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Postgraduate

MA Interior and Spatial Design

College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
October 2021
Course length
15 months (full time)

MA Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Arts is committed to the critical investigation of space through the theoretical and practical research interests and activities of our students.

Student work

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    Architecture model - MA Interior and Spatial Design
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    Nia Lessard - MA Interior and Spatial Design
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    John Collins - MA Interior and Spatial Design
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    Huilin Gao - MA Interior and Spatial Design

Course overview

The MA Interior and Spatial Design course has developed a distinctive identity born from our fluid position as designers in an ‘art school’ environment, coupled with our contemporary view of experimental spatial practice and the blurring of disciplinary boundaries. 

With a bias towards research-led practice, all students on the course are encouraged along a path of personal critical discovery, starting with an initial area of individual research interest. 

We believe that all spatial practice should be considered as a form of performance based on ideas of context, narrative and experience and above all intention. The latter is considered a fundamental aspect of design practice whether using empirical prototypes or developing philosophical positions. 

We have a particular expertise in the experiential and sensorial aspects of what it means to inhabit space and interact with our environment. We consider both physical and virtual space as equally valid forms of experience. We work with existing structures both internally and externally, with film and video, and between digital and analogue. Alongside this we value making, drawing, discourse and text as equivalent and complimentary forms of expression and representation.  

The course encourages and facilitates cross disciplinary activity. We provide opportunities for working on live projects and working on collaborations with practitioners in various fields. 

What to expect 

  • To address issues about what constitutes space and spatial practice and how we inhabit, experience and remember space
  • To develop sensibilities about observing, reflecting and intervening in existing and speculative situations both interior and exterior
  • To be asked to position yourself and your practice in a conscious contemporary environment that responds to current aesthetic, political and social situations. We do not expect students to be passive in their actions
  • To follow an iterative approach to projects in order to encourage understanding and critical reflection
  • To become autonomous in your decision making and progression towards an individual identity
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops that include printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. View the Camberwell facilities

Mode of study 

MA Interior and Spatial Design is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Please note this course will be moving to a 15 month mode of study from 2021/22.

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect. Many of these activities will overlap and continue across all the units.

Unit 1 - Exploring and understanding research led practice 

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university. 

  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops
  • To make a presentation of your previous portfolio and share and exchange the ideas and techniques used with your new peers
  • The Unit 1 brief defines a sequence of short activities and exercises to support the clarification and on-going definition of your own research interests. The direction of your research will emerge from an idea of what aspect of spatial practice you are particularly interested in exploring across the year
  • We will provide a route through a part of the city for students to undertake an observational and spatial investigation as a basis for contextualising and testing ideas
  • We will discuss options and approaches to start and progress a structured method of research. This will allow students to develop a research led proposal supported by theory and practice
  • To regularly engage in smaller group and year cohort discussions, presentations and tutorials. These will look in depth at how progress is being made and open new avenues of exploration
  • To develop and produce a portfolio of work and a written submission at the conclusion of the unit. This is a collection of all activities across the unit
  • We aim to run several live projects with partners and students will be invited to take part as an option.  We also have more regular collaborations that students can choose to join.  These will vary year to year. 

Unit 2 - Contextualising research led practice 

This unit is about situating your work relative to other practitioners and the world we find ourselves in. It asks students to position themselves and their proposals within the broader social and professional context 

  • To refine and focus your research led proposal through tests and experiments. These may be in the field, conceptual, digital or physical as appropriate
  • To define a clear direction and parameters for your practice and writing. It is important to recognise that the timescales available mean that a suitable depth of work will only arise from a focused area of study within a broad topic
  • To produce studio based developmental work and submit  a portfolio and a second extended written paper covering all work across unit 2 with a summary of unit 1 to allow a full understanding of how the proposals evolved
  • To take part in a collaborative activity with other MA design courses in order to share and discuss techniques and approaches with other design disciplines
  • To take part in smaller group and year cohort seminars, presentations and tutorials

Unit 3 - Realisation of research led practice 

This final unit of the course is about taking the final steps toward resolving and presenting your research and proposal developments through your on-going practice.  The aim is to fully communicate the body of work you have undertaken in a manner that is appropriate to the nature of your project. 

  • To demonstrate how you have developed and evolved your practice as a model for exploring and reflecting on contextual and theoretical perspectives
  • The final 5000 word written submission is timed to allow students to receive feedback on the theoretical positioning and explanation of expected practical outcomes prior to their final production of work and its submission
  • The conclusion of the unit is a submission of portfolios or books covering the scope of the project across the year. This is undertaken as part of the final presentation of work, whether online or physical, that provides a method to share and disseminate the explorations and findings to a wider audience
  • The nature of individual projects will have a significant impact on the appropriate final output. Past projects have included online or physical final exhibitions with drawings, models, installations, video work or performance
  • All submissions need to demonstrate a clear and developed connection between the theoretical position of the written research with the precedents and testing and design outcomes of your practice

Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Independent research
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Research methodology workshops
  • Individual lectures and lecture series
  • Presentations, peer review and feedback
  • Technical support

Assessment methods

  • Final show examination
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Peer review of course work
  • Portfolio and written work in progress
  • Tutorials and feedback

 

Staff

  • Amritt Flora - Course Leader
  • Pete Maloney - Senior Lecturer
  • Julia Dwyer
  • Emma Hunter
  • Kristina Kotov
  • Aaron McPeake
  • Dr Ken Wilder - Theory Coordinator

Visiting staff

  • Paul Bavister
  • Lorenzo Brusci
  • Jin Cheng
  • Dan Gleadall
  • Charlotte Greenleaf
  • Mikhail Karikis
  • David Littlefield
  • Oswaldo Macia
  • Phil O'Shaughnessy
  • Fernado Rihl
  • David Ryan
  • Aura Satz
  • United Visual Artists
  • Paul Whitty

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. 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
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • The necessary subject specific skills, including architectural drawing, model making and computer aided design (CAD). Some exception may be made with regards to applicants with a fine art background who can demonstrate an equivalent exploration of spatial ideas
  • A developed spatial awareness and an ability to creatively organise space and represent spatial ideas
  • Evidence of an engagement with the critical debates surrounding contemporary interior and spatial design practice within current contexts 

Making your application

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

The portfolio should show the following:

  • Subject specific skills including architectural drawing, model making, computer aided design (CAD) or equivalent
  • A developed spatial awareness and an ability to creatively organise space and represent spatial ideas
  • An engagement with the critical debate surrounding contemporary interior and spatial design practice through writing or other creative practice
  • Evidence of approaches to research, design thinking and experimentation

This course will open for applications soon.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by Monday 15 March 2021 for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

We receive lots of applications for this course. We consider each one equally, so we review them all after the application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after this date. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

This course will open for applications soon.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by Monday 15 March 2021 for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We recommend you apply as soon as possible before this date, for equal consideration. We may still be able to accept applications after this date, depending on availability.

When you’ll hear from us

We receive lots of applications for this course. We consider each one equally, so we review them all after the application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after this date. Find out more about what happens after you apply.


Fees and funding

Home fee

£12,280

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020  or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£TBC

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.  For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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Careers and alumni

Graduates from MA Interior and Spatial Design have an excellent record of gaining employment in both architectural and design practices, while our other course alumni either continue their practice as fine artists, have architectural books published or make furniture.

Alumni

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.