MA Interior Architecture and Design

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Program Description

MA Interior Architecture and Design

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

MA Interior Architecture and Design

MA Interior Architecture and Design

This design-driven course develops principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions to interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will expand and develop advanced design thinking and the skills required for creating design, management and technological solutions to a range of challenges.

This course:

  • focuses on interior spatial interventions in the context of existing or new buildings;
  • develops advanced design, management and technical skills;
  • enables you to focus on areas of interest to you;
  • benefits from strong links with industry;
  • offers extensive opportunities to work on live design projects;
  • is available full-time, part-time and by continuing professional development.

This visual and interactive course gives you the opportunity to become an architectural design innovator and problem solver, combining practical skills with spatial awareness, practical applications and function. You will gain a deep understanding of the role of an interior architect, ready to move straight into industry upon graduation.

What you'll study

You will also gain a broad understanding of newly developing material technologies and related optional subject areas to enable you to exploit and maximise all design opportunities.

The course develops skilled professionals qualified to solve and manage complex problems related to interior architecture from advanced cultural, environmental, economic and design perspectives.

For example, these may be related to sustainable urban contexts and materials, technology, component design, architectural conservation, exhibition/museum design in the digital age or learning environments for the future.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, critiques, case studies, workshops, site visits and field trips. Project work will be individual and group based.

There will be input from external professional organisations to bring you into contact with specific up to date, high-quality expertise.

In addition to the delivery of design, management and technical knowledge, the course also pays special attention to developing key skills in independent learning and research.

How will I be assessed?

The ethos of combining theory and practice is strongly reflected in the nature of assessments. All assessment is coursework based, requiring students to undertake practical work together with research and critical evaluation to demonstrate the link between theory and practice. The main assessment methods are:

  • narrative and visually based essays.
  • individual and group design projects and reports.
  • individual and group presentations.

Careers and employability

The course’s multidisciplinary approach will open doors for you to work in a variety of roles within art, design and architectural practices.

Recent graduate roles have included interior architect, interior designer, retail architect, in design firms and consultancies in the UK and overseas.

Entry requirements


What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant (cognate or semi-cognate) discipline, including, but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture, or building surveying.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.


If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.


Location: City site.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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