BA (Hons) Spatial Design

Places available 2016/17

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 2016/17 entry, including others available at London College of Communication, visit the Places available page.

Design the way spaces look, feel and function. Breaking down the boundaries between interior and exterior, BA (Hons) Spatial Design gives you a unique opportunity to imagine and design spaces, and work on live projects with industry partners. You will learn how to manipulate spaces to create distinctive interiors, multi-sensory experiences and innovative events in a sustainable and environmentally conscious context.

Spatial design is hugely important as it bridges many disciplines and connects together different aspects of contemporary experience. LCC’s BA (Hons) Spatial Design course is therefore rich in possibilities and can equip you for a wide range of activities and professions.
Charles Holland, Ordinary Architecture.

2nd year BA (Hons) Spatial Design students worked with BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures students to curate, design and build an exhibition showcasing a collection of artefacts from the Cuming Museum.

Cuming museum exhibition

BA (Hons) Spatial Design and BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures work together to curate, design and build an exhibition.

Digital (Dis)connections – Interactive Installation at the Royal Academy London

Digital (Dis)connections

An interactive installation at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Resilience Portable Space design by BA (Hons) Spatial Design students.

Resilience Portable Space design.

Students following their crit for the ReSound project in collaboration with Southbank University.

Students following their crit for the ReSound project in collaboration with Southbank University.

Biophilic interior for an office staff room by Year 2 student Chiara Ravaioli
Work by Chiara Ravaioli

Biophilic interior for an office staff room by Year 2 student Chiara Ravaioli.

First-year BA (Hons) Spatial Design students' study trip to Paris, 2015.

First-year BA (Hons) Spatial Design students' study trip to Paris (2015)

ReSound Project: First year students collaborate with Southbank University to transform LCC's Digital Space.

Tutors and students talk about how this innovative course prepares you for a dynamic career.

BA Spatial Design students sustainable library project workshop

BA Spatial Design students sustainable library project workshop

Reasons to apply

  • The flexibility of the course pathways - Design for Branded Spaces; Curation and Exhibition Design; Social and Environmental Design; Design for Living - enables you to shape your degree to your own aspirations.
  • Making and design visualisation are an integral part of the course. We teach and use practical skills across 2D and 3D traditional and digital skills. This is supported by extensive facilities and staff in the College.
  • You will develop your professional practice, networks and industry knowledge through high-profile industry links, design competitions, live projects and international connections.
  • The course is interdisciplinary and experimental, enabling you to become a creative and confident designer who is comfortable working in teams, on a variety of projects.

Facts

Course Leader

Silvia Grimaldi and Valerie Mace

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
Find Us

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

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – 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 CodeW255
University CodeUAL U65

Content and Structure

Content

Today’s designers need to have a broad view of design and be able to embrace multidisciplinary spatial design practices. Whether your interest is in interior design, branded spaces, exhibition design or design for social change, BA (Hons) Spatial Design will prepare you for a career in these dynamic areas of design.

This practice-led course integrates creative practices to provide you with the tools and knowledge that will inform the design of interior environments and experiences that cater for the need for a sustainable future.

We work with public, private and commercial spaces suchs as installations, interiors, retail experiences, pop up shops, leisure environments, tourist destinations, showrooms, exhibitions, heritage sites, trade shows, libraries, schools, universities, health centres.

Spatial Design Pathways

BA (Hons) Spatial Design offers the choice and flexibility you need to develop your own career goals. The course structure allows you to tailor your degree by choosing the specialist pathway that appeals to you and by deciding the balance of written work to creative practice.

You will have the opportunity to select your preferred area of interest by choosing from a range of project briefs across four pathways:

  • Design for Living - the practice of interior design to create personal spaces for human inhabitation.
  • Design for Branded Spaces - creating brand experiences and events to design immersive, interactive and experimental spaces.
  • Curating and Exhibition Design - exhibition design and display, heritage sites and narrative spaces.
  • Social and Environmental Design - designing inclusive, sustainable and responsible spaces that enhances lives by addressing social and environmental needs.

What Can You Expect?

Innovation, curiosity, creativity and the articulation of ideas through experimentation are central to the course experience and our ethos is learning by doing. We will encourage you to see things differently and to design solutions that are unique to you both in concept and realisation. 

You will develop your creativity and design knowledge through a range of practical and theoretical interior and spatial design practices. We will encourage you to experiment and help you realise your individual creative expression using a range of practical design skills including drawing, model making, prototyping, computer aided design and visualisation, alongside the business, analytical and management skills needed to excel in diverse professional and industry environments. 

A lively studio culture is enhanced by contextual and theoretical studies and the development of enterprise and professional practice skills essential in the competitive workplace. You will be taught by an inspiring community of experienced designers, technical specialists and theorists in the field of spatial and interior design in addition to visits from guest lecturers.

You will also benefit from key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines. 

Projects and Partnerships

You will benefit from an emphasis on working across disciplines and take part in a series of live, conceptual and collaborative projects. Many of these will be in partnership with industry partners, design practices and students from across the College and University, giving you the opportunity to develop the interdisciplinary working practices required by professional clients.

Existing industry partners include the Cuming Museum, The RSA, The Knowledge Transfer Network, Eclective, Charles Holland Director of Ordinary Architecture, The Royal National Institute for the Blinds and the National Trust; giving you the opportunity to build a portfolio of live projects and create useful partnership and future project opportunities, contacts and networks.

