MA Interiors (Architecture & Design) encourages creative investigation, experimentation and innovation in order to extend your knowledge and skills in the creation of new environments. The potential and limits of the ‘interior’ is explored across a range of contemporary contexts, through field research and interpretation, studio and online workshops, media practices, critical analysis and design. On the course you will develop your individual practice and approach to the design of interior spaces and places, and will be encouraged to explore the notion of interiority from the intimate scale of objects and furniture to the urban context of the city, investigating its specific essence and how its quality and atmosphere affects human perception and emotion.
As public, political and commercial concern grows about the future suitability and sustainability of our urban environments, the need for inspired and innovative leadership in the re-use and transformation of our existing buildings and interiors becomes more urgent. This course will also enable you to investigate and present theories and proposals that will contribute to shaping a better world.
You will generate propositions to test, demonstrate and explain your approach, and to develop in-depth strategies by which your ideas and proposals can be implemented. You will challenge and redefine what constitutes the 'interior' through experimental learning, prototyping, designing, critical analysis, and narrative techniques. You will gain the relevant contemporary knowledge, advanced design skills and subject insights to develop, consolidate, apply and promote a personal design practice that can meet the tests and challenges of tomorrow.
You will be guided and supported by expert practitioners and academics from a range of subject fields, committed to support your learning development.
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Explore: Scale and Place is an introductory postgraduate module that will challenge you to define and advance aspirations and set personal and professional goals. It is an explorative opportunity to evolve your individual design interests and a personal ethos following previous study or practice.
You will be encouraged to explore, through site analysis and detection, the interiority of the city at a scale of street, building and room; from the intimacy of objects and furniture to the wider urban context in order to start questioning what constitutes the interior, and how its resulting design affects human perception, emotion and experience. While the focus of study will be local, in London, the perspective will be global and from multi-cultural view-points, reflecting the international diversity of the student cohort.
You will examine key critical and disciplinary debates in contemporary creative and cultural practice and theory relative to Interiors, Architecture and Design at an advanced level. The module aims to foster interdisciplinary conversations based upon shared concerns, encouraging and promoting a reflective approach to masters’ level design practice and research.
You will develop individual design thinking through advanced innovative techniques that capture the design process as both methodology and an instrument of critical examination. The module aims to develop learning and research knowledge gained from the first two modules and encourages each student to evolve a distinct design language to apply to their chosen area of study.
You’ll develop an advanced personal approach to reflective and critical practice through the creation of a Design Development Journal that defines the relationship between your independently identified place of study, the context of investigation and its relevant users or occupants.
You will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to research in Interiors, Architecture and Design. The module extends research study and thinking carried out in the Encounter: Contexts and Debate module. You will establish an advanced, articulate and coherent body of work that reflects a personal vision that is appropriate both to the discipline of interiors and the student’s chosen area of independent study.
This final module, will enable you to summarise previous discoveries made via exploration and development and present a rigorously investigated and detailed concluding proposal. The final outcome will identify and utilise research and design methodologies to promote interrelationships between theory and practice in the realisation of a major project.
The module outcome will be a single submission that communicates an independent practice proposal in detail. This will be produced as a Final Publication that will also include the collation of edited outputs from the four previous modules that identify and formulate appropriate research.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.
Please note, all lectures, seminars PITCH presentations and tutorials will be performed via online or studio sessions.
We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, and have resumed the majority of our teaching on campus.
We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.
Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.
The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.
This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.
Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22
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Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.
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You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
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We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.