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MA Interior and Spatial Design

Start date
October 2018
Course length
1 year (full time)

Course summary

Applications now closed
Applications for 2018/19 entry have now closed. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2018/19 entry, visit the Clearing page.

MA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts explores conceptual spatial concerns and notions of how we inhabit space. This is an area of study that's distinct from but still complementary to architecture.

The course allows you to look at interior and spatial design from either a research or professional practice point of view or combination of both.

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

Student work

MA Interior and Spatial Design Stories


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Course details

What you can 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 have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, an audio-visual editing suite, metal and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities section

Course units

  • Phase 1: Analysis of Practice and Exploration of Methodologies
  • Phase 2: Development and Consolidation
  • Phase 3: Resolution

These phases are set within a credit framework of 3 assessed units:

  • Studio practice
  • Advanced studio practice
  • Theoretical studies, which runs throughout the course

Studio practice involves developing a personal programme of studio work and research. Theoretical studies provide a framework for you to develop a critical research paper. This enables you to locate your ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.

Throughout the course you will have individual and group tutorials. You will develop skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources. While postgraduate talks introduce you to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.

Learning and teaching methods

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

Assessments methods

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


  • Amritt Flora - Course Leader
  • Pete Maloney - Senior Lecturer
  • Julia Dwyer
  • Emma Hunter
  • Robin Jenkins - Senior Lecturer
  • 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

2018/19 entry

Application deadline

This course is now closed to both home / EU applicants and international applicants.

Further information about the application process

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Personal statement
  • CV (curriculum vitae)

Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio (30 images).

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

Entry requirements

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

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:

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

Portfolios 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

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£10,500 (Full Time - 2018/19 fees).

International fee

£21,840 (Full Time - 2018/19 fees).

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.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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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.


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

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