range of creative fields, including architecture, interiors, exhibition design, set design, and visualisation as well as developing associated careers in design journalism, property development, project management and building conservation.

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-On the Interior Architecture & Design MA you will develop your professional skills. -You will work with design professionals of international standing and in industrial contexts. Read more
-On the Interior Architecture & Design MA you will develop your professional skills
-You will work with design professionals of international standing and in industrial contexts
-Develop research skills
-Exhibit your work and work as a tutor/mentor with our undergraduates

Why choose this course?

MA Interior Architecture & Design is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms and will benefit from visiting interior designers, architects and design professionals. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

The MA Interior Architecture & Design degree will be of interest to interior and spatial designers, architects, and design professionals in related disciplines. It gives you a forum to explore a wide range of issues, including creative practice and the psychology of space as well as the use of materials, scale and form in the creation of private, commercial and public spaces.

Through working with a strong experimental ethos and developing solid technical skills, you will examine the connection between architecture and interior design and the creation of both real and virtual spaces.

Interior architecture & design have a dramatic impact on our understanding of the spaces in which we live and work. This course is dedicated to helping you advance your practice against the expanding profile of this subject area.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as an interior designer. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching methods

This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as a interior designer. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.

Structure

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Discourse/Reflection: Art and Design
-Major Study: Interior Architecture and Design
-Practice 1: Art and Design
-Practice 2: Art and Design
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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Our MA Interior Architecture and Design degree looks at the relationship between ‘interior design’ and ‘interior architecture’. Although there’s currently a divide between each discipline, we feel the opportunity exists to fuse together the most influential elements of both. Read more

Our MA Interior Architecture and Design degree looks at the relationship between ‘interior design’ and ‘interior architecture’. Although there’s currently a divide between each discipline, we feel the opportunity exists to fuse together the most influential elements of both. In other words, the creativity, process and thinking of designers; with the science, knowledge, and pragmatism of architecture.

The course is aimed at students from art, design and architectural backgrounds. It offers a range of studio projects, specialist subjects and cross-disciplinary theoretical courses. Ultimately, it’ll give you the chance to develop your own project, along with concepts that test and challenge perceived norms.

The MA Interior Architecture and Design degree is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. To find out more about this innovative course, visit the School pages.

Course Content:

Much of the programme has been designed to be academically valuable and industry relevant, yet also cater for each individual students own project development.

Key to this are four different strands that run through the programme:

  • Studio: Through Design project 1 and 2, and the final collection students have an opportunity to develop their designs iteratively in a stimulating studio environment and culture, borrowing elements from other courses below.
  • Technology: Through subjects such as Design technology and innovation and Materials: Testing and exploration students gain a clearer insight into the role of technology, and materiality, in practice.
  • Professional practice: Through courses such as professional practice and business enterprise students learn more about the commercial, and professional, aspects of the design industry.
  • Context and research: Through Design Context and Research Methodologies students benefit from a greater sense of where their own practice and project is located, and learn improved ways to conduct their own research and analysis.

Programme structure:

Semester 1

  • Design Project
  • Design Context
  • Professional Practice
  • Design Technology and Innovation

Semester 2

  • Design Project 2
  • Research methodologies
  • Business enterprise
  • Materials: Testing and Exploration

Semester 3

  • Masters Design Collection

Assessment

The assessment policies for this course incorporate a range of assessment types, with a specific emphasis on formative assessment, self-evaluation, debate and peer critique in all courses.

Summative assessment types include coursework, examinations, collaborative and individual problem based projects and a self-directed Masters project with dissertation.

Learning and teaching

The overall approach in the course is centred around each individual learner, and their personal projects, with core information delivered via tutorials, lectures and embedded during seminars.

Key methods, theories and techniques will be introduced and discussed. Technical skills will be developed throughout each course and through independent practice.

Courses are designed to enable students to undertake a mixture of activities, often involving cross-disciplinary, and long distance international collaboration

For full detail of the Course:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/uk/postgraduate/interior-architecture-and-design.htm

How to Apply:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm



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If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials. Read more

If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials.

These certificates offer a specialization in a specific field—in business, art, design or behavioral health sciences—and practical skills that you can apply immediately.

Our certificates offer as much academic rigor as a graduate program but can be completed in less time. In addition, certificates allow you to focus on topics most relevant to your career and avoid the extra coursework required for graduate degrees. Most of our certificates can be completed within one year.

