Griffith College

MA in Design (Interior Architecture)

MA in Design (Interior Architecture)

MA in Design (Interior Architecture)

Develop the specialised technical skills to give you a competitive advantage in this ever demanding industry.

Student's design work on display
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:9
Duration:One Year Full Time

About The Course

This programme is designed to improve your mastery of creative design solutions, and advance your professional competence within business and team management. It will prepare you to work in senior and specialised interior design roles fulfilling industry demands. Throughout the programme, you will gain technical skills that will give you a competitive edge over your peers.

This programme prepares you to implement innovative, advanced interior designs, and specialise your professional practice application. You will also experience the economic advantages of interior refurbishment as opposed to new-build, and increase your awareness of more sustainable development by both industry and clients. You will gain an understanding of the requirement to develop new approaches and technologies, raise consciousness of the issues, and continue to up/re-skill the design profession in these areas.

The MA in Design programme aims to develop interior architects and design professionals who can deliver professional quality products and services. By the completion of this course, you will be confident to “hit the ground running” and take the lead as either a part of a larger team or working on your own as a self-employed designer.

Substantial changes in legislation regulating the built environment are placing higher demands on the professional competence and responsibility of the designer. Complying with Irish Health and Safety and Building Control legislation demands significant specialised skill relating to accessibility, environmentally sustainable design, and delivering interior designs safely.

Is this course for you?

This course is suited to graduates from our undergraduate design degrees, students of related courses, or professionals with experience in the design industry. In particular, students from interior design, or a closely related spatial design discipline such as product and industrial design.

Entry requirements

  1. Have obtained a minimum of a Hons 2:2 degree in a cognate discipline at level 8. Applicants over the age of 27 can also apply for entry onto the programme on the basis of previously obtained relevant experiential learning.
  2. Submit a creative or project portfolio, demonstrating design ability commensurate with the demands of the programme.
  3. Attend an interview with the Faculty Board, demonstrating ability to undertake the programme.



Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Business Management & Communications
Design Theory in Cultural Context
Material Technologies & Component Design
Professional Practice in Design (Interior Architecture)
Research Methodology
Sustainability, Conservation & Interior Environments
Thesis by Practice
Year 1 Electives
Semester 0
3D Architectural Graphics and Visual Communication
Advanced Material and Interior Architecture Technologies
Entry Requirements
General Requirements
Hons 2:2 Degree in a cognate discipline at level 8 & Interview 

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email:

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 6,550.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 8,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 11,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 11,000.00
How to Apply

Study Mode: Full-Time

  • Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2017 must apply directly.
  • Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2017 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage . Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport and undergraduate academic transcripts.


Academic Progression: 

As a graduate of the MA in Design (Interior Architecture) programme you will be prepared to progress to further PhD studies in other third level institutions in Ireland and abroad.

MA in Design (Interior Architecture) Academic Progression
Career Progression: 

Previous graduates have gone on to successfully work in senior or specialised Interior Architect design positions. Graduates have also explored self-employment / entrepreneurship, after being specifically trained in business and management during the Masters course.

MA in Design (Interior Architecture) Career Progression

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.