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Start date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMSP

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
082769E

Key features

  • Study a specialisation that is directly tailored to your interests.
  • Graduate with advanced professional and technical skills that extend beyond the knowledge and skills taught at undergraduate level.
  • Learn from teachers who are established designers, offering insight into what it takes to create sustainable, coherent, visually appealing interiors.
  • Gain advanced design and research skills.
  • Learn in world-class facilities in our state-of-the-art on-campus workshops and studios.
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further study.
  • Study at a School that has been ranked in the World Top 1001 for Architecture.

12017 QS Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

With a focus on design research, theory and practice, this degree will prepare you for a career as an interior architect or interior designer. It will also provide you with an advanced understanding of the innovative, changing world of design.

A major focus of this degree is on design research, and you will complete an individual research-based project where you will be required to critically review, analyse, identify and propose solutions to complex design challenges. Through our industry connections, you will be given the opportunity to work on creative projects, developing skills in writing project proposals and presenting information.

A focus on practical, hands-on learning also means you will not only gain the skills and knowledge needed to design stimulating, sustainable and visually appealing interiors, but also the confidence to embark in real-world projects. You will also complete an industry placement as part of your studies.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Honours) degree in a related discipline are eligible to enter the program with 1.0 EFTSL Advanced Standing and complete the program in 1 year of full time study or equivalent part time study. Applicants must also submit a portfolio of work, curriculum vitae and a written statement of intent.

2 years- SATAC CODE 4CM131

1 year- SATAC CODE 4CM208

Why Master of Design (Interior Architecture)

Why this Degree

This dynamic, highly creative degree offers a unique blend of hands-on experience and solid theoretical knowledge, ensuring you graduate with the tools needed for a successful career in this competitive field.  

The School of Art, Architecture and Design boasts award-winning, purpose-built studio spaces and five floors of impressive workshops that feature state-of-the-art digital equipment. In addition to these world-class on-campus facilities, you will also benefit from:

  • our strong industry links when you embark on industry placements
  • award-winning teaching staff and academics – our teaching staff received top ratings in the 2017 Good Universities Guide for teaching and staff qualifications
  • industry master classes hosted by national and international industry professionals. We are also one of only two universities in Australia to combine art, architecture, design and planning principles, making us a great choice for students with a specific interest in these fields.  

This is a nested degree, which means that if for whatever reason you decide you want to exit the master degree before completion you may be eligible to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Design.

Real-world connections

Our teaching staff are highly trained industry professionals who bring with them years of experience. They have strong industry links and many hold professional positions with national and international organisations. For students this means links to industry and the opportunity to build important networks.

We also have well over 2,500 national and international industry partnerships University-wide – providing further opportunities for you to build important industry relationships. As part of your studies you can also take part in an industry placement, and will have the opportunity to attend master classes hosted by industry professionals. In addition, we host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

This master degree consistently records high graduate employment rates. You could find work in architectural practices, interior design practices, building companies, other organisations supplying the design and building industry, such as corporate furniture suppliers and architectural practices, or public relations and marketing organisations. Careers to consider:

  • interior designer: design, implement and refurbish interior spaces  
  • design consultant: help clients to best utilise living spaces by advising on how to arrange lighting, furniture and other fixtures
  • event designer: oversee and direct the overall look and visual appeal of an event
  • furniture designer: develop design concepts, experiment with different materials, liaise with clients and build sample models for either mass produced furniture prototypes or one-off exclusive pieces

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this program are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia after three years of professional practice.

Industry facts

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Employment for interior designers in Australia is projected to increase by 19.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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The architectural services sector in Australia is projected to grow and reach $7.1 billion in annual revenue by 20201.

1IBISWorld’s Architectural Services market research report 2017

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Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors in Australia is projected to increase by 17,500 (14.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

By studying the Master of Design (Interior Architecture) you will develop an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of designing and maintaining interior environments that are environmentally responsive and socially adaptable. You will also graduate with a sound knowledge of research methods.

During your first year you will complete a number of core design courses, as well as some courses that focus specifically on interior architecture. During your second year you will develop research skills when you complete a number of research-focused courses. This component of your study provides scope for research related to complex individual design projects.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • research proposals
  • projects
  • artefact reviews
  • project reports
  • examinations
  • assignments and essays

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9 Rule(s): 2
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 2
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 3 GRAP 6001 9
Masters Research Project 1 ARCH 5036 4.5
Masters Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 4 GRAP 6002 9
Masters Research Project 2 ARCH 5037 4.5
Masters Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

I’m passionate about increasing awareness of Indigenous knowledges and providing expansive opportunities for students to engage in the educational process.

Mr Peter Walker

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

As an architecture student, you will have access to:

  • dedicated design studios and workshops
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

This degree is part of a nested suite of degrees, which means you may be able to exit early and graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Design.

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