Degree Interior Architecture Design | The One Academy

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design


Course Overview
In this degree course, students will learn both advance creative and critical thinking in improving the utilisation of old and new buildings and spaces. Students will also gain professional knowledge and skills to improve productivity and also enhance the people’s quality of life. Local and international industry professional teaching team will also ensure that the students’ works are related to the wider world class standard and also fulfill the needs of both the employers and clients.

This course is available at the Sunway campus only.

Our annual intake takes place during May every year.

  • SPM / O-Level / UEC or equivalent
  • Foundation from other institutes of
    higher learning in related field

    (with minimum CGPA 2.0)
  • or
  • The One Academy's Foundation Programmes
    (1 Year)
    Foundation in Interior Architecture Design
  • or
  • The One Academy Diploma in related field
    Diploma from other institutes of higher learning in related field
    (Advanced entry into Year 2 of Degree with minimum CGPA 2.0)
  • UK Degree in The One Academy
    In collaboration with
    University of Hertfordshire (UH),
    United Kingdom
    (completed locally at The One Academy)
  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
    (3 Years & 6 Months of Internship)
  • *This internship is compulsory upon completion of the course.


Foundation Year

Building skills and personal knowledge to prepare for advanced art & design programmes in Years 1-3. Learning to self- manage academic development.

    Year One (Level 4)

    Students learn how to observe, analyse, represent and communicate the qualities of existing spaces, understanding how designers improve such spaces. The key is to understand and develop proficiency in a wide range of design, representation as well as communication techniques. In addition, students are introduced to the basics of materiality, construction and detailing.

    Semester 1
  • Design Studio 1: Anatomy of Space
  • Communication 1: Representing Space
  • Technology 1: Introducing Materiality
  • Critical and Cultural Studies L4: Design
  • Semester 2
  • Design Studio 2: Serious Play
  • Sustainability: Past, Present and Future
  • Communication 2: Digital Skills

    Year Two (Level 5)

    To broaden students’ competency through engagement with key contemporary issues, apart from learning ways to develop their design exploration and experimentation, allowing more self-direction in design processes, in order to produce coherent and complex design resolutions.

    Semester 1
  • Design Studio 3: Close-Up
  • Technology 2: Detail
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • Communication 3: Digital Skills 2
  • Semester 2
  • Design Studio 4: Inside Out
  • Critical and Cultural Studies L5: Design
  • Professional Development 1: Preparing for Industry

    Year Three (Level 6)

    This level gives students the opportunity to integrate all skills and knowledge developed in previous years in response to a specific design problem in order to illustrate an engagement with some aspect of contemporary Interior Architecture and Design Practice. Students are given a prospect to decide on a major area of specialization for their final project through development of research proposal. Great emphasis is then put upon the strategies of working within “existing fabrics” which allows student to examine and exploit the potential of a designed space thus making grander design in quality, extent and value.

    Semester 1
  • Design Studio 5: Generator
  • Technology 3: Contemporary Technologies
  • Critical and Cultural Studies L6: Degree Essay/ Report (Design)
  • Semester 2
  • Design Studio 6: Augment
  • Professional Development 2: Professional Practice & Employability
  • General Studies
  • Internship

Career Path
Profession in creating and redefining sustainable living space, such as interior designer, lighting consultant or exhibition designer.

    Career Opportunities
    After graduating, students may begin work in one of the following:
  • Architectural Studios
  • Construction and Development Companies
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Housing Developers
  • Interior Design Firms
  • Lighting Manufacturers
  • Self-Employment
  • TV Stations
    Students may pursue a career as a:
  • CAD Designer
  • Colour Consultant
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film, TV & Stage Set Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior Consultant
  • Interior Contract Manager
  • Interior Design Educator
  • Lighting Consultant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Interior Stylist
  • Model Maker

(Note: Please note that subjects offered are subject to change based on instructions from UK.)


  • Pass SPM with minimum 5 credits (5Cs) and pass in Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics, *Sejarah AND pass relevant Foundation Programme with minimum CGPA of 2.00 that is recognized by the Malaysian Government
  • Pass STPM with 2 full passes (Grade C) including Mathematics and one (1) related Science subject and a Pass in English SPM
  • Pass ‘A’ Level with minimum Grade C in 2 subjects including Mathematics
  • Pass UEC with minimum Grade B in 5 subjects including Advanced Mathematics
  • Pass South Australian Matriculation (SAM) with Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) 70 and Grade B in Mathematics
  • Pass Canadian Pre-University (CPU) with an average of 70% in 6 subjects including Mathematics
  • Pass Diploma in related field with minimum of CGPA 2.00
  • Pass Foundation / Matriculation Programme in related field with minimum of CGPA 2.00
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government AND
  • Pass Art subject in SPM level OR
  • Candidate without an Art subject must pass Portfolio Review or Drawing Test conducted by The One Academy

    English Requirements by University of Hertfordshire
  • IELTS: Band 6.0
  • SPM (GCE O-Level English 1119): Grade C or higher
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language: Grade C or higher
  • MUET: Band 3

    Entry Requirements For International Students
  • Indonesia:
    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU) 3 / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK) / Ijazah Madrasah Aliyah (bagi lulusan mulai tahun 2015) dengan gred purata 66 - 100
  • Vietnam:
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)
  • China:
    Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Graduation Certificate from a Vocational / Technical Secondary School (Zhixiao / Zhigao) or a Skilled Worker School (Jixiao)
  • Maldives:
    UCLES O-Level / A-Level / Higher Secondary School Certificate HSC)
  • South Korea:
    High School Diploma / High School Graduation Equivalency Examination

For direct entry into Degree Programme (Year 1), the above entry requirements must be met & recognised by MQA, and with relevant art qualifications recognised by The One Academy.

For non-Malaysian applicants, please refer to the The List of Entry Qualifications for International Student (PDF) to see if you qualify for this course.

*Sejarah (History) is a compulsory subject to pass in SPM starting 2013

*Students must satisfy the stipulated English requirement before pursuing the University of Hertfordshire Degree programme at The One Academy.

*Upon completion of the TOA Diploma Programme the related field, students will be advanced entry to 2nd year of UK Degree Programme. Assessments in academic writing skills and additional semester may be required to satisfy pre-requisites for Degree Studies.