MA Interior Architecture and Design
- Delivery type
- Weekday evenings and Saturday
- 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
- Intake date
- September, January
The MA Interior Architecture and Design explores the emerging symbiotic relationship between 'interior design' and 'interior architecture' in comprehending, crafting, and implementing innovative interior spaces.
Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
+971 4 571 7000
There is currently a divide between what we regard as 'Interior design', and what we regard as 'Interior architecture'. However there is an on-going convergence of both fields, and an opportunity exists to fuse together the most influential elements of both; the creativity, process, and design thinking of designers, with the science, knowledge, and pragmatism of architecture.
The programme aims to fuse key aspects of both fields, to prepare graduates to enter and lead an evolving design industry. Heriot-Watt University is well known as a leader in STEM education and research and as such we aim to consider and combine the role of both science and design in informing interior architecture and design. Students are educated through a variety of studio projects, specialist subjects, and cross-disciplinary contextual and theoretical courses.
The programme attracts students primarily from an art, design, and architectural background, and expects that each student develop their own project, and concepts, that test and challenge perceived norms or patterns.
- 1 year full-time, MA. This is a one-year programme consisting of three semesters (two taught, and one by research and supervision)
- 2 years part-time, MA. This is a two-year programme consisting of 5 semesters (including taught, and one by research and supervision).
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The programme has been designed to be academically valuable and industry relevant, yet also cater for each individual students own project development.
Key to this are four different strands that run through the programme:
Studios: Through Design projects and the final major project/collection students have an opportunity to develop their designs iteratively in a stimulating studio environment and culture, borrowing elements from other courses below.
Technology: Through subjects such as Design technology and innovation and Materials: Testing and exploration students gain a clearer insight into the role of technology, and materiality, in practice.
Professional practice: Through courses such as professional practice and business enterprise students learn more about the commercial, and professional, aspects of the design industry.
Context and research: Through Design Context and Research Methodologies students benefit from a greater sense of where their own practice and project is located, and learn improved ways to conduct their own research and analysis.
- Design Project
- Design Context
- Professional Practice
- Design Technology and Innovation
- Business enterprise
- Materials: Testing and Exploration
- Masters Design Collection
The assessment policies for this course incorporate a range of assessment types, with a specific emphasis on formative assessment, self-evaluation, debate and peer critique in all courses.
Summative assessment types include coursework, examinations, collaborative and individual problem based projects and a self-directed Masters project with dissertation.
Learning and teaching
The overall approach in the course is centred around each individual learner, and their personal projects, with core information delivered via tutorials, lectures and embedded during seminars.
Key methods, theories and techniques will be introduced and discussed. Technical skills will be developed throughout each course and through independent practice.
Courses are designed to enable students to undertake a mixture of activities, often involving cross-disciplinary, and long distance international collaboration
The MA Interior Architecture and Design programme is industry relevant. All teaching and learning is usually delivered through collaborative working, which simulates the industry environment. The university has connections with a number of professional partners that often provide live projects.
Our graduates can look forward to working roles such as: interior designer, design researcher, a strategy consultant, material and product designers, exhibition designer and specialised designer.
For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.
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English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.
Fees and funding
- AED 85176*
* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT
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