Master of Interior Architecture

General

Programme Description

The contemporary world is characterised by complexity and rapid change, affecting also the profession of interior architects and spatial designers. The Master's programme in Interior Architecture is based on the principle that a set of design skills, in the narrow sense of the term, is not sufficient for interior architects to be successful in their profession. They also need to understand the broader context and be able to adjust their solutions to changing situations.

Our curriculum is divided into two main segments:

The first (so-called ‘hi-tech’) segment deals with the interaction between spaces and people, and the ways high technology and smart materials help improve that interaction. The second (so-called ‘low-tech’) segment is based on the notion that if we have good knowledge of our surrounding, broader contexts (such as climate, nature, economy and culture) and their interrelationship, rich imagination and primitive materials are all we need to create fresh, quality spaces.

During the first academic year, students participate equally in both segments. The second academic year is dedicated to the Master’s project. For that, students will select one of the two segments — whichever better supports the topic of their project.

The overall objective of the Master's curriculum is to prepare an independent creative person who is able to create personalised three-dimensional environments, combining architecture, design, art and technology into a coherent whole and lead the implementation of their spatial design projects.

The curriculum provides the skills to analyse critically, develop and experiment with the different aspects of spatial environment creation and helps to develop a personal, creative approach. It focuses on providing in-depth theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary for qualified professional work, with the aim of preparing students to create spatial design projects independently.

In developing these skills, students will benefit from the unique context of Estonia: its harsh northern climate; extensive, unspoiled nature; its location on the border between East and West; its small size.

"I would most definitely recommend the MA in Interior Architecture programme. The greatest strengths of this Master's programme are the importance of research and concept in the design process. We are taught to "break out" from interiors, designing and working in a wider context. The tutors are not only interior architects but also urbanists, sociologists, philosophers and from many other fields. And of course, the trips in Estonia and abroad have been mind-expanding."

– Andrea Tamm, MA Interior Architecture '17

Admission period: March 1 - May 3, 2019

Last updated November 2019

About the School

The Estonian Academy of Arts, founded in 1914, is the only public university in Estonia offering higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, cultural herit ... Read More

The Estonian Academy of Arts, founded in 1914, is the only public university in Estonia offering higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, cultural heritage and conservation. Located in the capital city, Tallinn, it is an active study and research institution and the leading national centre of innovation in visual culture. Read Less