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BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

BA Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Arts covers a range of disciplines. These include architecture, art, furniture, interior and spatial practices.

The course will give you the opportunity to develop your own approach to the subject. Underpinned by theory and research, you will investigate and test spatial possibilities.

Projects will look at public and private spaces, narrative and designed environments and community engagement. You will work with staff and external communities. We will encourage collaborative and multidisciplinary ways of working. The course will prepare you for a variety of careers in creative industries and beyond.

This course was previously delivered at Chelsea College of Arts.

Student work

Day of the Dead exhibition.

Details and spaces - 1st year BA Interior and Spatial Design project.

Exhibition of temporary screens and short atmospheric films.

Firework display designed by BA Interior and Spatial Design students.

Eunmi Yu.

Course details

This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

What you can expect

    • To learn key interior and spatial design skills supported by leading professional practitioners
    • Live and theoretical projects that explore multidisciplinary ideas
    • Projects that engage with contextual, social, political, economic and sustainable design debates
    • Live projects with external clients that help you develop subject-specific and transferable skills
    • To engage inside and outside the studio with various design research practice themes. These will range from conception through to realisation and have a local to global outlook
    • A lecture and seminar series based around key historical and theoretical ideas across the subject
    • To make process-driven work involving various forms of subject-specific communication. This will include model making, time-based media, analogue and digital drawing, representation and visualisation
    • To be able to explore individual ambitions and collective practices
    • To showcase design research and disruptive thinking via exhibition, presentation and portfolio
    • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design
  • Unit 2: Design exploration
  • Unit 3: Design intelligence
  • Unit 4: History and theory, part 1 - Introduction

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Expanded practice
  • Unit 6: Spatial constructs
  • Unit 7: Spatial instruction
  • Unit 8: History and theory, part 2 - Contexts

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Major design project
  • Unit 10: History and theory, part 3 - Consolidation

Work experience and opportunities

Strong links with the creative industries means our students gain vital commercial experience through a number of live projects. Their professional practice is developed through these, participation in external competitions and an evening lecture programme.

Recent course collaborations and projects:

  • Foundling Museum - design of dolls houses for imaginary pupils of the Foundling Hospital
  • Interactive tools for the Courtauld Gallery
  • Participation in World Wilder Lab in Rotterdam
  • The fit-out of Lifeboat in a Box - a portable lifeboat station
  • Visual Merchandising Awards 2016 - design of a pop-up shop for Oasis
  • William Morris Gallery - an exhibition of a wallpaper sample book

Previously the course has collaborated with Deptford X, Design Museum, Ecobuild, Ford Design, Habitat, Millbank Creative Works, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Horticultural Society, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum.

The college enjoys positive relationships with many art institutions in Europe and America. Students are encouraged to go on exchanges during their second years. This is to experience different cultures and design practices.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, lectures and seminars
  • Group and individual critiques and tutorials
  • Practical inductions to workshops and technical demonstrations
  • Professional practice lectures and seminars
  • Site and gallery visits
  • Studio teaching by professional practitioners
  • Visiting specialists

Assessment methods

  • Peer and self assessment
  • Portfolio - physical and digital
  • Presentations
  • Written work including assignments and essays


Associate Lecturers

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 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

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 24 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.

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:

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Evidence of an ability to develop and explore ideas, particularly of a spatial nature
  • A concise portfolio indicating a critical engagement with design ideas
  • A portfolio mainly made up of drawings, photography, models and sketches, but may include work made in other media, if you feel it’s appropriate to show how you’ve explored ideas

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • A portfolio that shows a critical engagement with design ideas
  • An aptitude for thinking spatially
  • An ability to select and organise work
  • Work that demonstrates a personal agenda
  • Applicants that can communicate an enthusiasm for the subject

Selection criteria

Making your application

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W253

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

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

This course does not accept entry into year 2.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19). Fees for 2019/20 to be confirmed.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19). Fees for 2019/20 to be confirmed.

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.


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

Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

Recent BA Interior and Spatial Design graduates have found jobs in interior design, architecture, exhibition design, product design, set design for film, theatre and TV as well as interaction design, building conservation, journalism and urban planning.

Some of our alumni go on to postgraduate study, usually within architecture, project management or spatial design. Many apply to the MA Interior and Spatial Design course at Chelsea College of Arts.


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

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