• CollegeChelsea
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length2 years

FdA Interior Design

Course update for 2018/19 entry
FdA Interior Design will not be accepting applications. For 2018/19 entry this course is being replaced by our new BA Interior Design. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2018/19 entry, visit the Clearing page.

FdA Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is primarily focused on developing the relationship between academic study and the contemporary practice of interior design.

This course works in partnership with design organisations, practices as well as key individuals from the design industry and has been professionally recognised by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To explore Interior Design disciplines and skills including computer aided design, drawing, ergonomics, model-making, photography, testing and researching
  • To work in our design studio and be set professional briefs, giving students an understanding of a real working environment and introducing them to issues related to designing public interior spaces, such as planning and ergonomics
  • To produce work ranging from small to large-scale interior schemes, examining all aspects of an interior design brief from conception through to completion
  • A lecture and seminar programme to help students investigate the vocabulary of architecture and design
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section
  • To research and write a 3,000 word essay with study workshops and tutorial support
  • 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 their creative, technical and analytical abilities


Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Interior Design
  • Unit 2: Small-scale object
  • Unit 3: Small-scale space
  • Unit 4: Introduction to contextual studies

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Professional practice
  • Unit 6: Live project
  • Unit 7: Final major project
  • Unit 8: Contextual studies

Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables them to apply to the final year of the Chelsea BA Interior Design or BA Interior and Spatial Design.

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, reports and thesis
  • Final show
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentations
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials and mid-year reviews


  • 3D Workshops

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  • Photography Studios

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  • Digital Studio

    View images of and find out more about our digital studio


  • Tomris Tangaz - Course Leader
  • Melissa Appleton
  • Matthew Butcher
  • Reem Charif
  • Tomasz Crompton
  • Carl Fraser
  • Jan Hendzel
  • Katie Jackson
  • Chee-Kit Lai
  • Kieran Mahon
  • Gary McLuskey
  • Nicola Murphy
  • Chris Procter
  • Fernando Rihl
  • Alexander Taylor
  • Laura Thompson

How to apply

2018/19 entry

FdA Interior Design will not be accepting applications. For 2018/19 entry this course is being replaced by our new BA Interior Design.

Home / EU applicants

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W251

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

All home / EU applicants will be invited for interview.

This course does not accept entry into year 2.

2018/19 entry

FdA Interior Design will not be accepting applications. For 2018/19 entry this course is being replaced by our new BA Interior Design.

International applicants

There are 3 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

This course does not accept entry into year 2.

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, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A portfolio of work


  • 1 A Level
  • 3 GCSE passes grade C or above


  • Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass

We will also consider 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.

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:

  • IELTS level 5.5 and a minimum of 4.5 in reading, listening, writing and speaking, if your first language is not English (please check our English Language requirements)

IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Work that has spatial awareness in terms of 2D drawing and 3D forms
  • An ability to select and edit work for a portfolio, including sketchbooks

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Work that has a spatial awareness
  • An enthusiasm for making 3D work
  • An interest in working on live projects and professional briefs during the course

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18). 

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.


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 the vocational element of our course and the course prepares graduates for career progression into the creative industries.

An industry panel of design organisations, employers and advisers support the course with a mix of practice and expertise, ensuring our programme remains relevant and responsive to the design industry. 

There’s also a clear progression route for students wishing to study the college’s BA Interior and Spatial Design course, subject to their FdA grade and successful completion of a bridging programme.