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MA Interior and Spatial Design (online)

Architectural model by Ruijie Shen - MA Interior Spatial Design.
Ruijie Shen
MA Interior and Spatial Design, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
September 2022
Course length
15 months (full time)

The Camberwell College of Arts MA Interior and Spatial Design online course critically investigates space through the theoretical and practical research interests and activities of our students.

Applications suspended for 2022/23

Recruitment to this course has been suspended for 2022/23. View postgraduate courses at Camberwell College of Arts.

Course overview

MA Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Arts has developed a distinctive identity. This is 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 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.

There is scope within the course structure to negotiate the nature of your practice and what constitutes a suitable portfolio submission at each unit conclusion. In this regard, there is scope for a bias to develop in writing, film making or other form of practice as well as the more usual installation or design proposition.

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

Mode of study

MA Interior and Spatial Design is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

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Course 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
  • 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
  • Students should select a route where they are located and 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 research led proposals 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
  • Students in Unit 1 will undertake peer to peer activities with the finishing cohort on their Unit 3

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 a 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 practice 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
  • A collaborative activity with other MA design courses in order to share and discuss techniques and approaches with other design disciplines
  • 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
  • Lectures
  • Online posting of work for staff and peer review
  • Presentations, peer review and feedback
  • Research methodology workshops
  • Technical support

Assessment methods

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

 

Staff

  • Amritt Flora - Course Leader
  • Anna Baranowska
  • Kristina Kotov
  • Pete Maloney - Senior Lecturer
  • Aaron McPeake
  • Colin Priest - Senior Lecturer
  • Tendayi Vine
  • Jack Wates
  • Dr Ken Wilder - Theory Coordinator
  • Rain Wu

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

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 and personal statement.

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 an alternative 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 

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

Video task

  • We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you
  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera
  • Your video task is submitted along with your portfolio. Read our guidance for how to submit your video task and which file types we accept

As part of your video task please respond to the following direction:

Please discuss the threshold between 2 spaces and what happens as you move across or through that threshold.

Making your application

Applications suspended for 2022/23

Recruitment to this course has been suspended for 2022/23. View postgraduate courses at Camberwell College of Arts.

Apply

Home students apply by direct 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.

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 attend an online interview.

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 accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications suspended for 2022/23

Recruitment to this course has been suspended for 2022/23. View postgraduate courses at Camberwell College of Arts.

Apply

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.
You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

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 attend an online interview.

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 accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

The equal consideration deadline has now passed. However, this course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to quickly resolve any queries.

If this course requires a portfolio, we will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,240

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 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 nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£18,890

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 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.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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