Dynamic Location

We are in a unique and dynamic central London location, home to numerous creative and cultural industries and one of the design capitals of the world. London will be both your source of inspiration and place of study. The numerous museums, galleries, theatres, libraries, entertainment and exhibition spaces will become your extended studio, workshop and seminar rooms.

Structure

The course runs full-time over three years, and is divided into terms. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Spatial Design qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to study in Higher Education - (Introduction to the four pathways, see below) (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Design Skills and Creative Practice (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)
  • Spatial Design Projects 1 (40 credits)

At the end of the year you will select the two pathways you wish to pursue in Year 2.

Year 2

Units summary: 

  • Spatial Design Projects 2a (50% of 40 credits - two chosen pathways)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Design Skills and Creative Practice (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Enterprise and Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Spatial Design Projects 2b (50% of 40 credits - one chosen pathway)

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Spatial Design Major Project (60 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
    AND
  • Route A: Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (40 credits)
    OR
  • Route B: Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (20 credits)
  • Route B: Advanced and Creative Practice (20 credits)

Careers

Our graduates can expect to be working in design consultancies as part of design teams, as freelance designers or establish their own studios. This could be in interior design, interior architecture, retail design and visual merchandising, installation design, exhibition and museum design, design for public spaces and urban environments or set and stage design.

Opportunities also include working in design departments of public and commercial organisations, design-related roles across the creative and commercial industries, and in the education sector.

Postgraduate opportunities include specialised study in interior design and architecture, design management and cultures, narrative environments, interactive design, urban design.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Staff

  • Silvia Grimaldi - Course Leader and Senior Lecturer Narrative Interactions
  • Valerie Mace - Course Leader and Senior Lecturer Interior and Sensory Design
  • Dr Nicky Ryan - Programme Director, Spatial Communication and Contextual & Theoretical Studies
  • Greg Messiah - Senior Lecturer, 3D Making and Prototyping
  • Lucy Thornett - Lecturer, Scenography and Design Communication
  • Samantha Taft – Associate Lecturer, Professional Practice
  • Irene Martin – Associate Lecturer, Digital Design and Visualisation
  • Kasia Piechota – Associate Lecturer, Digital Design and Visualisation
  • Victoria Powell – Senior Lecturer, Contextual & Theoretical Studies 
  • Corinna Dean - Lecturer, Contextual & Theoretical Studies
  • Dr Claire Jamieson - Lecturer, Contextual & Theoretical Studies
  • Dr. Mark Ingham - Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator
  • Dr. Ian Horton - Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator

Visiting Practitioners:

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

For admission to BA (Hons) Spatial Design, applicants need:

160 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level (or equivalent) plus passes in three subjects at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above. A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences.

A typical applicant might have: 

  • GCE A Levels (or equivalent) ideally achieved at grade C or above, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
    OR
  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. 

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
  • National Diploma, or NVQ 
  • 16 Access credits (12 at level 3, 4 at level 2)

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.

Those applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minium of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Admission Procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London. Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, your personal statement, and your portfolio of work. 

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio of work via PebblePad within two weeks. Depending on the quality of mini portfolio and application, applicants may then be invited to full portfolio review and interview at the College. 

In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC may be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio. 

Applicants are not guaranteed a full portfolio review/interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

Student Selection Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria. The team will consider three key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and your portfolio of work. 
  • They will consider at your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will also review your academic or personal references.

Personal Statement Advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in spatial design and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future. 

State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio Advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence the following, through development work as well as completed projects:

  • Ideas generation; quality of ideas and expression of conceptual thinking.
  • Research and its application (including sketchbooks); systematic identification and investigation of appropriate resources.
  • A high standard of 2D and 3D drawing; observational drawing or painting.
  • Materials and media exploration and experimentation; testing of materials in the realisation of concepts.
  • Contextual awareness and its influence on the portfolio; understanding and application, subject knowledge and context.

Mini Portfolio

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio via PebblePad.

The mini portfolio should contain the following elements:

Five images showing something that you have designed (can be anything).
Please include research and design exploration sketches to show where your idea comes from, and how you developed it, as well as drawings or photographs of the final outcome of the design.
We would like to see two images with hand drawings/paintings, with at least one in colour.

Full Portfolio

Applicants successful at mini portfolio stage may be invited to attend a full portfolio review/interview at LCC. The full portfolio should include:

  • Both 2D and 3D hand drawings (colour and black & white) and other work that refers to spaces and surfaces in a range of media (models, photography, prints, digital, textiles, ceramics, collage).
  • Sketchbook research on design practitioners and artists showing how it inspires your own work.
  • Sketchbook development work that shows how you experiment and test ideas to improve them.
  • Evidence of reflective writing skills is also desired. This could be a formal essay, case study or extract from a blog etc.

Interview Advice

The interview will be held with two members of the course team, and will be relatively informal.

In a small group you will be invited to discuss your answers to a short questionnaire on your interest in spatial design. A web link for the questionnaire will be sent to you via email along with your invitation to the interview.

You can prepare yourself in advance of the interview by thinking of questions to ask the course team and re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the course team’s questions to you will probably arise.

Portfolios will be reviewed by the course team separately to the group interview, whilst applicants undertake a short guided tour of the college and facilities.

Afterwards, there will be opportunity for applicants to ask questions and discuss all aspects of the course with the course team.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.

Next Steps

You can normally expect to hear from the admissions team within two weeks after your interview. Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W255
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Spatial Design for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student.

Please visit the LCC Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

Deferred Entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader determines whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before applying or after at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

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