• CollegeChelsea
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW252

BA (Hons) Interior Design

New course for September 2018
BA Interior Design will be replacing the FdA Interior Design at Chelsea.

BA Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a course with an emphasis on collaborative, provocative and innovative design for future environments.

The course works in partnership with organisations, practices and key individuals from the design industry. During the course you will be able to work on a range of live projects from small-scale furniture and product design, through to large-scale proposals for public and private interiors. Following validation the course is expected to be professionally recognised by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Course detail

This course is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Content: what students can expect

  • To work in our design studio and be set professional briefs, giving you an understanding of a real working environment and introducing you to issues related to designing public interior spaces, such as planning and ergonomics
  • A wide range of live projects, from small scale briefs such as furniture and product design, through to large scale proposals for commercial and retail interiors that engage and develop your creative, technical and analytical abilities
  • To produce work ranging from small to large-scale interior schemes, examining all aspects of an interior design brief from conception through to completion
  • To explore interior design disciplines and skills including computer aided design, drawing, model-making, photography, testing and researching
  • An architecture and design lecture and seminar programme
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section

Structure

Year 1:

Will look at design for individuals and focus on physical making and prototyping of interior furniture and products.  

Unit 1: Introduction to interior design media - methods and processes 
Unit 2: Design objects 
Unit 3: Design contexts 
Unit 4: Critical and contextual studies 

Year 2:

Will look at design for public interiors and focus on work and retail environments, digital skilling and professional practice.

Unit 5: Professional practice
Unit 6: Design media 
Unit 7: Design project 
Unit 8: Critical and contextual studies 

Year 3: 

Will focus on career pathways into industry or give you the opportunity to develop design research. It is delivered in partnership with professional practitioners and devised in conjunction with the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).

Students will be able to select from 3 specialisms: 

  • Private interiors - residential and hospitality 
  • Public interiors - retail, commercial, leisure 
  • RED - research, enterprise, design innovation

Unit 9: Design practice
Unit 10: Critical practice

Learning and teaching methods

  • Critical workshops and interactive research seminars
  • Gallery and other visits
  • Group based learning
  • Group crits, debates and discussions
  • Independent study
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Orientations and inductions
  • Student presentations
  • Studio and essay tutorials
  • Studio teaching and supervised study
  • Technical workshops and practical demonstrations

Assessment methods

  • Essays, critiques and proposals
  • Final show
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentations
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials and mid-year reviews

Facilities

  • 3D Workshops

    View images of and find out more about our 3D workshops

  • Photography Studios

    View images of and find out more about our photography studios

  • Digital Studio

    View images of and find out more about our digital studio

Staff

  • Gary McLuskey
  • Nicola Murphy
  • Chris Procter
  • Fernando Rihl

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W252

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event. 

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities. 

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Entry requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications

or

  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18). 

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

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.

Accommodation

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.

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Careers and alumni

An important aspect of the course is the personal and professional development programme, which is strongly linked to career progression into the creative industries or onto further study.