MASTER OF INTERIOR DESIGN

Master of Interior Design programme at NCA was initiated in the year 1999. It is a pioneering venture in training professional interior designers. Awareness of interior design as a discipline and profession is a fairly recent phenomenon and few institutions are offering masters degree in interior design. The introduction of Masters degree in interior design at NCA has enhanced the diversity of the Institution. This has not only imparted stimulus to this profession nationwide, but has also created awareness about cultural sensibilities and living spaces. The duration of this programme is 2 years and it is recognized by the HEC and accepted by international institutions. The rate of professional employment of NCA interior design graduates is almost 100%. Graduates of the programme are also teaching at various institutions and have played a key role in setting up new interior design programmes in HEC recognized public and private sector universities of the country. Interior design graduates have also gone abroad for higher studies and professional employment. In the recent years, this programme is proving to be a base for teacher training as number of young faculty members of NCA and other institutions have enrolled in this programme and graduated. The richest asset of the department is the learning environment and facilities comprising of various art and design departments of the National College of Arts. The students use these facilities and participate in the vibrant cultural activities of the college. The programme of study consists of courses in design, materials, colour theory, lighting, drawing, art history, etc. The thesis project is completed in the fourth semester of the course.


AIM AND OBJECTIVES

To turn out Interior Design professionals who can impact the market by instilling creative, critical, and ethical qualities in the practice. The graduate designers are seen as leaders for designing of more humane and inspiring environment in the future.
• To train professionals seeking innovative and socially responsible design solutions.
• To provide an academic platform for research in the field of interior design. • To impact the profession by instilling creative and ethical qualities in the practice and finding its application. in the related areas of furniture design, interior textiles, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, etc.
• To train leaders for the profession for envisioning healthy and stimulating environment for the future through design rooted in the cultural sensibilities of the region.


PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY

Applicants from all over the country having diverse cultural backgrounds and education in various creative disciplines like architecture, architectural engineering, civil engineering, design, fine arts and interior design are admitted to the programme. This creates a rich mix of skills and intellectual abilities in the programme. Peer learning therefore is a key aspect of this programme. This rich mix of students from diverse backgrounds of creative and liberal arts and social sciences proves to be helpful in developing a holistic and inclusive approach to design. It helps in designing inspiring environments that trigger creative abilities.

The programme of study gradually develops through the two academic years. The initial focus is on developing sensitivity towards the built environment in the context of social environment, culture and life. This is achieved through visiting and connecting with the city and its places of cultural importance. The unique location of NCA in the heart of the historical part of Lahore and in close vicinity of the Walled City plays a key role in this regard. Imagination is of core importance in interior design. Creative expression of an interior designer is based upon the power of imagination. This is achieved through an interdisciplinary approach that is unique to the NCA. Students are encouraged to visit other departments and participate in co-curricular activities.

In the later part of the programme, students are introduced to the tools of critical thinking and analysis for a design that is rooted in the socio-cultural realities of the region. Research methods and report writing are skills taught to the students to encourage a well-researched and structured approach to design in the final thesis project. This thesis project provides opportunity for the students to pursue with great freedom a selected topic of their choice. The students work with their internal advisors and the thesis project is finally graded by an independent jury comprising of professionals from the field of interior design and architecture.

PROGRAMME
STRUCTURE
Total Number of Credits 42
Taught Subjects (Credits) 34
Thesis (Research & Design Credits) 06
Total Number of Semesters 04
Semester Duration 18 Weeks
Classwork 16 Weeks
Testing and Evaluation 02 Weeks
Course Load /Semester 9-12 Credits
Studio Courses 70 %
Theory / Seminar Courses 30 %
SCHEME OF STUDIES


Semester 1

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
ID-5101 Interior Design Studio I 8 Studio 4
ID-5102 History of Interior Design I 2 Theory 2
ID-5103 Construction Technology & Materials I 2 Theory 2
ID-5104 Drawing 1 4 Studio 2
ID-5105 Color 2 Theory 2
ID-5106 Computer Aided Drawing Presentation 4 Studio 0
Total 12


