Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 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.
To enrol in a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) you must have a University Entrance Qualification and have met the Guaranteed Entry Score requirements for this degree. For more information, please see the admission web pages for New Zealand students and International students.
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.
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 (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:
- SARC 111 Introduction to Design Processes
- SARC 112 Design Processes
- SARC 121 Introduction to Built Environment Technology
- SARC 131 Introduction to Sustainability in the Designed Environment
- SARC 151 Introduction to Design History and Theory
- SARC 161 Introduction to Design Communication
- SARC 162 Design Communication
- SARC 122 Introduction to Applied Physics, Numerical Methods and Statistics for Designers*
*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 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:
- INTA 211 Interior Architecture Design
- INTA 212 Interior Architecture Design Integration
- INTA 251 History of Interior Architecture
- INTA 261 Drawing and Modelling for Interior Architecture
- SARC 221 Building Materials and Construction
- SARC 223 Human Environmental Science
- One elective course (15 points)
3rd year courses, students complete 6 core courses and 1 elective courses as follows:
- INTA 311 Interior Architecture Design
- INTA 312 Interior Architecture Design Integration
- INTA 321 Interior Fit-out Technologies
- SARC 323 Colour, Pattern, Light
- SARC 352 Pacific Designed Environments
- SARC 362 Introduction to Practice and Management
- One elective course (15 points)
Please visit our postgraduate study pages on the School of Architecture website for information about postgraduate qualifications in Interior Architecture.
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).
You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offer advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the School of Architecture Student Administration Office for information on:
- qualifications and courses
- course advice and selection criteria
- exemptions and prerequisites and
- your Application to Study.
All courses are taught at Victoria’s Te Aro Campus.
Faculty Office Architecture and Design
Phone: +64 4 463 6200
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Interior Architecture Specialist
Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.