- Start dateSeptember 2017
- Course length2 years
- UCAS codeW251
FdA Interior 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.
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.
FdA Interior Design News
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
- Unit 1: Introduction to Interior Design
- Unit 2: Small-scale object
- Unit 3: Small-scale space
- Unit 4: Introduction to contextual studies
- 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 and Spatial Design course.
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
- Essays, reports and thesis
- Final show
- Portfolio of work
- Student self-evaluation
- Tutorials and mid-year reviews
- 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
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 applicants will be invited for interview.
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:
- Portfolio of work
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above or equivalent awards
- 1 GCE A Level grade C or above
- International Baccalaureate with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with a minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
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 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.
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
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
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.