Interior Architecture – Mainz University of Applied Sciences

Interior Architecture

B.A. in Interior Architecture

In the full-time Interior Design degree program you will learn scientific, artistic and constructive methods. You acquire conceptual, technical and creative skills in the field of tension between object and space. In each semester, you work on a cross-module project. Design developments, material and media technologies as well as architectural theory positions are constantly updated and integrated into the degree program.

The bachelor's degree program enables you to develop your own attitude in a complex professional field in a responsible and well-founded manner. With your acquired knowledge, you can work at the interface to architecture or take on tasks in the areas of communication design, media design and design.

The seven-semester program provides you with broad and solid basic knowledge of the artistic and constructive design of space, and concludes after your final thesis with the academic degree of Bachelor of Arts, qualifying you for a professional career.

In addition, assuming your suitability, you can follow this degree with an in-depth three-semester master's degree program "Spatial Communication". This allows you to become a member of an architectural association and allows you to use the professional title of interior designer. 


At a Glance

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 
Standard period of study: 7 semesters (including practical semester / semester abroad) 
Starting semester: summer and winter semester 
Portfolio submission: 1 June and 1 December 
Online application: 15 July and 15 January

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Interior Architecture in Mainz

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Freshmen Design

Overview of all furniture design drafts from various first bachelor's degree semesters.

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Material as a design trigger

A series of projects in the field of interior architecture with industrial partners

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Art and Space

Works from the fields of drawing, sculptural design, spatial installation and art history

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Structure of the degree program

We attach great importance to integrating new students quickly. On the introductory day, you will be officially welcomed by the head of the degree program and receive an introduction to the details by students of higher semesters and representatives of the department students reps and the Students' Union.

In an introductory week, special teaching units are offered (impromptu, workshop, exhibitions, preparation for festivities). Students of all semesters get to know each other here. In this way, the new students are quickly integrated into the general semester activities.

During the first semesters of the bachelor's degree program, the individual modules are structured consecutively. If you follow the curriculum, your options are limited. In the foundations courses you will acquire conceptual, creative and craft skills in the fields of art, furniture design, digital media, design, representation, construction, technology, light, material, color/surface, and deal with history and theory.

After completing the basic studies, the project studies begin with a wide range of practice-oriented projects and electives from various interior design disciplines. By choosing the interdisciplinary modules, you can already set your own specialisation and deepen your individual interests.

Complex contents are discussed in group and individual discussions. The personal contact between those teaching and those learning is intense. In addition to lectures and seminars, the working steps are constantly discussed during your studies. The final presentations usually take place as a collegial review.

In the 5th semester, a practical semester or semester abroad is planned. In addition to the opportunity to get to know different professional profiles and fields in offices and agencies or by participating in projects here and abroad, it is also a matter of learning social skills. The semester is prepared and followed up by a lecturer who will be available to you during your exchange.

In the 7th semester, you will complete your bachelor's degree with an independent thesis and be awarded the academic degree of Bachelor of Arts. You will work out an interior architecture task in individual work on an individual design and then present it.

The central program contents are modularly structured and described in detail in the curriculum of the program. The modules are vertically and horizontally networked. The structure allows you to thoroughly practice design in different connections. In addition to classical lectures and seminars, active working and discussion phases are also part of the training.

Your professional prospects

The Bachelor of Arts degree enables you to work in various disciplines of architecture and interior design.

In order to be able to work independently and freelance, you must be a member of a Chamber of Architects. This, in turn, is also the prerequisite for holding the professional title of interior designer and possessing authorization to present building documents. Admission to the chamber is only possible in conjunction with a subsequent master's degree.


You can work in these professions and industries, for example:
Architecture, architectural photography, exhibition architecture, building renovation, construction management, stage design, corporate design, heritage conservation, event architecture, facility management, color consulting, film architecture, building management, interior architecture, journalism, lighting planning, material development, media architecture, mobile architecture, model building, furniture design, trade fair stand construction, product design, retail design, urban furniture, scenography, transportation design and visualization.

Studying and Family

Mainz University of Applied Sciences guarantees all students childcare facilities for children starting at the age of six months. For further information on the network of daycare providers or the on-campus nursery school (Kita Campulino) please contact the University's Equal Opportunities Representative. Mainz University of Applied Sciences has been awarded the basic certificate "Family-friendly university".

Mainz as a location

The city of Mainz am Rhein is strongly influenced by the students of Mainz University of Applied Sciences and Johannes Gutenberg University. Original restaurants, small owner-managed shops, trendy pubs, theaters and museums enliven the city center and enrich the everyday life of students. At the same time, numerous companies in the media industry - including ZDF, SWR, publishers and agencies in Mainz and the Rhine-Main region - will enable you to complete various internships and later on to easily start your career.

Semester abroad

A semester abroad can be spent at these partner universities: 

  • Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, AU)
  • Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington, NZ)
  • Akademia Sztuk Pieknych (Gdansk, PL)
  • École Boulle (Paris, FR)
  • ISIA Roma (Rome, IT)
  • New Design University (St. Pölten, AT)
  • German Jordanian University (Amman, JO)
  • Universidad de Monterrey (Monterrey, MX)
  • ESAD Porto (Porto, PT)
  • Vancouver Island University (Vancouver, CA)
  • Universidad del Desarrollo (Santiago, CL)

In­ter­na­tio­nal Office

Further information on studying abroad can be found here.

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Who to contact

Prof. Andreas Kaiser
Degree program director
T +49 6131 628-2432
andreas.kaiser (at) hs-mainz.de
Corina Otto
Secretary
T +49 6131 628-2411
corina.otto (at) hs-mainz.de

Assistants

Interior Architecture Assistants
Room | H0.14

Tel. +49 6131 628-2435
ia-assistenz (at) hs-mainz.de

Who to contact

Office Hours

Secretary
Mo:  10:00 am -12:00 pm
Tu: 10:00 am –12:00 pm & 1:00–2:00 pm
Wed:  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Room H0.14 
T. +49 6131 628-2412


Assistants

Tu: 1:00-2:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-2:00 pm
Th: 1:00-2:00 pm

Room H0.14
T +49 6131 628-2435

Address

Mainz University of Applied Sciences
School of Design
Holzstraße 36
55116 Mainz