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Interior Design

Interior Design program at MEF enables students to work in a rigorous and collaborative academic environment. The first year of the curriculum is common for both of our programs enabling a strong interaction between students from different programs. Beginning from the second year, Interior Design students start working both with academics as well as professionals in the field. Our program is oriented towards the making of spaces, atmospheres and objects. Our students get the chance to work on real-life design problems through our collaborations with public institutions, NGO’s and local organizations since our program brings the approach of ‘design as a service to the community’ into our curriculum. We believe that Interior Design is about materials, details and construction, so we provide opportunities to our students to work together with artisans and makers. 
 
Beyond this local strengths of our programs, our students also get the chance to develop a global perspective through personal experience: in their second or third year of their studies the students visit a world metropolis and design a project; they study in our Erasmus partner schools or work as interns in design offices around the world. 
 
Education at FADA is based on the design studio as its main center of integrating design issues: cultural, social, environmental, technological, theoretical, economic and political. We believe this studio culture is essential to interior design education and is not limited to the relationship of the students with instructors. Studio environment is supportive and it includes facilitated peer teaching and teamwork. We bring architects as speakers, jurors as well as studio instructors into studios to enrich the experience of the students.  
 
Finally, we make sure that our students are involved in the further enrichment of our curriculum and also the development of extracurricular programs, so they can be ready for the leadership roles they will be assuming in the future. 

The Objectives of the Interior Design Programme:
 
The aim of the programme is to train professionals who are self-confident with regard to changing global dynamics, equipped with the capacity to conceive design and production of space as a social and ethical practice; who can think innovatively within contexts of interdisciplinary collaboration; who have respect for local and environmental values; who can utilize skills of creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership in research undertakings; and who have intellectual skills and a vision to give shape to the future.
 
A Short Introduction to the Interior Design Programme:

Beyond organizing interior spaces for different needs, interior design today is a rapidly changing and developing field where perceptual and behavioral aspects are the prime concerns, interdisciplinary topics of scientific study regularly emerge and new insights into and theories of the relationship between human beings and spaces are advanced. The interior design programme at MEF University is developed with these principles in mind, based on the necessity to embrace new visions.
 
MEF Interior Design programme aims to equip students with a critical vision on the design of spaces, a grasp of interdisciplinary research and design principles, and an ability to synthesize knowledge on art, design and architecture when engaging with diverse problems in the design of interior spaces.
 
MEF Interior Design programme adopts a studio-based model of education and gives prominence to the processes that support thinking, designing and making skills. While the students can develop their individual differences and viewpoints, instructors assume the role of mentors instead of performing conventional acts of instruction. Classes other than studios (lecture courses) will be conducted through the method of ‘flipped classroom’, which is a personalized technique of teaching that allows students to develop their knowledge and skills through problem solving in real cases and situations.
 
The programme aims to place students into a setting where any issue ranging from materials to culture and experience is questioned, new ways of thinking and making are discussed so as to acquire new theoretical viewpoints, and where designers who will assume leadership of interdisciplinary teams of the future are trained. Beyond its formal components, the training process will be enriched and supported by a project center and design lab where social responsibility projects and real project works are undertaken and programs that will facilitate in situ learning are carried out. The aim is to create a learning environment suitable for acquiring professional awareness and intellectual assets through discussing, seeing and making things together.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

The graduates of the Interior Design Programme will have a broad range of professional opportunities. They can work in various fields of space design as well as in the construction sector.
 
Interior Design Practices: The graduates of the programme can not only work in design offices but also launch their own design consultancy firms. Our graduates will be equipped with skills that will allow them to work in design offices and projects in various scales and specifications. They will also be able to participate in the activities in the construction sites.
 
Construction: The graduates of the programme can also work in design, development and manufacture of products and technologies in construction companies.
 
Other Design Fields: With their skills of creative decision-making, atmosphere design, problem solving, and knowledge of materials obtained from their training, the graduates of Interior Design can also work in such fields as game design, stage design and furniture design. 
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