FdA Interior Design

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.

Places available 2017/18

This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at Chelsea College of Arts, visit the Places available page.


Course Leader

Tomris Tangaz

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years
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.

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International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

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 DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
UCAS CodeW251
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

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 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 One

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

Year Two

  • 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.


Tomris Tangaz - Course Leader

Tomris Tangaz has built up strong industry links for the FdA and has seen it awarded recognition from the Chartered Society of Designers. She has published books on interior design, helping beginners navigate the complexities of taking on a design project.


  • 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


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.


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:

  • 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. 

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

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview and should bring their portfolio.

International applicants

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

  • By phone or Skype
  • 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.

How to apply

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 - W251

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

Deferred entry

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

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