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A career in interior design demands more than creativity. If you're ready to take your design skills and combine them with the technical and business knowledge you need to succeed, then this course is for you. 

On this MA Interior Design degree course, you will work with historic and contemporary sites to create interior environments, working from the scale of the city to the scale of the room. The course has a particular focus on the sensory engagement with space.

You'll plan and produce a personal research project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your practice – so once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in interior design and associated creative industries.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Work on real life contracts through our Projects Office, giving you the chance to earn while you learn
  • Have plenty of opportunities to improve your professional portfolio
  • Develop a personal area of study with a clearly defined focus, to allow for in depth theoretical, contextual and visual research
  • Unpack urban design, sustainable architecture and historic building conservation, as well as the relationships between disciplines
  • Improve your practical skills in our professional design workshops, featuring facilities for working with resin, plastics and metals, screen printing, moulding and casting
  • Use our design studios, with the latest technology used by professionals in the industry
  • Be supported by experienced, professional tutors throughout the course of your studies
  • Develop a personal position to Interior Design through working on live projects in Portsmouth and beyond 
  • Have the option to develop a work based learning project to give you experience of the industry whilst you are learning

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the interior design industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

The demand for skilled professionals and innovative sustainable designs is increasing. When you graduate, you'll be ready to work within your specialist discipline in design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments.

Career opportunities include:

  • Interior design practice
  • Architectural practice
  • Multidisciplinary design practice
  • Exhibition design 
  • Retail design
  • Scenography
  • Design your own job
  • Teaching in HE 

You'll also have the creative skills and professional knowledge to pursue a career in fields such as marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling, or in people-centred careers such as project management. You could also explore freelance opportunities or continue your studies to PhD level.


Visit the Interior Design MA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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