MA Interiors (Architecture + Design) develops your knowledge and skills of space and place making in order to encourage your creative innovation within the broad remit of the design of space. The various contexts of the interior encompass processes, theories and histories ranging from building reuse to new build, the room and the city and the body and space, all of which contain a diversity of forms of human occupation. Through experimental and traditional approaches, through workshop enquiry, theoretical research and critical understanding you will develop your own unique approach to the understanding and design of both interior Architecture + Design supported by expert academic and technical guidance and using state-of-the-art facilities.
At Middlesex we support an innovative and creative approach to Interiors that enables you to explore your interests and enhance your skills through experimentation, research and critical analysis. Flexibly designed to meet the ambitions of students from a wide range of creative backgrounds our course will equip you with the advanced skills, contemporary knowledge and industry insights you need to develop your own practice to a professional standard.
Based in our £80 million Art and Design School and taught by some of the UK's leading practitioners from a range of disciplines, our course features world-class facilities and specialist workshops fitted with both new and traditional equipment. With opportunities to build industry contacts and exhibit your work off-site, you'll also gain the employability skills, exposure and experiences you need to navigate a successful career path in today's competitive creative industries.
Taught by some of the UK’s leading practitioners and specialists in Interiors this course is divided into five modules taken over three terms (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own interests to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current creative practice through experimentation, research, analysis, and creative exploration.
The majority of the programme will be centred upon developing and fully completing a substantial body of design-based work towards an external public exhibition. This will be supported by research reports and regular presentations on the progress of the project. Students will also address postgraduate research and critical debates in art and design working with students and staff from across the art and design postgraduate community.
Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits)
Through a combination of studio, practice and text-based methods you will explore a chosen area of your design work in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. By the end of this module you’ll be able to employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.
Critical Debates – Term 1 (30 credits)
Through a series of lectures, seminars and reading groups you’ll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of Interiors. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you’ll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.
Exploring Spaces – Term 2 (30 credits)
This module will develop your approach to reflective and critical practice through the creation of a body of work that explores the relationship between place, space and its users. By identifying and utilising research as an instrument for exploring all forms of spatial design, you will interpret the cultural and social context within interiors, develop advanced project proposals and identify the appropriate mechanisms with which to test and evaluate them.
Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 credits)
Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and individual tutorials you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to Interiors research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module is designed to prepare you for your final Major Project by enabling you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in Interiors, and the contemporary research problems that they face. By the end of this module you will have produced an illustrated Research Survey demonstrating your investigations and findings.
Major Project – Term 3 (60 credits)
The final module is an opportunity for you to bring together the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during the course and apply them to a significant project of Interior Architecture + Design. Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. By the end of this final module you will have produced a substantial body of practice work for external public exhibition, supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.
Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be entirely assessed by coursework including practical projects, oral presentations and supporting written work. There are no exams.
This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in Interior Architecture + Design.
As part of your learning, you’ll be required to actively participate in activities and engage with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively, working and learning as part of a small group at times. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country with technical tuition on a range of art and design mediums and tools.
As well as your immediate peers on the programme, there is much going on across the campus and university that you can access, collaborate with and benefit from, such as the newly formed Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) which provides a useful network for postgraduate students as well as seminar and ideas in progress sessions.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:
Sketchbooks are extremely important. They should be a 'diary' of your thinking and include observational and speculative drawings/sketches communicating a visual sensitivity. We also look for evidence of how you develop and work through your ideas. Include photographs and collected images and importantly your reaction to them, but avoid letting your sketchbooks being merely scrapbooks
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This course will prepare for a diverse range of careers foremost within the Interior Architecture and Design industry, but also within other creative and cultural industries. These may include architecture, installation and exhibition design, retail and workspace design, private and public spaces and more. You may also decide to pursue careers in further research and teaching about interior space. With strong links to art and design employers across the UK and internationally we’ll assist you in finding and securing professional opportunities while you study with us and after your graduate.
MA Interior Architecture
"I was working as an interior designer but always wanted to do a Masters. At an undergraduate level you learn the basics you need which helped me start off my career. However I wanted to do a Masters to explore my own area of interest and learn a different way of thinking about design."
"The Masters has expanded my vision, not just in practical terms, but also in terms of research. The course is very flexible and caters for whatever you want to do. Our tutors are there to help guide us, but in a very liberal way, allowing us the freedom to go in our own direction."
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art and Design School on campus
in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of specialist workshops, digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.
These facilities include:
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Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
The tuition fee for MA Interior Architecture is as follows. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £7,200
Part-time students: £48 (per taught credit) £24 (per dissertation credit)
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time students: £84 (per taught credit) £44 (per dissertation credit)
AHRC Masters studentships
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) offers funding for some subjects. Find out more.