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Interior Architecture and Design

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Starting: September 2020; January 2021 (full-time only)
  • Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time

Our course takes a unique approach to interior and architectural practice, enabling you to create innovative design solutions for interior spaces. You'll work on a wide range of projects from art installations, built structures and commercial projects, to industry research and smaller-scale design schemes.

Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you'll combine practical skills with spatial awareness, practical applications and function to solve architectural problems. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to interior architecture and design, you'll consider the influence of art, culture, the humanities, society, economics and history of design. 

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at professionals working in a related industry, or graduates with a related honours degree. You'll develop the skills and gain the experience to pursue a career in art, design and architectural practices. Recent graduate roles have included interior designers, retail designers and roles in design firms and consultancies, both in the UK and overseas.

Why study this course?

  • Inspiring spaces | Based in our Grade II* listed Gothic Revival style Arkwright building, you'll work with industry-standard facilities, including a dedicated model-making studio.
  • Project work | Work to simulated, industry-focused briefs, designed to mimic the expectations of a range of clients, preparing you to work at a professional level on graduation.
  • Study trips | We endeavour to go on visits to live sites in the UK and abroad, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice. Previously students have visited Amsterdam, Porto and London.
  • Guest lectures | Hear from visiting experts; recent industry speakers have included a number of RIBA Stirling Awards prize winners.
  • Exhibitions and degree shows | Showcase your work at our annual NTU Degree Show, attended by architecture professionals, industry experts and potential employers.
  • Expert academics | Benefit from our team of experienced academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.

Discover DIGITAL, a virtual showcase celebrating the work of our current final year BA (Hons) and MA Interior Architecture and Design students.

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What's the difference between this course and a degree in interior design?

Our Interior Architecture and Design degree at NTU will enable you to discover how space can be formed, light can be controlled, and function and history can be considered, to create architectural space and interior environments that are beautiful and functional. A degree in interior design may include how to approach the styling of interior spaces and the applied decoration of them. On our course you'll develop key transferable skills and in practice your role will overlap with architecture, interior decoration and interior design.

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What you'll study

This design-centred course develops principles and techniques necessary for creating innovative design solutions for interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will expand and develop advanced design thinking and the skills required for creating design, management and technological solutions to a range of challenges.

You'll also gain a broad understanding of newly developing material technologies and related optional subject areas to enable you to challenge established practices and maximise design opportunities.

Course structure

The course structure has recently been reviewed and adapted to ensure your learning is not disadvantaged by Covid-19 and to make sure that you receive the optimal NTU experience on your course. The course structure below will apply to students beginning in September 2020 and January 2021.

The course is formed of six core modules, three of which are worth 20 credits and three worth 40 credits, including a major study project. This structure will provide you with a foundation of skills and knowledge, and develop these over the course of the year, before you undertake your major study project at the final stage of the MA.

Semester One
Weeks 1 - 15
Semester Two
Weeks 16 - 30
Semester Three
Weeks 31 - 45
Design Studio 1 for Interior Architecture and Design
40 credits
Design Studio 2 for Interior Architecture and Design
40 credits

Research Methods for Interior Architecture and Design
20 credits

Design Communication for Interior Architecture and Design
20 credits

Technical Communication for Interior Architecture and Design
20 credits
Major Study Project for the Designed Environment
40 credits

Within these modules there are opportunities to study industry specific specialisms including spatial design, detailing, conservation and refurbishment. There is also the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects with students on other courses within the School.

  • Semester One module information

    Design Studio 1 for Interior Architecture and Design (40 credit points)

    • Through a series of lectures and tutorials, you’ll be introduced to current thinking in the fields of technology and design. This module is informed by NTU’s academic research, research within the field, professional practice and our links to industry.
    • You will develop an acute awareness of the impact of culture and emerging practices on the design process, providing you with a depth of knowledge to inform your design choices.
    • You’ll put your learning into practice through a series of projects and hands-on activities, applying your knowledge of frameworks, materials, technologies and research methods in a practical context.

    Design Communication for Interior Architecture and Design (20 credit points)

    • This module will support your existing knowledge and content will be tailored to your individual needs.
    • The core purpose of the module is to introduce you to high-level methods and processes of design analysis.
    • You’ll develop your ability to fully utilise communication tools, including computer-aided design and modelling, rendering and illustration, rapid prototyping, manufacturing and 3D workshops, to communicate your design ideas to a professional standard.
  • Semester Two module information

    Design Studio 2 for Interior Architecture and Design (40 credit points)

    • This module provides experience of working on one exciting, individual exploratory project, within a specialist area of your choosing.
    • Multi-disciplinary in nature, and with a strong design emphasis, the module aims to develop your conceptual, developmental, aesthetic and technological skills and practice, through intensive self-led research and development.

