Master Interior Architecture


Program Description

Master Interior Architecture

At the Master Interior Architecture, you will learn to develop a concept for a space based on your own ideas and artistic vision and to realize that concept.


What can this Master Interior Architecture offer you?

Perception and expression in the architecture of the interior

What makes a certain place so characteristic? Is it the light, falling at a specific angle through the glass windows? The material and colours of the chairs, tables, curtains, walls, floor? The specific sounds of the room? The touch, the smell of things? The people? Phenomenological aspects determine the atmosphere of an interior.

The core

Interior at our Master Interior Architecture is no niche, nuance or aspect of architecture, but a fundamental attitude towards the surrounding world. The core of this Master is the understanding of a place in all its manifestations before you start to transform it because of changing needs and requirements.

What will you learn?

You will learn to develop a concept for a space based on your own ideas and artistic vision and realize that concept. An important part is how to present your conclusions as an essential component of your architectural design. At each assignment, you will be asked to draw connections between your own work and that of others and between your work and the audience. Also, you will make an active contribution to collaborative projects. In the two years you study in Maastricht you will get the chance to deepen your design skills, personal interpretation of the professional situation and artistic talent. You will obtain subject matter knowledge, insights and skills based on your own applied research.



For whom?

This two-year Master's programme is open to you if you have a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design or another Bachelor’s programme, and if you have the desired intake competencies.

Study load

Normally you will study and work at the Academy for about 20 hours a week. In addition, you will have to study at home for about 20 hours a week.


The programme comprises 120 European Credits in total.


Full-time for the duration of two academic years, from September until July.

The first year

Your own atelier

In the first year, you will work in your own atelier, where you fulfil hypothetical assignments and where you evaluate your design process step-by-step with your lecturers. In these assignments, you will explore materiality, light, time, scale and composition.


We start an assignment with excursions to different places, where you test these with your senses and explore it with our time’s state of mind, from within. You research the place’s anatomy, induce empathy and construct understanding. You formulate an intention of how to rebalance the choreography meaningfully and you exemplify the intended meaning as a built structure of explicit materiality. In these assignments, the theoretical research and analysis play a key role.

Your graduation project

Final master assessment

In the second year, you will focus on your thesis and a final workpiece. Your graduation project is the final master assessment. With this assessment, you will prove that you are able to practice the profession. You will position yourself as an interior architect and present you to the outside world so that you can build the foundation for a future career. It also offers the possibility of a critical contribution to the debate on topical issues and is valuable for the further development of the field.

Free to choose

The subject of your final project is free to choose but still fairly close in the broad sense of the interior. It is a hypothesis in a built-up area context. The selection and motivation of your graduation project is part of the graduation plan that is submitted. You will have to conclude the place and the primary idea of the intention.

Thesis and anatomical model

Your graduation project consists of two connected layers: the thesis and the anatomical model. The thesis should form the foundation of your project, based on language and theoretical research in a historical, philosophical, cultural and socio-political sense. The anatomical model is the concrete implementation of your intention and includes all spatial elements.

The team of lecturers

The Master works with leading professionals: architects, interior architects, representatives from other fields such as art historians, for maximum connection with current developments, the contribution of their professional knowledge, and professional experience.

Diploma and acknowledgement

When you successfully completed the programme you will get the degree of Master of Interior Architecture. The degree is recognized by the Union of Dutch Interior Architects (bni) and you can register after a two year practise period at the Foundation Architect Register (Stichting Bureau Architectenregister).

Admission requirements

You are admissible if you are a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design, or another Bachelor’s programme if you have the desired intake competencies. When you can’t meet these admission requirements you have the option to request an entrance examination. To do so, send a portfolio and covering letter to the programme secretariat. All students who are admissible will be invited in July for the intake assessment.

Admission procedure

As soon as we received your application form we will invite you to the admission procedure, which consists of the following steps:

  1. A preselection based on your letter of motivation, diploma and digital portfolio.
  2. A motivation interview and evaluation of your portfolio.
  3. A practical assignment.

When you pass the preselection (1) we will invite you to the intake assessment that will take place in Maastricht for a full day*. During this day you will be tested on your suitability for the programme. You can show and discuss examples of the work in your portfolio with the admission committee (2). The final part is a practical assignment set by the admission committee (3).

*or via Skype if you live abroad and don’t have the opportunity to come to Maastricht.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Zuyd is a regional institution of higher education, which aims at the development and transfer of high-quality and practically-oriented knowledge, for the development of professions and our region. Th ... Read More

Zuyd is a regional institution of higher education, which aims at the development and transfer of high-quality and practically-oriented knowledge, for the development of professions and our region. The employees of Zuyd contribute to the personal development of people during their entire professional careers. We believe that every individual has unique talents and we want to assist in the full development of these talents. In our method of working we connect education, research and the environment. Read less