Interior Design

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MDes 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 through Stage 1, 2 and 3. Summative assessments occur at the end of each academic Stage.

The programme enjoys dedicated studio space which is where project work evolves. It is a space with myriad functions, not least of which are social. Students and staff also have access to various types of analogue and digital making, either within studio, elsewhere on campus or offsite.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Graduate Destinations
Interior Design at GSA is highly rated by collaborators and employers, and is regarded as one of the best suite of programmes of its kind in the UK. It has particular strengths in retail, healthcare, leisure and workplace design and strong links to industry. Alumni are currently/recently employed in major practices in the UK and Europe; Middle East and Gulf region; Asia and North America. Graduate currently work in practices such as Graven, Kapsimali Architects, Muji, Studio Sofield, and WATG (Singapore), others have embarked on academic careers or have pursued research paths at PhD level.

Programme Overview

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, for both the practice, study and critique of the subject.

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. It provides the opportunity for deep exploration free from the confines of practice. It encourages investigation into emerging aspects of the discipline where carefully directed research within these areas has led some graduates to further investigation at PhD level.

The programme is a one-year taught experience, 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 within a Small Specialist Institution (SSI) which is also an Art School, it seeks to use speculation and critique as a tool to enhance the creation of high quality interior design.

Content is delivered by a blend of academics and practitioners with experience across key subject areas. Staff contributing to the programme combine practice, pedagogy and broad-ranging research interests and, usefully, the PG and UG studios are adjacent to each other which affords participation in mutually beneficial events.

Application Deadline Dates
Applications to this programme will be processed in three rounds: Standard 1; Standard 2 and Late. We guarantee to review all complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline date of 28 January 2022. After this date, this programme can become full and close to applications in advance of the Standard 2 and Late rounds. Early application is therefore encouraged to avoid disappointment. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on the dates indicated below, please ensure you can be available.


Deadline to apply

Interviews taking place

Decision on application by

Standard 1

Friday 28 January 2022

Monday 21 February – Friday 4 March 2022

Friday 18 March 2022

Standard 2

Friday 18 March 2022

Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022


Friday 10 June 2022

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 2022

Friday 22 July 2022


Applicants must submit a completed application form and personal statement by 12:00 noon (GMT) on the deadline to apply date. Applicants should then submit their digital portfolio by 4:00pm (GMT) the same day. Submissions made after these times will automatically move to the next round unless the programme has closed to applications.

Application Guidance
Further guidance on applying to this programme can be accessed below:

Start an application on the How to Apply webpage. Online application forms for 2022 entry will be available from November.