Interior Architecture (BSc Honours) (Level 8)
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4 Years (8 semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six 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, English, Mathematics, Design and Communication Graphics, and a Science subject.
The core of this programme is the design studio where skills in design and representation are integrated with mastery of content from other modules. The emphasis is the development of strong design and analytical skills in a studio-based environment.
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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 Interior Architecture includes domestic, commercial, leisure, retail, educational and healthcare interior projects. Interior architectural design encompasses many types of interiors and utilises accompanying skills, innovation, creativity, communication and team work.
About the Course
CR565 Course Location: MTU Cork Bishopstown Campus
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.
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.
Interior Architecture involves the design of interiors of buildings, their layout, fitting, furnishing and decoration and the preparation of all technical drawings and written documentation necessary for the carrying out of the work.
The work of the Interior Architectural design includes domestic, commercial, leisure, retail, educational, and healthcare interior projects. Interior architectural design encompasses many types of interiors and utilises accompanying skills.
At MTU Cork, Interior Architecture covers the spectrum of industry specialisms. It involves the initial design and plan for use to accommodate a changed purpose, or a significantly revised design for adaptive reuse of the building shell. It considers structural adaption, sustainable redevelopment strategies, use of light, air movement, ventilation, horizontal/vertical circulation, and servicing. The practice of Interior Architecture responds to multiple user needs and a wider social responsibility.
The core of this programme is the design studio where skills in design and representation are integrated with mastery of content from other modules. The emphasis is the development of strong commercial design and analytical skills in a studio-based environment.
Modules in the award stage of the Honours Degree include a comprehensive Design Project, as well as research which will provide the student opportunity to focus and develop an expertise in an area or Building Typology.
This course is recognised by the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA).
Attractive postgraduate opportunities at Master’s and PhD level in allied disciplines are available in Ireland and abroad.
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. 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.
“I worked at Eire Gulf, Dubai from 2017 to 2019 and now work with an architectural consultancy practice called Studio 10 in Dubai. I prep sample boards, meet with clients to discuss site progress and design issues and how to resolve them. Site management and inspections are also a big part of my job. We specialise in luxury high end retail for all the major malls around the UAE. Brands I have worked with include: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Piaget, M&S, and many more.
The experience has been fantastic and learning how each store operates has been a real eye opener for me.”
Since 2015, Emma has worked at the award winning Architectural Design firm Geiszler Architects in San Francisco, specialising in highend custom residential and commercial design.
As Project Manager, Emma's role takes her from project initiation to final completion working on client objectives, schematics, design development, bidding, construction drawings, permitting, and overall involvement throughout the construction phase of a project.
Her BSc (Honours) in Interior Architecture has provided her with the unique set of knowledge and skills necessary in achieving successful interior architectural designs.
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 (Honours) in Interior Architecture CR565
This course qualifies graduates to work in architectural practice, interior design firms, and allied disciplines in the capacity of an Architectural designer with a developed area of focus and expertise or in entry management positions.
The graduate will be proficient in interior planning, spatial design and the materiality of complex 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 self-employment after a suitable period of practical experience.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Private Practice
- Government Organisation
- Local Authority
CAO 1st Round:
Entry 2020: 359
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