Courses are offered in evenings and on weekends in locations in San Francisco and Berkeley, communities very close to Silicon Valley's creativity and innovation. Take courses and network with U.S. professionals, and immerse yourself in California culture.

Learn how to create exciting spaces with a curriculum that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history.

Learn how to create exciting spaces that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. The Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture offers a comprehensive education that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history. It teaches you manual and digital drawing skills that allow you to communicate your ideas effectively. You learn from industry professionals who help you build a strong portfolio to start your career. The certificate also provides educational credits needed to qualify for the California Council of Interior Design Certification exam (IDEX) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification exam (NCIDQ).

Begin your program at the new student orientation, where you will get an overview of the programs and meet the academic staff and other personnel. In addition, find out more details about health insurance, visa documents, traveling and other items to make your stay in the United States successful.

Courseload: 21 required courses (57 semester units) and two to four electives (4 semester units) for a total of 61 semester units

Required Courses (Phase I)

Required Courses (Phase II)

Required Courses (Phase III)



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APPLY BY 3 MAY 2018!. The contemporary world is characterised by complexity and rapid change, affecting also the profession of interior architects and spatial designers. Read more

APPLY BY 3 MAY 2018!

The contemporary world is characterised by complexity and rapid change, affecting also the profession of interior architects and spatial designers. The Interior Architecture MA programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts is based on the principle that a set of design skills, in the narrow sense of the term, is not sufficient for interior architects to be successful in their profession. They also need to understand the broader context and be able to adjust their solutions to changing situations.

The Interior Architecture curriculum is divided in two main segments:

The first (so-called ‘hi-tech’) segment deals with the interaction between spaces and people, and the ways high technology and smart materials help improve that interaction. The second (so-called ‘low-tech’) segment is based on the notion that if we have good knowledge of our surrounding, broader contexts (such as climate, nature, economy and culture) and their interrelationship, rich imagination and primitive materials are all we need to create fresh, quality spaces.

During the first academic year, students participate equally in both segments. The second academic year is dedicated to the Master’s project. For that, students will select one of the two segments — whichever better supports the topic of their project.

The overall objective of the Master’s curriculum is to prepare an independent creative person who is able to create personalised three-dimensional environments, combining architecture, design, art and technology into a coherent whole and lead the implementation of their spatial design projects.

The curriculum provides the skills to analyse critically, develop and experiment with the different aspects of spatial environment creation and helps to develop a personal, creative approach. It focuses on providing in-depth theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary for qualified professional work, with the aim of preparing students to create spatial design projects independently.

In developing these skills, students will benefit from the unique context of Estonia: its harsh northern climate; extensive, unspoiled nature; its location on the border between East and West; its small size.

More information: https://www.artun.ee/masters/interior-architecture/



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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.

Language
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.

Assigments
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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This MA programme is designed for art, architecture and design graduates who wish to specialise in creative approaches to interiors in buildings and environmental design. Read more
This MA programme is designed for art, architecture and design graduates who wish to specialise in creative approaches to interiors in buildings and environmental design.

The programme is designed to enable you to explore the potential of spaces and structures with input from lecturers and practitioners. You can benefit from a multidisciplinary studio environment at the School of Architecture & Design, offering an integrated approach to research and study. You may choose to engage with the research community in the School to inform your investigations.

This MA gives you the opportunity to develop your intellectual and creative approaches in order to consider interior architecture in the context of buildings and environmental design.

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Our design-driven course will enable you to create innovative design solutions for interior spaces. Read more

Our design-driven course will enable you to create innovative design solutions for interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will become an architectural design innovator and problem solver, combining practical skills with spatial awareness, practical applications and function. This is a course with a multi-disciplinary approach, which considers the influence of art, culture, the humanities, society, economics and history on design. This broad approach will develop you as a conscious designer, responding in a creative and innovative manner.

This course is designed for professionals working in a related industry, or graduates with a related honours degree. You'll develop the skills and gain the experience to pursue a career in art, design and architectural practices. Recent graduate roles have included interior architect, interior designer, retail architect and roles in design firms and consultancies, both in the UK and overseas.

Why study this course?

  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects; 100% of our postgraduate architectural design students are in work or further study, just six months after graduation (DLHE, 2015-2016).
  • Develop your own individual design style and philosophy, supported by a University with a strong design heritage; NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Your learning is also underpinned by the School’s significant expertise as a built environment educator.
  • Go on study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
  • Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio.
  • Work to simulated briefs, designed to mimic the expectations of a range of clients, preparing you to work at a professional level on graduation.
  • Hear from visiting experts; recent industry speakers have included a number of RIBA Stirling Awards prize winners.

