Interior Design MA

Why choose this course?

We were ranked No. 1 in the UK for design and crafts* (Guardian University Guide league tables 2020).

This MA Interior Design will prepare you for the diversity of design practice and employment opportunities open to you in the interior design industry at the end of the course.

Drawing on vibrant interior design practices in London, the course integrates design practices, multidisciplinary work, research and analysis, and practice-based learning.

The course aims to unite practical approaches for space design strategies with context through:

  • Practice-based strand, engaged with live industry briefs
  • Research-focused strand in collaboration with our Modern Interiors Research Centre
  • Problem-solving with teams in other disciplines
  • Digital, physical and context considerations

Note: This course is subject to validation.

*covers graphic design, interior design, illustration, animation and product and furniture design.
Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2021
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2021
Part time 2 years September 2021
Location Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • Kingston University is Ranked Nr 1 in the UK for Design and Crafts and BA Interior Design is Nr 1 in the UK in subject field in the Guardian University League Tables 2020
  • Excellent industry connections
  • The course allows you to develop yourself in two different pathways: industry focused practice or research focused practice if you want to ideate in the field

What you will study

This course is part of the Design School's Postgraduate Framework, which promotes interdisciplinary practice opportunities, underpins research, supports personal trajectory and industry contact, and includes a supporting lecture series.


This postgraduate Interior Design programme offers an open platform to develop as an interior space designer and other related areas of practice. MA Interior Design aims at the development of a high level of intellectual and practical mastery of the analysis and design of diverse interior spaces, with broader implications for spatial design. The approach of the spatial exploration, solutions and design involves research contexts transferred into new design strategies and design interventions.

Compulsory modules

Space and Communication

30 credits

This module provides dedicated interior design study opportunity. It occurs in teaching block 1. This module enables the student to develop a contemporary interior portfolio at Masters level. A series of fashion context briefs are provided to engage the individual in practical spatial design skills, working towards a spectrum of physically sketchbooks and models and digitally generated outcomes. Project briefs are devised to interrogate interior developments and trends and engage the student in exploring and debating the role of space and its sustainability and societal issues implications. These briefs introduce the practice and problems of spaces, with a focus on effective solutions and visualising outcomes.

Designing Research

30 credits

The aim of the module is to give you understanding of the design research tools and methods that are available to you, to inform and support the development of your practical study, and to provide the basis of your further study on your course. Practical research methods are explored, with an emphasis on the development of creative and evidence-based approaches to experimentation, and critical reflection on practical design work.

Interior Practice

30 credits

The aim of this module is to map a route forward that best facilitates progress on to the capstone project, reflecting upon all previous learning. Students will construct a substantial body of iterative, experimental, practical design investigation through a rigorous process of measured trial and error, in support of an evolving Interior Design Major Project proposal.

Creative Futures

30 credits

This module is based on the assumption that the best jobs/careers in the creative industries do not exist – they are invented from individual creative ambitions. The module explores how this can be approached in practical terms. The programme of study encourages you to develop a personal and critical approach to your future career, and how this can inform the development of your individual major project for the Major Project.

The Major Project

60 credits

The Major Project - the capstone project - consolidates the knowledge gained in earlier modules, and is informed by your prior learning within the Design School's postgraduate interdisciplinary framework and course-specific specialist study. You will extend your work on the course thus far in the form of a practical design proposal, defining and developing a substantive solution to an individually defined design-related problem. In so doing, you will demonstrate advanced understanding and application of contemporary design practice as it can be brought to bear on a specific challenge of sustainability.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

You'll normally need to have:

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a related art, design or craft subject and/or appropriate professional experience.
  • A portfolio of work reflecting your experience and skills working in 2D and 3D.
  • We also welcome applicants with relevant professional or vocational experience

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching on the course is very much in line with the 3D Design Department ethos, involving studio practice, research, workshops, guest lecturers and visiting lecturers, who enrich the provision.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

At Kingston University, we know that postgraduate students have particular needs and therefore we have a range of support available to help you during your time here.

Your workload

On average 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

You will have 2 days a week teaching.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

Type of teaching and learning

Type of teaching and learning
  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 450 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1350 hours


How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises a practical project, visual summary, critical reflection and report.

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

Type of assessment

Type of assessment
  • Coursework: 100%


Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course will enroll 20 students and lecture sizes are normally 100-120 together with the school's postgraduate framework. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

This course is taught in the Design School, Kingston School of Art. Our staff are practising designers, researchers and academics who'll enrich your student experience with contemporary issues, events and challenges. Influential guest speakers reinforce the currency of the course, providing the latest insights into practice.

Postgraduate students may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MA full time £9,500
  • MA part time £5,225

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MA full time £17,600
  • MA part time £9,680

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.

Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:


There is a wide range of facilities at our Knights Park campus, where this course is based. Kingston School of Art has recently completed an ambitious programme of investment, making significant improvements to our workshops and other resources, to ensure that students are exposed to as many creative pathways as possible.

The workshops and studios at Knights Park are open for creative exploration and allow opportunities for students and staff to collaborate on projects and share ideas, whether they are studying or researching. There are many adaptable studio and workshop spaces, active breakout spaces and stronger vertical and horizontal connections. Our ground-breaking facilities include:

  • 3D workshop, with ceramics, concrete, resin-casting, plastics, metalwork, woodwork and a bronze-casting foundry, as well as a Big Build space for Architecture, set design and large scale model making
  • Animation and post production studios
  • Digital Media workshop
  • Fashion (knitting and sewing workshops), with digital and analogue facilities, plus a working dress archive which includes pieces from 1750 to the present day
  • HackSpace (for collaborative, creative, solutions-focussed projects)
  • Letterpress and printmaking workshop, with digital and analogue facilities, to experiment creatively
  • Moving Image workshop, with studios, editing suite, and industry-standard equipment
  • Photography workshop, including studios, colour, and black and white darkrooms, processing facilities

All our facilities are open access, meaning you can use them whenever you want, and irrespective of what degree you're studying.

The University also has its own on-site galleries, including:

  • Dorich House – the former studio home of the sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature. Now Grade II listed, the building was completed in 1936, to Gordine's design, and is an exceptional example of a modern studio house created by and for a female artist.
  • Stanley Picker Gallery – one of the leading examples of a university gallery in the UK. Its public activities are dedicated to the research, commissioning and presentation of innovative new practice across the fields of art, design and architecture for general, academic and specialist audiences.
  • project spaces at Knights Park campus, which you can book for the exhibition of large-scale work.