Interior Design MA 2020/21 entry

Course code:

AHT039

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

AHT039

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

AHT039

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

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 aims to encompass 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 aim to cover a wide scope of your potential field of work –the scale of which should be 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 can allow students to network, work together inside and outside the curriculum. 

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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

    • Design Innovation and Collaboration

  • Semester 2

    • Interior Design Specialism
    • Global Professional Development (Chartered Management Institute accredited)

  • Semester 3

    • MA Final Major Project  

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • 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.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with our subject group. (subject to availability)
  • Opportunities to attend speaker programme – past presentations have included Scott Brownrigg, JAK Studio, BDP. (subject to availability)
  • Interdisciplinary workshops which 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.

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: Development of 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 (subject to availability). This aims to accompany 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 should form an element of all modules and why the necessity to work within tight deadlines is an essential requirement across the curriculum, which aims at helping you to prepare you for the realities of professional practice.

Aiming 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 students 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. (National and internation fieldtrips are subject to availability, meeting visa requirements and additional costs).

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

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical coursework and reports. Assessments may also include exams, individual assignments or group work elements however this course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

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 around 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down into tutorials and seminars with focussed tutor contact, lectures, demonstrations and practical workshops.

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

Students may have opportunities 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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


What our students say

There are so many elements I enjoy about my course; I love the connection and enthusiasm the lecturers have with their students. I enjoy being able to work within a collaborative space, which has provided me with the skills I need going into the industry. I also enjoy how broad and creative the briefs can be, they allow you to explore your skills to their full potential and specialise in specific areas.

Katie Wright, MA Interior Design student, 2020

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 of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 2020

£9,200 (per year)


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


UK 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 2020

£9,200 (per year)


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,700 (per year)


January 2021

£14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

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

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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 may 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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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