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Diploma in Interior Architecture
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Approval Code R/214/4/0038; 11/2016
Accreditation Code A 6304
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Interior Architecture
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 2.5 years / 7 semesters (inclusive of 12 weeks Industry Experience / Co-operative Placement)
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes January, May and September
Interior Architecture explores the link between the interior and architecture where interior spaces are inhabited and experienced as works of art that are rich in spatial investigations and interventions. The programme embarks on a revitalisation and enrichment journey through the development of design, conceptual creativity, theory and philosophy of spaces to create exciting and practical environments in which people live, work and play.

The Diploma in Interior Architecture course offered by the School of Architecture and Built Environment is a 2 and a half years programme in the discipline and professional practice of Interior Architecture. The course emphasises on delivering professional standard knowledge impartment, the understanding and skills in resolving and communicating design, technical and constructional drawing, practical and technological skills in its application to Interior Architecture projects.

Students are required to undergo a compulsory Industry Experience attachment for a minimum duration of 6 months , to learn and familiarise themselves with the working environment of the building and construction industry.

The Diploma in Interior Architecture Programme at the School of Architecture and Built Environment treats Interior Architecture as a holistic and multi-disciplinary design education domain which deals with a broad range of places to make a personal statement in the design of an interior. It also promotes a shared understanding of the social and architectural conventions as a common language in the realm of the built environment.

Professional Recognition

Malaysian Qualifications Agency


Assessments vary from the list below depending on the course:
  • Project critique session.
  • In-class assignment.
  • Coursework.
  • Written examination.
  • Site investigation / survey.
  • Portfolio review.
  • Workshop participation.
Qualifications Academic Requirements
SPMV/SPM/‘O’ Levels
(Arts/Science stream)
Pass with minimum 3 Credits (‘C’ grade for O-Level)
SKM / SKK Pass SKM/SKK level 3 in related field AND *Pass SPM with min 1 credit
Community College
(Level 3, MQF)
1. Pass Community College Certificate (Level 3 MQF) in the related field AND *Pass SPM with min 1 subject
2. Pass Community College Certificate (Level 3 MQF) with CGPA 2.0 in the related field
(Commerce/Science stream)
Pass with minimum grade ‘B’ for 3 credits
STPM Pass with minimum ‘C’ grade (CGPA 2.0) for 1 subject
STAM Pass with (Magbul grade)
A-Level Minimum Grade ‘D’ for 1 subject
SAM/ CPU SAM - Minimum average of 50% in 5 subjects
CPU – Minimum average of 50% in 6 subjects
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum average of 50%
Any other equivalent qualifications Pass in drawing/engineering drawing at SPM or equivalent
Pass Portfolio test for those who failed or never take the drawing paper at SPM or equivalent

Upon successfully completion of the Diploma programme, students will gain:
  • Direct entry into Year 2 (semester 3) of B.A. (Hons.) in Interior Architecture, UCSI University


*Art Requirement:
All applicant must pass Art Education/ Engineering Drawing/ related subject at SPM/O level / equivalent


Pass Portfolio test in replacement of art subject if applicable

English Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69-70 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
* International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the Certificate in English programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.
Note / Legend Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
'A' Levels principal – 'A' to 'E'
SAM/CPU – Minimum Pass – 50%
Graduates will be able to gain professional working experience in:
  • Interior Design & Architectural Firm
  • Developer Firm
  • Film and Television Organisation
  • Construction Firm

Graduates may also venture into other fields of expertise, such as:
  • Interior Architect/Designer/Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Environmental & Theme Park Design
  • Residential Design
  • Hospitality & Healthcare Design
  • Technical Assistant / Draftsperson
  • Site Supervisor
  • Lighting & Furniture Design
  • Retail & Commercial Design
  • Stage, Set & Exhibit Design

Opportunities also exist in support areas including:
  • Building Product Marketing & Promotion
  • Building Industry Resource-Supplier
  • Facilities Management & Development
  • 3-D Visualiser
Year 1
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Building Construction & Science
  • Introduction to Design Principles
  • Architecture Drawing I
  • Furniture Design
  • English Communication
  • Interior Architecture Studio 1
  • Architecture Drawing II
  • Building Construction & Materials
  • Architecture History 1
  • Architectural Digital Media 1 (MPU-U2)
  • Introduction to Writing & Research
  • Architectural Digital Media 2
Year 2
  • Furniture Workshop
  • Community Architecture (MPU-U4)
  • Interior Architecture Studio 2
  • Architecture Drawing III
  • Building Construction I
  • Architecture History 2
  • Services
  • Interior Architecture Studio 3
  • Interior Architecture Technology 2
  • Professional Office Practice (MPU-U3)
  • Interior Architecture Research & Dev.
  • Working Drawing
Year 3
  • Industry Experience
Elective :
to choose max 2 courses to make up 4 credits to graduate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies

–   For Foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2

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