Interior Design MA
MA Interior Design
A career in interior design demands more than creativity. If you're ready to take your design skills and combine them with the technical and business knowledge you need to succeed, then this course is for you.
On this MA Interior Design degree course, you will work with historic and contemporary sites to create interior environments, working from the scale of the city to the scale of the room. The course has a particular focus on the sensory engagement with space.
You'll plan and produce a personal research project, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your practice – so once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in interior design and associated creative industries.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Work on real life contracts through our Projects Office, giving you the chance to earn while you learn
- Have plenty of opportunities to improve your professional portfolio
- Develop a personal area of study with a clearly defined focus, to allow for in depth theoretical, contextual and visual research
- Unpack urban design, sustainable architecture and historic building conservation, as well as the relationships between disciplines
- Improve your practical skills in our professional design workshops, featuring facilities for working with resin, plastics and metals, screen printing, moulding and casting
- Use our design studios, with the latest technology used by professionals in the industry
- Be supported by experienced, professional tutors throughout the course of your studies
- Develop a personal position to Interior Design through working on live projects in Portsmouth and beyond
- Have the option to develop a work based learning project to give you experience of the industry whilst you are learning
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the interior design industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
The demand for skilled professionals and innovative sustainable designs is increasing. When you graduate, you'll be ready to work within your specialist discipline in design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments.
Career opportunities include:
- Interior design practice
- Architectural practice
- Multidisciplinary design practice
- Exhibition design
- Retail design
- Design your own job
- Teaching in HE
You'll also have the creative skills and professional knowledge to pursue a career in fields such as marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling, or in people-centred careers such as project management. You could also explore freelance opportunities or continue your studies to PhD level.
- A good honours degree in Interior Design, Architecture or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £6,500
- Part-time: £2,170 in year 1 and £4,330 (subject to annual increase) in year 2
- Full-time: £13,200
- Part-time: £4,400 in year 1 and £8,800 (subject to annual increase) in year 2
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover the costs of any drawing equipment, model making, stationery and reprographic requirements, as well as the production of a portfolio, over the duration of the course. These costs are usually in the region of £100 – £300 each year.
You'll also need to cover the costs of any extra materials or software that you choose to use on projects which are not supported by existing university resources. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
You'll need to cover the full cost of any optional study trips that you take. Optional study trips to Europe cost in the region of £300 – £500.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In the full-time mode of study there are 180 credits in the year – for example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits. Part-time students will study for 180 credits over 2 years.
If you're a full-time student, you'll take the following core units (and your choice of options) during your 1-year course:
- Research Methods and Research Proposal
- Integration (option)
- Work-Based Learning (option)
If you're a part-time student, you'll take the same units over 2 years – with your first year of study focusing solely on the Practice and Theory units.
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK). ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- studio workshops
- case study investigations
- group work
- designing interior environments
- independent study
How you'll spend your time
The academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Summer teaching block – Easter to September
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Wednesday and Thursdays. There may be occasional school trips or visits to London that could take place across the week.
You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- studio review
- research projects
- design projects
- evidencing of the design process
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.