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

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)

English Language Requirements

Local Students:

English language competency requirements are as follows: B+ in SPM English Language subject; or C in SPM English Language 1119/ O-Level / IGCSE; or minimum A2 in UEC English Language; or Band 2 in MUET.

In the event that the English language requirements are not met, applicants will be required to take the Basic English and English Foundation for in-sessional academic enhancement concurrently with the programme.

International Students:

English language competency requirements are as follows: 4.0 in IELTS; or minimum score of 30 in TOEFL IBT; or minimum score of 36 in Pearson Test of English or minimum score of 140 in Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests or Band 2 in MUET.

International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test.

**The applicants who have met the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement may be advised by Faculty to improve their proficiency by undertaking the additional English proficiency courses.

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.

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 49,980

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 62,095

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International Degree Pathway (IDP) via Diploma in Interior Architecture

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

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