Interior Design student work
All Master of Interior Design students complete either a thesis or a practicum in their area of expertise.
Master of Interior Design practicum projects
The practicum is a final project that is required for the first-professional degree. Students work in consultation with an advisory committee to formulate and develop the design project. Students must demonstrate a high level of achievement in design, critical thinking and communication skills as well as an ability to work independently.
Practicum projects include four stages:
- Project proposal: A description of the theoretical basis, method(s) of inquiry, site, client and precedents.
- Investigation: Development of the groundwork for the practicum gets underway on approval of the project proposal by the department's graduate program committee.
- Intermediate review: Public presentation of highlights from the written document, the design programme and the preliminary stage drawings for review by the advisory committee. On successful completion of the intermediate review, students proceed to detailed design development.
- Oral examination: Presentation of the completed practicum project to the examining committee (the former advising committee).
Recent practicum projects:
Master of Interior Design thesis projects
The thesis is a formal, written document that is required for the post-professional degree. The original work may include investigation aimed at discovering or interpreting facts, challenging or revising accepted theories or laws or ordering and synthesizing existing findings to support a conclusion which could open up new research directions.
Thesis projects include four stages:
- Research thesis proposal: The proposal defines the theoretical basis, method(s) of inquiry, site and client, and identifies precedents.
- Research gets underway after approval of the proposal: the research is carried out, followed by writing of the thesis.
- Intermediate review: Oral presentation of the developing research and report for review by the advisory committee. Students must submit a completed examiner’s form to the student advisor prior to intermediate review. On successful completion of the intermediate review, student proceeds to final report writing.
- Oral examination: Presentation of the completed thesis to the examining committee (the former advising committee).