School of Design
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This course has places available for 2016 entry. 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.
Please note: BA (Hons) Spatial Design is recruiting for September 2016 only, which will be the last intake of this course. For 2017 entry and subsequent years, you may be interested in BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces.
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.
London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)
£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)
|Start Date||September 2016|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017|
|Summer Term Dates||Tuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017|
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
|Application Deadline||Open for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
|University Code||UAL U65|
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of the year you will select the two pathways you wish to pursue in Year 2.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Applicants successful at mini portfolio stage may be invited to attend a full portfolio review/interview at LCC. The full portfolio should include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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