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Interior Architecture

Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture) - BA(Curtin) - 153799

Humanities

Curtin offers a professional degree in interior architecture. This dynamic and innovative course will qualify you to practice as a professional interior designer.

Professionals working in interior architecture are able to offer creative, proactive and innovative solutions to exciting changes that are currently happening in places such as airports, hospitals and schools. 

Considerations include functionality, the quality of the interior environment through lighting, ventilation and acoustics, the integration of furniture, in association with planning, spatial design, design development, construction documentation and contract administration. 

These are balanced by theory and experimentation with your own ideas in a design studio.

This course provides you with a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of design, combined with a technical knowledge of interior construction, equipment and building systems. You will also develop knowledge of professional practice and communication skills.

The degree is taught by enthusiastic and dedicated professionals who are active in research and practice, thereby ensuring this program is relevant to global conditions.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 10 days industry work experience in your own time, prior to the final year of your degree.

Opportunities exist for local site visits, field trips or overseas study tours to broaden your professional experience.

Interior Architecture involves a vast range of interiors of varying scales such as:

  • office, commercial and retail buildings
  • residential developments
  • complex interiors for health care environments
  • hospitality, entertainment, galleries and exhibition design
  • renovation and adaptive reuse projects
  • restoration and conservation of the interiors of historic buildings.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

Interior designers are employed within the broad field of interior architecture or where they can apply specific expertise such as health care, corporate design or heritage and conservation. This may occur as a sole practitioner or as part of a company of interior designers and/or architects. Graduates may also become specialists in areas including furniture design, lighting, event management, exhibition curation, interior magazine editing, academia, colour theory and universal design.


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Professional recognition

Curtin’s Interior Architecture degree is recognised by the International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects, and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Students are encouraged to become student members of the DIA, which enables them to attend public design forums, guest lectures and weekend conferences at discounted rates.

The DIA admits graduates as full associate members once they start professional practice. Full associate membership may be awarded after they submit a professional portfolio of work.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

How this course will make you industry ready

You will be given the option to go on an international study tour and regularly exhibit your work. You will also complete at least 40 days' work experience in the industry before graduation.

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 800

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
Academic and Professional Communications 100 3.0 25.0
Architecture and Interior Architecture Studio 111 3.0 50.0
Technology of Design 111 3.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
Communicating Interior Solutions 122 6.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Design 122 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Philosophy and Practice 122 4.0 25.0
Interior Bites 122 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
Interior Architecture Ephemeral Environments Studio 221 6.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Experience and Aesthetics 221 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Functional Fundamentals 221 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Tangible Environment Studio 221 4.5 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Interior Architecture Community Encounters Studio 222 3.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Contexts 222 4.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Expressive Structures Studio 222 1.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Habitation Fundamentals 222 5.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
Interior Architecture Constructed Memory Studio 321 6.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Technology Driven Design 321 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Technology System Solutions 321 5.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
Exploration and Manifestation of Interiors 322 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Extreme, Complex and Bizarre Studio 322 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Spatial Enclosure Studio 322 5.0 25.0
Interior Contexts and Trajectories 322 4.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 1
Interior Architecture Advanced Technological Strategies 421 3.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Advanced Theory and Research 421 5.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Research Studio 421 1.5 50.0
Year 4 Semester 2
Interior Architecture External Forces 422 4.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Internal Forces 422 4.0 25.0
Interior Architecture Research Studio 422 4.0 50.0

See Courses Handbook for full course structure

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and either verbal or quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

STAT entry

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Other requirements:

If you are not a current school leaver, or are switching course, you are required to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. Please see Humanities' portfolio requirements for details.

TAFE requirements:

Those who have completed an Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at Central TAFE may receive recognition of prior learning equivalent to one year. These applicants will need to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. Please see Humanities' portfolio requirements for details.

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

2014
Commonwealth supportedCommonwealth supported?
If you have not yet exceeded your Student Learning Entitlement (typically seven years' equivalent full-time study) the Australian Government will contribute towards the cost of your study. The indicative fees shown here are known as the student contribution, or your share of the cost of the first year of this course.

To find out if you're eligible for a commonwealth supported place, please visit the Going to Uni website.
$8,300*

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide for students in 2014 only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

 

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2013 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
TER (including TEE/SACE/HSC/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

No folio is required for entry into first year. Recognition of Prior Learning is based on a folio, supplied on disc and a record of previous study to be submitted with the International application to Curtin.

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2013:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
TER (including TEE/SACE/HSC/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

No folio is required for entry into first year. Recognition of Prior Learning is based on a folio, supplied on disc and a record of previous study to be submitted with the International application to Curtin.

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,300
Indicative year 1 fee $28,600
Total indicative course fee $122,800
Indicative essential incidental course fee $0

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

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This page was last updated on 22 January 2014

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