Master of Interior Design
This degree will immerse you in an industry-partnered, project-based learning experience to address social, cultural, technological and environmental challenges associated with the production of contemporary interior environments – the spaces in which we live, learn, work and play – in a dynamic changing world.
It will provide you with an opportunity to position yourself in relation to current interior design practice through collaboration with clients, industry and a network of peers.
With an emphasis on ideas and a design-led approach to research and experimentation, the knowledge and skills you develop in this course will enable you to work in a range of practices, and to engage interior design as an agent of social and cultural change.
Graduates of this course will be highly effective team contributors with strong communication and technical skills. You will learn how to be a valuable contributor through the process of developing a collective response to real industry briefs. You will engage with clients (encompassing commercial, institutional, civic and social organisations) and industry practice partners (interior design and associated design practices) together with the student cohort on live projects and challenges.
With a strong focus on design challenges affecting the broader Australasian region, you will also have opportunities to undertake global intensives to locations within Asia.
The Master of Interior Design will provide you with a diverse range of learning experiences, combining learning through designing, doing and making, experimentation, self-directed research, analysis, reflection and discussion with peer and industry interactions.
Design studio-based learning sits at the core of this course, and is supported by workshops, excursions, collaborative projects and interactive class activities. The studios are viewed as intensive design laboratories in which academics, professional partners and students develop creative strategies, innovative approaches and unique responses to contemporary interior design issues. Studios are organised as a series of workshops, master classes, tutorials, presentations, intensive symposia, travel intensives and exhibitions.
You will learn how to constructively critique your own work and that of others. Project proposals and presentations will be directly related to industry-specific needs, and will involve collaborating with industry practitioners on contemporary issues in the field.
The assessment you undertake will be designed so that you can receive ongoing feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement. This approach will enable you to improve on your performance throughout the course, as well as continue to refine capabilities for your professional practice and lifelong learning. Both the project produced in your final semester and your portfolio will form a capstone experience, designed as a culmination of your learning throughout this degree.
You will attend approximately 12 hours of classes per week, combined with intensive self-directed extra study or research per week.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will have the option of global mobility, enabling you to experience global projects and study tours to support your research and creative design ideas.
You’ll also have the opportunity to choose design studios that require overseas travel, to work with students from international universities.
RMIT’s Global Mobility Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
During the first year, you will undertake two industry-partnered interior design studios and two core subjects that will operate as a direct support to the partnered design studio project, providing opportunities to refine specific skills and design techniques. These include communication (written, verbal and visual), technologies (manufacturing, materials, and experiential) as they are relevant to the project, and provide a base for further extension. You will also choose from a suite of elective subjects from allied areas of business, communication, social science, environment and technology.
In the second year, you will continue to develop your design capabilities through the completion of two further industry-partnered interior design studios, as well as core subjects, and further electives. In your final semester, the design studio will be complimented by a portfolio-based subject that will support you in identifying, evaluating and communicating key areas of interest, skills and expertise which will together form a profile of your practice, enabling you to position yourself within the design profession.
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2 years full-time (international)/2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (domestic)
2 years full-time
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Program code: MC275
Graduates of this degree may find careers in interior design and architectural practices where they may be involved in design development, concept development and implementation, strategic leadership, feasibility studies, competition bids, client presentations, and site management. Commissions could include restaurants, hotels, retail spaces, corporate offices and public buildings.
They may also find employment in advisory and strategic roles that utilise design skills, critical thinking and spatial knowledge in broader fields of work, including cultural institutions, placemaking, local government, business, cultural events, and education.
Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
This RMIT degree participates in a local and global conversation and network through membership of:
You must have successfully completed one of the following:
- An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a related discipline including Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Spatial Arts, Theatre Design, Exhibition Design, Service Design, Industrial Design, Experience Design.
- A Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program at RMIT with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or above.
You must submit a selection task by 26 February 2021 comprising:
- an applicant statement outlining your motivation for applying to the Master of Interior Design program (Maximum 300 words)
- a digital folio - see below
Please note: Entry into this program is competitive, and applications are assessed in the order that they are received until 26 February 2021, if places are still available. For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
Short-listed applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Your folio should comprise 5-10 pieces of your own work, including final pieces, development work and thinking. You must collate your work into a single PDF (maximum 25 pages). You may upload your PDF (maximum 10MB) or supply a URL if it's hosted online (provide the username and password if applicable).
If you have successfully completed the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program at RMIT with a GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or above, you will be exempted from submitting the selection task (folio of design work) and will be guaranteed entry into year 2 of the program. Students with a GPA lower than 2.5 may still apply for entry and will be assessed on merit based on their folio of design work.
Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 85kb) along with your application.
A pre-selection kit is not required for RMIT Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) students who achieve the minimum grade.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
If you have successfully completed the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program at RMIT with a GPA of 2.5 or above, you will be exempted from submitting the selection task (folio of design work) and will be guaranteed entry into year 2 of the program. Students with a GPA lower than 2.5 may still apply for entry and will be assessed on merit based on their folio of design work.
If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning once you have enrolled in this program.
Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$34,560.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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