Interior Architecture (BSc) (Level 7)
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3 Years (6 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
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Formal work placement (minimum of five weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Most helpful subjects are: Art, Construction Studies, and Design and Communication Graphics.
This mainly studio-based course is taught through formal lectures and tutorials. It has a significant amount of time allocated to studio and project work. There is appropriate technical input, supplementing the design drawing and presentation content.
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What is Interior Architecture
Interior Architecture involves the design of interiors of buildings, their layout and space planning, fitting, technical and structural resolution, furnishing and decoration, and the preparation of all technical drawings and written documentation necessary for the carrying out of the work.
The design work of the Interior Architecture includes domestic, commercial, leisure, retail, educational and healthcare interior projects. Interior architectural design encompasses many types of interiors and utilises accompanying skills.
About the Course
CR053 Course Location: MTU Cork Bishopstown Campus
This course qualifies graduates to work in architectural and interior design firms, in junior management positions, and prepares the individual to choose self-employment after a suitable period of practical experience.
This mainly studio based course is taught through formal lectures and tutorials. It has a significant amount of time allocated to studio and project work. There is appropriate technical input, supplementing the design drawing and presentation content.
This course examines contemporary practice in interior architecture and teaches you about our architectural heritage, how buildings work, and how to create high quality spatial experiences.
The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in MTU Cork together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
This course is recognised by the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA).
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
> Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Interior Architecture, subject to availability of places.
How much of your time is devoted to studio/project work?
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to studio and project work.
What is the difference between Interior Architecture and Architectural Technology?
Interior Architecture includes aesthetic design of all interior aspects of a building including technical resolution. Architectural Technology can be described as technical design.
Am I qualified as an Interior Designer?
This programme is designed to graduate candidates who will practice in Interior Architecture which includes interior design.
What is the difference between Interior Architecture and Interior Design?
Interior Architecture is specific to a building’s interior. It stands at the intersection of Architecture, design of the built environment, sustainability, and conservation. Unlike interior design, it is architecture within the confines of an existing building. As such, the course, requires a level of technical competence to compare with that of the architect, as the responsibilities to the client and community are similar.
“I work as a CAD Technician for Musgrave Retail Partners Limited. The Regional Project Managers will meet with the Retailer to discuss the changes needed to be made to their store, they will then issue me with sketches that I will draw in a CAD format. The training I got in CIT (now MTU) gave me the best tools I could wish for to start my new career. I learned how to use CAD, a software I now use every day, as well as Photoshop, Revit and Google SketchUp.
However, the most important skill I gained during my 3 years in CIT (now MTU), was how to visualise a space and design it to meet the needs of the end users. As designers, we can have a positive impact on how people use spaces and ultimately on their lives.”
Breeda works with Houseworks Cork as a Senior Designer. Working exclusively with SieMatic Kitchens, Breeda began work with six months post-qualification training in Dublin, before joining the Cork showrooms as its only designer. Breeda has earned a wealth of experience in dealing with private and commercial projects alike. Her work ranges from presenting the SieMatic range in the showroom to preparing detailed design layouts for prospective clients.
Breeda was awarded Young Designer for Kitchens by the Bathrooms & Kitchens Industry Awards in the UK.
MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture CR053
This course qualifies graduates to work in architectural practice, interior design firms, and allied disciplines in Architecture with a broad range of professional skills.
The graduate will be proficient in planning, spatial design and the materiality of interior schemes that involve multiple floors and mixed uses. The graduate is also oriented to commercial architectural practice with a strong understanding of sustainable design. The graduate will be able to develop designs and their attendant working drawings, and will deal with contractors, suppliers, and local authorities. The graduate may also select selfemployment after a suitable period of practical experience.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Private Practice
- Government Organisation
- Local Authority
CAO 1st Round:
Entry 2020: 308
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