How you'll learn

Course content is delivered through a series of lectures throughout the year, supported by seminar groups - an open platform to discuss and build upon ideas. You'll also be expected to engage with field trips, live site visits and visits to exhibitions through the year to enhance your learning experience. In addition to the design studio, you'll also utilise our model making workshop to produce large and small-scale prototypes, to test your design concepts.

Fees and funding

Take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for more information on scholarships, loans, and other funding opportunities.



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The course embraces the truth that true creative spirit is born out of a radical review of the interior design process. Read more

Summary

The course embraces the truth that true creative spirit is born out of a radical review of the interior design process.

Students will be inspired by creative experiences that act as a catalyst for reflection, exploration, debate and the strategic management of the multi-facetted aspects that determine interior design processes.

The existing boundaries of interior design will be explored, pushing the international platform for the profession forward in new and versatile directions

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

PgCert: Design Systems; Design Culture.

PgDip: Appreciative Design Inquiry; Collaborative Practice

Master's: Major Project - Practice.

Assessment

Informal reflection and debate are at the heart of the seminars and group tutorials where peer reviews, active learning exercises and self-appraisal help our students to shape their assignments towards self-determined outcomes. Project work is always professionally presented and will be assessed formally by a team made up of internal and external experts and academics.

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Explore design for architectural and public spaces, shape your own ideas and concepts and gain sought after industry skills on this research led creative course. Read more
Explore design for architectural and public spaces, shape your own ideas and concepts and gain sought after industry skills on this research led creative course.

On this course you’ll explore design for architectural and public spaces and make creative interventions in the built environment. You’ll undertake specialist modules in exhibition and lighting design. A design management module will sharpen your industry focus.

You’ll shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed major project, informed by design research and critical enquiry.

This course has a strong studio culture and is taught in a multidisciplinary space within a suite of post-graduate design courses where you’ll gain skills and knowledge highly sought after in industry.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MA--MDes-Interior-Architecture-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

In specialist spatial design, lighting design and management modules you’ll develop specific skills which will inform and enable highly developed outcomes in your self-directed major project. Working with specialist tutors, the major project allows you to create and develop design outcomes for public and private interior and exterior spaces and/or site specific installations.

Collaboration with practitioners from other areas is encouraged. You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in your final trimester.

We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You’ll develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes and design interventions.

Modules

• Design Research Methods
• Spatial Lighting Design
• Exhibition Design
• Design Management
• Major Design Project
• For MDes Degree - Design Project Report
• For MA Degree - Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.

You may also continue to study to MPhil or PhD level.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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This course allows you to develop and grow your own creative practice whilst positioning yourself within a theoretical context. You will engage in the exploration of space conceptually and pragmatically, encouraging your own response to the functionality and visual design of existing sites. Read more

Why take this course?

This course allows you to develop and grow your own creative practice whilst positioning yourself within a theoretical context.

You will engage in the exploration of space conceptually and pragmatically, encouraging your own response to the functionality and visual design of existing sites. You’ll also inspect the consideration of materiality and the relationship of the interior idea to architecture.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Have the opportunity to 'earn and learn' by working on real life contracts through our Projects Office. This experience will enable you to develop your professional portfolio.
Develop a personal area of study, get involved with some regional regeneration projects and test and develop your ideas and your interior research.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Interior design can be transient or durable, small or large, can engage at a detailed product design level or at an urban level, but at whichever level, the demand for skilled professionals is increasing, as is the requirement for innovative sustainable designs.

This course provides a firm grounding for employment in a range of design offices, as well as other property-related jobs.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Interior design practice
Exhibition design
Retail consultant
Working for local and public authorities
Teaching in HE

Module Details

This course uses the experience and skills of teaching staff with a proven track record in interior design studies, practice and research. You will also benefit from a multi-disciplinary learning environment where more than 100 postgraduate students in architecture, interior design, urban design, sustainable design and historic building conservation can meet and work.

Here are the units you will study:

Practice: This unit provides you with the opportunity to evaluate your own design practice and the design discipline from which you come and to contextualise this within interior design practice. Practice-based methods will be used to explore the interior through inter-disciplinary means and you will build on and develop your own creative practice through real-world situations, through doing. You will also be involved in discussions around the social, political, economic and professional contexts that drive the construction of interior space. You will be expected to analyse and critically evaluate the interior context, develop briefs, strategies and a proposal for a given area.

