- Start dateSeptember 2017
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW250
BA (Hons) Interior & Spatial Design
Places available 2017/18 - This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others at Chelsea, visit the places available page.
BA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts allows students to develop skills in conceptualising and designing spatial situations.
With a focus on human scale and material experimentation, student projects include architectural interiors, installations, sensory environments and furniture design. The course prepares students for a variety of careers in the art and design industry.
Student video work
BA Interior & Spatial Design News
Content: what students can expect
- A lecture and seminar programme that helps students investigate the history, theory and vocabulary of architecture and design. Find out more about previous guest speakers on the BA Interior and Spatial Design blog - baisd.wordpress.com
- Learning and teaching to take place in studios, lectures, workshops, group tutorials and optional field trips with teaching staff drawn from both professional practice and academia
- To explore architecture, computer aided design (CAD), digital applications, exhibition design, fabrication, furniture, installation, interiors, model making, orthographic drawing, situated practice, time-based media, workshop skills and written research
- To be taught professional practice and construction issues through analysis of buildings by photographic and drawing surveys. Instruction is also given into how briefs for building programmes are assessed, developed and interpreted
- To be introduced to various professional practice dialogues from conception to realisation through the analysis and research of spaces embodying a global perspective.
- In year 2 and 3 students work within Design Research Studios. These are research-driven teaching and learning environments consisting of groups of staff and students working closely on a focused agenda framed through individual design briefs. These maximise the potential for peer learning and offer opportunities for cross-level projects, inter-studio critiques and reviews
- To have access to our suite of digital facilities, including a custom-designed file sharing database and website, wi-fi enabled studios, laser-cutting machinery and a Black Box Media Space that enables students to display audio-visual work and drawings in a digital gallery space
- To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities section
- Unit 1: Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design
- Unit 2: Design exploration
- Unit 3: Design intelligence
- Unit 4: History and theory, part 1 - Introduction
- Unit 5: Territories of practice
- Unit 6: Spatial constructs
- Unit 7: Spatial instruction
- Unit 8: History and theory, part 2 - Contexts
- Unit 9: Major design project
- Unit 10: History and theory, part 3 - Consolidation
Work experience and opportunities
The college's strong links with the creative industries means our students gain vital commercial experience through a number of live projects, with their professional practice developed through these, participation in external competitions and an evening lecture programme.
Course collaborations and projects in 2016:
- Foundling Museum - design of dolls houses for imaginary pupils of the Foundling Hospital
- Interactive tools for the Courtauld Gallery
- Participation in World Wilder Lab in Rotterdam
- The fit-out of Lifeboat in a Box - a portable lifeboat station
- Visual Merchandising Awards 2016 - design of a pop-up shop for Oasis
- William Morris Gallery - an exhibition of a wallpaper sample book
Previously the course has collaborated with Deptford X, Design Museum, Ecobuild, Ford Design, Habitat, Millbank Creative Works, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Horticultural Society, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum.
The college also enjoys positive relationships with many art institutions in Europe and America, encouraging exchanges during student's second years so they can experience different cultures and design practices.
Learning and teaching methods
- Briefings, lectures and seminars
- Group and individual critiques and tutorials
- Practical inductions to workshops and technical demonstrations
- Professional practice lectures and seminars
- Site and gallery visits
- Studio teaching by professional practitioners
- Visiting specialists
- Peer and self assessment
- Portfolio - physical and digital
- Written work including assignments and essays
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W250
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Following the UCAS deadline all Home / EU applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images using the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and should bring their full portfolio.
International applications for 2017/18 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in autumn 2017.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
- Through UCAS
- By direct application using our international application form (PDF, 243 KB)
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
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.
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
- BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
- University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
- 4 GCSEs grade C or above
- 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
- 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.
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 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
Portfolios should show the following:
- Evidence of an ability to develop and explore ideas, particularly of a spatial nature
- A concise portfolio indicating a critical engagement with design ideas
- A portfolio mainly made up of drawings, photography, models and sketches, but may include work made in other media, if you feel it’s appropriate to show how you’ve explored ideas
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- A portfolio that shows a critical engagement with design ideas
- An aptitude for thinking spatially
- An ability to select and organise work
- Work that demonstrates a personal agenda
- Applicants that can communicate an enthusiasm for the subject
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
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.
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
Recent BA Interior and Spatial Design graduates have found jobs in interior design, architecture, exhibition design, product design, set design for film, theatre and TV as well as interaction design, building conservation, journalism and urban planning.
Some of our alumni go on to postgraduate study, usually within architecture, project management or spatial design, with many applying to Chelsea’s own MA Interior and Spatial Design course.
- Sebastian Acker - Artist
- Anton Bjorsing - Interior designer
- Jo Conway - 3D designer, G.A Group
- Ariane van Dievoet - Homeware designer
- Linn Georgson - Interior Designer, Absolute Abode
- Marianne Hendriks - Product designer
- Nicholas Hill - Planner, Vitsoe
- Jei Ryung Lee - Artist
- Glyn Owen - Set designer and props stylist
- Valdone Porcheddu - Designer
- Soo Ji Shin - Product Designer