Top 5 Private Universities for Interior Design in Malaysia 2019

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What is Interior Design?  

Interior design is the art and science of studying the interior of a building to enhance it and make it more aesthetically pleasing. The course of interior design allows students to learn how to plan, research, coordinate and manage projects. It involves conceptual development, space planning, site inspection and communicating with clients and leading to execution of the design. This is a field of study that allows students to work with creativity and bring their ideas to practical projects. 

10 things you need to know about becoming an interior designer:


  • This field will push you to become creative and think out of the box
  • Much of the job is how the client wants it, not you 
  • You can easily go into freelance work and make a living running your own business 
  • Expect sleepless nights; this field will require hard work 
  • A good interior design qualification can put you ahead of your game
  • Get ready to multi-task and still manage to stay organized  
  • It’s a long road to becoming a reputable designer but it’s worth it 
  • Your earning is highly dependent on the quality of your designs; as you get better so does your salary
  • It’s not always going to be simple, expect challenges with difficult clients and unfinished projects 
  • It’s ultimately very rewarding to see your creations come to life. 

Top 5 universities for Interior Design in Malaysia 2019 

First City University College.

Bachelors of Interior Architecture and Design (Hons)

This program focuses on the role of design and the designer and applying theoretical and critical perspectives. It involved understanding structural, technical and material consideration when constructing designs. In addition to that, FCU also encourages students to consider approaches in interior architecture that support sustainability and environment sensitivity. 

Career Pathways:

• Interior Design Companies

• Architecture Firms

• Furniture Manufacturer

• Lighting Design Consultant

• Exhibition Design Consultant

• Exhibition Designer

• Set Designers and Retail Designers

Taylor’s University

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Interior Architecture 

The programme focuses on working across the boundaries of traditional interior design with disciplines such as architecture, landscape design as well as expressive spaces in the public realm. It combines structured teaching with individual exploration, resulting in a focused yet enriching educational experience. This degree is accredited by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM)

Career Pathways:

  • Academician
  • Conceptualizer
  • Event & Exhibition Designer
  • Film, TV, Stage, Set & Theater Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • In-House Designer
  • Interior Architect / Interior Designer
  • Interior Model Specialist
  • Interior Photographer
  • Project Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Visualizer (2-D & 3-D)

UCSI University (Kuala Lumpur Campus)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Interior Architecture 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture offered at UCSI University is a full time 3.5 year fully accredited degree programme governed by the Council of Architectural Accreditation & Education of Malaysia (CAAEM). This program intends to enable students to engage with current public expectations of interior architecture practice with the ever changing demands of design and current trends from the industry.

Career Pathways:

  • Interior Design & Architectural Firm
  • Developer Firm
  • Film and Television Organisation
  • Construction Firm

INTI College Subang Jaya Campus 

Bachelors (Hons) in Interior Design 

INTI has established the INTI Center of Art and Design (ICAD) at Subang campus that offers the full array of art and design programs along with the specialized facilities. Other than the physical facilities, ICAD emphasises on regular curriculum revamping, where feedback from different stakeholders are collected to create the most robust and industry relevant curriculum. This degree is a Dual Award program where students from INTI will receive certification from their partner university Sheffield Hallam University in UK and may complete their last year abroad. This program focuses on practical and intellectual skills that encourage risk-taking and innovation in problem-solving. 

KDU Penang University College

Bachelors (Hons) in Interior Architecture

KDU offers students with a degree that enables them to be knowledgeable, skillful and creative in the Interior Architecture industry. This programme also emphasises project management and feasible project costing through the understanding of efficient design processes, green-building materials and the application of high-tech digital software. KDU’s interior architecture degree is professionally recognised by the Malaysian Board of Architects (LAM) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). They offer mobility programs to top Australian Universities, including RMIT, Melbourne. 

Estimated Fees 

Interior Design Programs Intakes Annual fees
First City University Jan, Sept RM 17, 920
Taylors University March, August RM 29, 500
UCSI UniversityJan, JulyRM 17, 000
INTI CollegeApril, August RM 22, 600
KDU Penang University CollegeJan, June, Sept RM 17, 143

Disclaimer: The program and fees listed are provided as a general guide only, the information was captured from the internet. Please consult with our education adviser for further assessment.

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Manahil Ijaz
An international student from Taylor’s University, Manahil Ijaz is a freelance writer from the field of PR and Marketing who indulges in different forms of art including writing, painting and designing. Manahil has a great passion for psychology, English literature and travelling.
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