Master's Programme in Interior Architecture
Master of Arts.
Field of Study:
Art and Design
2 years, full-time
An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
Tuition fees & scholarships:
Yes, for non-EU citizens.
Language of Instruction:
2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24
Publication of Results:
Goal of the education
Interior architecture addresses the close, human scale of space and furniture, used to create meaning and value for people and organisations an to transform and renew the everyday living environment. Dealing with the design of immediate interior and exterior environments, interior architecture requires an understanding of human aspirations and culture, the bodily experience and the senses, and the spatial, material and technological means to meet these needs. A skilled interior architect is capable of integrating diverse elements into functional and experiential design solutions that not only meet, but exceed users’ and clients’ expectations and are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
The programme educates interior architects with a distinct design personality. It comprises studies on spatial design and furniture design. Concrete design assignments form a major part of the education. The studies emphasise advanced practical design skills combined with conceptual and strategic design thinking as well as research-driven design. Students are encouraged to expand the frontiers of the discipline by addressing system-level problems and societal challenges across the scale of the built environment.
A goal of the programme is to graduate students who are eligible to work as professional interior architects.
Students who complete the programme will learn to manage design processes, learn about construction regulations and materials, develop skills in 3D composition, and have an understanding of the spatiality of people and products. They will deepen the skills learned in bachelor's studies and broaden their knowledge of spatial design and furniture design. Students will gain knowledge of different design approaches and methods, and be able to practise interior architecture in the broader operational environment of building and construction, product development, business and culture. Examples of the study themes include:
- The human experience, body and senses as the basis of interior architecture
- Experimental, critical and artistic design practice that engages the society and initiates change
- Human-centred, collaborative and conceptual design in interior architecture
- Strategies for adaptive reuse, sustainability and flexibility in interior architecture
The students will learn to interpret and transform the living environment and culture through their insight and professional skills. They will develop artistic and design insight, master their creative design processes, and deepen their expertise in materials and knowledge of the design tradition and cultural discourse.
The programme trains students in personal design expression and develops their ability to master design processes and understand the discipline’s past and present, as a spur to curiosity and experimentation. Students will develop their practical skills in spatial and furniture design further. They will also be trained to develop their technical, aesthetic and research skills to support the design process. They will become competent in exploring technologies and in visualising, creating and demonstrating innovative concepts using the latest technology. They will become professionals versed in multidisciplinary teamwork.
The programme enhances the students’ presentation skills in writing and visualisation. The students will acquire skills in problem-setting and problem-solving relevant to interior architecture. They will also be able to gather and analyse information and apply it to design and research. They will learn key concepts, theories and research approaches in interior architecture and familiarise themselves with current research in the field.
The programme is based on an exploratory approach to design-based problem setting, elaboration and resolution. It emphasises the skills needed to manage the entire design process. An essential part of the education is project-based hands-on learning. In the projects, the students are encouraged to utilise artistic and experimental approaches and find their personal expression and voice as a designer. This is supported by the more analytical, research-driven methods and tools.
The key content of the master's programme education is intended to develop and deepen the skills obtained by the student during the bachelor's phase. Studio-based courses in spatial design and furniture design form the core of the education. Other topics include history, theory and methodology of interior architecture and practical design skills and tools. The student can choose elective courses as well as a minor according to his or her interests and professional profile. In the final year, the student completes a master’s thesis on his or her chosen topic.
For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the 2017–2018 academic year.
Career opportunities vary from entrepreneurship to expert tasks in private and public organisations. Graduates work as interior architects in design and architect studios, as independent entrepreneurs, and as in-house designers in industry. They also work as designers, managers, researchers and teachers, and engage in artistic pursuits. The programme also prepares its graduates for doctoral studies.
Interior architects may focus on areas such as workspaces, retail spaces or care environments. Their tasks typically include spatial, surface, interior and lighting design in interior renovations and alterations. They also work on exhibition design and the design of other temporary structures, concept design, branding and corporate identity design, and design of furniture, lighting fixtures and other interior design components. Strategic, conceptual and managerial designer roles are increasingly common.
Students are encouraged to apply for international exchange studies or internships. They are also encouraged to participate in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and trade fairs. The department has international research and teaching projects with different universities
Applicants to the Master’s Degree Programme in Interior Architecture apply for master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The main criteria are competence and suitability. Specifically, the programme seeks students who understand the processes and structures, used to create – both individually and in teams – personal design solutions with artistic insight, ideation skills, goal-orientation and motivation.
Eligible applicants to the programme have earned a Bachelor of Arts or completed equivalent studies. The Master’s Degree Programme in Interior Architecture consists of advanced studies that can be completed in two years.
Students are granted admission to the programme through a two-phase process. In the first phase, students are evaluated based on their application as a whole, including portfolio, previous studies, CV and letter of motivation. In the second phase, the most suitable applicants are invited to an interview, from which a smaller subset of applicants will be offered a study place.
Applicants accepted to the programme may be required to take supplementary studies.