This course promotes the investigation and interpretation of interior space, inside and outside of the traditional architectural envelope, whilst considering human occupation, engagement and experience as the catalyst. This may manifest in a variety of outcomes and will allow you to work within your chosen speciality such as building re-use, exhibition or shop design, branding, identities or environmental graphics, performance or set design, temporary installations or ‘event’ design, furniture or artefact design. The specialist workshops provide you with opportunities to explore materiality, fabrication and realisation of your ideas, through technical rigour at a variety of scales whilst studio teaching is underpinned by engagement with industry.
Features and benefits of the course
Based in the heart of the School of Art, MA/MFA Design: Interior Design is part of an innovative design network — a community of staff and students exploring design ideas in a discursive, cross-disciplinary studio environment. Critically informed practical designers, the group works experimentally, inspired by new insights and possibilities.
While studying towards a particular qualification at MA/MFA level, students experience their subject in the broader context of contemporary design practice.
Dedicated spaces for the postgraduate community have been developed to enable the postgraduate community to flourish. These spaces, for thinking and practice, are located centrally within the School of Art, allowing easy access to an extensive range of workshops where the combination of traditional and state of the art equipment opens up a world of exciting possibilities.
About the course
The MA Design: Interior Design is made up of four units totalling 180 credits. The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA-level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.
You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers. You will also be encouraged and supported to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.
Towards the end of the programme, you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – whatever means are appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.
Typical units of study may include
- Design Practice 1: Intention Method Synthesis
- Design Practice 2 (Interior Design)
- Professional Platforms
Likely Optional Units
- Commercial Aspects of Design
- Contested Territories
- Digital Futures
- Health and Wellbeing
- Images and Archives
- Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts and Sustainable Design
- Negotiated Study
- Object and Context
- The Museum and the City - The City as a Museum
- Writing Research and Funding Proposals
- MFA - Practice 3: Contextualising
- MFA - Practice 4: Realisation and Publication
Typical entry requirements
You will normally have an undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition, you may also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.
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Last updated March 1, 2018