Interior & Spatial Design Pathway

This course encourages students to engage with contemporary design through studio projects that promote the conceptual and practical skills required of interior and spatial design professionals.

Working with existing buildings and spaces, students explore different possibilities for habitation and use. The course engages critically with contemporary design and focuses on designing complex architectural spaces, discreet multi-media installations and sensory environments. A wide-ranging theory programme encourages individual enquiry and debate and deepens the understanding of design issues. 

The Semester Study Abroad programme, based at Chelsea College of Arts, explores spatial concerns from a less traditional paper-based point of view, using time-based digital media, creative exploration and directly constructed interventions.


Design Intelligence I & II

Tutor: Shibboleth Shechter

These modules deal with the research, development and resolution of a spatial design project in response to an interior and spatial design brief. The brief will be concerned with an existing complex public and social site condition. The module will start with a series of spatial design exercises to explore the design brief.

Following this, you will be expected to undertake a thorough analysis of a site and to develop an individual line of inquiry, building on ideas and interests developed throughout the year. There will be a focus on spatial organisation and how a planning strategy can organise a sequence of spaces. You will develop the notion of a ‘design process’ in response to a design brief. The project will be developed using a variety of media - drawn, constructed and digital. You will explore spatiality through the use of orthographic drawing and develop knowledge in the use of computer skills for design, presentation and communication.

In the final phase you will focus on detailing a building fragment that is demonstrative of the design intent, through sectional models, orthographic drawings and diagrams. The project will conclude with each student having a portfolio that displays rigorous investigation and evidence of a well- considered and thorough proposition. 

Projects change each semester and are often in collaboration with industry. In Autumn 2016, the following projects were offered:

Floats - Mexican Day of the Dead

Credits: 3

As part of Chelsea College of Arts Mexican Day of the Dead celebration we have been asked to design and curate and install a float parade on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. The parade will come at the end of a week of events, throughout CCW, in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy and visiting Mexican artists.

(Doll)houses - A Collaborative Project with the Foundling Museum

Credits: 3

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. It was established in 1739 by Thomas Coram, as a home for babies that could not be cared for by their families. The artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel supported Coram, by encouraging artist to donate work and raise money for the charity. Their work set an example for the ways in which the arts can support charity. The Museum continues today to celebrate ways in which art and design can help improve children’s lives.  Following in the footsteps of the artists and designers that have collaborated with the Museum, we will use the story of the Foundling, its collections and archives as a starting point to design and make (doll)houses. We will be working closely with museum staff, who on completion of the project will select a number of the projects to be exhibited in the museum’s main gallery.

Inhabiting Space

Tutor: Kieran Mahon

Credits: 3

In this unit you will deepen your understanding of the historical and theoretical context in which interior and spatial design operates. You are required to research, develop, write and submit an essay of 1,500 words with full academic referencing and bibliography.

Your individual experience of the sense of place conveyed by a spatial context will be explored through lectures and seminars in which various approaches to the analysis of space and interiority will be investigated.

In the 2016 autumn term, the course lecture series titled ‘Private Space’ will explore the following topics:

  • Home
  • Stairs
  • Lounge
  • Wash
  • Attic
  • Dining
  • Bedroom
  • Garden