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Interior Design

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The MA in Interior Design offers an all-encompassing, multidisciplinary exploration of the realm of the interior in its many manifestations.

By its very nature, interior design entails collaboration across a multitude of disciplines. There is the overall design of a space and its infrastructure; the integration of furniture, industrial design elements (door handles to light fittings) and textiles; the graphic interventions of wayfinding, signage, moving image and illustration; and atmospheric considerations – acoustics, air and lighting.

The realm of the interior includes retail, exhibitions, restaurants, hotels, theatre design, offices, the domestic world and transportation – from a train carriage to a space station. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a diverse range of processes and techniques in their work on the understanding that contemporary digital technology married with traditional approaches delivers a well-rounded and wide-ranging vocabulary and skill set. Research-based collaborations with other international creative and commercial institutions ensure that the programme is continually refreshed and forward-thinking.

The programme will teach students to:

- Read a design brief in such a way as to respond to its inherent challenges, seek its furthest parameters and explore the most radical potential for creativity contained in its contents.
- Create a process of design that is strong in both concept and craft
- Bring an intellectually rigorous, open-minded and research-based approach to the design of the interior.
- Create work that challenges what is accepted and invents new typologies of interior design aimed to encompass all kinds of space – from hospitals to hotels, submarines to sailboats, trains compartments to ticket booths.
- Create multidisciplinary design solutions that fuse science, craft and philosophy.
- Adopt a humanist approach to interior design, looking at the human elements at the heart of the space and how design can enhance people’s relationship with their surroundings.
- Focus on how design can stimulate the senses – using materials, processes, colours, textures and details to create sensorially evocative spaces.
- Engage with design details at 1:1, becoming comfortable with investigating, crafting solutions and solving problems in real terms with real materials.
- Examine the interior and all its components – graphics, industrial design elements, textile, fashion, furniture, etc. in order to create integrated solutions where all interior elements are in harmony with each other.
- Investigate the importance of flexible and temporary structures – looking at pop-ups and ways to build flexibility into a structure to allow for economical reinvention of the space.

Entry Requirements

You should have achieved a high-quality first degree in furniture, industrial design, textiles, graphics and architecture, fashion, sculpture, theatre design, fine art, film, interactive design and other creative fields. Evidence of intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding two years is essential.

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