Graduate Diploma Interior Design

Graduate Diploma in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one year programme. This course provides students with the skills and experience required for a career in the field of interior design, or further study at MA level.


Course Leader

Josef Huber


Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 (2016/17). 

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost.


International Fee

£17,230 (2016/17). 

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost.


Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Direct to Chelsea

Application DeadlineHome / EU - Monday 31 July 2017.
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To develop a flexible, open-minded approach to thinking about interior design or critically engaging with contemporary design approaches
  • To connect with interior design in a variety of ways such as designing, writing, visual communication and research
  • To explore the possibility of making narratives from interior design
  • To develop an open way of thinking about interior design, and give students the opportunity to critically engage with contemporary design approaches
  • To design small-scale interiors and explore new opportunities within existing architectural spaces
  • To be assigned a personal tutor who supports your development


The course runs over a total of 30 weeks and offers a combination of taught study, self-directed negotiated study, personal research and written assignments. There are also two major practical projects undertaken during the year and each is the subject of a book.

The course is studio based and delivered in three units of study:

Unit 1 - Commodity and Design

This is a design programme that explores a small-scale domestic interior. This project focuses on how the client / user can be given a new opportunity to perform within a space and the various methods students have to envisage and communicate this opportunity.

Unit 2 - Negotiated Design Programme

In this unit students are expected to initiate a design project. They will choose a location, make an analysis of an interior and establish a design brief for a new programme of habitation. Students are asked to find a context in the public realm rather than the domestic one, and are expected to reflect upon and discuss how habitation is improved by their contribution.

Unit 3 - Professional Context

This unit is concerned with critical reflection upon professional practice and creative processes. Students will learn about professional communication within the practice of interior design, and specifically the writing requirements of an interior designer when they are reflecting upon and communicating their design proposals. This will prepare students for professional practice and support the critical position of their design proposals.

Work experience and opportunities

During the year students are involved in live projects. One of these, the making of a Christmas-themed installation for a highly regarded hotel in Westminster, has become an annual event.


Josef Huber - Course Director

Josef is a London based designer who completed his studies in Architecture and Interiors at the Royal College of Art. 

He is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), and a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), for which he is also a RIBA Part 3 supervisor. 

Current work includes residential, retail and restaurant projects in the UK and internationally. 

His teaching has a practical edge and ranges from the making of conceptual physical objects to advanced 3D virtual design.


  • Joy Flanagan
  • George Rome-Inness
  • Janey Sharratt
  • Luke Walker


Many of our graduates go on to further study programmes in interior design and other related disciplines, and we also encourage students to arrange a meeting with an employability adviser from the University's Student Jobs and Careers service before students leave.


Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Evidence of ability in art or design
  • Some experience of architectural drawing is required
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.0 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Please note that this course is not an introduction to interior design. It is equivalent to the third year of a degree course, and prepares students for professional employment or further studies at MA level. Before joining this course, applicants must have some experience or complete courses in architectural drawing and model making. 

Applicants must also prove that they’ve undertaken preliminary research into how interior designers operate and what processes they use to develop a design proposal. We expect our students to be self-motivated, have good study skills and exhibit an enthusiasm for exploration as well as research.

How to apply

Online application for 2017 entry will open in November 2016.

Home / EU deadline is Monday 31 July 2017.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

You can apply for this course using our online application form. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the information we will ask you to provide. 

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online form you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires one reference).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Supporting statement

This should be about 500 words long, and include your reasons for choosing the course, your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans. If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience in your supporting statement.

Portfolio (international applicants only)

International applicants are required to submit an online portfolio. Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

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