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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MA

Why study this programme?

The MA Interior Design course has been developed as a coherent part of the School of Art Design and Performance’s Masters Programmes and shares the same values and philosophies that unite them

The focus of the MA Interior Design course is rooted in 'creative practice'. As a postgraduate student, you will be able to form a uniquely individual, tailor made programme of study. You may choose to work either within an established area of contemporary interior design practice or explore the potential for design diversity.   

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary and you are advised to check below for any specific requirements or with Enquiry Management.

Normally the following general entry requirements apply:

Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and Conversion Courses:
A recognised British first degree or its equivalent, or a BTEC Higher Diploma/Certificate.

Taught Masters Courses:
A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Specific Entry Requirements
Course specific entry requirements

A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed.

Informal enquiries are welcomed.

Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following:

  • Receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university
  • A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere (e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country

International students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5.

All applicants are requested to submit digital supporting material and where possible, will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of recent work

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Design Practice 1
  • Design Research 1

(September to January)

Semester 2

  • Advanced Practice 2
  • Design Research 2

(January to May)

Semester 3

  • Interior Design Practice 3

(May to October)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The MA Interior Design course has been developed as a coherent part of the School of Art Design and Performance’s master's programmes and shares the same values and philosophies that unite them. At the outset of the programme all students are required to participate in an induction and diagnostic phase. During this three week programme student’s develop a proposed area of study and negotiate methods and topics for their research.

Throughout the master's programme students work simultaneously on both their research and practice modules. Research often helps students to re-orientate themselves in industry and to develop very personal design philosophies that inform their practice thinking. Upon conclusion of their practice studies students are expected to have achieved outcomes made possible through unique connections explored through their research. 

In the second semester you may choose to undertake field studies and take a more outward looking focus and more rigorous validation of their ideas through professional networking or even external placement. You will have the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time and a regular feature of the course takes students to New York and Berlin.

Interior Design also encourages students to engage in internship positions as part of their studies that offer real design practice experience. These experiences can fuel the development of rich and varied CV’s ready to enhance your career.

By the end of the course all students should have completed a cohesive body of creative work to a professional standard and be able to clearly articulate a sound intellectual rationale and broad critical viewpoint.

If you want to get a flavour of what our students are looking at, researching, thinking and proposing as design projects you can visit their blogs which we have gathered together on our course portal: MA Interior Design blog portal

We have developed an app for both the iPhone and iPad platforms. If you have one of these you can access all the exciting news and events being run across the School. The “apps” can be uploaded to iPhone and iPads from the iTunes store using the following link: Creative Focus for iPhone


Gemma Harris: “Speakers Quarter”

Gemma joined the course as a Fine Artist who wanted to expand her portfolio of work to engage the use of spaces. With no background in design and no experience of computer software modelling Gemma was able to learn a full range of new skills over the three semesters she worked with us.

Michaela Robinson and Karen Smart: “Dodo Design”

Michaela and Karen had finished studying their undergraduate Interior Design course with us and wanted to continue studies at a higher level with a focussed outcome of setting up their own interior design practice in the region.


Chaitali Rhoshiana: “Motipush Office environments”

Chaitali came to study with us from Mumbai in India. During her studies Chaitali focussed on the human aspects of what goes on in the workplace and looked to develop new and more organic ways of working.

Antria Karouni: “Action Reaction”

Antria studied with us away from her native country of Cyprus. During her studies she developed ideas to reinvigorate public spaces in a city.


Alex Wang Shiping: “Edu-hostel”

Alex studied with us for five years in total away from his native country of China. Alex was very driven from the beginning and the economic value of his study with us was a real motivating factor.


Jian Dong: “Hotel futures”

Whilst studying with us Jian proved to be very inventive and in his master's studies developed a whole range of possibilities for the future of what a hotel may be in the future.

Katie Plumb: “Parasitic business relations”

Katie worked well with us to migrate her design skills from the automotive industry she knew to create a commercial Interior Design practice here in the northwest.


Tahereh Kamalian: “Woven Environments”

Tahereh joined us from Tehran as a rug designer who wanted to explore new design disciplines and three dimensional design. As a rug designer Tahereh was used to working up all her designs in 2D using sketches and specialist software for the production of rugs and textiles.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

View further information

Professional Accreditation

Staff involved in teaching the programme are Chartered members of associated professional bodies such as the RIBA. They will endeavour to provide assistance in opening up opportunities to network with regional bodies appropriate to your study programme.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Practical work is carried out within our extensive and very well equipped studios and workshops. A programme of guest lecturers, visits to exhibitions and UK cities, workshops, manufacturers, and opportunities to study abroad further broaden, support and enhance the environment within which you will study.

A special feature of the MA programme is the blend of practice and theory which underpins the student projects. As a student on an MA course in the School of Art Design and Performance you will belong to a large and varied postgraduate design community. You will study some core modules alongside students from other design disciplines and through this participation in a common programme; you will experience a strong sense of community, sharing of knowledge and access to a wide range of staff skills and resources.

Practical and theoretical elements are assessed. Assessment strategies involve portfolio assessment, presentations and reflective diary summaries.

Successful completion of a combination of research and practice modules leads to the MA award. Intermediate Diploma or Certificate exit awards are available should studies be incomplete.

Opportunities

In addition to the employment opportunities we seek out for students we are keen to travel to explore and research realistic design contexts. These trips range from those close to home to more International locations. As a result we visit sculpture parks, local cities in the North West of the UK, London, Berlin and New York. We receive fantastic feedback from students about these experiences.

The MA will further your career opportunities within commercial design practice. Research has shown that graduates who have undertaken some form of work experience are significantly more likely to gain employment in relevant sectors than those who have had no work experience. The programme has strong a strong track record of internship success with students following leads provided by staff to take part time positions in practice during their studies.

The MA is, however, not seen as wholly vocational as it also recognises the value of personal development, satisfaction and enlightenment.

Contact

For information on the course structure for part-time study or any other enquiries, please contact the course leader: sjbennett@uclan.ac.uk