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.

Digital (Dis)connections – Interactive Installation at the Royal Academy London
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. 
  • You will learn and develop your spatial design creative practice and your knowledge of spatial design contexts and theories.
  • 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.
  • Studio practice is taught by practice and research-active tutors and enriched by external visit, study trips and industry guests.
  • 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.


Course Leader

Silvia Grimaldi and Valerie Mace

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years full time
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year. 

Please note: 2016/17 entry fees will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.

International Fee

£15,950 per year. 

Please note: 2016/17 entry fees will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.

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

Through UCAS. Please see the apply tab for more information.

Application Deadline15 January 2016
UCAS CodeW255
University CodeUAL U65

Content and Structure


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 business, enterprise and management 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 regular 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.


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)
  • Route A: Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (40 credits)
  • Route B: Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (20 credits)
  • Route B: Advanced and Creative Practice (20 credits)


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)


  • 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

Opportunities for all

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.

Home/EU minimum entry requirements

Applicants must demonstrate an educational level equivalent to two GCE A levels and three GCSE's at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications include Foundation Diploma, National Diploma and 16 Access credits (12 at level 3, 4 at level 2).

Applicants are expected to evidence an interest in the subject area through their personal statement and during interview. You will be required to have a portfolio of work demonstrating your ability in art and design which might include drawings and visual research, design development, photography skills, 3D modelling, computer aided design and written work. See portfolio and interview advice below.

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. 

Students 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.

English language requirements

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 at enrolment. The standard English Language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper or equivalent. Visit the University's Language Centre for more information.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 student visa in order to study in the UK will have to achieve a minimum of 5.5 in each skill, as well as meeting the University requirements.

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • An ability and interest in studying spatial design
  • Active interest in spatial design practice. Evidence of your creativity is important and a passion for design and evidence of motivation is crucial. 
  • Practical applications of the design process. This might, for example, be demonstrated by related academic or work experience, the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference or a combination of these factors.

Portfolio and interview advice

All application forms, personal statements and references will be read and considered. Depending on the quality of your application, you may be invited to a portfolio review where the course team will look at your work.

Your portfolio should include:

  • Both 2D and 3D hand-drawings (colour and black and white) and other work that refers to spaces and surfaces in a range of media (such as models, photography, prints, digital, textiles, ceramics, collage)
  • Sketchbook research on design practitioners and artists showing how it inspired your own work.
  • Sketchbook design development work that shows how you experiment and test ideas to improve them.
  • Evidence of essay writing skills is also desired

You will be given feedback on your work, a tour of the department and information about the course and its content.

A clear indication of the success of your application will be conveyed at the end of your interview. Interviews will last between 15-25 minutes per person and will be with at least two members of staff.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed a portfolio review or an interview.

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.

The UCAS annual deadline for applications is 15 January.

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.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

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