Semester 2

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
ID-5201 Interior Design studio II 8 Studio 4
ID-5202 History of Interior Design II 2 Theory 2
ID-5203 Construction Technology & Materials II 2 Theory 2
ID-5204 Drawing II 4 Studio 2
ID-5205 Furniture Design 2 Theory 2
ID-5206 Drawing presentation 4 Studio 0
Total 12


Semester 3

Course Code Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
ID-6101 Interior Design Studio III 8 Studio 4
ID-6102 Thesis Research & Report Writing 2 Theory 2
ID-6103 Lighting Design 2 Theory 2
ID-6104 Professional Practice 2 Theory 2
ID-6105 3D Studio Max 4 Studio 2
Total 12


Semester 4

No Course Title Credit Hours
1 Interior Design Thesis 6
Total 6
Interior Design Studio I

This course deals with our relation to space, form, and the environment in a broad sense. The emphasis is on human factors, scale, materials, and structures. The subject progresses from its creative basis to problem solving through analysis and critical thinking. The students are familiarized with the fundamentals of interior space planning by progressing from the small scale design project to mid-scale design projects concerning the design of a corporate setup.

Construction Technology & Materials I

The course will first develop the fundamental understanding of structural units. It will study various materials and their properties and behaviours as well as their aesthetic qualities. There would be field visits after subsequent lectures in order to explain the process and usage of these materials.

History of Interior Design I

This course is organized as a chronology of ideas that has shaped the discipline of interior design. It will start with the beginning of human expression through cave art and focusing on major changes throughout history in the Middle East, Europe, India, China and will conclude at the European Age of Enlightenment. The course is structured in modules based upon thematic grouping that takes into account major factors shaping societies and their art and design. The students will be taken through the historical process with a focus on the evolution of ideas and its impacts on society, art and architecture.

Drawing Presentation I

This course is designed to teach architectural and interior drawings from basic line to different complex geometries. It will start with the 2d planar drafting technique, while in the parallel addressing the proportions of form into different planar settings. Later on, it will add the simple geometries to explore new concepts of design.

Drawing I

The course is designed to teach the developments of design elements, from basic volumes to different compositions. Besides that colour balancing will also be taught in this term to respond to different interior finishes.

Colour

This course aims to develop an understanding of colour, the different hues and its importance in interior design. The course will focus on colour and its implications in a space with the principles of colour theory. The students will be able to critically understand the tonal variations and the colour language.

Interior Design Studio II

In this course, the students will deal with the design of large-scale spaces. The course includes an exploration of complete solutions to environmental, interior, and architectural problems based on space analysis and planning. Coordination of furnishings, materials, user needs, and equipment is emphasized.

Construction Technology & Materials II

This course deals with the development of understanding of different materials that are used in an interior space. The focus in this course is on the materials and systems that physically create an Interior Space. The course will explore the different ways in which different materials can be modeled and modified to translate a creative and imaginative concept into reality.

Drawing Presentation II

This course is designed to teach students ways in which they can imagine and make their presentations of drawings more interesting. They will learn different softwares for the enhancement of their presentation drawings. It will advance to different tools available in Photoshop to create realistic and non-realistic presentation drawings that are aesthetically appealing.

Drawing II

The course is designed to make students improve their observation skill in order to dissect a space into its multiple components. It progresses from basic geometries to the teaching of the drawing of space in the form of one point and two point perspective. The concept of human scale and proportions in a space will be taught.

Furniture Design

The course begins with the introduction to the concepts, function, materials, and techniques of furniture design. The course is structured as design problems involving full scale drawings and scale models in order to take students through the process involved in furniture design. Furthermore, the course will also teach various kinds of finishes available while designing furniture.

History of Interior Design II

This course takes a critical look at the history of art and space design from the 19th Century onwards. It focuses on the impact of technological advancement and changing power structures on culture, the arts and ways of living. The course begins in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution, discusses the ‘modernization’ of Western societies and its impact on the globe through imperialism and colonization and explores the mutual exchange of ideas between cultures throughout the 20th century. It concludes at the 21st century with a discussion on postmodern.

