BA (Hons) Interior Design
About the course
We promote the understanding and subsequent remodelling of existing spaces, in order to create meaningful interventions. We are concerned with the occupation of space, how it used and importantly, how it is experienced.
We view Interior Design as a distinct, rigorous practice that celebrates collaborative creative adventures to enhance human interaction with their environment.
This can be applied at an architectural scale whilst appreciating the detail and fabrication of objects, surfaces and materials.
The course advocates the synthesis of this ideology as a creative, rigorous and intellectual process. We value ideas, invention and practical resolution in the creation of new, and often unconventional interior identities.
We can create experiential, experimental or functional spaces. We shape environments, generate identities, question programmes, detail objects, design or specify materials and furniture.
We articulate our thoughts and ideas through drawing, making, filming, presenting, printing, blogging and writing.
Ultimately, we place human involvement with space at the centre of all our endeavours.
The uniqueness of the BA (Hons) Interior Design at Manchester School of Art lies in it’s passion for collaborative and entrepreneurial ventures which are supported and embedded through the Art Schools’ award winning Unit X.
As an Interior specialist, you will more often than not collaborate with a number of like minded practitioners to manifest your ideas. We believe the Art School environment is the perfect setting to nurture these endeavours, which allow students to network and professionalise their practise throughout their time on the course.
Teaching on all Levels of the core Interiors curriculum is underpinned by contextual and historical lectures, and all students on undertake Unit X. Students have taken part in a number of highly successful Live projects with clients such as Urbis, the Manchester International Festival and the Royal Northern College of Music, in collaboration with our contemporaries in Creative Multi Media, Graphics, 3D, Textiles and Fashion. We further embrace this opportunity for collaboration on an International level, having collaborated with Institutions abroad for example ESAD, Portugal, on Interventions and Installations for the Lisbon Design Biennale, or hosting events with International visitors in our Stirling Prize nominated building. The course also runs regular study trips to key cultural cities such as Berlin and New York or to deign/architecture festivals such as Venice Biennale, Lisbon Design Biennale, Milan Furniture Fair and Amsterdam for Dutch Design Week.
The core elements of the course are taught by practising designers and architects, touching on all aspects of Interior Design such as Interior Architecture, Exhibition Design, Event /Set design or Object/Element design.
Graduates from the course go on to work all over the world and have gained successful employment for companies such as Johnson Naylor, Sheppard Robson, Fosters + Partners, Imagination, Casson Mann, HMKM, Start JG and 20.20 Design. Because of the wide and diverse skill set of an Interior designer, graduates have also gone onto exhibition curation, strategic design, project management, architecture, teaching and postgraduate study.