Programme structureA view of the study programme
The programme is full-time and structured over two years, which are divided equally in four semesters of 19 weeks. The total course consists of 120 ECTS earned points and the course is taught in English.
The curriculum is organised around an intensive studio-based structure; conceptual outlines frame semesters one, two and three. During semester four, students work independently and with a chosen adviser on their degree project. The final projects are presented during a graduation presentation and exhibition. This final project leads to the Master of Design diploma.
During the first three semesters, design projects are crafted and motivated around the following conceptual frameworks:
Semester 1: Society & The Interior City
Diverse cultural projects are driven by research on the needs of contemporary societies and the 'interior' urban condition.
Semester 2: Dwellings & Habitats
Projects explore how we live today to form novel dwelling types and other emerging forms of habitat.
Semester 3: Networks & Curriculums
Projects investigate how present-day societies learn and work as groundwork to propose new interior typologies.
Semester 4: Degree Project Self-directed research and design project
Four instructive threads consisting of 'course modules and workshops' are integrated in semesters one, two and three. These modules and workshops are structured to provide specialised expertise and technical proficiency to the semester's design and research projects.
- Craft: Materials, Construction and Detail
- Digital Technology, Visualisation and Communication
- Histories and Theories
- Specialised Modules and Workshops (e.g. lighting design, sustainability, professional practices)
The Retail Lab is a curriculum component that is intrinsic to the course. It offers students knowledge in contemporary retail design from a critical ‘design-research’ perspective and within a boarder interior architecture framework. The topic of retail is expanded from its commercial strictures and understood as cultural networks of consumption, commodification and trade. Students’ study, experiment and are encouraged to craft project ideas and strategies that go beyond the normative parameters of today’s trade industry.
The Retail Lab is typically offered in trimester three of the first year of study and is structured as a collection of integrated courses. Complementary events, lectures, excursions and guest talks run parallel with the Thematic Design Project to provide students with historical, theoretical, technical and professional skills and expertise.
Courses: 20 ECTS
Thematic Design Project
History & Theory
Visualisation & Communication / Workshop
Trimester 5 and 6
Graduation Project: 40 ECTS
During the last two trimesters, students work on their graduation project. Each student selects his or her research subject.
In addition to our curriculum, taught by our core faculty and invited project leaders, we organise an ongoing public event series based on issues related to the curriculum, but reaching beyond the framework of the seminars. The public events are an important resource for students, tutors and guests, serving as bridge to the city and building a community around areas of interests.
The Piet Zwart Institute includes the two research programmes:
- Communication in a Digital Age - investigates the future shape of communication design and artistic professions in a time of massive social, economic and technological changes of media, communication culture and the production and distribution of so-called creative work.
- Cultural Diversity - reflects changes of contemporary art and design through migration, post-colonial relations and transnational visual cultures, with a focus on the city of Rotterdam and its population of currently 48% immigrants.
As a master student at the Piet Zwart Institute, you can attend all conferences, lectures and workshops organised by the two research programmes, have guest lecturers as personal tutors and contribute your own projects to its published research.
After your study programmeDifferent possibilities
Congratulations! You just received your Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) degree.
With your degree, you will receive a supplement, a DS-label. With this English document, you can show the value of your degree abroad when applying for other study programmes or when applying for a job.