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Interior Design Masters Program

Updated on August 30, 2017
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Practicing as a professional interior designer for 30+ years, I do design & build projects & offer tips on how to do simple design tasks.

A Master of Arts in Interior Design is a program that's meant to take your architecture, interior design, or creative arts skills to a higher level.

Though more challenging than the Bachelor of Arts program, it is an extremely exciting study that prepares students for top-notch professional careers in the interior architecture and interior design industries.

If you fall within these groups, this article is for you.

The post-graduate program covers major topics and these include:

  • Interior architecture
  • Interior design
  • Furniture design
  • Spatial design
  • Interior product design

The course will shape an all-encompassing college graduate that's ready to establish him or herself with major architectural firms, boutique firms, real estate industry, government institutions, or the private practice.

Some enrolling students may be those who desire to change their career direction, preferring something high-flying; something more exciting and certainly more lucrative, a profession better than the one they are in.

And then there are others who are working in the industry but wish to advance their skills by acquiring a formal and recognised academic qualification.

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Subjects Covered in the Program

The Master of Arts degree program covers the under-listed topics. These may vary slightly from one institution to the other, but the principles behind each topic remain the same.

  • Fundamentals & Theory of Interior Design
  • Visualisation & Design Communication
  • History & Development of Style
  • Interior Lighting
  • Space Planning
  • Building Construction for Interior Designers
  • Materials & Finishes
  • Professional Practice


1. Fundamentals and Theory of Interior Design

Learn the fundamentals of interior design and how to use components of design to work together to accomplish successful interior designs.

Also, learn how to evaluate these components, organise them, and use and apply them effectively to develop designs that are both balanced and harmonious.

2. Visualisation & Design Communication

Learn how the human brain interprets visual information, and how to apply what you learn by using presentation techniques to communicate design ideas to clientele.

Presentations should be skillfully put together in such a way that it is persuasive and informative.

3. History and Development of Style

What is the impact that style has made on the society throughout history, and what are the things that determine the development of style? Learn this and know how to create both traditional and modern styles through researching and critically analysing prominent artists and designers through history.

4. Interior Lighting

This topic teaches how artificial and natural light have a great influence on interior design. Further tutoring includes examining the components of lighting systems and learning how to choose and apply them in a creative but nonetheless appropriate way.

You will learn how to use these lighting components to create schemes, effects and moods for both residential and commercial interior lighting plans.

5. Space Planning

Space planning is one of the most exciting topics in interior design education. You will discover how interior spaces such as your bedroom, kitchen or living room can influence the health and well-being of those that use them.

When you partition space, you consider the key factors and needs of the users and create your designs around such.

You will also learn how to plan interiors efficiently for the physically challenged.

6. Building Construction for Interior Designers

You will learn about building design systems and how to design and implement interior renovation and construction works. You'll also learn about building codes, safety and regulations and how to ensure that their designs comply with such.

7. Materials & Finishes

You will acquire in-depth knowledge of furnishings, finishes, and materials used for interiors, and will apply the knowledge to final selections of these for an interior space. Your designs selections must reflect a balance between practicality, and innovation.

8. Professional Practice

The professional practice class is about demonstrating the analytical and methodical approach to design solutions. It also covers ethical and legal restrictions relevant to design solutions.

You are tutored on attaining high professional standards like how to manage time, organise, and how to price your services competitively.

Tutors Bring the Interior Design Practice Right into the Classroom

A Masters degree in Interior Design can be studied both online (at many universities), and on-campus,.as a full or part-time student.

All tutors are highly skilled experts who are very knowledgeable in their area of practice. The knowledge they impart gives their students a wealth of information because they themselves work within the world of interior design. Meaning they virtually bring the interior design practice into the classroom.

By the end of an MA program, you will have gained significant skills in the various techniques of visual presentations. You will also become an expert on how to illustrate your design ideas through striking (though complex) manual sketches and renderings and through the use of powerful interior design software.

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