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Fees and Funding

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Overview

The aim of this 12-month Master's programme is to engage you in creative and experimental processes and to enhance your ability to grasp complex design ideas.

The program has a clear hands-on approach which aligns with the 'making' ethos of the School. Live projects, competitions and field trips make this program a unique life-changing experience. View our yearbook to see examples of our students' work.

Design of any scale responds to - and in parallel leads - cultural and social change. Our everyday living changes rapidly. The changing demographics, the emergence of new technologies, shift the way in which we inhabit, use and share spaces.

What is the role of design in the rapidly changing contemporary conditions? What is the office space of the future like? What is the library of the future? What is the shop of the future?

Through our MA in Interior Design programme, we address some of the above questions in a rigorous, experimental and creative manner. Through a fun and hands-on approach we will debate and challenge one another on some of the most current and 'hot' design-related questions.

Have a look at a small sample of our previous students' projects.

What makes this course different

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Hands-on projects

The course will include a number of thematic projects and seminars each year, including: retail design, exhibition design, lighting design.

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Strong industry links

Through our extensive links with practices, design studios and a range of relevant industries, you will get exposed to a professional cutting edge environment. Our ambition is that you become leaders of the design of tomorrow.

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Serious play

Exceptional design comes through rigorous research and genuine experimentation. Studios and workshops buzz with energy and constructive debates. That's the ethos we cultivate in our studio.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Knowledge

  • Deliver interior design projects and work at a range of different scales
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of a range of contemporary design precedents
  • Understand the ethical/ social/economical/ political implications of design processes
  • Translate concepts into engaging design proposals

Thinking skills

  • Design your own processes for creating innovative projects.
  • Work independently and in groups to develop ideas.
  • Research, understand, analyse and critically interpret precedents, and make use of this understanding for your own projects.

Subject-Based Practical skills

  • Create advance drawings at different scales.
  • Create models at different scales.
  • Prepare presentations for design-related projects.

Skills for life and work (general skills)

  • Work both independently and in groups in a professional and collegiate manner; exchange knowledge and skills with your peers.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Advanced Interior Design 1

    The aims of this module are:

    • To develop an in-depth understanding of the contemporary discourse on Interior Design.
    • To develop advanced design and representational skills and methods.
    • To develop the ability to contextualise design; to develop the ability to understand the links between design and other cultural and everyday phenomena.
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    Advanced Interior Design 2

    The aims of this module are:

    • To develop an in-depth understanding of the contemporary discourse on Interior Design.
    • To develop advanced design and representational skills and methods.
    • To develop the ability to contextualise design; to develop the ability to understand the links between design and other cultural and everyday phenomena.
    • To develop a professional ethos and attitude.
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    Interior Design Theory 1

    The aims of this module are:

    • Gain a good understanding of a number of interior design precedents and of the relevant underpinning design principles.
    • Develop the ability to read, research, analyse, understand and communicate a thorough understanding of  design-related literature and design precedents.
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    Interior Design Theory 2

    The aims of this module are:

    • Gain a good understanding of a number of interior design precedents and of the relevant underpinning design principles.
    • Develop the ability to read, research, analyse, understand and communicate a thorough understanding of  design-related literature and design precedents.
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    Interior Design Thesis

    The main aims of this module are:

    • To research in depth on a concept or theme relevant to interior design, and gain in-depth knowledge and expertise.
    • To develop a professional ethos and attitude.
    • To consolidate a body of work and communicate it successfully in different contexts and to different audiences.
    • -To develop the ability to reflect critically, discuss, represent visually and in writing complex design ideas.
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    Professional Practice (Mental Wealth)

    The main aims of this module are:

    • To develop a range of professional, communication and representational skills (including computer skills, web-presence skills, verbal presentation skills).
    • To consolidate a body of work and communicate it successfully in different contexts and to different audiences.
    • To develop the ability to reflect critically, discuss, represent visually and in writing complex design ideas.
    • To work both independently and as part of a team.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You will learn through a series of design exercises. You will experiment through trial and error. You will develop rigorous design proposals for specific sites. You will redesign interventions for existing spaces, you will propose temporary structures, you will make models of different materials to test design concepts.

The programme will be taught in small groups, in a studio format. Exercises will include both individual and group work.

The modules will be taught in the cutting edge workshops of the School, around round-table vivid discussions in the vibrant studio environment, along visits to the Excel International Exhibition Centre (situated next to our campus), during walks through London's most inspiring galleries and museums, and occasionally over a coffee at East London's designer cafes.

MA Interior Design students may be asked to pay an additional one-off fee of £50 - £200 to the UEL to cover subject-specific expenses of the School.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed through your constant engagement with design exercises, workshops, studio tutorials, as well as through final presentations, essays and portfolio.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Grasp, understand and discuss verbally and in writing complex design ideas and concepts.
  • Transform concepts and ideas into resolved design proposals.
  • Work as part of a team, and also work independently 
  • Develop methods and processes for addressing design problems
  • Produce a thorough design project and present it through drawings and models of high quality.
  • Present a design proposal through a range of adequate representational techniques.
  • Have a professional attitude, ethos, and a desire to always enquire and expand your skills further.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Anastasia Karandinou

Dr Karandinou is a broadly published Senior Lecturer at the University of East London in the area of Architecture & Design.

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What we're researching

XSXL: How a small change can lead to maximum impact? How do design interventions change our lives for the better? 

How is design informing and informed by the changes in the contemporary world? How does the design of the high street change at the era of online shopping? How does the design of the bookstore change in the era of e-book? How is the notion of experience re-addressed today by the contemporary design strategies?

Design and Wellbeing: How do advancements in other disciplines (neuroscience, cognitive psychology, etc.) inform the interior design disciplines? How can cross-disciplinary research and interior design projects address the issue of health and wellbeing in the contemporary city?

Through contacts with external organisations we promote and conduct research along the above range of questions. The Museum of Architecture, the Museum of London, ARUP, and other external partners have supported our relevant research and ongoing projects.

The programme is designed and taught by a team of distinct academics and designers, including Dr Anastasia Karandinou and Rashid Ali.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

On the completion of this course you will have developed both advanced design skills and the experience to develop yourself advanced creative design methods and processes. You will be ready to work as an interior designer and in a range of design-related industries, such as retail design, stage set design, exhibition design etc. Through our links with external partners, organisations and galleries, we organise exhibitions of our students work in prominent venues in London. Our ambition is that you will become the leaders of the interior design discipline of tomorrow.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.