Push your interior design practice and spatial thinking beyond existing boundaries, towards speculative, analytical, and entrepreneurial approaches that extend from the room to the city. Make a positive contribution to society, health, and planet through ethical and systemic innovation in the built environment.
In a world that will soon be 70% urbanised, and where humans spend 90% of their time indoors, future interior design professionals have never played such a central role in improving the quality of life through innovative and thoughtful spaces, services, and experiences that are connected, shared, and intelligent.
By studying MA Interior Design Innovation at ARU, you will develop the theoretical, practical, and leadership skills, and understanding and knowledge critical to creating dynamic and future forms of living, working, learning, and relaxing.
You’ll gain a broad understanding of future and smart cities from the perspective of interior design, and tackle mental, physical, emotional, and social health and wellbeing issues in a global context by rethinking existing spaces, environments, and experiences. These spaces could include retail; exhibitions; entertainment; leisure; housing; hospitality; urban and human interactions; transport and mobility.
This degree is available as an MA or PG Dip.
You’ll work closely with students from across Cambridge School of Art, including postgraduate students from MA Human-Centred Design, and MA Art, Health and Wellbeing, on an industry-led collaborative project, delivering public-facing events.
As an Interior Design Innovation student in Cambridge, you’ll be able to work in a start-up environment and relaxed culture in which creativity and creative problem solving are valued, building strong relationships and freely exchanging thoughts and ideas.
Most importantly, you’ll receive support and guidance from our experienced staff who, as well as running their own studio practice, have worked with companies such as OMA, Fitch, Ford, Ramboll, Transport Research London, and Samsung.
The creative freedom you experience on the course will give you a variety of degree outputs based on design futuring (ideas and methods for design as an expanded ethical and professional practice), from the future of retail and leisure to the future of hospitality, housing, transport and mobility.
Talks from visiting lecturers and live briefs from industry are built into our course. These will focus on areas including smart cities; intelligent mobility; architecture; interactive digital technologies; future materials; retail design and branding; hospitality; and inclusive environments.
We'll encourage you to build your profile by entering national and international competitions, as well as taking part in our own competitions such as the Sustainability Art Prize.
You'll have the chance to develop a business plan and pitch for start-up funding through our annual competition, The Big Pitch, and you can get involved in our research conferences and creative events.
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As well as our dedicated interior design studio, you’ll have use of facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Deputy Head, Cambridge School of Art; Associate Professor, Art & Design
Our Interior Design Innovation will help you achieve a career within the public, private, and third sector in roles such as:
All of our modules integrate professional practice, and you’ll be introduced to different aspects of the design industry by the teaching team and external guests. This will help you develop an appreciation and awareness of the changing role of designers, and the increasing responsibilities within possible career paths.
Your awareness of current practices and responsibilities will develop at an early stage of your studies, particularly in the Design Ethics and Design Practices modules.
You’ll also use the Personal Development Planning (PDP) tool to record, map and review your employability skills and experience across the course, and engage with employability and career development supported by academic and technical staff as well as the ARU Employability Service and ARU Enterprise and Innovation.
These in-house centres provide daily drop-in sessions; careers advice and guidance; workshops covering job search, making applications, and designing CVs; interview preparation; Job Fairs, employability events and presentations from employers; and job opportunities, internships, and work placements.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a PhD programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
“By opting to study part-time it has given me the most incredible opportunity to take my time. I can soak in the experiences that ARU offers me and finely tune and hone my skills.”
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