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Interior Architecture merges competences between architecture, interior design, and social science. Its fluid approach permits for a shift of focus from the design of ‘objects’ (buildings and furniture) to an evaluation of the 'subjective' experience of the users. As the ‘spatial art of environmental design’, Interior Architecture refers thus to the process by which the interiors of buildings and public spaces are designed to support human activities, in a range of crafted environments that maintain a sustainable relation with the communities they serve.
Although the ability to design is not necessarily required for admission in this programme, each successful applicant must demonstrate an awareness of design consequences as evaluated in ‘real’ environments through a portfolio of social research work.
How to apply
Applications must meet the entry requirements, and demonstrate a protracted awareness of the social consequences of design decisions in the built environment through the submission of a portfolio of relevant design and/or research work.
Selected suitable applicants will be invited to a comprehensive interview, either in person or via a digital platform.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
|Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.||Typically £0-200|
Library fines (for late returns or lost books)
|£1-35 per book|
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
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Learning and assessment
The student cohort includes graduates and practitioners from a variety of design related courses (interior design, interior architecture, product design, and architecture) as well as from environmental disciplines (sociology, environmental psychology, human geography). The purpose of this integrative approach is a practical one: we seek to equip students to intervene effectively in the production of an improved public realm, through a practice that is relevant to the design and the process of actual inhabitation in the built environment.
The concept of the reflective practitioner is therefore central to the MA Interior Architecture philosophy, with a unique blend of taught competences and critical expertise provided to enable students upon graduation to gain a significant leverage in practice.
The MA Interior Architecture broadens and consolidates the research on social design in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes, alongside the BA Honours Degree in Interior Architecture and the research group on Therapeutic Environments and Experiential Design.
Our team consists of architects, interior designers, historians and critics, with experience in dealing with social inclusivity, for example, live projects and client-led built propositions for education, flexible living, community infrastructure, and hospitality. In professional application, we have several design consultancies established with design practices and social services providers with the purpose of advising on the impact of design on people. This includes the (re)design of buildings from inside out as well as outside in, and the rehabilitation of existing structures to accommodate changed purposes, as well as contributions to new design propositions as part of a more sustainable architecture practice.
After you graduate
Design practices are increasingly required to produce socially inclusive design solutions, by aligning spatial qualities to individual multi-sensorial experience. Graduates from the MA Interior Architecture will be proficient in the shift from sustainability quantitative indicators to qualitative experiential parameters, with the ability to provide comprehensive people-focused design competences and tailored solutions to fulfil the changing demands from users.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.