Interior Architecture Master Program (Thesis) offers education under the Graduate School. Candidates having a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Design and City and Regional Planning, are expected to conduct research in interior design practices and discourses.
The main aim of the program is for the students to specialize theoretically in interior architecture, scientifically analyze and synthesize problems in the field, engage in relevant critical thinking and conduct original research. Within the program, research that requires specialization in the field is supported by interdisciplinary dialogues with other design fields as well as related fields.
The program requires the completion of at least 120 ECTS, comprising eight courses (four compulsory and four elective) and successful fulfillment of the master’s thesis. There are three tracks within the Interior Architecture Master Program: A. RITM (Restoration, Intervention, Transformation, Modification in Interiors); B. Design and Culture; C. Environmental Technologies. Please click here for more information.
Students of the RITM track examine discourses in preserving, intervening in and adapting existing buildings as a sustainable design strategy. Design and Culture track students examine discourses regarding the socio-cultural framework of interior architecture theory while Environmental Technologies students focus on understanding environmental impacts related to the environmental quality of interiors, comfort conditions, ventilation, heating and cooling strategies, daylight, artificial lighting needs and healthy material choices.
Students are expected to decide their thesis topics at the beginning of the program in line within the themes of their tracks and choose their elective courses accordingly. In addition, the specified number of elective courses included in the program can be selected from other graduate programs (e.g. Architecture Graduate Programs).
The Interior Architecture Master Program (Thesis) accepts undergraduates of both national universities and international universities recognized by the Higher Education Council. Students, who enter from disciplines other than Interior Architecture or Architecture, undergo a Scientific Preparation Program, designed for students from different branches, and consisting of undergraduate courses arranged by the department.
The language of education is 100% English while the time for completion is four semesters. This period can be extended for a maximum of 2 semesters. However, the Scientific Preparation period is not considered part of this period. Students who graduate from the program are qualified to attain the degree of “MSc in Interior Architecture (Thesis)” and can apply to study in doctoral programs. Thus, the program is an important step for students towards developing an academic career in the field while supporting professional research in interior architecture.
Prof. (PhD) Zeynep TUNA ULTAV