Master of Arts in

Interior Design


Course length

1/2 Academic Years


January 2025





Interior Design

This Master embraces a holistic perspective on contemporary interior design, based on a deep commitment to sustainability and a careful attention to materials and production processes.

The great tradition of Italian interior design is confronted in this Master’s course with current and future global challenges with a clear objective: to design “relational spaces”, environments and places that foster positive human relationships and harmonious connections between humans, living beings and objects.

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Through its modules, the curriculum explores the fundamentals behind every interior design project, from concept design to spatial composition to furniture design, delving through theory and practical application into all aspects; materials, lighting, colour, furniture and technical components, to ensure students have a comprehensive set of up-to-date skills.

Collaboration with companies and institutions is a fundamental stimulus for students, pushing them to develop a conceptual approach and gain a strategic understanding of creative processes in interior design, providing them with valuable insights into how interiors can effectively convey brand values to the market.

In parallel, technical representation and attention to architectural details play a crucial role as tools for reflection enabling students to refine their design proposals, and contributing to the continuous improvement of the professional skills required of contemporary interior designers.

The Master of Arts in Interior Design is based on a learning strategy aimed at nurturing creative talent through the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.

Its main objectives are:

  • Equip the student with the essential knowledge, method, and skills needed to excel in interior design, placing a central emphasis on the collaboration with companies and customers.
  • Enhance effective decision-making abilities in addressing complex creative challenges through hands-on practice.
  • Provide a robust methodology, enabling the student to proficiently manage and implement the entire process of creating meaningful interior designs, while also actively contributing into the cultural debate and innovation within the field.

To be admitted into the MA course, students must have a second class (2.2) honours or higher in art, design, or other creative disciplines from any recognised ISCED level 6 programme. Graduates in scientific disciplines, social sciences, and humanities can also be selected, as well as candidates who have previously gained significant professional experience in the field of the Master selected.

SPD also considers other relevant experience and/or the attendance of SPD Preparatory Courses. In addition, international students need an IELTS score of 6.0, with no component below 5.5.

After the successful completion of the Master’s programme, eligible students can earn the Master of Arts degree (180 UK credits, corresponding to 90 ECTS credits).

The Master of Arts Courses are accredited by Teesside University, SPD’s Educational Partner.

The Internship/Advanced Practice pathway offers numerous significant advantages, making it an ideal choice for those who wish to maximize their education and gain high-level practical experience. This programme includes not only an internship but also the Major Project.

The 15-week module is a unique opportunity to experience a first taste of the professional or academic life ahead of you and to test the knowledge and skills acquired in your studies. Only students enrolled in the 2-years programme can take this module.

During this semester, you have the option to choose from three opportunities:

  • a professional experience in a real workplace environment (internship);
  • an in-depth exploration of a particularly significant study topic through a research project within the school, in collaboration with a company (project work);
  • an experience of personal and cultural growth through a period of study in a different institution (study abroad period).

It is important to remember that those who choose the pathway without Advanced Practice (1 academic year) will not have the opportunity to take an internship and to extend their stay to look for an internship once the course is completed.

The Major Project is the final individual research project that will allow you to investigate a specific topic at a high level, within a proposed research framework or project brief.

This project not only represents the culmination of your education but also marks the beginning of your professional career.

With the Major Project you will, indeed, have the opportunity to gain genuine project experience at the professional level, and when the project involves collaboration with companies, your ideas, if deemed of particular interest, may become the subject of further development that will make your resume competitive in the relevant industry.

After completion of the MA in Interior Design at SPD, you are ready to embark on a career in various fields, including:

  • Interior Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Sustainable Design Consultant

studio wok was founded in Milan in 2012.

Since its foundation, the office has focused its research on architecture, design and landscape, paying great attention to the quality of living.

In addition to the professional design work, the office engages in academic endeavours and has been invited to give lessons and workshops at various universities in Italy and abroad.

studio wok has been featured in the Wallpaper* Architects Directory 2019, the selection of the 20 world’s most promising emerging practices and in 2023 AD Italia selected it among the 20 young designers, architects and artists of the Future Generation.

studio wok is composed of Marcello Bondavalli, Nicola Brenna and Carlo Alberto Tagliabue with Federica Torri, Claudia Begni, Marzia Colombo, Sara Cefis and Laura Trobec.