Interior Architecture

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Architecture.


Interior Architecture works to create vibrant spaces, using innovative and dynamic design approaches.

Not only does designed space need to look good, it must also be functional. Through a series of practical projects, you will learn about colours, materials, lighting, media, shapes and forms and how to balance function and appeal in any defined space.

The Interior Architecture programme at Victoria will enable you to apply architectural principles to the design of interior spaces in residential, hospitality, commercial, cultural and institutional settings. You will gain the skills required to pursue a career in furniture design, installation work and exhibition design, or as a professional interior architecture specialist.

Our programme will also develop your ability to communicate ideas using a wide range of media, and will provide you with the skills required to work with a variety of clients with varying needs and demands.

Interior Architecture is a specialisation in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree. This undergraduate programme leads into a two-year Master of Interior Architecture degree for those seeking a professional qualification in Interior Architecture.

For more detailed information on the School of Architecture and its programmes, see School of Architecture.

Undergraduate information

Secondary school subjects you will need

Useful background subjects are Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, Physics, English, Technology, Art, Design and Graphics.

Credit Assessment of Prior Tertiary Study

If you have completed any study previously at another tertiary institute you may be eligible for some transferred credit towards your Victoria University qualification. Please check with the Faculty Office if you think this applies to you.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) in Interior Architecture is a three-year undergraduate degree consisting of 360 points and is structured in two parts.

Part 1

Part 1 (120 points) is the first year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies. This year you take the same courses as students in the Landscape Architecture, Building Science, Architecture and Architecture History and Theory programmes.

Students complete 8 core courses as follows:

*If you have a minimum of 14 NCEA Level 3 credits in each of two of Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling and/or Physics you will not need to include SARC 122 Introduction to Applied Physics, Numerical Methods and Statistics for Designers in your first year programme.

Students wanting to do Interior Architecture may substitute DSDN 101 Design Visualisation and DSDN 111 Ideas and Principles of Design for SARC 111 and SARC 161.

Part 2

Part 2 comprises the second and third years of the BAS degree, and requires 240 points – 120 points each year.

Entry into Part 2 is based on your academic performance in Part 1.

Note: Entry to the Master’s programmes is competitive with a minimum B threshold (all Year 2 and Year 3 courses), or demonstration of equivalent work/practice experience with a suitable employer.

Part 2 includes a series of studio-based courses together with courses in interior architecture history and theory, communication and technologies. Cross-disciplinary subjects include theory and applications, construction, Pacific studies, and an introduction to practice and management.

2nd year courses, students complete 6 core courses and 1 elective course as follows:

3rd year courses, students complete 6 core courses and 1 elective courses as follows:

Postgraduate information

Please visit our postgraduate study pages on the School of Architecture website for information about postgraduate qualifications in Interior Architecture.

Professional recognition

The Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) welcomes student members. Professional membership is available to Interior Architecture graduates who have a minimum of two years experience as a practicing designer and who, in the opinion of the Institute’s Examination Committee, have attained a high level of professional competence.

Victoria's Master of Interior Architecture degree is internationally recognised. It is affiliated to the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA).

How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers
Architecture History and Theory
Media Design
Industrial Design
Landscape Architecture
Project Management
Sustainable Engineering Systems
Architectural associates
Commercial fit-outs
Exhibition designer
Furniture designer
Interior Architecture Specialist
Residential interiors
Retail designer
Set designer

List of courses

All courses are taught at Victoria’s Te Aro Campus.

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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