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MA Interior Design 

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Architecture, Computing and Engineering




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Course summary

The aim of this 12-month Master Program 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.

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 program 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in Interior Design or Architecture, or 2.2 accompanied by adequate Portfolio

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Applicants with a 2.2 degree classification accompanied by a portfolio demonstrating relevant skills will be considered. 


Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study and when


- XSXL - Interior Design Project: From Context to Detail (core)
You will address the contemporary challenges of a designer through projects, such as: retail design, furniture design, light design, exhibition design, design for public spaces, home refurbishment, theatre stage set design, art and design, etc.

- Thesis: Into the real (core)
You will examine in more depth a topic of your choice. You will also examine the relationship between design and social and cultural phenomena.

Selective modules:
Interior Design Theory 1 (option)
Interior Design Theory 2 (option)
Computational Programming  (option)
Computational Advanced Programming (option)

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 program, 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.

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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.

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