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MA Interior And Spatial Design

College
CHELSEA
Start date
September 2020
Course length
1 year (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.

This course is undergoing re-approval. This is the process by which we ensure the course continues to provide a high quality academic experience. During re-approval there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course.

Dr Ken Wilder talks about MA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea.

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MA Interior and Spatial Design Stories

Course overview

The 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.

This course was previously delivered at Chelsea College of Arts.

What to expect 

  • To address issues about how we inhabit space
  • To develop sensibilities about intervening into existing architectural structures or situations
  • To engage with the language of architecture and the experiential aspects of what it is to inhabit and interact with our spatial environment. This might be the functional design of built structures, fine art installations, furniture, computer animation or film
  • To take part in cross-disciplinary activities within and without the school, working on live projects with institutions and practitioners in various fields.
  • To follow an iterative approach to the gestation of a project to encourage understanding and critical reflection of the full spectrum of your work
  • 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

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect.

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 at Camberwell
  • To make a presentation of your previous work
  • To write a short text on your research interests
  • To develop a research led proposal
  • To undertake a common introductory project
  • To take part in a group crit with your peers

Unit 2 - Contextualising research led practice

This unit is about situating your work relative to other practitioners.

  • To refine your research led proposal
  • To define a clear direction for your practice and writing
  • To produce studio based developmental work and a 2000 word written document
  • To take part in an interim exhibition
  • Group crits, seminars and tutorials

Unit 3 - Realisation of research led practice

The final unit of the course will focus on the production of your personal project.

  • To demonstrate how you have developed your practice as a model for exploring and reflecting on contextual and theoretical perspectives
  • To submit studio work, a design process book and a 3000 - 5000 word document
  • To present work in the college postgraduate show

Learning and teaching methods

  • Exhibition tutorials
  • General theory forum lectures
  • Independent research
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Research methodology workshops
  • Technical support and courses

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports and final dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Peer assessment
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews

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 debate surrounding contemporary interior and spatial design practice

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

You should apply by making a direct application.

Apply

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 28 February 2020 for equal consideration.

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

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution 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. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

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.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:

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 28 February 2020 for equal consideration.

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

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution 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. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

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.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academic conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applications are available in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£12,280 (2020/21).

International fee

£25,880 (2020/21).

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

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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.

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