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This Masters Degree programme will prepare you to work in senior and specialised interior design roles fulfilling industry demands. Read more
This Masters Degree programme will prepare you to work in senior and specialised interior design roles fulfilling industry demands.

Why Study Design (Interior Architecture) at Griffith?

Our one-year MA in Design (Interior Architecture) is available on a full-time basis. This programme is designed to improve your mastery of creative design solutions and advance your professional competence within the business and team management.

You will gain the technical skills required to give you a competitive edge over your peers including the economic advantages of interior refurbishment and sustainable development.

You will gain an understanding of the requirement to develop new approaches and technologies, raise the consciousness of the issues, and continue to up/re-skill the design profession in these areas.

You will gain the confidence to “hit the ground running” and take the lead as either a part of a larger team or working on your own as a self-employed designer.

The calibre of work produced by the Design Faculty has been recognised numerous times through industry awards and exhibitions.

An annual Creative Week showcases the Design faculty graduates with those of Media, Journalism, Computing, Film and Photography.

Is this course for you?

This course is suited to graduates from our undergraduate design degrees, students of related courses, or professionals with experience in the design industry. In particular, students from interior design, or a closely related spatial design discipline such as product and industrial design.

Substantial changes in legislation regulating the built environment are placing higher demands on the professional competence and responsibility of the designer. Complying with Irish Health and Safety and Building Control legislation demands significant specialised skill relating to accessibility, environmentally sustainable design, and delivering interior designs safely.

Course Content

Core modules:

• Business Management & Communications
• Design Theory in Cultural Context
• Material Technologies & Component Design
• Professional Practice in Design (Interior Architecture)
• Research Methodology
• Studio
• Sustainability, Conservation & Interior Environments
• Thesis by Practice

Optional modules:

• 3D Architectural Graphics and Visual Communication
• Advanced Material and Interior Architecture Technologies

Career Progression

Through the MA in Design (Interior Architecture), you will have gained valuable design experience, built a strong foundation of creativity, and covered a diverse range of topics. Previous graduates have gone on to successfully work in senior or specialised Interior Architect design positions. Graduates have also explored self-employment/entrepreneurship, after being specifically trained in business and management during the Master's course. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

• Senior Interior Architect
• Retail Store Designer
• Materials Consultant
• Exhibition Designer
• Display Designer
• Self-Employment / Entrepreneurship
• Visual Merchandiser
• House Showroom Designer
• Set Designer
• Interior Stylist

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The Master of Architecture Degree is a joint course between University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology, and operates as a full-time course extending over 12 months. Read more
The Master of Architecture Degree is a joint course between University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology, and operates as a full-time course extending over 12 months. The course has been designed to provide a qualification in architecture under Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC, the Building Control Act 2007, and is required by the RIAI before starting a minimum period of post-qualification supervised practical experience in preparation for the RIAI Examination in Professional Practice, Registration and/or RIAI Membership.

This MScis a distinctive design-based course that is intelligently paced. You are expected to display a comprehensive set of skills and abilities, and an understanding of the role of architecture in the urban context. You are also expected to appreciate broader cultural and theoretical ideas, past and present societies and wider global issues.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr42/

Course Detail

The course will consider the complex conditions and multiplicities of the contemporary city. We will speculate on the patterns of organisation, the accretion of historical strata, and the network of infrastructural connections, political and economic frameworks that define the twenty-first-century city. Our aim is to form architectural scenarios based on sets of contextual (mnemonic) outputs that bear witness to these strands of development, whilst at the same time defining something new, unexpected and ultimately challenging.

The course is intelligently paced and driven by a thematic framework. You will acquire a comprehensive set of skills that will help you to understand the role of the architect in shaping the modern city.

Each year we will adopt and visit a majorEuropean city. Specific scenarios or narratives for investigating these cities will be established at the beginning of each year, and will be explored under the direction of full-time academic staff, with contributions from practicing architects, guest critics and other contributors.

