Diploma In Interior Architecture

Approval Code R2/581/4/0096; 01/2022
Accreditation Code A6304
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Interior Architecture
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration 2.5 years / 7 semesters (inclusive of 24 weeks Industry Experience / Co-operative Placement)
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January, May and October

International Degree Pathways

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


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.
Academic Requirements
SPMV/SPM/‘O’ Levels
(Arts/Science stream)
Pass with minimum 3 Credits (‘C’ grade for O-Level)
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
Pass with minimum ‘C’ grade (CGPA 2.0) for 1 subject
Pass with (Magbul grade)
Minimum Grade ‘D’ for 1 subject
Minimum average of 50% in 5 subjects
Minimum average of 50% in 6 subjects
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Minimum average of 50%



*Art Requirement:
All applicants must pass Art Education/ Engineering Drawing/ related subject at SPM/O-Level / equivalent


Pass Portfolio Review in replacement of art subject if applicable.

The general rule applies to both local and foreign applicants.



Upon successfully completing the Diploma programme, students will gain:
  • Direct entry into Year 2 (semester 3) of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) In Interior Architecture, UCSI University

English Language Requirements

  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM or minimum A2 in UEC level or Band 4.0 in IELTS or 397 in TOEFL PBT or 30 in TOEFL IBT or 160 IN CAE or 180 IN CPE or 30 in PTE or MUET Band 2.
  • 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 English for Tertiary Education (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: Minimum Credit – 'C' grade
O-Level: Minimum Credit – 'C' grade
UEC: Minimum Credit – 'B6' grade
STPM: Minimum Pass – 'C' grade
A-Level: Minimum Pass – 'D' grade
SAM/CPU : Minimum Pass – 50% (Diploma)

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
  • Introduction to Writing & Research
  • Architectural Digital Media 2
Year 2
  • Furniture Workshop
  • Community Architecture 
  • 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
  • Interior Architecture Research & Dev.
  • Working Drawing

Year 3 (**6-months)

  • 6 months Industry Experience


General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.


- For Malaysian student: Malaysian Studies

- For foreign students: Communication in Bahasa Melayu

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.

International Degree Pathway (IDP) via Diploma in Interior Architecture

IDP ProgrammePathwayUniversityCountryFee
BA (Hons) Interior ArchitectureDiploma + 2Middlesex UniversityUnited Kingdom£ 12000

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