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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Offered by: The One Academy of Communication Design (TOA)
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Exam BodyUniversity of Hertfordshire
Course Duration4 years
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CampusBandar Sunway
FacultyInterior Architecture and Design
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyArts & Design
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Course Description

In this programme, students gain, develop and demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills in Interior Architecture and Design. We focus on the creative improvement of existing and new buildings & spaces. Students will learn about how the objects and spaces that make up our everyday landscapes provide pleasure, give meaning to and can enhance the quality of people's lives. Students will develop an understanding of how people and activities interact with the material, environmental, sensual, emotional, functional and cultural qualities of a specific space and situation and how interior architects can design better places.


Year One (Level 4)

Intensive introduction to the knowledge, skills and techniques of Interior Architecture and Design (IAD). Students learn how to observe, analyse, represent and communicate the qualities of existing spaces, besides exploring how designers improve such spaces. The emphasis is on understanding and developing proficiency in a wide range of design, representational as well as communication techniques. In addition, students are introduced to the basics of materiality, construction and detailing.

Semester C
Design Studio 1: Anatomy of Space  (15 Credits)
Analyse interrelationships between inhabitation and design studies of domestic interiors and activities.
Communication 1: Representing Space  (15 Credits)
Different ways of drawing, measuring and communicating the characteristics of material space and form.
Technology 1: Introducing Materiality   (15 Credits)
Introduces physical making, prototyping and testing as central component of developing knowledge and skills about materials and their characteristics.
Critical and Cultural Studies L4  (15 Credits)
Introduce the recent history of design and ways that shaped contemporary design practice and debate.
For Local Student:   For International Student:
Hubungan Etnik (Compulsory)   Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi II (Compulsory)
Semester AB
Design Studio 2: Serious Play  (30 Credits)
Introduces the basics of the design process as a dynamic process of investigation and analysis through designing spaces for both living and working.
Communication 2: Digital Skills   (15 Credits)
Using and developing CAD skills in the visual communication and presentation of design ideas.
Sustainability: Past, Present and Future   (15 Credits)
Introduce students to the underpinning concepts of sustainability and economic, ecological and cultural system.
For Local Student:   For International Student:
Tamadun Islam & Tamadun Asia (Compulsory)   Malaysian Studies (Compulsory)


Year Two (Level 5)

Overall aim of building upon the knowledge and skills developed in Level 4, to broaden as well as deepen their competency in Interior Architecture and Design. Students are encouraged to engage with some key contemporary issues, apart from learning ways to develop their design exploration and experimentation. This enables them to be more self-directed in their design processes, in order to produce coherent and complex design resolutions.

Semester C
Design Studio 3: Close-Up  (15 Credits)
Enabling students to develop inventive and appropriate approaches to the detailed reworking and transformation of existing built spaces at the 1:1 scale.
Communication 3: Digital Skills 2  (15 Credits)
Developing proficiency in 3D CAD modelling and Rendering/Digital Fabrication.
Technology 2: Detail  (15 Credits)
Explores design thinking in conjunction with 1:1 physical exploration.
Sustainability in Practice  (15 Credits)
Places the issue of sustainability in historical, current and future business and cultural context.
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Business & Marketing (Compulsory) OR   Business & Marketing (Compulsory)
Bahasa Kebangsaan A (Compulsory)    
Semester AB
Critical and Cultural Studies L5  (15 Credits)
Consider theoretical positions that inform recent and contemporary practice.
Design Studio 4: Inside Out  (15 Credits)
Considers the range of possibilities available to interior architects from contemporary installations and events-based work to permanent realisations.
Professional Development 1: Preparing for Industry  (15 Credits)
Includes several forms of peer appraisal in areas such as role play interviews and reading through CW's and application letters.


Year Three (Level 6)

Level 6 focuses on the integration of all skills and knowledge developed in previous years, as students bring together the different aspects of design creatively and coherently in response to specific design problems in order to illustrate an engagement with some aspect of contemporary Interior Architecture and Design practices. The year starts with great emphasis on strategies of working within existing fabrics and then, students decide on a major area of specialisation for the final project, through the development of a design research proposal.

Semester 1
Design Studio 5: Generator  (15 Credits)
Investigate how Interior Architecture and Design can take on a truly transformational role.
Technology 3: Contemporary Technologies  (15 Credits)
Self-initiated exploration of thematic cutting edge technologies relating to spatial practices.
Critical & Cultural Studies L6: Degree Essay/ Report (Design)  (30 Credits)
Enable students to conduct an in-depth enquiry of design culture with analysis and theory.
For Local Student:   For International Student:
Culture & Humanities(Compulsory)   Culture & Humanities (Compulsory)
Semester AB
Design Studio 6: Augment  (45 Credits)
Develop focus on the development of a personal major project connected with design research and technological investigations.
Professional Development 2: Professional Practice & Employability  (15 Credits)
Develop understanding of professional approaches, practices and opportunities within the discipine's contemporary practice.
For Local Student:   For International Student:
Community Service(Compulsory)   Community Service (Compulsory)


Internship (Working Experience)

Practical training allows students to explore the real industry and understand market trend. This course consists of supervised work experience in an approved training situation. It is designed to provide practical experience in the interiors industry. Students will be assigned to an on-site interior design project, and work as apprentices under the supervision of the project manager to go through the actual activities and processes that are utilized in a professional atmosphere, inclusive of site meeting, site supervision and coordination work, authorities’ approval processes and more.

Entry Requirements

Pass in SPM With minimum 5 credits Including a pass in English, Bahasa Melayu & History

Intake Months

May, September

Career Prospects

After graduating, students may begin work in one of the following:

  • Architectural Studios
  • Construction and Development Companies
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Housing Developers
  • Interior Design Firms
  • Lighting Manufacturers
  • Self-Employment
  • TV Stations

Students may pursue a career as a/an :

  • CAD Designer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Consultant
  • Interior Contract Manager
  • Interior Design Educator
  • Lighting Consultant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Model Maker

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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