Interior Architecture and Design (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University

Our design-driven course will enable you to create innovative design solutions for interior spaces. Specialising in an area of personal interest within the course framework, you will become an architectural design innovator and problem solver, combining practical skills with spatial awareness, practical applications and function. This is a course with a multi-disciplinary approach, which considers the influence of art, culture, the humanities, society, economics and history on design. This broad approach will develop you as a conscious designer, responding in a creative and innovative manner.

This course is designed for professionals working in a related industry, or graduates with a related honours degree. You'll develop the skills and gain the experience to pursue a career in art, design and architectural practices. Recent graduate roles have included interior architect, interior designer, retail architect and roles in design firms and consultancies, both in the UK and overseas.

Why study this course?

  • 100% of our postgraduate architectural design students are in work or further study, just six months after graduation (DLHE, 2015-2016).
  • Develop your personal design style, supported by a University with a strong design heritage; NTU began life as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Your learning is also underpinned by the School's significant expertise as a built environment educator.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
  • Showcase your work to visiting industry professionals and prospective employers at our annual NTU Degree Shows.
  • Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model-making studio.
  • Work to simulated briefs, designed to mimic the expectations of a range of clients, preparing you to work at a professional level on graduation.
  • Hear from visiting experts; recent industry speakers have included a number of RIBA Stirling Awards prize winners.

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How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • Course content is delivered through a series of lectures throughout the year, supported by seminar groups - an open platform to discuss and build upon ideas. You'll also be expected to engage with field trips, live site visits and visits to exhibitions through the year to enhance your learning experience.
  • In addition to the design studio, you'll also utilise our model making workshop to produce large and small-scale prototypes, to test your design concepts.

Trips and study visits

Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, giving you the opportunity to gain design inspiration and experience international architectural practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Amsterdam, Porto and London. You'll also have the chance to attend external seminars and lectures, as well as professional trade, art and cultural exhibitions in the UK.

MA Interior Architecture and Design students on a trip to Nottingham riverside

Assessment methods

The ethos of combining theory and practice is strongly reflected in the nature of assessments. All assessment is coursework based, requiring you to undertake practical work, together with research and critical evaluation to demonstrate the link between theory and practice. The main assessment methods are:

  • narrative and visually based essays
  • individual and group design projects and reports
  • individual and group presentations

Careers and employability

Our MA Interior Architecture and Design course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 100% of our postgraduate architectural design students are in work or further study, just six months after graduating (DLHE, 2015-16). 

This course is suitable for professionals working in a related industry looking to progress or specialise in their career, and for graduates with a related honours degree.

Where do MA Interior Architecture and Design graduates from NTU work?

The course's multidisciplinary approach will open doors for you to work in a variety of roles within art, design and architectural practices.

Our MA Interior Architecture and Design course has been designed to maximise the employability prospects of our graduates, equipping you with professional skills as well as enhancing and developing your design skills, technical knowledge and ability to communicate your ideas.

Recent graduate roles have included interior architect, interior designer, retail architect, in design firms and consultancies in the UK and overseas.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, such as the Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise graduate roles to our students.

Facilities

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Architecture. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Bonington Art Shop

Our specialist in-house art shop is based in the Bonington building. Run by experienced and friendly University staff, the shop stocks a wide variety of arts and crafts materials to support your project work.

Take a look at our full gallery of facilities for Architectural Design students.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant (cognate or semi-cognate) discipline, including, but not limited to: architecture, interior architecture, or building surveying. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to upload a digital design portfolio of your work to our NTU Applicant Portal. If you'd like to prepare your portfolio in advance here are some guidelines.

English language entry requirements

  • If you are an international applicant, you will require an English language qualification, normally an IELTS with a score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill). For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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