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Director of the programme: Professor Pentti Kareoja

Aims of the Master of Arts (Art and Design) degree

The aim of the degree is to provide students with:

  1. good theoretical and general knowledge of as well as artistic and practical expertise in their field of study as well as a general knowledge of the field of arts;
  2. knowledge and skills needed for independent and demanding artistic work and for multidisciplinary collaboration as well as knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods;
  3. knowledge and skills to perform, both independently and collaboratively, demanding expert, development and management duties of the field, and to cooperate internationally;
  4. knowledge and skills needed for education leading to a Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) degree and for lifelong learning;
  5. good language and communication skills for work in the field of arts and for international operations and cooperation.

The education shall be based on scientific research and artistic activity and professional practices in the field.

Learning Outcomes for the Master's Programme in Interior Architecture

Content outcomes

Students learn to manage design processes, learn about the regulations in construction, material knowledge, skills in 3D composition, and understand the spatiality of people and products. They deepen the skills learned in Bachelor's studies and broaden their knowledge in spatial design and furniture design. Students gain knowledge on different design approaches and methods, and learn to practice interior architecture in the broader operational environment of building and construction, product development, business and culture. Examples of themes in the studies include:

  • The human experience, body and senses as basis of interior architecture.
  • Experimental, critical and artistic design practice engaging with the society and instigating change.
  • Human-centred, collaborative and conceptual design in interior architecture.
  • Strategies for adaptive reuse, sustainability and flexibility in interior architecture.

Skill outcomes

Students learn to interpret and transform living environment and culture through their insight and professional skills. They develop an artistic and designerly insight, learn to master their creative design process, and deepen their expertise in materials, knowledge of design tradition, and cultural discussion.

The programme trains students in personal design expression, gives them ability to master design processes, and to understand the discipline’s tradition and presence as a base for curiosity and experimentation. Students develop their practical skills in spatial and furniture design further. They are also trained to develop technical, aesthetic and research skills to support the design process. They become competent in exploring technologies and visualising, creating and demonstrating innovative concepts and experiences using the latest technology. They become professionals versed in multidisciplinary teamwork.

Academic skills

The programme enhances students’ presentation skills in writing and visualisation. The students learn skills in problem-setting and problem-solving relevant to interior architecture. They also learn to gather and analyse information and apply it to design and research. They learn key concepts, theories and research approaches in interior architecture and familiarise with current research in the field.

Education Content

The programme is based on an exploratory approach to design-based problem setting, elaboration and solving. It emphasises the skill to manage the entire design process from the beginning to the final outcome. An essential part of the education is project-based hands-on learning. In the projects, the students are encouraged to utilise artistic and experimental approaches and find their personal expression and voice as a designer. This is supported by more analytical, research-driven methods and tools.

The key content in master's programme education is to develop and deepen the skills obtained during the bachelor's phase. Studio-based courses in spatial design and furniture design form the core of education. Other topics include history, theory and methodology of interior architecture and teaching of practical design skills and tools. The student can choose selective courses and a minor according to her interests and professional profile. In the final year, the student completes a master’s thesis on chosen topic.

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic year of 2018-2020.

The programme consists of advanced studies (90 ECTS) and elective studies (30 ECTS).