The MA Interior Design programme has been running successfully now for a number of years and was developed to satisfy a growing demand for MA studies in this broad area.
Staff involved in the programme have Interior Design and Architecture Practice backgrounds with an interest in developing forward looking and open minded students to realise their full potential. There is an insatiable interest in this area of design and the largest area in growth has come from our growing International post graduate community. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to pursue a unique personal line of inquiry within the broad subject area of interior design. The focus of the course is rooted in ‘creative practice’. Students may choose to work either within any established area of contemporary interior design practice or explore the potential for design diversity. By the end of the programme all students should have completed a cohesive body of creative work to a professional standard and be able to clearly articulate a sound intellectual rationale and broad critical viewpoint. Fundamental to the philosophy of the course is the provision of an opportunity for students to explore and realise their individual aspirations and potential, creating a framework for developing more fully as skilled and informed professional practitioners. Through discussion with course supervisors, students are able to form a uniquely individual, tailor made programme of study. Throughout the duration of the course, students are required to keep an ongoing reflective diary that is clearly used to record all lines of enquiry, development of ideas, critical reflection and analysis.
The MA exists in the framework of the University modular scheme. The first step for every new students is a two to three week induction block in which the student’s proposed area of study is discussed, negotiated and formulated with their supervisor into a learning agreement.
Following this induction and diagnostic phase, students continue to develop their physical work in Interior Design Practice 1. In semester 2 students undertake Advanced Practice 2 which involves the opportunity for field study, more rigorous validation of ideas through professional networking or external placement. Running parallel with, and complementary to the practice modules, are two Research for Creative Design Practice modules, one studied in semester 1 and the other in semester 2. The programme is concluded in semester 3 with the Postgraduate Project/Dissertation and Interior Design Practice 3 modules. In the Practice module, students continue their investigation into a particular personal area of study, leading to a final assessed presentation or public body of work.