Interior Design MA
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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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.
UK students will usually need to attend an interview. Overseas students are asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.
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 study.
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.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Decoding the Interior
This module provides a holistic investigation of interior environments, 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.
Interior Design Case Study
This module is committed to the thorough investigation of a chosen interior environment(s), designed or otherwise, contemporary or historical, and the relationship to/within the architectural setting. It should provide a vehicle for you to examine particular design criteria and articulate your personal philosophical agendas about spatial design, together with the perceived and ambient quality of interior space. Investigation is published both as written work and through a short film media.
Introduction to Design Computing
This module will introduce you to two-dimensional digital graphics, image manipulation and animation. It considers the use of these techniques in relation to the broader context of architectural/art-based representational practices and conventions.
Major Thesis Project
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. 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, branding, promotion, evaluation of public perception and the potency of image, through several focused design projects.
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.
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Former graduates from the Interior Design MA practise in a variety of areas of design. These include interior design, exhibition design, set and lighting design, retail and product design, and interior conservation, as well as multidisciplinary and traditional architectural and design practice. The MA may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research. For students who take the course and are interested in further study, we offer suitable applicants the opportunity to study for a MPhil/PhD degree, not only through the traditional research mode, but also through a PhD by design route.
Length of course
One year full-time; two years part-time
Additional costs information
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Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
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Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
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Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
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There are many reasons to study Interior Design at Westminster:
An innovative and dynamic course
You will be part of a coherent postgraduate architecture community based at Marylebone, with a dynamic studio environment characterised by debate, dialogue and exchange.
The course combines high-level academic investigation into both historical and current theoretical contexts married to innovative, hands on application of design work, guided closely by our experienced tutors.
The Major Thesis Project can be undertaken as a design-project, a dissertation or a piece of research, enabling you to pursue your particular interests in interior design.
Central London location and contacts
Our central London location provides direct access to professional institutions and practice. A significant part of the course is informed by cutting-edge industry practice.
You will be taught by experienced academic specialists and practising designers, currently at work in London.
Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations
Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities.
Our extensive studios and fully staffed workshops are equipped with the latest technologies. In addition to a state-of-the-art CAD lab, a suite of 100 high-spec computers has been installed in the design studios. A wide range of drawing, graphics and video applications are available as well as metalworking and woodworking workshops. You can also make use of CAD-CAM equipment in shape of a 3D printer, laser-cutting machine and computer-controlled drilling machine.
Students enjoy the public programme of curated group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, education projects, talks and events at Ambika P3 - a 14,000 square ft space for contemporary art and architecture beneath Marylebone Campus.
Our research informs our teaching. 20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
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Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
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Interior Design MA, graduated 2013
“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, graduated 2013
Senior Lecturer in Spatial Design and Communication, London College of Communication
"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. Thanks to the projects set up by the course team and the practice and knowledge I developed from them, I was invited as a guest speaker at the RCA in March 2013 and I presented a paper at the London Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA ) conference in July 2013.”
Interior Design MA, graduated 2013
Bespoke Furniture Designer, Poliform UK
“This course has pushed me to think outside the box... In fact it made me realise that there is no box!”
Students have 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.
Architecture and Interiors - why Westminster?
Architecture and the Built Environment
We are one of the country's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, covering the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities.
The fabrication laboratory allows students to explore the exciting field of digital fabrication, including ABS and plaster 3D printing, CNC knife cutting, large-scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication.