FdA Interior Design

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available. View the Apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at Chelsea College of Arts, 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.


Course Director

Tomris Tangaz

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17). 

Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17). 

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

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017 
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
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 study in Higher Education
  • 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


Tomris Tangaz - Course Director

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

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

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

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

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 1 February - 18 March 2016

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



Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (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:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International application form [PDF, 276 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

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

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