Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Interior Architecture and Design

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from designers that have already achieved a high quality degree in Interior Design or a closely related three dimensional design discipline, or equivalent qualifications.

Applications from European or International mature students (+21) with alternative qualifications and/or substantial work experience will be considered individually on their merits/portfolio.
As a minimum, applicants should have a portfolio demonstrating their critical thinking, technical abilities and creative process in a range of media.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Interior Architecture and Design Programme empowers students to:

  • Radically review interior architecture and design processes, practices and theory.
  • Consider the global and ethical impact of interior architecture and design decisions.
  • Question the existing boundaries of the interior architecture and design.
  • Realise interior design employability opportunities through live projects.
  • Explore the connectedness of different design disciplines at A.D.M.

The course is split into three stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters.

Stage one modules introduce enhances theoretical subject areas connected to design, in order to expand key knowledge and professional skills competence. This stage will introduce students to key theories and debates, which are informing current interior design practice. Modules include: Design Systems and Design Culture.

Stage two modules build upon this expansion of design skills and knowledge by addressing the topical socio/cultural issues and political influences that are defining new trends and innovative areas of focus for a range of design professions. Modules include: Appreciative Design Inquiry and Collaborative Practice.

Stage three modules will focus on the development and transmission of a unique Major Project. This will engage students in a personally meaningful creative journey that will be self-determined and negotiated with their course tutors. The stage three module is a Major Project which enables students to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed research project exploring an area that is of personal interest to them.

Students will typically spend 37-40 hours per week on their studies. Timetables will change on a regular basis, but usually they will attend two days per week for formal tuition, lectures and tutorials, with a further day dedicated to self-selected ‘Super-studio’ workshops and English Language or academic masterclasses.

The time spent on design studies will be divided between taught sessions and self-directed or guided learning:

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities (including time constrained blended or directed tasks, pre-sessional and post-sessional tasks) will represent 40% of study time.
  • Guided Independent learning (including non-time constrained blended tasks & reading and assessment preparation) will represent the remaining 60% of the working week.

Informal reflection and debate are at the heart of the seminars and group tutorials where peer reviews, active learning exercises and self-appraisals help our students to shape their assignments towards self-determined outcomes.</p>

Project work is always professionally presented and will be assessed formally by a team made up of internal and external experts and academics.

Information for international students

Advanced English Skills are essential as this is a taught MA and all project work requires accurate and appropriate communication in English language.

Non-English speakers ideally should have IELTS 6.5 - reading, speaking and writing.

However, applicants may apply with lower IELTS if they successfully participate in our pre-sessional English Language courses that are delivered just before the main programme begins.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595