Interior Architecture

  • Department/School
  • Department for Environment Constructions and Design
  • Head of course
  • Pietro Vitali
  • Qualification awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts SUPSI in Interior Architecture
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (180 ECTS over three years)
    Part-time course (180 ECTS over four/five years)
  • Admission
  • Admission is subject to passing an aptitude test aimed at evaluating the artistic and creative skills of applicants.
  • Language
  • Italiano
  • Application fee
  • A CHF 100 fee must be paid when the application is made. This fee is not reimbursable, and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 1,600. This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for swiss citizens and students resident in Switzerland (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Specific agreements apply for students residing in Campione d’Italia.
  • Centre
  • Mendrisio
  • Start date
  • 12 September 2022
  • Application deadline
  • 15 June 2022
  • The degree program reserves the right to close enrollment early if the maximum number of available seats is reached.
  • Description
  • The programme aims at training professional designers who can engage with the various fields of the interior architecture and operate in a constantly changing context
    The course focuses mainly on the following areas:
    – interior design of new and existing buildings;
    – design of private and public spaces;
    – exhibition design;
    – lighting design.


Graduates from the three year bachelor course in Interior Architecture can apply design methods in order to alter and delineate existing or newly constructed spaces. The term "spaces" encompasses dwelling, public and private spaces, in the broad sense.


More specifically, graduates must possess strong specialist, methodological, social and personal skills that will allow them to:

  • execute projects with an effective communicative and expressive dimension, developing the specific languages of the subject;
  • create designs using the technical and technological tools currently available;
  • know how to construct a complete vision, making it possible to bring together diverse elements at different levels (technical, financial, historical and cultural) in a rational and coherent manner;
  • know how to interpret and resolve the needs of the customer and those of society;
  • be able to collaborate with other people operating in an interdisciplinary context.

Admission requirements

As in the other Swiss SUP institutions in the arts and design sector, admission to the bachelor course is subject to passing an aptitude test aimed at evaluating the artistic and creative skills of applicants. Students with school leaving examination from an artistic (MPA) or technical (MPT) high school in a discipline related to the field of study, or with school leaving examination from an artistic grammar school or from a five-year artistic high school (Italy), diploma in surveying (Italy) or industrial construction expert diploma (Italy) are granted direct admittance to the aptitude test, while those with school leaving examination from a general secondary school or from other vocational secondary schools must first complete either one year of on-the-job experience, recognised by SUPSI, in a field related to the selected course of study, or a foundation year at a Swiss art college. Applicants aged more than 25 and who lack these qualifications may be admitted provided they have significant training and work experience.

Career prospects

A Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture qualifies graduates to work in specialist professional interior design studios; in exhibition and museum preparation etc.; in lighting and furniture design. They are often welcome collaborators in architecture studios, where they can contribute their specific skills, and job opportunities can also be found in exhibition organisation companies operating in the commercial sector.
Interior architects work mainly in cities, which are nowadays increasingly consolidated and which at the same time are in a state of continuous flux, where the internal transformation of existing structures has become progressively more common and necessary.
This very situation is furnishing interior designers with a strongly growing, diversified and complex area of operations.
Naturally, the SUP three-year bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture also qualifies graduates for admission to master’s degree programmes and to post-graduate courses on the work conducted by design studios, public services and construction companies.