The MA Interior Design course is ideal for students who wish to further enhance their knowledge, skill base and qualification level for the interior design market. This course is aimed at students who have previously completed a BA (Hons) degree in Interior Design or an alternative relevant subject such as architecture. At NDA 'online flexible learning' means exactly that! Unlike other institutions, at NDA there are no terms or semesters, you can choose your own start date and study at your own pace – not the pace dictated by the institution or other students. At NDA we treat every student as an individual. Find out more about study methods.
About the course
This course is validated and awarded by our partner Staffordshire University, the Certificate will state 'Staffordshire University' and the Graduation ceremony is part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony. The course is delivered by the National Design Academy via part-time online distance learning.
This innovative Master of Arts Degree in Interior Design provides an opportunity to study a taught course at post-graduate level by distance learning. Our distance learning Masters Degree is equally suitable for those currently working in the design or architecture professions and wish to build upon previous qualifications as well as recent graduates from a BA(Hons) programme or equivalent.
The programme of study is focused upon the present and future requirements of the design profession and provides an opportunity to take your study to a higher level, developing knowledge and skills relevant to the industry. The focus will be on the analysis and evaluation of material and the development of critical thinking.
A sequence of taught Modules, exploring essential interior design strategies, provides a structure within which you are encouraged to develop an individual research pathway. You will be able to focus on the specific areas of interest eg furniture and follow this throughout the course.
Teaching and Learning
The Masters Degree Interior Design is studied part-time, flexibly online through our specially created Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) via the internet using your computer. Here you can access numerous links to interior design information, and you can contact your personal tutor direct. The course is designed to fit around your work & home life. You will receive informative and timely feedback on your assignments from your personal Tutor; you will not have to take an examination. You can telephone the NDA Helpline at any time (Monday - Friday 9.00.a.m. - 5.00.p.m.) to receive an instant answer to your question from a member of our Tutor Team. You can make new friends and keep in touch with other students and alumni and share ideas and see examples of other students work, through our lively Student Forum.
The majority of NDA students will complete their MA Degree online in just 1 year, others may take a little longer and a few may need the maximum study time of 5 years. Find out more.
Employability & progression
Following the successful completion of the MA Interior Design course, students may opt to tailor their area of interest further and enrol on a PhD in Interior Design. This pathway offers students the chance to follow a personal route of design interest and research, evaluate and discover unique theories and projects for the interior design industry.
Students who have successfully completed the MA Interior Design course are often considered to be highly attractive candidates by many interior design practices. Not only will they have a wealth of knowledge, but will also hold a high academic qualification, which are extremely valuable when pitching to potential clients.
MA graduates also often opt to start their own interior design business or work on a freelance basis in the market or enter into the area of education.
Take a look through some of our case studies from past MA Interior Design students and see how they found the course.
What Will I Study?
Module 1. Advanced Research Methods
This Module develops enhanced research skills in order to work at advanced level within the interior design profession. Research skills are fundamental to good interior design practice and the Module includes research methods, the development of design thinking, proposal production and techniques for presenting research material in a visually stimulating manner.
Module 2. Innovative Technology in Interior Design
This Module explores the exciting innovative products and materials that are continually entering the industry or are currently under development for use in the future. The Module examines developments in both realised products and the materials from which they are made, focusing on current and future products as well as the technologies upon which these products are based. The Module increases understanding of how materials originally produced for an unrelated area, such as aerospace, may be successfully applied within the context of interior design.
Module 3. Trend Forecasting in Interior Design
This Module is designed to increase your understanding of how trends are introduced and developed for use within the design profession by exploing the work of influential colour and trend forecasting agencies. Presented as valuable information their work is available to purchase by blue-chip companies across the design spectrum. The Module also looks at global trade fairs such as IMM Cologne, Premiere Vision, Pitti Filati, Texworld and Home and how they allow knowledge and product purchasers to access innovations and predictions for differing products, information and services.
Module 4. Cultural Contexts in Interior Design
This Module explores the wide variety of cultural influences; artistic, philosophical, literary, social and political, which determine the content and direction of interior design including a case study of an influential designer from the Art Deco period in France, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who was prominent within this culturally-eclectic design movement and how his use of then-innovative materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, Bakelite, lacquer and chrome made it possible to produce designs and finishes that were previously unachievable. As well as historical analysis, the Module also looks at contemporary influences shaping interior design on a global scale.
Module 5. Interior Design Practice Management
This Module examines the professional practice of controlling and monitoring the progress of a commercial interior design and implementation programme, using industry standard Project Management principles and systems. The Module reflects the professional practice of interior design by simulating critical responses to the constraints imposed by clients, site conditions, budgets, local authorities, building regulations, statutory requirements, energy efficiency legislation, waste minimisation and market forces.
Module 6. Masters Project in Interior Design
The Final Project is the culmination of the Master’s Degree Programme of Study and implements the advanced knowledge and skills gained throughout the course by exploring, in real depth and with imagination and sensitivity, the psychological, emotional and environmental possibilities and constraints offered by a given site, budget and client. Professional interior design is a holistic process taking into consideration the variable and complex relationships between site, client, purpose and building structure. This Module focuses on providing a satisfactory design resolution appropriate to the needs and requirements of the end users, achieved via a robust client brief and an established programme of work, ensuring that any project is delivered on time and within budget.
If you still have questions feel free to call us for further information on 01159 1234 12, or click on Live Chat. Alternatively, why not book a place on one of our Interior Design Course Open Days at our studios in Nottingham UK, come along and talk to the Tutors, view students' work and take a tour of the Academy?