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Design - Interior Architecture

About the course
This taught MA DESIGN/Interior Architecture programme is designed to enable mastery of advanced design problem-solving through research and project application. The programme is suitable for candidates wishing to perform leading and specialized roles within built environment industries and businesses. It will also equip self-starters who wish to manage own design practice. Guided to work on selected and specialized topics which reflect industry, environmental and societal demands, the post-graduates will be able to advance professional competence applicable within business and collaborative practice teams.

This is achieved by focusing on several strands:
– Contextual approaches to working with, adding to, reusing and repurposing of existing buildings

– Addressing the relevant conservation, sustainability, accessibility and regulatory issues

– Studying advanced techniques and materials

– Mastering professional practice and business management

– Conceptualizing advanced interior architecture projects with application of current practice and critical design theory

– Articulating specialized design concepts by use of parametric and 3D modelling

– Engaging in innovative, diverse and attractive design communication techniques

The program is led by experienced professionals who combine direct experience from practice and industry, with academic rigour and focus on learners’ needs and competences. Working in the increasingly cross-cultural environment, the post-graduates will develop team and collaborative skills, leadership and initiative, critical engagement and specialization in interior architecture in selected research area. The completion of study includes a Thesis by Application, which brings together taught subjects, specific research findings and reflection applied on a chosen design project.

Is this course for you?
The programme is suited for learners progressing directly from the College’s undergraduate programme, as well as for MA applicants with professional experience in design practices who wish to deepen the knowledge and develop advanced skills in the field of interior architecture and refurbishment. It is expected that the programme will also attract students from closely related spatial design disciplines such as interior, product and industrial design, or those who have equivalent qualifications combined with professional experience.

Entry requirements

1. A minimum of a Hons 2:2 degree in a cognate discipline at level 8. Applicants over the age of 27 can also apply for entry onto the programme on the basis of previously obtained relevant experiential learning.

2. A creative project portfolio, demonstrating design ability commensurate with the demands of the programme.

3. A successful interview with the Faculty Board, demonstrating ability to undertake the programme.


1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Please contact the Admissions Office
t: +353 1 415 0415


Validated by QQI.

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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