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Interior Design MA 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ADT074

Study options:

1 year full-time
Option for 2 years full-time, subject to agreement

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

The Interior Design MA provides you with the chance to really discover who ‘you’ are as a designer and perfect your individual style.

If you are looking to deepen your knowledge and experience of interior architecture and design, this course aims to continue your strengths and interests to a more advanced level of study. 

We encourage you to develop your design capabilities within a global context, exploring the human relationship with and taking into account the scale of a range of spatial environments, manufacturing processes and the desire for uniqueness. 

Our course encompasses interior design within architectural and transport design to expand employment opportunities. It aims to equip you with the leadership and creative skills to gain employment within interior design and architecture, internationally or continue your studies at Doctorate level.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

Studying the MA in Coventry has shown me how important working in an international team and collaborating with other disciplines is.

It has given me new platforms and points of view which are extremely beneficial to my design development. I love the fact that I work on live projects with real clients giving me real life experience, which is very valuable when looking for a job in the future.

Aleksandra Venkova, MA Interior Design, current student in 2016

Course information

This MA course is designed to develop an advanced knowledge of the principles, application and practices of professional interior architecture and design – encouraging you to come up with original, creative solutions to challenging design problems.

We cover a wide scope of your potential field of work –the scale of which is expressed in the axiom SMLXL, which stands for Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. You should learn to develop and design identities for a variety of spatial environments in the specific areas of SMLXL, considering the scale of the environment. This ranges from interior objects to large public spaces, small spaces such as coffee shops to large scale interiors such as airports. 

There is a strong focus on interdisciplinary integration, professional enhancement and design enquiry – students from different disciplines may work together in teams, charrettes and industry competitions. 

The course recruits nationally and internationally, from countries such as France, China, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hong Kong, Indonesia. Cultural diversity is a theme throughout the course. Discussions, seminars, collaborations and social events allow students to network, work together inside and outside the curriculum. 

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Creative Studies 
    • Innovation
    • Collaboration
    • CAD Modelling and Presentation 
  • Semester 2

    • Context and Identity 
    • Professional Practice 
    • Interior Design Innovation 
    • Research Proposal
    • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation
  • Semester 3

    • MA Final Major Project  

In more detail...

  • Opportunities to collaborate with our subject group.
  • Opportunities to attend speaker programme – past presentations have included Scott Brownrigg, JAK Studio, BDP.
  • Interdisciplinary workshops encourage you to think across a range of design fields including Interiors, Product, Architecture and Fashion
  • High levels of student satisfaction in Art and Design, 80% compared with the sector average of 76% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).
  • Long and proud history of category prizes in the Royal Society of Arts Student Design Awards, together with multiple prize wins in design competitions, such as FreeRange.
  • Facilities including CAD suites with Vector Works, AutoCad and Cinema4D, digital interaction studio suites and a camera motion capture studio for the measurement of human motion, machine interaction and biomechanics.

Access to dedicated design studios industry-standard software for manipulation and design, such as VectorWorks, C4D, Vray and Thea.

Our main study themes are: 

  • Interior Product Design: development and research in specific skills for the production of interior products.

  • Interior Design Specialism: Interior design related technical knowledge and application; collaborative design processes; problem definition and objective setting; transforming research into outcomes; design brief and specification writing.

  • Professional Practice: Specialist approaches to design and practise; appreciation of stakeholder design perspectives; professional communication techniques; collaborative design process; project management in teams; team motivation and effectiveness.

  • Context and Identity: Case-studies of cross-cultural and transdisciplinary design processes; exploration of global design issues.

  • Interior Design Innovation: Specialist relevant creativity skills innovation in specialist context; awareness of state-of-the art developments in specialist field; leadership and innovation theory and case studies.

The course can be studied full-time over one year. Divided into three 12-week semesters, you start the course in October.

During the course, there will be opportunities to attend a range of specialist workshops for modelling and spraying, rapid prototyping machine, laser cutter and five-axis milling. This accompanies interior design focused workshops and studio sessions, such as wood workshop, ceramics and glass, printing, including detailed interior model making in a range of materials.

Self-directed learning forms an element of all modules and the necessity to work within tight deadlines is an essential requirement across the curriculum, helping to prepare you for the realities of professional practice.

To help raise your profile and build valuable professional networks, you will be encouraged to showcase your work at graduate exhibitions like the New Designers Show in London and International Interior Design Show, as well as enter competitions such as the Student Lighting Awards and Interior Motives.

