MA Interior Design
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.
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.
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 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.
Fees and funding
£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Applications are made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
• if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
• your course
• your age
• your nationality or residency status
Full eligibility can be found here
Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.
The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.
Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.Terms and conditions apply.
How we can help youDid you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?
If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:
- Alumni Discount – up to 15% fee waiver
- Early Payment Discount – 5% fee waiver
- Asylum Seekers scholarship – 100% fee waiver
- Civic Engagement – £1,000
- Hardship Bursary – up to £2,000
- Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000
- Team UEL – £1,000
Terms and conditions apply.
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Phone: 020 8223 4444
As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study and when
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
XSXL - Interior Design Project: From Context to Detail
Thesis: Into the real
Interior Design Theory 1
Interior Design Theory 2
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.
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.