Pusat Pengajian Perumahan, Bangunan & Perancangan  |  School of Housing, Building and Planning    USM White

B.Sc. HBP (Interior Design)


Interior architecture is the art of visualizing interior ambiance and developing the interior environment. The design must be aesthetically appealing, technically sophisticated and fulfilling the needs of the clients. Interior architects need to be creative, innovative, imaginative and artistic. They also need to be disciplined, organized, skilled and scientifically inclined.

Interior architects are responsible for the creation of internal environments that are pleasant, comfortable and functional. These conditions are achieved through the understanding of space planning, colors, materials, space psychology and themes of space. Apart from these, the interior architects are exposed to the understanding of built environment criteria including building structure, building services and building management. Similar to architecture, it would be useful for candidates applying for this course to have good drawing skills although designers are encouraged in the application of computer-enhanced or computer-aided design methods to display their space planning and visualize the physical space in 3-dimension accordingly.

Courses & Syllabus

A. Core Courses
• RUS104 - Integrated Studio I
• RUS106 - Design Studio
• RAG161 - Building Construction I
• RDS201 - Interior Architecture Studio 1
• RDS202 - Interior Architecture Studio 2
• RDB217 - Exhibition and Display
• RAG234 - Computer Aided Design for Architecture
• RDG235 - Ergonomics
• REG261 - Building Services
• RDG262 - Interior Architecture Lighting
• RDB263 – Interior Architecture Detailings and Finishes
• RDS301 - Interior Architecture Studio 3
• RDS302 - Interior Architecture Studio 4
• RDG313 - Design Workshop
• RDB314 - Design Management
• RDG323 - Design Presentation Techniques
• RDG334 - Theory and History of Design
• RDG336 - Professional Practice for Interior Architecture
• RDG366 - Furniture Design
• RUL474 – Compulsary Industrial Training
• RDS401 - Interior Architecture Studio 5
• RDL470 – Interior Architecture Topical Studies

B. Elective Courses
• RAG121 - Environmental Science I*
• RAG132 - Introduction to Built Environment & Human Settlement*
• RMK153 - Principles of Construction Economics*
• REG163 - Theory of Structures 1
• RPK221 - Landscape Planning
• RAK232 - Principles of Architectural Design
• RMK252 - Principles of Project Management*
• RAG333 - Advanced Computer Aided Architecture Design*
• RPK333 - Methodology and Techniques of Research

*Recommended courses

Job Prospects

After successfully completing 4 years of study at HBP, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons). Aspiring interior architects are able to then take up positions with interior design firms, design consulting offices, architecture firms, corporate design departments or government design agencies.


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