Interior Design Studio III

The interior design studio III shall explore design issues of added complexity in terms of the range of design concerns addressed in the studio projects. These issues range from adaptive reuse of historic buildings to sustainable interiors to exploring the interface of interior design with other creative disciplines like music, fashion, cinema and literature. There are two projects during the semester, both of eight weeks duration. The first one is based on the interrelationship of design with other creative disciplines like literature and art. The second project is based on adaptive reuse of historic buildings in which the chosen building has a historical and cultural significance.

3D Studio Max

This course is organized as a constructive tool towards an idea to imagine and develop a 3d space. This course is structured into different categories, beginning with the basic introductory settings of the software to developing an architectural space.

Lighting Design

This course is based on understanding of the electrical supply system. It then narrows down to the design of electrical system in a building. It explores the importance of lighting design with respect to the intensity of lights and the selection of appropriate light fixtures. The course will also teach the fundamentals of safety while designing electrical layout of a set up.

Professional Practice

The course starts with a debate about the profession of interior designer, its role in the construction industry and the responsibility of an interior designer in any given project. The course then proceeds to discuss the professional codes and regulations that affect the practice of interior design. The students would be introduced to the different stages and phases of the project, from the initial concept to the on-site supervision and the relationship between the client and the contractor.

Thesis Research and Report writing

It is a lecture/ seminar based course that is focused on applied research methods for thesis research. It covers all the pre-design research culminating in an 8000-10000 word report. The course shall start with the students writing a statement of intent which will be developed into a synopsis. A research methodology with identified research tools and techniques shall be devised to conduct the research. This will finally go towards the thesis report covering the research aspects, case studies, design considerations and design concept.
ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS
Entry Requirements

• Applicants with minimum 16 years of education or equivalent qualification in the relevant fields with minimum 60% marks from an HEC recognized institute are eligible to apply.
• Candidates must pass NCA's own aptitude test at par with GAT.

Admission Criteria

Aptitude Test
Interview
EXAMINATION
RULES
1. In theory courses, a semester report (3000 words) will carry 40% of the total marks while the final exam will be given 60% weightage. The assessment will be carried according to following criteria:
• Knowledge of the Subject
• Analytical Skills
• Report Writing Skills (Referencing and Citations)
2. In practical courses, students are required to work on individual projects, which will consist of practical work and a written component (500 words), which will be progressively marked.
3. By the end of the programme, the students will be required to produce a body of work on the basis of applied research. The students will initially produce written Research Report (8000-10000 words). The findings of the research will be tried and tested in the thesis project. The assessment will be carried out by External Examiners based on following criteria:
• Analytical Skills
• Creative Skills

FACULTY
Prof. Syed Faisal Sajjad

Programme Director
B.Arch. NCA
M.Arch. U.E.T., Lahore
PhD Scholar UET, Lahore
MPCATP, A I AP

Prof. Dr. Farida Batool

Master (Research) in Art History and Theory, University of New South Wales, Australia
PhD Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Dr. Shaila Bhatti

Associate Professor
MA Museum Ethnography
University College, London, UK
PhD in Anthropology University College, London, UK

Dr. Mazhar Abbas Rizvi

Assistant Professor
B Des. Industrial Design, KU- Pakistan
MA Car Design, DA, Italy
PhD Ergonomics,
PGD, Industrial Design, NABA Italy

Sulman Lateef

Assistant Professor
B. Arch. NCA

Umar Saeed

B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, (Pratt, USA)

Khurshid Ahmed

National Diploma of Architecture, NCA

Syed Aqeel Anwar Kazmi

National Diploma of Architecture, NCA

Masood Hameed

Bachelor of Fine Arts, NCA

Azhar Syed

National Diploma of Architecture, NCA

Khalid Yar Khan

B. Arch. NCA

Hafiz Khurram Zeeshan

Master of Interior Design, NCA

Syeda Yasmeen Amir Jafri

B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, UK

Ms. Fareena Munawar

Master of Interior Design, NCA

Salman Gohar

B. Arch. NCA
Master of Interior Design, NCA

Sara Cheema

B. Arch. NCA
M. Arch. Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Ms. Rabia Qureshi

Master of Interior Design, NCA

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