MC275 - Master of Interior Design

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Plan: MC275 - Master of Interior Design
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Interior Design
Award abbreviation: MIntDes
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time (international)/2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (domestic)
Location: RMIT University, City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040107
CRICOS code: 0100719

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Purpose of the Program

The MC275 Master of Interior Design program provides an industry partnered, project-based learning experience that critically examines the social, cultural, technological and environmental issues and challenges associated with the production of contemporary interior environments including public, commercial, civic, institutional and community spaces with a focus on the Asia / Australasian region.

This program has been designed to give you specialised knowledge of interior design so that you are able to undertake professional work and/or pursue a pathway into research and further learning. It provides graduates of Interior design and complimentary design fields with an opportunity position themselves in relation to current interior design practice through collaboration with clients, industry and peers. This program is primarily delivered in face-to-face mode and you will be required to attend classes on campus. Some courses in the program may be offered fully online.

You will learn how to be an effective contributor in a team environment through the process of actual designing - developing a collective design response to a range of design briefs developed through industry and client engagement.  You will engage with client partners (encompassing commercial, institutional, civic and social organisations) and industry practice partners (interior design and associated design practices) together with the student cohort on actual, contemporary projects and challenges. With an emphasis on ideas and a practice led approach to research and discovery, the knowledge and skills you will develop will enable you to work in a range of practices and to engage design as an agent of social and cultural change.

The program combines the development of critical research investigation skills through design practice with a focused attention on industry relevant contemporary approaches to collaboration and engagement. Graduates of this program will be highly effective team contributors with strong communication and technical skills. 

A capstone experience is provided in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, integrate theory and practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. With a strong focus on issues and affecting the broader Australasian region, the program also provides opportunities for you to undertake global intensives to locations within Asia.

Graduates may be employed in commercial design and architectural practices where you may be involved in concept development, feasibility studies, competition bids, construction documentation, client presentations, and site management. Commissions could include restaurants, hotels, retail spaces, corporate offices and public buildings. You may also find employment in advisory roles and strategic positions that utilise your design skills, thinking and knowledge in broader fields of work including business, cultural events and education.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of the RMIT BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program with a GPA of 2.5 or above, guarantees entry into this program with 96 credit points exemptions (equivalent to one year of full-time study).

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 once you have enrolled in this program.

The Graduate Diploma in Interior Design (GD210) is available as an exit award of the MC275 Master of Interior Design if you have successfully completed the 96 credit points listed in this structure. If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related Masters programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related discipline. Related disciplines include Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Spatial Arts, Theatre Design, Exhibition Design, Service Design, Industrial Design, Experience Design.

English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

Selection task

You must complete and submit a selection task.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia, there are no professional bodies that accredit programs in interior design. However, graduates of the Master of Interior Design are eligible to become members of the Design Institute of Australia, the peak professional body for designers in Australia.

The program engages with a global network of practitioners and academics through its membership of IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association), DIA (Design Institute of Australia) and IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers).

The program links with and forms partnership with industry on a range of projects including postgraduate research projects and staff research. It also regularly consults with a Industry Advisory Committee whose membership is composed of leading industry practitioners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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School based Resources

As a student in the Master of Interior Design you have access to workshop resources within the School of Architecture & Urban Design. These workshops provide access to, and technical support in using a wide range of fabrication and model making technologies. Additionally, specialised industry standard commercial software and other digital technologies are available for your use within university provided computer laboratories, and in some instances, to download for use on personal computers.

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