Tuesday, 28th September 2021

Appendix A (Interior Design Programmes)

The following aspects of interior design knowledge and skills are for inclusion in the programme of study:

In delivering the learning activities within the outcomes prescribed below,  institutions are expected to ensure the progression  of the scope and complexity of learning is in accordance to the levels of studies.

1.0 Design, Creative work by research method



Student  will  be  able  to  show  clear  and  logical  interior  designs  that  integrate knowledge of :



Philosophy, sociology, aesthetics, theory of Design;



the       ways    that      analysis,           research,           context,            budget,             preparation and development of  a  brief  design proposal;  Information  input and  briefing, design analysis, design exploration,  design solutions submitted in a visual form;



the regulatory frameworks,  the needs of the disabled and health & safety considerations that guide design and building construction;



architectural and design history and theory, physical, artistic and   cultural contexts, and their use in forming the design process;
  1.5 the ability to work as part of a team.


2.0 Knowledge of Material, Visual Research



Students will show within clear and logical interior designs and academic portfolio, the ability to integrate knowledge of :



the       principles         of         building           technologies,    environmental design  and construction methods, in relation to :-


  • human well-being
  • the welfare of future generations
  • the natural world
  • consideration of a sustainable environment
  • use of materials inclusive of wood, metal, plastic, fabric, etc.
  • process of assembly
  • colour, light, form, texture;



the impact on design of legislation, codes of practice and health and safety both during the construction and occupation of a project


3.0 People and the Environment



Students  will  show  within  clear   and   logical  interior   design  and  academic portfolio :



The awareness of the influences on the contemporary built environment



The  knowledge of  the  histories  and  theories  of  architecture  and  design (History of Art and Architecture, Interiors, Furniture), the history of ideas, and the related disciplines of art and cultural studies;



ability to form considered judgements about the spatial, aesthetic, technical and social qualities of a design within the scope and scale of a wider environment;



Human ergonometric,  anthropometric studies, people in space and design evaluation;
  3.5 ability to reflect upon, and relate their ideas to, a design and to the work of others.


4.0 Communication



Students will show within clear and logical interior designs and academic portfolio ability to :



use the visual, verbal and written communication methods and appropriate media (including sketching, modeling, digital and electronic techniques) to clearly and effectively convey and critically appraise design ideas and proposals;



use the conventions of architectural representations from two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics to computer generated and physical models;



understanding  of  the  contribution  of  other  professionals  in  the  design process showing an appropriate use of team working skills, recognising the importance of current methods in the construction industry;

  4.4 produce documentation and reports which are clear,  analytical and logical covering a range of interior design issues of culture, theory and design;

listen and critically respond to the views of others;

  4.6 Objective and interpretative  drawing, freehand perspective drawing, use of colour media, photography and model making.


5.0 Professional Practice



Students will show within an academic portfolio an awareness of :



Verbal   communication                   techniques,    office   organization    and   practice, legislation affecting the designer,  visiting projects in the course of being made or built;



the basic principles of business management and factors related to running an  interior  design  practice  and  how  designer  organise,  administer  and manage an interior  project, recognising current and emerging trends in the construction industry;



a  knowledge of  how buildings are  designed and built in  the  context of architecture,  interior  and professional practice and the framework  of the construction        industry           cost      control mechanisms            operate            within  the development of an interior project. The ability to manage and appraise their own working practices, whether working independently or collaboratively;

  5.4 understanding  of  the  inter-relationships  of  individuals  and  organisations involved in  the  procurement  and  delivery  of  interior  projects,  and  how these are defined and effected through a variety of contractual and organisational structures;
  5.5 the fundamental legal, professional and statutory requirements as they are relevant to interior design and practice, with particular reference to matters relating to health and safety and universal design for access;

the professional duties and responsibilities of interior designers, as defined and   described   in   the   Acts,   Codes   and   Standards   relating   to   their professional practice. The ability to identify and manage individual learning needs     so      as              to                    prepare            for        and             maintain professional    standards commensurate with qualification.

*Adapted from theInternational Federation of Interior Design / Interior Architect ( IFI),  ARB Criteria, and Policy and Procedure for accreditation of Architectural Program, Board of Architects Malaysia




  1. The programme  must provide clear,  complete and accurate information to the public.
  2. The term “interior design core courses” generally refers to courses or subjects in 6 major aspects which relate to the practice of the profession.

    Examples of content of studies will include matters on :-

    1. Design, Creative work by research method
      Interior Design, Furniture Design ,Graphic & Communication Design, Theory of Design, Fundamental of Design Philosophy, sociology, aesthetics, theory of Design

    2. Knowledge of Material, Visual Research
      Building   Material    and    Construction,    Building    Services,    Visual
      Research, Basic Knowledge of Material.

    3. People and the Environment
      History of Architecture and Design,  Environmental Psychology,

    4. Visual Communucation
      Architectural    Drawing/Drafting,Visual     Communication,    Computer
      Aided Design, Project Report

    5. Professional Practices
      Facilities Management,  Contract Management , Project Management , Professional Practice , Specification,  Practical Training/ Internship

    6. Electives
      MultiMedia Design, Other relevant subjects

  3. Credit Hours
    One credit hour is what a typical student is expected to learn in one week (40-45 hours including class time and preparation) of full-time study. One (1) credit hour of full time study is defined as one (1) hour of lecture and two (2) hours of self-study or 2-3 hours of studios per week.
  4. Exposure to professional interior design practice must be integrated into the curriculum.

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