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Study Guide: Interior Design in Malaysia

Interior design is more than just arranging furniture and choosing color palettes; it's about creating immersive experiences and shaping environments that reflect personality and purpose. Studying interior design opens doors to a universe where art and functionality dance together, giving life to spaces that tell stories.

 

If you have a knack for transforming spaces and a passion for aesthetics, studying interior design might just be your calling. In this article, we'll take a friendly and insightful journey into the wonderful realm of interior design education, exploring the exciting facets of this dynamic field.

Interior Design

 

Interior design is a multifaceted profession that involves the creative and strategic enhancement of interior spaces to make them aesthetically pleasing, functional, and conducive to the occupants' well-being. Interior designers are tasked with transforming the look and feel of indoor environments, considering factors such as spatial arrangements, color schemes, furniture selection, lighting, and overall design concepts.

One misconception of an interior designer is that they are focused on paint and furniture. That is more common of an interior decorator, whereas an interior designer is well-versed not only in paint colors and furniture but also has in-depth knowledge of interior details, material application, and constructability.

Not only do interior designers pitch ideas, colors, and other design options that many people couldn't imagine, they also know how to blend beautiful design with functionality that truly serves the needs of the users of the space.

Interior designers also have deep knowledge of their sourced materials, timelines, and details. This assembly information is turned into buildable documents within the overall architecture plans.

Entry Requirements to Interior Design

 

These are the general entry requirements to pursue a degree in interior design.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.

  • A-Level: Minimum CDD in 2 subjects including Mathematics

  • Australian Matriculation SAM/SACE International: Minimum ATAR 55 

  • Canadian Pre-University programmes: Minimum of 55% in 6 subjects 

  • Foundation Matriculation programme: Pass with minimum CGPA of 2.00

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum 24 points in 6 subjects

  • UEC: Pass with minimum 5Bs

  • STPM: Minimum CGPA 2.00 in 3 subjects and minimum Grade C for each subject

  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 2.00

Pathway to Study Interior Design

This is the general pathway to study interior design after completing your SPM or IGCSE.

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Step 1: Complete STPM/UEC/Pre-university programme for 1-2 years. You can also opt to be enrolled in Diploma in Interior Design  for 2.5 years.

Step 2: Once you graduate with a diploma, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Step 3: If you want to pursue an interior design degree, enrol in a 3-year degree programme.

Step 4: Once you've completed your degree, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Subjects in An Interior Design Degree

 

In Malaysia, an interior design degree takes at least 3 years long to complete and the total anticipated costs for a 3-year interior design degree might range from RM90,000 to RM110,000. 

The curriculum for interior design programs is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, techniques, and skills necessary for a successful career in the field. While specific courses may vary among institutions, here are some common areas of study and topics you can expect to cover in an interior design programme:

  • Design Fundamentals

  • Technical Skills

  • History of Design

  • Materials and Finishes

  • Furniture Design

  • Interior Construction and Detailing

  • Professional Practice

  • Building Codes and Regulations

Keep in mind that the structure and content of interior design programs can vary between institutions, so it's important to review the specific curriculum of the program you are interested in. Additionally, staying engaged with industry trends and technologies will be valuable as you progress through your studies and enter the workforce.

 

Job Prospects with An Interior Design Degree

 

Earning a degree in interior design can open up various job opportunities in the field. The demand for interior designers exists in both residential and commercial sectors. Here are some potential job prospects for individuals with an interior design degree:

  • Interior Designer

  • Commercial Interior Designer

  • Residential Interior Designer

  • Retail Space Planner

  • Furniture Designer

  • Sustainable Design Consultant

  • Exhibition Designer

  • Corporate Interior Designer

  • Hospitality Interior Designer

Universities to Study Interior Design

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Taylor's University

Bachelor of Interactive Spatial Design (Honours)

Intakes: March & September
Total Tuition Fee: RM100,706
Duration: 3 years

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The One Academy

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design

Intakes: May
Total Tuition Fee: N/A
Duration: 3 years

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Raffles College of Higher Education

Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)

Intakes: January, May & September
Total Tuition Fee: N/A
Duration: 3 years 6 months

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Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Intakes: September
Total Tuition Fee: N/A
Duration: 3 years

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Taylor's University

Diploma in Interior Design

Intakes: April & August
Total Tuition Fee: RM54,020
Duration: 2.5 years

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The One Academy

Diploma in Interior Design

Intakes: January, April & August
Total Tuition Fee: N/A
Duration: 2.5 years

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Raffles College of Higher Education

Diploma in Interior Design

Intakes: January, May & September
Total Tuition Fee: N/A
Duration: 2 years 4 months

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Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)

Diploma in Interior Design

Intakes: January, May & August
Total Tuition Fee: RM36,000
Duration: 2 years

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