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Postgraduate Course

Interior Design MA

Explore how we create and interact with space on this Interior Design MA.

On this course we will support you to develop a unique perspective and personal voice in your interior design work. By investigating a range of design methodologies, approaches and strategies, you will refine your own professional practice.

  • Subject to final approval

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview and portfolio review

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £7,000 full time

    International 2022-23 £13,000 full time

Discover why York St John University is The One

Course overview

On this course you will develop a holistic, user centred approach to interior design. We encourage you to embrace both analogue and digital technologies to produce innovative design solutions. You will study the latest developments in design thinking, and discover how future trends are shaping design, sustainability, construction, and manufacturing processes. The modules you will study on this course explore interconnected concepts of:

  • Design thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advances in technology and materials
  • Innovative spatial concepts.
  • The circular economy
  • The fourth revolution in design

These theoretical discussions will inform your decisions as you apply them to your own design projects.

You will have opportunities to collaborate with students from other subjects, to develop your own professional network and enhance your employability. You will also have the chance to work with our industry partners, visit relevant exhibitions, and be inspired by keynote visiting speakers. We also support you in developing the skills and knowledge to set up and manage your own business. Through our collaboration with York Business School we deliver entrepreneurial business modules, demonstrating how creative practice and business can link together.

This degree is part of a suite of courses. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at the other masters degrees we offer:

Course structure

How you will study

This course will take 1 year to complete and must be studied full time. You will study:

  • 5 compulsory modules
  • A Major Project.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This is a field in which designers, manufacturers and service providers strive to achieve a greater understanding of the people they are designing for and offer solutions which influence everyday lives. Using a variety of research processes, you will extract, teach, learn and apply human-centred techniques to tackle and solve problems in innovative ways. World leading brands, such as Apple, Google, SONY and many others have adopted design thinking as part of their own culture for creating original solutions. Design Thinking helps you to question problems, assumptions and outcomes using an iterative process to observe and develop empathy for any given user group.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

When working in creative industries, it is important to understand the significance of design processes within a business. By investigating a selection of design companies, you will gain an understanding of design strategies and how they relate to brand, product and service. To do this you will conduct primary and secondary research and explore themes including:

  • Brand identity and marketing communications
  • Target audiences and unique selling points
  • Procedures for setting up a start-up company.

You will also hear from industry professionals who will share their own experiences of how design has benefited their businesses.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

Gain a greater understanding of how design is reshaping the future. Together, we will think about how technology is shaping the world of business and how designers are challenging established businesses to think differently. On this module, you will look at the concept of a Circular Economy and how employing this way of thinking can benefit businesses. You will also look at disruptive technologies and the challenges they present. Some of the technologies you will look at include:

  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Renewable and clean energies
  • Smart products and wearable technologies
  • Artificial intelligence and automation
  • Intelligent apps.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Technology is moving at an exponential rate and it is the role of design to evolve alongside it. You will consider how technology is shaping the way designers are addressing problems and creating innovative solutions. Building upon previous modules, you will explore numerous technological advances within the interdisciplinary field of design. In doing so you will develop a greater appreciation of how advances in technology act as a catalyst for developing new artefacts that impact on today’s society.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

On this module, we will challenge you to combine creativity with technical skill to develop something innovative. You will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in the development of your own personal voice. You will be making a real or virtual prototype in your chosen area which will be tested and evaluated. This may be an opportunity for you to develop a prototype that acts as a catalyst and foundation for your final major design project.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

During your final module you will complete a major design project in which you will demonstrate your skills as an autonomous design practitioner and researcher. You will pursue your own direction and create either a personal imprint, characterised by practical outcomes, or document a comprehensive body of research that underpins your area of enquiry.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching will consist of a mixture of group seminars and individual tutorials. This includes sessions with staff from across the university.

We recognise your status as a graduate student, and place a significant emphasis on independent learning. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your role in managing your own learning and its outcomes. Our Academic Support team can help with written English, study, research and technology skills if needed.

We keep our group sizes small so we can get to know your creative personality and support your aspirations. We deliver your modules through:

  • Workshops
  • Visiting speakers
  • Field visits
  • Work related learning
  • Seminar discussions
  • Supervised projects

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

There are no formal examinations on this course. You will be assessed through live events and coursework, which will include:

  • Portfolio work
  • Creating artefacts
  • Presentation of visual works
  • Research reports
  • Case studies

You will receive continuous informal feedback on works in progress through a combination of showings, discussions and written proposals.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview and portfolio review

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Interview and portfolio

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will need to demonstrate examples of your own practice.

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current media production practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

UK 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £7,000 for full time study

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

Funding opportunities

International 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £13,000 for 1 year of full time study

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £7,000 full time

    International 2022-23 £13,000 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could Interior Design take you?

On this course you will gain the practical and creative skills you need for a career in design. You will be able to demonstrate your versatility as a designer through your portfolio of work. You will also build skills in communication, research and presentation that can lead to a range of other creative roles.

This course could lead to a career in:

  • Brand and retail design
  • Workspace design
  • hospitality design
  • Design for education
  • Healthcare design
  • Exhibition and museum design
  • Production and set design

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £8,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2019)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the link below. This will take you to the application form you will need to fill out for this specific course.

To complete the online application form you will need to create login details.

Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Apply now: full time (September 2022)

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