Interior Design

Key Facts


Programme Overview


M.Des in Interior Design. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Peer and staff review. Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Traditional drawing and model making facilities are complemented by specialist computer provision, constantly updated to keep abreast of developments in the profession. Dedicated studio and social spaces.

Graduate Destinations
Interior Design at GSA is highly rated by collaborators and employers, and is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the UK. It has particular strengths in retail, healthcare, leisure and workplace design. It has strong links to industry, with alumni currently or recently employed in major UK practices, at all levels, including BKD, Universal Design Studio, Brinkworth, and Graven Images. A more recent phenomenon has been an emergence of independent practices - established by graduates of the Department of Interior Design - operating across areas including exhibition and interpretative design, set design, domestic interiors and pop-up retail.

Programme Overview

A one-year taught programme, over the course of which students develop a reflective portfolio of work to a professional standard. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of fundamental issues facing the subject, the value of appropriate levels of technological intervention, and an understanding of the importance of disciplinary autonomy as well as inter-disciplinary dialogue.

Interior Design at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at GSA takes place in a Design School context, and not as part of a Faculty of Architecture or Built Environment. The programme's content is delivered by a wide range of practitioners with experience across key subject areas. All staff are professionally active, with broad ranging research interests.

Interior Design historically occurred in a hinterland loosely occupied by architects, shopfitters and decorators. It has only relatively recently begun to assert itself as a discreet profession, with trained practitioners and informed clients. As the practice has matured, the UK has become firmly established as one of its international centres.

The MDes in Interior Design is a logical extension of this context. It operates a subject-centred approach and aims to create advanced practitioners by acting as a bridge between the delineated and the uncharted. As such, it provides the opportunity to explore territory more deeply than at undergraduate level and free of the confines of practice. It encourages investigation into emerging aspects of the discipline, such as sustainability, material innovation, digital presentation, information gathering, augmented realities, accessible design, the effects of globalization and online commerce. Carefully directed research within these areas could lead to opportunities for further investigation at PhD level, with staff identifying and encouraging prospective candidates from within the cohort.