    Technical Communication for Interior Architecture and Design (20 credit points)

    • Supporting your exploratory work in Design Studio 2, this project-based module aims to develop your understanding of technical communication, through the introduction of advanced software application.
    • You will develop your understanding of the technical properties of material and your understanding of space, light, or any other technical area of interest that you propose.
    • The projects forming this module will require you to propose innovative design solution, interfaces and/or systems within a built environment context, and promotes collaborative working, mimicking a professional studio environment.
  • Semester Three module information

    Research Methods for Interior Architecture and Design (20 credit points)

    • This module aims to equip you with the research methodologies, language, knowledge and skills, appropriate to an interior architect, focusing on design and applied management practices.
    • You’ll be exposed to a broad range of traditional and contemporary research approaches, through a series of lectures and seminars, developing your critical awareness of existing research in the field, as well as providing you with the skills to reflect on your own personal design goals and aspirations.
    • As part of this module, you will complete an initial learning agreement, reflecting on your profile as an interior architect or design manager to date. This will be revisited throughout the year to chart your progression in light of developing knowledge and multidisciplinary experience.

    Major Study Project for the Designed Environment (40 credit points)  

    • This module provides an opportunity to develop a design solution to a proposed built environment scheme or project. It is driven by the experiences and knowledge you will have gained in earlier modules, and is based on your chosen subject specialism.
    • Self-directed, this design-based research project will challenge you to devise innovative design and technological solutions, resolving a complex design problem utilising a range of new, emerging and advanced technologies and materials.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Study at a University with a strong design heritage - NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • Course content is delivered through a series of lectures throughout the year, supported by seminar groups - an open platform to discuss and build upon ideas.
  • In addition to the design studio, you'll also utilise our model making workshop to produce large and small-scale prototypes, to test your design concepts.

Trips and study visits

We will endeavour to go on study trips in the UK and abroad, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice. We offer free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips on the course. Previous study trip destinations have included Amsterdam, Porto and London. We also endeavour to give you the chance to attend external seminars and lectures, as well as professional trade, art and cultural exhibitions in the UK.

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Temporary course changes for academic year 2020/21 (September 2020 and January 2021 entry)

We have reviewed the course structure and delivery and have made necessary adaptations to ensure that you receive the optimal NTU experience on your course.

The following changes have been made:

  • Research Methods for Interior Architecture and Design module has been moved from Semester 1 to Semester 3
  • Design Studio 1 is now a 40 credit module, an increase from 20 credits
  • Major Study Project for the Designed Environment is now a 40 credit module, a decrease from 60 credits.

These changes apply to students beginning in September 2020 (full-time and part-time) and January 2021 (full-time).

Assessment methods

The ethos of combining theory and practice is strongly reflected in the nature of assessments. All assessment is coursework based, requiring you to undertake practical work, together with research and critical evaluation to demonstrate the link between theory and practice. The main assessment methods are:

  • individual and group-based design projects and reports
  • narrative and visually-based essays and reports
  • individual and group presentations

Careers and employability

This course is suitable for professionals working in a related industry looking to progress or specialise in their career, and for graduates with a related honours degree.

Where do MA Interior Architecture and Design graduates from NTU work?

The course’s multidisciplinary approach will open doors for you to work in a variety of roles within art, design and architectural practices.

Recent graduate roles have included interior designer, retail designer, and various other roles in design firms and consultancies in the UK and overseas.

Our MA Interior Architecture and Design course has been designed to maximise the employability prospects of our graduates, equipping you with professional skills as well as enhancing and developing your design skills, technical knowledge and ability to communicate your ideas.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. This includes the Property, Design and Construction Fair, where employers from all over the UK come to the University to advertise their graduate roles to our students.

100% of our postgraduate architectural design students are in work or further study, just six months after graduation (DLHE, 2016-2017)

Work in our inspiring Grade II* listed Gothic Revival style Arkwright building, offering industry-standard facilities and studios

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant (cognate or semi-cognate) discipline, including, but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture and design, or building surveying.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a digital portfolio of your work to the University.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Advanced entry

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant (cognate or semi-cognate) discipline, including, but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture and design, or building surveying. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a digital portfolio of your work to the University.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

Advanced entry

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Help and support

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our postgraduate pages.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a digital portfolio of your work to the University.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or contact us at Ask NTU.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant PortalApply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a digital portfolio of your work to the University.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2020 entry

Study route Home (UK/EU students)
Full-time (1 year) £8,200 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study) £4,100 per year

Funding your studies

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Fees for 2020 entry

Study routeInternational
Full-time (1 year) £15,100 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study) £7,550 per year

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Still need help?

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