- Start dateOctober 2017
- Course length1 year (full time)
MA Interior & Spatial Design
Places available 2017/18 - This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. View the ‘How to apply’ section for more details.
MA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts explores conceptual spatial concerns and notions of how we inhabit space in an area of study that's distinct from but still complementary to architecture.
The course allows you to look at interior and spatial design from either a research orientated or professional practice point of view or combination of both.
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Content: what students can expect
- To address issues about how we inhabit space and develop sensibilities about intervening into existing architectural structures or situations
- To engage with the language of architecture and the experiential aspects of what it is to inhabit and interact with our spatial environment; from the functional design of built structures to fine art installations, from furniture to computer animation or film
- To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section
- Phase 1: Analysis of Practice and Exploration of Methodologies
- Phase 2: Development and Consolidation
- Phase 3: Resolution
These phases are set within a credit framework of three assessed units:
- Studio practice and Advanced studio practice, which run sequentially
- Theoretical studies, which runs throughout the course
Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for you to develop a critical research paper, enabling you to locate your ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.
Throughout the course you participate in individual and group tutorials, develop skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised to introduce you to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.
Work experience and opportunities
We provide our students with a valuable bridge between study and professional practice, as they engage with leading practitioners through the course. This helps students redefine their current and future practice as professional designers, or progress to further research.
Learning and teaching methods
- Exhibition tutorials
- General theory forum lectures
- Independent research
- Individual and group tutorials
- Research methodology workshops
- Technical support and courses
- Essays, reports and final dissertation
- Final show examination
- Peer assessment
- Student self-evaluation
- Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews
- Paul Bavister
- Lorenzo Brusci
- Jin Cheng
- Dan Gleadall
- Charlotte Greenleaf
- Mikhail Karikis
- David Littlefield
- Oswaldo Macia
- Phil O'Shaughnessy
- Fernado Rihl
- David Ryan
- Aura Satz
- United Visual Artists
- Paul Whitty
How to apply
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
Home / EU deadline
Monday 31 July 2017.
International applications for 2017/18 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in autumn 2017.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.
You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
- Portfolio of work (30 images)
- Study plan
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.
We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.
The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions.
However, you should be able to:
- Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
- Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
- Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas
How to structure a study plan
You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.
Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.
- Briefly describe your work
- Outline recent developments
- Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Portfolios should show the following:
- Subject specific skills including architectural drawing, model making, computer aided design (CAD) or equivalent
- A developed spatial awareness and an ability to creatively organise space and represent spatial ideas
- An engagement with the critical debate surrounding contemporary interior and spatial design practice through writing or other creative practice
- Evidence of approaches to research, design thinking and experimentation
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£9,600 (Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
£20,220 (Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
Graduates from MA Interior and Spatial Design have an excellent record of gaining employment in both architectural and design practices, while our other course alumni either continue their practice as fine artists, have architectural books published or make furniture.