MA Interior Design embraces the truth that true creative spirit is born out of a radical review of the interior design process and facilitates opportunities to continuously develop creative acumen.
You will embrace creative experiences that act as a catalyst for reflection, exploration, debate and the strategic management of the multi-facetted aspects that determine interior design processes.
We are proud of the excellent student satisfaction results our course has achieved and sustained in the National Postgraduate Taught Experience Surveys.
If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Interior Architecture and Design.We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.
Interior design challenges are geared to encourage you to think critically about the global and ethical impact of your design decisions and practice.
You’ll also question the existing boundaries of interior design, pushing the international platform for the profession forward in new and versatile directions.
“The quality of the student work is exemplary” External examiner
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 23 November, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
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Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.
Applications are welcomed from designers that have already achieved a high quality degree in Interior Design or a closely related three dimensional design discipline, or equivalent qualifications.
Applications from European or International mature students (+21) with alternative qualifications and/or substantial work experience will be considered on their merits/portfolio.
As a minimum, applicants should have a portfolio demonstrating their critical thinking, technical abilities and creative process in a range of media.
Advanced English Skills are essential as this is a taught MA and all project work requires accurate and appropriate communication in English language.
Non-English speakers ideally should have IELTS 6.0 - reading, speaking and writing.
However, applicants may apply with lower IELTS if they successfully participate in our Pre-sessional English Language courses that are delivered just before the main programme begins.
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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MA||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000|
|MA||Sep 2017||FT||1 year||£12,000|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.
The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.
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We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Stage one modules introduce enhanced theoretical subject areas in order to expand key knowledge and professional skill components, via the introduction of theories and debates, which inform current interior design practice.
Stage two modules build upon this expansion of technical skills and academic knowledge by addressing the topical socio/cultural issues and political influences that are defining new trends and innovative areas of focus for the profession.
Personal Project – Research
Stage three modules predominantly concentrates on the student’s unique Personal Project, which is negotiated with the teaching staff within the School. Whilst the module refers to the ‘Personal Project’ this does not mean that students undertake this in isolation – quite the opposite.
Throughout this period students undertake peer-group presentations, seminars and tutorials so as to use this integration with staff and students to build the project to its full potential as an innovative, confident and creative interior design solution.
Personal Project – Practice
Personal Project - Communication
This taught programme conceptually explores a new horizon for spatial design that addresses topical design issues and emerging trends.
Lectures, seminars and tutorials blend design theory with interior design practice and help you to develop your ability to think analytically and critically.
‘Live Projects’ and other assignments will underpin the requirement for you to strategically manage and balance ‘thinking and doing’ when you are imagining and creating concepts.
Full-time students attend for scheduled teaching and learning experiences for two days per week. The rest of full-time the week is spent either developing a range of advanced creative, academic and professional skills through arranged workshops, seminars and tutorials, or, the students will participate in their assignment work through periods of self-directed study. It is anticipated that full-time students will need to spend approximately 40 hours a week on assignments.
Part-time students attend for scheduled teaching and learning experiences one day per week. The rest of the part-time week is spent either developing a range of advanced creative, academic and professional through arranged workshops, seminars and tutorials, or the students will participate in their assignment work through periods of self directed study. It is anticipated that part-time students will need to spend approximately 20 hours a week on assignments.
Informal reflection and debate are at the heart of the seminars and group tutorials where peer reviews, active learning exercises and self-appraisal help our students to shape their assignments towards self-determined outcomes.
Project work is always professionally presented and will be assessed formally by a team made up of internal and external experts and academics.
During your studies, you might want to investigate the broad platform of Masters programmes and research degrees that are available at the University. This may include a Doctorate of Philosophy.
The PhD is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates talent, expertise and academic excellence. Our PhD students are dedicated to making a contribution to new knowledge in the field of architecture, design and design education
You might use the assignments to help you to determine places to visit and people to meet such as London for example.
In 2015 our students toured Italy as a team and visited the ‘Milan Expo’ and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Other cities that have been visited include Paris, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, Lisbon.
The MA Interior Design course will act as a catalyst for creative enterprise. We will connect you to companies, clients and professional designers who need your help to realise challenging projects.
You will recognise employability opportunities aimed at realising your own personal and professional potential. This often involves better understanding your own practice as part of a process of continual professional development.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Our successful graduates have gone onto a range of international careers including:
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Our programme attracts a wide cross section of international designers. This multi-cultural mix which has a tremendous impact on the collective and individual design processes that are made in response to the social and cultural briefs that are set.
Strong overseas interest in our graduates means you’ll have the opportunity to work all over the world in countries such as Thailand, Romania, Spain, Dubai, China, America, Iran, Australia, Columbia Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Lebanon, Indonesia, Tanzania, Germany, Hong Kong, Bahrain as well as the UK.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is based at the state-of-the-art £62 million Parkside Building, a new development on our City Centre Campus within Eastside.
The new building has added an extra dimension to the School. Our campus has extensive studio and workshop provision and cutting-edge equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer. The building has been designed to actively promote shared space opportunities, for students to engage with others across the University as part of the learning experience.
In many cases, our main studio and workspace is the city of Birmingham.
We give our students the opportunity to work on many collaborative projects involving the transformation of the city. These include:
We have our very own digi.lab, which is used for prototyping and as a learning resource. Here, you can experiment with 3D printing and laser cutting, preparing you to work on our range of larger machines. You will work in a home studio base five days a week, and also enjoy the opportunity to share others’ facilities and space when necessary.
At the School, we have placed a large emphasis on digital presentation. We currently have nine plasma screens for such uses, and try to keep our facilities as paper-free as possible.
Our postgraduate team of lecturers are leaders in their design fields.
On the MA Interior Design course you will be taught by experts who specialise in:
Delia Skinner is the Course Director of the MA Interior Design and a Senior Teaching Fellow working across creative programmes at the University.
From an initial career start at a leading architectural practice, she developed a career as a design educator, working across many different design disciplines in the UK and Asia.
Delia’s area of research relates to the phenomenon of creativity and how this is experienced and interpreted by interior designers.