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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

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Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Gain advanced design and research skills.
  • 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.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate skills in Architecture1.
  • Learn in world-class facilities in our custom-built on-campus workshops and studios.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only architecture museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawing and photographs.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further study, including PhD studies.
  • UniSA is No.1 in South Australia for teaching quality in Architecture2.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in design is ranked world class3.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Architecture and Built Environment – Skills Development Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities.
2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2020-21, Architecture and Built Environment (Postgraduate). SA public universities.
3Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
4UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



With a focus on design research, theory and practice, this degree will prepare you for a career as an 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. You will also study the development and application of research processes and, in conjunction with industry, 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 on real-world projects. You may have the opportunity to complete an industry placement as part of your studies.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Honours) degree in the same specific discipline may be 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 who have completed a 4 year Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture at UniSA are eligible to enter the program with 0.5 EFTSL Advanced Standing and complete the program in 1.5 years of full-time study or equivalent part-time study.

Applicants must submit a portfolio of work, curriculum vitae and a written statement of intent.

2 years- SATAC CODE 4CM131

1 year- SATAC CODE 4CM208

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 multi-disciplinary core design courses, advanced research methods, an introduction to sustainable design, business practices, and your choice of electives. During your second year, you will undertake a yearlong project resulting in a professional standard presentation/exhibition.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9 Rule(s): 1,2,3
Research Methods (Creative) CREA 4004 4.5 Rule(s): 1,3
Nature, Culture and Sustainability ARCH 6005 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9 Rule(s): 1,3
Business Practice for Artists and Designers VSAR 5006 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1,3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Masters Project 1 GRAP 6001 9
Masters Project Report 1 ARCH 5036 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Masters Project 2 GRAP 6002 9
Masters Project Report 2 ARCH 5037 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

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, as well as to 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.



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
  • assignments and essays

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

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.  

UniSA boasts 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
  • 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.  

Our teaching staff have extensive professional design experience, so the curriculum is industry-relevant and mostly practical in nature. You will also work alongside world-class researchers in design1.

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.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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 you, 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 may have opportunities to take part in industry placements and attend master classes hosted by industry professionals. 

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Career outcomes

Your career

This master's 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

Industry facts


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


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


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

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a design student, you will have access to:

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

Your program director

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

Mr Peter Walker

Program Director

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Mr Peter Walker

Program Director


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