The International Master of Interior Architectural Design Program (IMIAD) is a post-graduate program under the Institute of Social Sciences and is administered by the Interior Architecture Department of the ITU Faculty of Architecture. The program began during the 2006-2007 academic year. IMIAD is an European Union Project and was developed as a Curriculum Development project under the leadership of Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT-S) Germany in 2005. The program was established as a joint program under the partnership between Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT-S) in Germany, Scuola Universiteria Professionale Della Svizzera (SUPSI) in Switzerland, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK) in Finland, and Edinburgh College of Art ( ECA) in Scotland. LAMK and ECA exited the partnership in 2014. In 2012 CEPT University (CEPT) in India joined the partnership, and The University of Cincinnati (UC) in The United States is expected to join the IMIAD partnership soon.
The mission of the IMIAD program is to consider the contemporary theories of education and conduct research at an international level. The vision of the program is to create an unprecedented program of international collaboration by combining theory, education, research, and practice. Additional intentions of the program include creating an international and multidisciplinary environment for the exchange of postgraduate and professional experience, promoting professional conditions in different countries and cultural environments, as well as strengthening professional connections abroad and sharing education and professional experiences.
The program consists of two academic years divided into four semesters. Each semester has a course load equivalent to 30 ECTS and the program is made up of 120 ECTS credit points as a whole. During the second semester, each IMIAD student attends a compulsory exchange semester at one of the partner universities outside their home institution. Additionally an international workshop is organized by one of the partner institutions at the beginning of the third semester, where all IMIAD students and professors come together. Attendance at the international workshop is also compulsory. The languages of the program include both Turkish and English.
The degree conferred upon completion is a Master of Arts (MA) Degree. Each partner of the IMIAD Graduate Program contributes to the program by sharing their unique identities and perspectives in this international collaborative program.
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