Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £8,000 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course promotes a dynamic and speculative approach to the design of interior spatial environments and values research that seeks to challenge traditional methodologies. It gives you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior design or specialist areas of three dimensional design, through concise and focused studies.

You will cover a range of issues, both theoretical and practical. Design modules deal with contemporary issues in a variety of interior design typologies, including retail, exhibition, gallery, performance and speculative efforts broadly described as installation. Careful studies are made in the pursuit of a fresh approach to their design resolution, through analogous and figurative studies, as well as comparison using suitable contemporary exemplars. The thesis can be undertaken as a design project, a dissertation or a piece of research – effectively a hybrid, both a project and a written summary or theoretical proposition.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

This module provides a historical overview of Western Architecture, drawing from aspects of various critical theory streams, while at the same time encouraging students to create their own tools for conducting primary research on a range of chosen interiors. You will look at historical and contemporary interior environments, covering psychological, cultural, social and economic codes that underpin their creation. Module material is covered in lectures, film projections, seminars and field work.

This module is focused on short empirical study into ‘designed’ environments, either as spatial constructs, series of objects or authors, offered for comparative, analytical study. It is seen as a standalone work or as a discrete addition to Thesis Project thematic. Investigation is published both as written work and through a short film media.

This module will introduce you to two-dimensional digital graphics, image manipulation and animation. Taking a proposition of a modern urban paradigm to be space in continuous, dynamic flux, students are challenged to observe, learn and interpret space as if directors of a short (animate ) film, exploring time, camera angles, effects of editing, sound and other techniques that will give a unique perspective on the invention and interpretation of space with temporal, ephemeral materiality.  Narration, sequence building and storyboard planning underpin preparatory work. Skills offered on this module will broaden student’s capabilities beyond the standard, offering competitive advantage in a crowded, practice market place.  

The module specifically deals with the research, development, exploration, synthesis and conclusion of your chosen area of study for your Major Thesis Project. The aim is to evolve the project developed from the position formulated in the Thesis Development module. The project requires substantially greater commitment than any previous project task, and can be either design based or text based (or a hybrid). You will work individually on the project, which will need to embrace the highest standards of critical review – whether in challenging particular theories and their manifestations in design and architecture, or in demonstrating a personal or innovative approach to the design process.

This is a vocationally based, applied design module. You will consider in context how design is utilised as an effective and persuasive tool in the contemporary retail environment. You will investigate issues of product marketing, product selection, branding, packaging, promotion, design of an initial ‘pop up’ store, culminating in the fully detailed propositional design of a flagship store in a London location. The module is taught by the practice experts operating in an extremely competitive London design environment, with years of expertise in the field.

This module prepares you for the subsequent Major Thesis Project by introducing research issues and themes, and covers research methods, analysis, agenda, concept and strategy. You will undertake a series of short projects and/or studies throughout the module. It is important to note that the Major Thesis Project can take a form that is design based or text based, depending on your choice. The course of study for the Thesis Development module will as a consequence depend also on the type/format of research methods that you are evolving for your thesis project.

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good Honours degree in Architecture, Interior Design or a related design discipline. If your qualifications are in subject areas cognate to the course you will be considered on merit. In certain cases, and subject to evidence of equivalent prior study, or acceptance of Credit Transfer, entry may be permitted into the course at an assessment point other than the first. If your background is in another field you may be considered providing you are able to demonstrate practical experience or knowledge of interior design at the appropriate level. Part-time students are normally expected to be employed by an interior design practice or related profession, and to have at least two years’ relevant work experience. Full-time students would normally be expected to have some relevant experience in interior design practice. Students will be asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format once they have made an application. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component. 

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You are normally required to have a good Honours degree in Architecture, Interior Design or a related design discipline. If your qualifications are in subject areas cognate to the course you will be considered on merit. In certain cases, and subject to evidence of equivalent prior study, or acceptance of Credit Transfer, entry may be permitted into the course at an assessment point other than the first. If your background is in another field you may be considered providing you are able to demonstrate practical experience or knowledge of interior design at the appropriate level. Part-time students are normally expected to be employed by an interior design practice or related profession, and to have at least two years’ relevant work experience. Full-time students would normally be expected to have some relevant experience in interior design practice. Students will be asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format once they have made an application. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component.

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Careers

Our graduates have the knowledge and advantage of already operating within a competitive and demanding academic environment in London. The broad range of skills taught during the MA has enabled our graduates to either strengthen or change their career paths.

Our students have moved on to:

  • teaching at senior level (London School of Communication)

  • getting employment and progressing in large multinational companies (Gensler, Benoy)

  • working in world-renowned design practices (David Adaje)

  • starting their own design practice (Catia Interiors – opening April 2017 )

In some cases the course has equipped our graduates to advance their study at PhD level. It has also enabled established fine artists to question their practice and take new directions. Many of our international students have gone back to their country of origin to use their new skills in progressing academia and industry abroad.

We have a wide network of architects and interior designers operating in London seeking graduates to join their practices, which is a very important link between our academic environment and professional body at work in London and further afield. We have used this route to place a number of graduates in successful, growing practices with great results.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £8,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

What our students say

Interior Design MA student Lina Vlasovaite

Lina Vlasovaite

The course was really enjoyable, intense and full of new experiences. The course gave me more than just knowledge of interiors; it gave me a deep understanding of how the world of interiors works in a more philosophical way.

Interior Design MA student Valerie Mace

Valerie Mace

A highly inspiring programme that allowed me to instigate a new direction in my work. The Course Leader was very supportive while at the same time challenging my work for me to get the best out of it. I learnt a lot and I feel much more confident as a designer.

Interior Design MA student Zivile Jureviciute

Zivile Jureviciute

This course has pushed me to think outside the box...In fact it made me realise that there is no box!

Student work

Have a look at our end-of-year catalogues to see our students' work. Students have also won an extraordinary number of international awards, including RIBA Presidents Medals, confirming our reputation as one of the world's leading centres for architectural education. Read more about our architecture and interiors students' awards.

PG2016 catalogue

PG2015 catalogue

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Architecture and Interiors at Westminster

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Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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