We run a number of national and international fieldtrips and have previously visited Oxford, London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Venice, Berlin, Rome and Seville. Designed to tie in with contextual studies, when visiting Rome, for example, students toured Roman architecture, including the Pantheon and Roman Forum, and visited St Peter in Vatican to experience Renaissance and Baroque.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, tutorials, seminars, studio sessions, studio-based teaching and workshop exercises.

Students will experience a range of assessment methods to reflect the ways they might be expected to work in design employment. One method, the design critique, common in art and design provision, provides an opportunity for formative assessment of student work individually and in groups. 
Rigorous assessment of the submitted coursework is undertaken at the end of the modules. This may include: verbal or written presentations, portfolio, written reports, log book, posters, artefacts, video and peer assessed verbal or visual presentations. 

The overall strategy in assessment is to ensure that there is a range of different methods used in recognition of the differing strengths of students and to test different skills. 
An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow: 

  • Reports: 30%
  • Practical coursework: 70%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

70% assessed by practical coursework

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply creative and logical thinking processes to the business of solving design problems and develop ideas through to material outcomes. 
  • Evidence analytical and critical ability in relation to design, including the ability to undertake technical and visual analysis to critically assess designed objects in relation to their engineering, historical, social, ethical, political, cultural, business and environmental contexts. 
  • Critique the various means by which one can represent design; select and use various 2D, 3D, and computer aided techniques appropriately to communicate design intent and detail.  
  • Understand the processes required to practice as a professional in an industrial environment.  
  • Demonstrate the application of appropriate aesthetic sensibilities in relation to mass produced artefacts and an understanding of the relationship between aesthetics, form and function.
  • Apply relevant engineering knowledge and understanding in interior design project work.
  • Generate a wide range of ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently or collaboratively in response to set briefs or self-initiated activity.
  • Analyse the interrelationships within and between aspects of design and architecture.  
  • Employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools associated with design through technical analysis, drawing, modelling and computer visualisation methods, using skill and imagination.

 

 

In a typical week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 7 hours of smaller tutorial/seminar with focused tutor contact each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of seminars/demonstrations and 2 hours of practical workshops each week. 

 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 300-360 hours of self-directed study each semester, eg. working on course assignments.

We have strong connections with industry and other universities in Europe, China, Asia and North and South America.

Students have opportunity to visit peer universities through University Global Leaders Programme (GLP), a cultural connector between education, commerce and innovation. 

Collaborative learning may include exchange lectures by Coventry Faculty and visiting course leaders and tutors from our link universities on site in the UK and abroad.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

Studying the MA in Coventry has shown me how important working in an international team and collaborating with other disciplines is.

It has given me new platforms and points of view which are extremely beneficial to my design development. I love the fact that I work on live projects with real clients giving me real life experience, which is very valuable when looking for a job in the future.

Aleksandra Venkova, MA Interior Design, current student in 2016

Entry Requirements

BA (Hons), MDes degree in Interior Design or Product Design.

BA (Hons), MDes degree in Interior Design or Product Design.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

BA (Hons), MDes degree in Interior Design or Product Design.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

Studying the MA in Coventry has shown me how important working in an international team and collaborating with other disciplines is.

It has given me new platforms and points of view which are extremely beneficial to my design development. I love the fact that I work on live projects with real clients giving me real life experience, which is very valuable when looking for a job in the future.

Aleksandra Venkova, MA Interior Design, current student in 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

Studying the MA in Coventry has shown me how important working in an international team and collaborating with other disciplines is.

It has given me new platforms and points of view which are extremely beneficial to my design development. I love the fact that I work on live projects with real clients giving me real life experience, which is very valuable when looking for a job in the future.

Aleksandra Venkova, MA Interior Design, current student in 2016

Career prospects

Our focused SMLXL approach on spatial practice and broad range of design aims to equip you with the creative skills and professional competencies to work within your chosen specialist discipline in design practices, architectural firms or pursue a range of careers – in marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling.

During your studies, you will have opportunities to connect with companies, clients and professional designers, showcasing your work and collaborating on projects, which have previously included Coventry Transport Museum, The Bugatti Trust and Coventry Watch Museum. 

You may choose to start your own interior design business or work on a freelance basis.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work as designers in London and the West Midlands in companies such as Imagination.

What our alumni say

The MA was essential for me as it allowed me to enhance my portfolio and grew my confidence as a designer.

Alexandra Ribeiro, MA Interior Design, graduated in 2016, now Interior Design Intern at Bharat & Jean Design
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.