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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.
Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||1 year|
|Start Date||September 2016|
Direct to Chelsea
|Application Deadline||Home / EU - Monday 1 August 2016|
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 SEE, the University's Student Employability and Enterprise service before students leave.
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.
You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. 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 deadline for Home / EU applications is Monday 1 August 2016.
There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.
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.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
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).
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:
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.
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.
If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form.