Format

The course is arranged over three teaching periods during the academic year (September to September). You will take modules to the value of 90 credits. The MSc is made up of a range of 5, 15, 20 and 30 credit modules. Each of the taught modules will be examined by continuous assessment. The pass standard for passing each module is 50%. Each module must be passed.In order to progress to teaching period 3, you must have reached a 50% pass in all modules in periods 1 and 2.

Further information on the modules taken can be found on our postgraduate calendar - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/engineering/page09.html

Assessment

Full details of regulations governing examinations for each module can be found in the UCC Book of Modules: http://www.ucc.ie/modules/

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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In the MEngSc Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (Bauinformatik) you will learn how to apply computer science technologies to sustainable design, facilities management, energy management, and construction management. Read more
In the MEngSc Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (Bauinformatik) you will learn how to apply computer science technologies to sustainable design, facilities management, energy management, and construction management.

The course is designed for professionals as well as young graduates from all computer science and engineering disciplines who want to improve their knowledge of customising information and communication technologies to support the design, commissioning and operation of civil engineering systems.

The course addresses the increasing need for engineers and architects with advanced knowledge and skills in the application of information and communication technologies to support sustainable design and operation of buildings and energy systems, facilities management, virtual construction, building information modelling (BIM) and structural engineering.

Lecturers are broadcast through the web, and can be attended either in UCC or from a remote location. Experts from six European universities contribute their knowledge to the course.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr29/

Course Details

You will get hands-on experience in planning, customising, and maintaining state-of-the-art software systems for the needs of the AEC and FM sectors with an emphasis on complex engineering systems such as smart buildings. The course consists of four pillars:

- the acquisition of new knowledge and practical skills in selected engineering disciplines
- the acquisition of knowledge and skills in selected areas of computer science
- the application of the newly-acquired knowledge in two projects
- the development and submission of a minor research thesis.

In the first teaching period students acquire knowledge of:

- Smart Buildings, Facilities and Energy Management
- Software Engineering
- Knowledge Management or Computer Mediated Communication.
- Building Information Modelling (BIM), Data Warehousing, and E-business
- Virtual Construction, Automation in Construction or Finite Element Analysis (electives)

The two projects focus on:

- Software Engineering
- Information Technology for Energy Systems in Buildings.

The course is based on the principle of research-led teaching, ie. project work will be based on practical examples. Researchers and PhD students from UCC will be involved in mentoring and supervising assignments and projects. On completion of the course, you will be extremely attractive to employers who need engineering with a strong IT-background, working in the following areas:

- civil and energy-engineering consultancy
- facilities management
- energy service provision (ESCO)
- construction management
- building operations
- software engineering
- project management.

You will develop skills in:

- applying information modelling
- software engineering
- data processing
- data analysis techniques
- facilities and energy management
- structural analysis
- project and supply chain management in construction.

Format

The course can be taken on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis with an option to complete at postgraduate diploma level. Lectures are broadcast using web-technology and can be attended either in UCC, in your home, or at your workplace. The majority of lectures are scheduled outside normal working hours. Block seminars consisting of full-day events are available once a month during academic periods. The course requires the completion of two projects, but can be combined with a work placement. A minor thesis contribution begins when all taught modules are completed successfully and involves four months of research work.

Assessment

Modules focusing on the acquisition of new knowledge are assessed by written exams (60%), in combination with continuous assessment (assignments – 40%). Modules focusing on skills-development or knowledge transfer are assessed through the submission of reports or essays in combination with presentations. Projects are usually organised in groups. They are assessed through continuous assessment (team meetings, status review meetings) and a final report complemented by a final presentation. You must pass each module (40%) and achieve an average grade of 50% across all taught modules in order to be eligible to progress with the master’s thesis.

Careers

Recent publications report that a shortage of engineers has been identified by professional bodies across the European Union. In the UK and Germany alone, it is predicted that approximately 2,500 engineering positions need to be filled on an annual basis over the next five years (2012 to 2016). It is expected that employable candidates have an excellent background in how to efficiently exploit IT tools in order to execute engineering tasks in the most efficient but also in an interdisciplinary way. This course addresses the need for interdisciplinary expertise and skills in engineering, energy management and computer science.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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