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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. 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


Visit the MA Interior Architecture and Design page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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