In 2019 UAL declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to ‘make sustainability a required part of the student learning experience’. In response to the climate and ecological crisis the Design School set in place an ambitious Sustainability Action Plan to fully embed responsible practices within the curriculum and in everything we do.
As part of this initiative we have updated our course handbooks against a set of social and environmental sustainability principles to ensure that learning outcomes reflect the urgent need to equip students with the understanding, skills and values to foster a more sustainable planet. Our aim is to change the way students think and to empower them to work towards a sustainable future.
In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
Introduction to Design for Branded Spaces (20 credits)
Brand Space Design (40 credits)
Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)
Interactions in Branded Spaces (40 credits)
In the first year, you’ll learn the principles of spatial experience design, brand identity, software skills, making and new technologies, alongside essential skills and knowledge to navigate through the course and College environments.
You’ll be introduced to key research and design methods, analogue and digital design tools and techniques, and the contexts that will give you the confidence to generate and articulate design solutions.
Spatial Experiences and Narratives (40 credits)
Professional Practices (20 credits)
Collaborative Projects (20 credits)
Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2 (20 credits)
Branded Spaces Futures (20 credits)
The second year provides you with the opportunity to apply and expand your practical and critical skills to collaborate and work on live projects while developing your knowledge of professional practices.
You’ll further extend your knowledge of spatial experience design into narrative space and use forecasting tools and techniques to learn how to anticipate future scenarios where design is a catalyst for change.
You’ll also develop a broader knowledge and understanding of historical, social, practical, theoretical and cultural developments.
Design for Branded Spaces Major Project (60 credits)
Entrepreneurial Practices (20 credits)
Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 (40 credits) OR Contextual and Theoretical Studies 3 with Practice (40 credits)
The third year aligns with your desired progression after the course. You’ll apply creative design, critical thinking, technical knowledge and the skills developed in years one and two into an extended personal design project.
You’ll apply your knowledge and analytical skills related to culture and critical theory to the realisation of a self-initiated piece of written work, with the option to integrate with practice. You’ll also expand your knowledge of professional practices.