Interior Architecture

The Masters in Interior Architecture, Level 9, is a two year full-time programme concentrating on advanced interior architectural design. The programme is guided by the principle that in order to inspire innovation it is necessary to mediate between the global and the local, rooting resources in culture, distinctiveness, identity, meaning and sense of place.

Situated on the Atlantic edge of Europe, Ireland has traced one of the longest and strongest lines through the history of civilisation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the northwest; an area rich in ancient lore, apparent in both the physical remains of human settlement, archaeological monuments and in the lineage of storytelling passed from one generation to the next. In an evocative landscape of ever-changing light, where the lines between history and mythology are intertwined, our ancestors, through the course of their development, significantly engaged with the land in their endeavour to create a human environment.

Weathered rock surfaces displaying the scars of formation, twisting and folding – evidence of the tumultuous energy raging above and below the earth's surface, forces of water, wind and time. This energy has inspired creativity through the ages, and its drawing power is still evident from the influx of artists, musicians, writers and designers which continues today.

Unique Contribution:
The practice of interior architecture is concerned largely (but not exclusively) with exploring new and exciting ways to reuse our existing built environment. In doing so it breaks down the boundaries that lie between Architecture and Interior Design to offer an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach to the design of habitable spaces. Interior Architecture combines a variety of associated fields including, architecture, furniture and product design, graphics, performing arts, fashion, and art. It is both a creative and technical discipline, controlled by the need for flair and innovation in conjunction with adherence to codes and programmatic functioning. Interior architects find themselves working at the cutting edge of design, engaging with social, cultural, economic, ecological, and aesthetic issues and their effects on everyday life. There is no limit to the size or type of the buildings, or range of activities explored, in the projects which interior Architects deal with……… it truly is a profession that has come of age.

The new Masters programme is conceived as a progression route from the existing BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, Level 8 programme. This programme was established in Sligo in 1998 and has recently been awarded European Council of Interior Architecture (ECIA) Programme Recognition and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Candidacy status making it unique in Ireland and the UK and a leader in this area of study.

The Masters programme in Interior Architecture will provide a high level focal point in Ireland for the discipline of interior architecture in order to conduct research and contribute to the global forum. The programme ethos is centred on the belief that design is a mode of research. Masters students are encouraged to discover their own individual expression by engaging in an active stream of research through design, thus enabling graduates to take leadership roles with an implicit approach to remodelling the existing fabric, contributing to a more inclusive and informed profession into the 21st century.

The Masters Design Studio forms the core of the curriculum where innovative design propositions are generated and explored. Students are encouraged to develop their personal interpretations of their influences and to develop a specialist focus evolving from their choice of elective focus streams-
• Interiors without Boundaries
• Innovative Building Conservation
• Contemporary Furniture Design
• Energy and the Built Environment

This is a unique, innovative and exciting new programme.

The programme is designed for both recent graduates and for those in practice who wish to up-skill. The programme is open to students with a degree in interior architecture, architecture or a similar design discipline. Successful performance is awarded the degree of MA in Interior Architecture in compliance with ECIA criteria for validation.

Key Skills:
• Innovative design expertise, competence and versatility appropriate for integration into a broad variety of architectural workplaces
• Analytical, organisational and communication skills
• A philosophy of architectural design focusing on the re-use, refurbishment and retro-fitting of existing building and on sustainable design
• An understanding and knowledge of regulatory frameworks
• Personal vision and reflective practice
• An appreciation of diversity Career opportunities: This course will enable graduates to work at a high level within a variety of professional situations including architectural, interior architectural and interior design practices, local authorities, specialist design offices, media and performing arts organisations, galleries and museums, contracting and manufacturing companies.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in Interior architecture, Architecture, Interior Design or a design related discipline or equivalent. All applicants will apply directly through to the registrar's office of Sligo Institute of Technology. The admissions office will asses all degrees obtained in another country using the guidelines supplied by the National Qualifications authority.

All non English speaking students will either:
1. Be assessed at an interview
2. Can produce the results of a standard English test at the required level.

Non Standard Applicants may be called for interview and must present a portfolio demonstrating creative ability and relevant industry experience. RPL to ensure demonstration of relevant learning outcomes will apply. A request for supplementary information will be made including certified transcripts of previous results. Places may be awarded based on this supplementary information.

Practice experience:
A background in design based on international experience.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Environmental Analysis Retrofit of New Existing Buildings 05
Professional Practice 05
Architectural Dissertation Masters 15
Design Studies 2 Innovative Building Conservation [E] 05
Design Studies 3 Contemporary Furniture Design [E] 05
Design Studies 1 Interiors without Boundaries [E] 05
Energy and the Built Environment [E] 05

Semester 2
Masters Studio 1 40
Architectural Research Methods 05
Masters Studio 2 40

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.


2 years full-time.

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