Theory: This unit aims to interrogate the history of interior design and its relationship to practice. Interior design is a relatively youthful profession, whose history is situated in the gaps between architectural history and design history. In this unit you will explore the intellectual idea of the interior through debate and discussion, catalysed through a series of workshops and critical readings, developing an understanding of the interior condition. We bring in specialists from other disciplines, actively encouraging debate. You will also be expected to explore and build on your own understanding of interior space by keeping a reflective journal.

Research Methods and Research Proposal: In this unit you will develop research skills, which will aid you throughout your course and particularly in producing your thesis. You will be asked to establish a critical position within an Outline Research Proposal. You will develop techniques, which will allow you to engage proactively within your area of study. You will be encouraged to explore methods of investigation that are responsive to, as well as inquisitive of, the conditions presented and which therefore speculate around possible critical scenarios. Implicit within these explorations is the need to investigate diverse means of representation and depiction through a variety of possible media and discourse.

Integration: This unit allows you to work in a multi-disciplinary context through groups within your own subject area and across the areas of interior design, urban design, sustainable architecture and historic building conservation, as well as explore the interrelationships of all disciplines. You will need to work collectively on given projects or problems related to staff-run studios, which explore a range of given themes. These themes will be introduced at the start of the course and connect to research areas within the School.

Work-Based Learning: This unit gives you the opportunity to replace a 30-credit core unit with a work-based version of that unit. Not all units can be replaced and you will need to discuss the appropriateness of a unit with tutors. Work-based learning requires you to engage in critical and reflective learning in the workplace. This will be developed through a learning contract, negotiated by you, your employer and School. The work undertaken in practice will be appraised through critical reflective writing that engages with the practice of the particular subject discipline and this will form the assessment artefacts.

Thesis: Your thesis is a substantial research-based project that enables you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a subject area of personal interest, which is related to or developed from a theme studied during the course. The proposed research theme should have a clearly defined focus to allow for in depth theoretical, contextual and visual research.

Programme Assessment

This course is lecture and studio-based, culminating in a written or design-led thesis project. It will involve case study investigations, group work, discussion and planning of interior environments, as well as independent study to develop design or research-based responses to interior problems.

Design assessment is through studio review and taught courses are assessed by various forms of evidence-based interior design decisions and proposals. You will also carry out an in-depth research project into an area of your choice.

Student Destinations

On completing this course, you will be adept in spatial practice and able to work within your specialist discipline in design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments. The creative skills, professional competencies and expansive learning environment that we provide has also led graduates into a range of careers in marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling through to people-centred careers such as project management.

Alternatively, you can choose to pursue freelance opportunities, continue your studies to PhD level or even set up your own interior design practice.

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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.

Presentation

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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.

Subjects

- 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.

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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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What is the 'Master of Architecture' all about?. This Master's programme focusing on "Architecture. Resilient and Sustainable Strategies" explores architecture from a . Read more

What is the 'Master of Architecture' all about?

This Master's programme focusing on "Architecture: Resilient and Sustainable Strategies" explores architecture from a research-by-designand design-by-research perspective. Students are educated and trained in a multicultural and international context. The programme combines an academic approach with creative- experimental approach. It is characterised by a fully-integrated design methodology, providing students with solid skills in the contemporary discipline of architectural design and research.

The Master of Architecture programme is organised at both of the faculty's campuses in Brussels and Ghent, though each campus offers a different orientation:

  • Campus Brussels - Architecture: Urban Projects, Urban Cultures
  • Campus Ghent - Architecture: Resilient and Sustainable Strategies

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. The programme consists out of a minimum of four semesters.

International

The Faculty of Architecture takes its international dimension as the basis for its own quality assessment. It positions itself squarely within the international field of qualitative academic education. The faculty's international activities are extensive and diversified: student mobility and staff exchange on a European and intercontinental level, internationally oriented programmes for incoming students, international workshops and competitions, international research projects, international internships, development cooperation, etc.

The faculty continues to build on its tradition of academic integration of teaching and research to maintain and enhance its standard of quality and international standing.

The faculty works hard to consolidate and enrich its network of cooperative associations with professionals and universities all over the world and strives to leverage this international network for students' benefit. Its international dimension is a strong catalyst for creativity and an added value to students' future professional career.

