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This research-led Interior Design MA addresses the needs of graduates from interior design and related discipline backgrounds, or those who wish to collaborate with professionals in the field. Our Interior Design MA is one of several postgraduate design courses that co-exist at the Cass, offering rich opportunities for the collaborative multidisciplinary approach that is a feature of the current and future design sector and a requirement for success in the field.

More about this course

The overall theme and content of the course is intended to encourage independent design thinking in the field of the interior. In this respect, the curriculum focuses in an advanced and systematic way on aspects of the profession and practice. Design and research for design occupies a large proportion of the course and the process of design is rehearsed through the vehicle of project work. There is an emphasis upon putting you in a real, complex and ambiguous context for project work, with many more parameters that cover social, political and economic contexts as well as the physical context.

Modules and projects are delivered within a design studio unit that sets a theme for your design work over the academic year, which creates a collaborative working model. The studio runs projects in a range of research interests, sites, building types, cultural and theoretical contexts. The Cass Interiors shares a commitment to contemporary design and its global and local contexts, a passion for building, and desire to test the premises of the interior, theoretically as well as practically.

The course addresses the needs of graduates from interior, spatial and architectural backgrounds where traditional roles are increasingly blurred and design skills may be needed in a variety of guises. It emphasises generic and transferable skills in design of the built environment, and locates the subject in this broader context to encourage you to seek and create opportunities for the practice of their discipline.

You'll want to imbue your work with meaning, to use it to communicate, to engage emotions and inspire response. Interiors are designed to be attractive and desirable in the marketplace and relevant to consumers, meaning you'll need an exhaustive overview of current and forthcoming furniture products in order to be competitive.

Design and research occupy a large proportion of the course; the research and development process of design is rehearsed through your project work. In parallel with theoretical research, you'll generate, communicate and evaluate all kinds of innovative ideas and concepts for furniture. You'll discover that design research will reveal the widest range of proposals for testing, how best to inform the producer of what you have in mind and how best to evaluate concepts.

The Cass is a community that shares a commitment to contemporary design and its global and local contexts, a passion for design in all its forms, and desire to test the premises of the field, theoretically as well as practically. We aspire to effect real, meaningful and beneficial change through our design work and MA Interior Design is a part of that vision.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through portfolios of written, research, visual and physical project work, all directly related to the requirements of practice in the field.

The MA is concluded with a major project in which you'll select an area of study, formulate your own argument or theoretical position and produce an independent body of work. The project challenges you to study in a topic that interests you, which will test your creative ambition. This work will be exhibited at the MA graduation show in our central London location.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Design Project Development (core, 40 credits)
  • Design Research for Practice (core, 40 credits)
  • Project as Professional Practice: Interior Design (core, 60 credits)
  • Democratising Luxury (alternative core, 20 credits)
  • Design for Change (alternative core, 20 credits)
  • Interior Contexts (alternative core, 20 credits)
  • Material Thought (alternative core, 20 credits)

The School maintains a portfolio of MA (Level 7) 20-credit modules, two of which will be core to this course in any particular year. Prior to the start of the course each September, the course team will determine which of the modules should be core 20-credit modules for the following academic cycle, based on the project opportunities arising and the balance of students across the portfolio of Design MA courses.

After the course

Recent studies show that globally, the growth of creative and cultural industries is more than twice the rate of the world economy. The creative industry in the UK is huge and about half of all those involved in the design sector work in London. London supports one of the highest concentrations of designers and design related businesses in the world and our unique location offers many opportunities for students and professionals to showcase cutting-edge design.

Our alumni work internationally for all sectors of design, such as branding, retail design, exhibition design, residential design, digital design and environmental design. We have alumni who have gone on to work at Norman Foster and Partners, Bill Dunster Architects, Orbit Architects, Orange and United Designers. Career paths in the cultural industries, design journalism, education and marketing are also open on completion of the course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee.

How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.


Visit the Interior Design MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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