Interior Design

MA

2017 entry

Our MA Interior Design course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment.

This degree provides you with a launchpad to potential higher level interior design careers within a diverse range of subjects. These include museum and exhibition design, design for film, television and digital games and brand interpretation for retail, leisure or promotional events.

An emphasis on ecological issues and processes is also a prominent aspect of this course, and underpins all aspects of the course.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Course overview:

You'll explore your area of interest to an advanced level, through establishing new spatial paradigms that build on your existing knowledge. Our course combines theoretical and practical skills, and encourages engagement with industry at all levels.

In-depth research into design processes and technologies, along with related work placement opportunities, will prepare you for new career directions. Your project work will be supported by ongoing staff research into sustainability, architecture, design-related digital technologies, experiential environments and brand communication.

You'll be taught through tutorials, seminars, self-directed study in relation to your project proposal, work-in-progress reviews and visits or references to sites of local and international interest.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Tuesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

Course content - 2017 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Contexts and Methods

    A series of lectures and seminars are used within the unit to address core thinking and practice in
    contemporary and historic architecture, fine art and design. An overview of key thematic debates,
    historic movements, concepts of cultural production, spatial perception and cognition, material
    tactility and embodied relations are outlined. These form a critical intellectual context for you
    to contemplate your particular research agendas.

  • Exploratory Practice

    This unit provides an intensive first immersion into creative studio practice. It generates distinct individual modes and themes of enquiry that may subsequently inform the detailed development of a project proposal for the latter stages of the MA. It secondly introduces you to the complexities, demands and moments of failure inherent in self-managing and delivering ambitious fabricated spatial outcomes.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Project Development

    Work undertaken during the ‘Project Development’ unit normally builds upon that initiated in
    previous units of the MA. It seeks to explicitly integrate stands of theoretical and applied or practical
    research into a considerably more resolved and advanced line of enquiry that can sustain the
    remainder of the MA project.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Final Realisation

    The ‘Final Realisation’ unit is the culmination of the MA programme of study and so forms an
    exposition and practical manifestation of ideas, concepts, and degrees of sophisticated practice
    achieved. It should achieve a resolution to investigations initiated in all previous units and deliver a
    single body of work that demonstrates advanced conceptual, technological and practical capability.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We've got extensive contacts across the range of interior design disciplines. Live projects, research analysis and feasibility studies will draw on our wide range of contacts and associations.

Connections include specialists in the related fields of audio-visual technologies, lighting design and interactive design.

Recent guest lecturers have included:

  • David Callcott, CADA Design, retail and leisure design consultants (London and Hyderabad, India)
  • Emma Vane, Production Designer for Atonement, the Harry Potter series, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Finlay White, ModCell, sustainable construction
  • Mick Pearce, award-winning international architect (Title: Bio-mimicry and the 3rd industrial revolution)
  • Phil Hughes, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, museum and exhibition designers (London, New York, Beijing)
  • Uwe R. Brückner, Atelier Brückner, exhibition design (Stuttgart, Germany).

Career opportunities exist within design or architectural consultancies in retail, leisure, exhibition, office, hotel, residential and cruise ship design, as well as in the fields of design management, interior or film-set design.

 

Our course has a strong ecological focus with opportunities for engaging with both the theoretical and practical aspects of real-world sustainability.

You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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