BA (Hons) Interior & Spatial Design

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.


Course Leader

Colin Priest

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

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



International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

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

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

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application Deadline15 January 2017
UCAS CodeW250
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

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 - 
  • Learning and teaching takes place in studios, lectures, workshops, group tutorials and optional field trips with teaching staff drawn from both professional practice and academia
  • 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 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. 
  • 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

To explore disciplines and skills including:

  • Architecture
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Exhibition design
  • Fabrication
  • Furniture
  • Installation
  • Interiors
  • Model making
  • Orthographic drawing
  • Situated practice
  • Time-based media and digital applications
  • Workshop skills
  • Written research


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design
  • Unit 2: Design exploration
  • Unit 3: Design intelligence
  • Unit 4: History and theory, part 1 - Introduction

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Territories of practice
  • Unit 6: Spatial constructs
  • Unit 7: Spatial instruction
  • Unit 8: History and theory, part 2 - Contexts

Year Three

  • 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:

  • The William Morris Gallery - an exhibition of a wallpaper sample book
  • The Foundling Museum - design of dolls houses for imaginary pupils of the Foundling Hospital
  • Interactive tools for the Courtauld Gallery
  • The fit-out of Lifeboat in a Box, a portable lifeboat station
  • The Visual Merchandising Awards 2016 - design of a pop-up shop for Oasis
  • Participation in World Wilder Lab in Rotterdam  

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.


Colin Priest - Course Leader

Colin Priest is a London based architect, artist and educator.  

Graduating from the Architectural Association, London in 2003, his practice operates within the fields of art, architecture, research and spatial production.

Read Colin Priest's full biography


Associate Lecturers (2015 - 16)

Guest Lecturers (2015 - 16)



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.



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


  • 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.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • A portfolio that shows a critical engagement with design ideas 
  • An ability to select and organise work
  • An aptitude for thinking spatially
  • Work that demonstrates a personal agenda
  • Applicants that can communicate an enthusiasm for the subject

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Evidence of an ability to develop and explore ideas, particularly of a spatial nature
  • 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
  • A concise portfolio indicating a critical engagement with design ideas and an ability to select and organise work

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 10 images via the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT) upon receipt of application.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Applicants may be offered a place on the FdA Interior Design course at Chelsea. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

International applicants

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

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


Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.


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

Home / EU applicants

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W250

International applicants

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

Find out more information about applying through UCAS

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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Details and spaces - first year BA Interior and Spatial Design project.