Birmingham City University

Exhibiting at Re-Define 2021

MA Interior Architecture and Design,
BA (Hons) Interior Design

About the course

MA Interior Architecture and Design

Programme Offer: Contributing to the spatial and architectural learning communities within the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design.
The MA Interior Architecture and Design programme enables learners to form an understanding and appreciation of theoretical, practical and professional issues currently informing the evolution of contemporary professional practices relating to Interior Architecture and Design sector. The course will occupy learners in the exploration of the distinctive qualities associated with the interiors of inhabited architecture and the cultural, practical and atmospheric aspects that designers conceive in their creative and academic practice. 
Programme Structure: Transitioning into Professional or Research Practice
The course is structured into three ‘trimester’ periods that are designed to both build confidence and, improve the learner’s level of ability across a range of design and academic contexts. Modules have been carefully designed to enable the learner to explore their potential and chart their unique learning curve. During each period, the staff team, alumni mentors and peers will help the learner to reflect on their evolving praxis.  Learners will be supported to recognise the conditions that have influenced or impacted on their enhanced levels of performance.  In response, they will create reflective accounts that map out their creative and academic journey as they transition towards their new professional horizon as Interior Architects and Designers. 

  • Phase 1: Building a foundation of knowledge and skills
    This period is the most instructional phase of the programme, with a rich timetable of theoretical, practical and interactive sessions; Transitional activities are embedded into the design of each module. This phase ensures core sector knowledge and key skills are developed to enable participants to become independent learners and be successful at later stages of the course. A combination of individual inquiry and team-work characterise this phase, fostering positive student peer group dynamics, as well as collaborative and supportive behaviours. 
  • Phase 2: Experience through Practical Application
    During this phase, learners will have the opportunity to work on self-determined briefs and/or ‘live’ collaborative projects. The focus is on learning by doing (experiential learning), and it is expected that learners will put into practice the knowledge and skills developed during Phase 1.  Greater independence will be fostered and learners will be encouraged to strive to communicate, argue, problem-solve and rationalise concepts at a higher level. During this phase, tutors will provide scaffolded support including tutor-led reviews and facilitated peer-to-peer discussions to support the transition into the next professional practice stage.
  • Phase 3: Personalised learning and independent study
    During this phase, learners will be given greater autonomy.  They will be supported to establish their own goals and engage in external partnerships that align with their particular interest. Career development planning and preparation for the world of work is seen as a critical aspect of this stage enabling individuals to articulate their professional identity as interior architects and designers.

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BA (Hons) Interior Design

This well-established programme is part of the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design.  Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media.  Birmingham City University.

This course considers the range of factors needed when considering a career related to spatial development and interior architecture. This course combines art, design, architecture, technology and contemporary culture to develop an all-round appreciation of the elements which effect and combine to formulate interior spaces

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