University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Interior Architecture and Design

Overview This course encourages you to engage with interior spaces through creative practice and experimentation, exploring space through material and immaterial matter. The course also supports you to use advanced technologies and to engage with 3D printers. On this MA Interior Architecture and Design degree course, you'll work with historic and contemporary sites to create interior environments, working from the scale of the city to the scale of the room. The course has a particular focus on the sensory engagement with space. You'll plan and produce a personal research project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your practice - so once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in interior architecture and interior design, as well as associated creative industries. What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Have the option to develop a work based learning project to give you experience of the industry whilst you are learning Work on live projects, with real clients Unpack interior design, sustainable architecture and architectural conservation practice, as well as the relationships between disciplines Use facilities including dynamic studios with advanced architectural computing facilities Have plenty of opportunities to improve your professional portfolio Improve your practical skills in our professional design workshops, featuring facilities for working with resin, plastics and metals, screen printing, moulding and casting Be supported by experienced, professional tutors throughout the course of your studies Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the interior design industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities The demand for skilled professionals and innovative sustainable designs is increasing. When you graduate, you'll be ready to work within your specialist discipline in design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments. Career opportunities include: Interior design practice Architectural practice Multidisciplinary design practice Exhibition design Retail design Scenography Design your own job Teaching in HE You'll also have the creative skills and professional knowledge to pursue a career in fields such as marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling, or in people-centred careers such as project management. You could also explore freelance opportunities or continue your studies to PhD level.

Entry requirements

MA: A minimum of a second-class honours degree in Interior Design, Architecture or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

This course uses the experience and skills of teaching staff with a proven track record in interior design studies, practice and research. You will also benefit from a multi-disciplinary learning environment where more than 100 postgraduate students in architecture, interior design, urban design, sustainable design and historic building conservation can meet and work. Here are the units you will study: Practice: This unit provides you with the opportunity to evaluate your own design practice and the design discipline from which you come and to contextualise this within interior design practice. Practice-based methods will be used to explore the interior through inter-disciplinary means and you will build on and develop your own creative practice through real-world situations, through doing. You will also be involved in discussions around the social, political, economic and professional contexts that drive the construction of interior space. You will be expected to analyse and critically evaluate the interior context, develop briefs, strategies and a proposal for a given area. This unit is supported by contributions from lecturers within the School, practitioners within the field and those working within fine art practice. Theory: This unit aims to interrogate the history of interior design and its relationship to practice. Interior design is a relatively youthful profession, whose history is situated in the gaps between architectural history and design history. In this unit you will explore the intellectual idea of the interior through debate and discussion, catalysed through a series of workshops and critical readings, developing an understanding of the interior condition. Research Methods and Research Proposal: In this unit you will develop research skills, which will aid you throughout your course and particularly in producing your thesis. You will be asked to establish a critical position within an Outline Research Proposal. You will develop techniques, which will allow you to engage proactively within your area of study. Integration: This unit allows you to work in a multi-disciplinary context through groups within your own subject area and across the areas of interior design, urban design, sustainable architecture and historic building conservation, as well as explore the interrelationships of all disciplines. You will need to work collectively on given projects or problems related to staff-run studios, which explore a range of given themes. Work-Based Learning: This unit gives you the opportunity to replace a 30-credit core unit with a work-based version of that unit. Not all units can be replaced and you will need to discuss the appropriateness of a unit with tutors. Work-based learning requires you to engage in critical and reflective learning in the workplace. This will be developed through a learning contract, negotiated by you, your employer and School. The work undertaken in practice will be appraised through critical reflective writing that engages with the practice of the particular subject discipline and this will form the assessment artefacts. Where professional body criteria and attributes need to be evidenced, these will form the minimum requirements of the learning outcomes. Thesis: Your thesis is a substantial research-based project that enables you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a subject area of personal interest, which is related to or developed from a theme studied during the course. The proposed research theme should have a clearly defined focus to allow for in depth theoretical, contextual and visual research.

Assessment methods

This course is lecture and studio-based, culminating in a written or design-led thesis project. It will involve case study investigations, group work, discussion and planning of interior environments, as well as independent study to develop design or research-based responses to interior problems. Design assessment is through studio review and taught courses are assessed by various forms of evidence-based interior design decisions and proposals. You will also carry out an in-depth research project into an area of your choice.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 4,630 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

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Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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