Objectives 

"The intended academic quality, is the core of the program (architecture, urban planning), i.e. academically based 'professionalism'.

The broadening of the profile focuses on basic disciplines (architecture and urban planning), however without compromising the appropriate focus on the professional profile of the architect (in multiple forms).

In the profile of master, one should obtain extreme concentration and specificity (however, no specialisation).

On the one hand, the master focuses on the content and area-specific level of the bachelor phase, and on the other hand on the acquirement of access to the professional or doctoral field (advanced masters, PhD,...).

The core competences of the master are:

  • the intellectual development and broadening of the competences acquired in the bachelor;
  • a research attitude (for solutions)
  • the specific, disciplinary knowledge (architecture, urban planning)
  • the interdisciplinary skills (also as to recognize the limits of the own scientific discipline).

The master program should guarantee the acquirement of scientific depth. The offered frontier disciplines focus on the current state of research and development within the competence field. The technical qualification to be acquired, focuses on the high quality problem solving of complex tasks.

Curriculum framework campus Ghent: Architecture: Resilient and Sustainable Strategies

At our campus in Ghent, the International Master of Science in Architecture is concerned with the current theory and practice of architecture and sustainability.

The Brundtland report (United Nations, 1987) defines sustainable development as 'development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. The United Nations in 2005 referred to the 'interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars' of sustainable development as economic development, social development and environmental protection.

Translating these three pillars for sustainable architecture, they would entail: providing access to high quality and healthy living and working environments for all, finding ways to create socially sustainable environments at different scales and a wise use of natural resources. Technical considerations, together with more conceptual or strategic issues, are dealt with in this two-year program about architecture and sustainability.

Central in the program of the International Master of Science in Architecture is a critical reflection about architecture and its social, cultural or environmental role for society.

Based on a highly interdisciplinary learning process of integrated research and 'research by design', students are expected to determine a theoretical stance on current issues with particular emphasis on how aspects of sustainability, universal design, urban ecology and energy-efficient technologies may contribute to the development of more sustainable human settlements.

Apart from the theoretical courses, the program includes 3 design studios (during one semester) and 1 final master dissertation studio (during one year). Each semester, there is a focus on a specific attitude, related to the main theme of the programme. All studios are organised through a pool of studio groups (Academic Design Offices and Design Studios) where the teaching staff provides a series of specific themes, methods and intervention areas for the students to develop an architectural project:

Themes sem 1

  • social sustainability and architecture
  • modest heritage and suitability
  • urban emergent processes
  • architectural concept, materiality and detail

Themes sem 2 (specific focus on the city of Ghent)

  • architectural concept, materiality and detail
  • limited resources, re-use and integration
  • urban emergent processes

Themes sem 3

  • architectural materiality and detail

Themes sem 4

  • social sustainability and architecture
  • modest heritage and suitability
  • urban emergent processes
  • architectural concept, materiality and detail
  • limited resources, re-use and integration

Career perspectives

Graduates are trained to lead multidisciplinary teams of engineers, interior architects, landscape architects and artists. In addition to working as independent (self-employed) architects, our graduates also work as professionals in government agencies and international design firms. Some graduates go on to roles as researchers serving local or international governance bodies, NGO's or other institutes.



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Following the successful completion of the Architecture BA(Hons) RIBA Part 1, students normally go on to experience their first formal employment in an architectural practice or professional discipline within the design or construction industries. Read more

Following the successful completion of the Architecture BA(Hons) RIBA Part 1, students normally go on to experience their first formal employment in an architectural practice or professional discipline within the design or construction industries.

The Post Part 1 course supports diverse approaches to what constitutes practice. It is designed to help you formally record your experiences so you can successfully complete the RIBA Professional Experience Development Records (PEDRs) and prepare for the Architecture RIBA Part 2 MArch.

As part of the course, the university will sign off your PEDRs and give you advice and support when you're in practice.

Take a look at our architecture and interior architecture blogand our 2016 yearbook, which documents student work from across our architecture courses.

Course structure

The course comprises two seminar sessions at the university. The first session is held in the autumn and discusses professional experience best practice and how to effectively record what you do.

The second session, held in the summer, reviews the different types of experiences that students have experienced in practice and provides a platform for you to discuss different roles and forms of professional experience.

Careers and employability

The Architecture Professional Practice Pre-Diploma helps you to prepare for the Architecture RIBA Part 2 MArch, a highly creative, research-led and professional two-year masters rooted in studio laboratories and driven by individual enquiry.



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