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Summer Study Abroad - Interior and Spatial Design
Chelsea College of Arts
Open to all levels

Explore the creative possibilities of the BA Interior and Spatial Design (BAISD) programme at Chelsea College of Arts.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Why choose Interior and Spatial Design?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of the BA Interior and Spatial Design (BAISD) degree programme at Chelsea College of Arts
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

The course differs distinctly from the majority of interior design courses available in the UK in that it approaches interiors from a position of research, exploration and experimentation.

You will be guided through the stages and conventions of a typical BAISD project to design an augmented retail interior installation in relation to research, which will question the ways in which a canteen works and is used as a retail environment and propose a new method in which that might happen. During this process you will learn by going through the following steps:

  • Sketch a site freehand;
  • Measure and survey a site to scale;
  • Draw a site in 2D by hand to scale;
  • Draw a site in 3D by hand to scale;
  • Model a site physically to scale;
  • Draw a site in 2D digitally to scale;
  • Model a site in 3D digitally to scale;
  • Develop a concept in response to a research process;
  • Develop a generation of initial ideas in response to a concept;
  • Propose a final idea in response to a generation of initial ideas;
  • Present the final proposal visually and verbally using the methods learnt in stages 1-8.

You will be guided through each of the stages of a typical BAISD project in a series of group exercises where you will receive support from your peers during group work as well as through an induction to the studio tutorial and review system in which you will receive clear, constructive feedback from your course tutor.

The course will be delivered in a series of enthusing and supportive workshops, lectures, seminars and site visits to locations of interest where you will be positively encouraged to engage with the process and ask questions. The sessions will also provide you with an opportunity to ask a range of questions that you may have pertaining to your future career as an interior and spatial designer, an interior designer or an architect and how to chart unknown territories. We look forward to working with you!

Course Software

  • Adobe CC Photoshop
  • Adobe CC Illustrator
  • Adobe CC InDesign
  • Internet Explorer, Safari

Tutor information

Darren Farrell

Darren Farrell is a designer, researcher and currently a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Trained in architecture, interiors and graphics at the Royal College of Art, Ravensbourne and Central Saint Martins respectively and has taught in a number of other design schools including the Bartlett MA Architecture, Ravensbourne BA Architecture + IDEAs, as well as the London College of Communication BA Interior Design.

Having worked for a number of architecture and interior practices including Volume 3 Architects, Desitecture, Paul Daly Design Studio and Building Doctors; he is currently developing research interests that focus on the investigation of synaesthetic qualities of the built environment. As part of the BA ISD team Darren coordinates the Design Practice series of construction, technology and detail site visits with stage 2 and assists in the delivery of the dissertation and precedent report, elements of the stage 3 History and Theory unit in addition to his DRS leadership.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: This course will not be running in Summer 2022

Cost: £2055

Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Chelsea College of Arts


Please bring the following items with you to the course

  • Sketchbook
  • 0.5 fineliner
  • Biro
  • USB memory stick
  • Calculator
  • Tape measure (metal)
  • Set square (adjustable is preferable)
  • Metal ruler
  • Scale ruler
  • Compass
  • Erasers
  • 2H pencil
  • Sketching pens
  • Masking tape
  • Lightweight white card (0.5mm approximately)
  • Grey card (1mm approximately)
  • UHU glue
  • Pritt Stick (any brand will be ok)
  • Smartphone or at least a 5mp camera (+ the necessary leads to upload images from your device to a PC/Mac)

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

Find out how to apply

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Course handbook

View course handbook: Interior Spatial Design Handbook (307KB)

Interior and Spatial Design

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