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Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design

BA Interior and Spatial Design show installation made with scaffolding and posters.
BA Interior and Spatial Design show installation.
College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W253

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

Student work

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    Madelaine Jane Dowd - BA Interior and Spatial Design
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    Jessica Hadwin - BA Interior and Spatial Design
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    Valdone Porcheddu - BA Interior and Spatial Design
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    Su Yeon Kang - BA Interior and Spatial Design
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    Joey Ka Ying Shu - BA Interior and Spatial Design
  • chelsea-ba-interior-spatial-design-Leonora-Gray.jpg
    Leonora Gray - BA Interior and Spatial Design

Tate Exchange Project

BA Interior and Spatial Design Stories

Course overview

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 the creative industries and beyond.

What to expect

  • To learn key interior and spatial design skills supported by leading professional practitioners
  • To develop an understanding of the context of contemporary forms of spatial design practice through individual and collaborative, live and theoretical projects
  • To develop personal design processes that consider context, material and research-based design methods
  • To explore forms of spatial practice including consideration of people, spaces, objects and materials through written works, design portfolio, exhibition, short films and online formats
  • Projects that explore innovative social, cultural and industry-focussed contexts and consider responsibilities around ethics, sustainability, social justice and human relations
  • To work on live projects in the public sphere that help you develop subject-specific and transferable skills
  • To take risks and engage with multiple audiences to define your scale of practice
  • 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 be able to explore individual ambitions and collective practices
  • To showcase design work and research via exhibition, presentation and portfolio
  • 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

Work experience and opportunities

Strong links with the creative industries means students gain vital commercial experience through live projects. 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 - 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, 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.

Mode of study

BA Interior and Spatial Design is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 30 teaching weeks. 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.

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

Unit 2 - Design practice 1

This unit consists of a small-scale, body-related spatial design project, through which key spatial design skills are introduced.

  • To explore how making, drawing, digital, film and animation skills are used to inform, develop and present design ideas and proposals
  • To develop methods to survey, map and record both physical and experiential site conditions, as a basis to propose new interventions
  • To focus on context, scale and site
  • To work individually and as part of a design team

Unit 3 - Design cultures 1

This unit introduces historical, cultural and theoretical contexts for interior and spatial design.

  • A project will involve the research and analysis of an influential interior and spatial design example. From this you will produce a scaled model for an exhibition
  • To begin to gain a critical understanding of how public and private spaces are composed within the built environment
  • To have an introduction to the narrative of space
  • Analysis and evaluation of written texts through workshops, lectures and presentations
  • Interactive workshops around research methods
  • To give a short presentation
  • Written work

Unit 4 - Design media 1

This unit deals with the research, context, development and resolution of a spatial design project in response to a live project brief.

  • To engage with a complex existing local site and its’ condition
  • There will be a focus on material and spatial organisation
  • To look at how a planning strategy can be used to organise a sequence of spaces
  • To carry out site analysis
  • To work individually and as part of a design team
  • To use digital media for design, presentation and communication
  • To develop prototypes of a scaled model and use orthographic drawings to communicate spatial ideas

Year 2

Unit 5 - Design practice 2

This unit deals with the design of a spatial interaction at a human scale.

  • To explore details in existing buildings
  • To explore the principles of building structure and construction
  • Interactive workshops on aspects of professional design practice and technology
  • To look at strategies for assessing and responding to human needs
  • To investigate material qualities, making processes and fabrication techniques
  • To present your design proposal

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes: 

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts

Unit 7 - Design cultures 2

In this unit you will design a public spatial intervention and a write response to it. This is to deepen your understanding of contemporary theory and debates relevant to interior and spatial design.

  • To explore various approaches to the analysis of space and interiors
  • Lectures, site visits and interactive workshops
  • Workshops on research and design methods
  • To explore buildings and archives
  • Tutorials to support your research and design process

Unit 8 - Design media 2

This unit involves the design of an exhibition. It will involve the coordination of objects, materials and spaces, professional practice, the role of publicity and social media.

  • To document, survey and analyse an existing architectural site
  • To communicate the design of a narrative environment for a diverse set of users
  • To produce a set of construction drawings to demonstrate an ethical and sustainable position
  • Workshops on aspects of professional design practice and technology

Year 3

Unit 9 - Design cultures 3

In this unit you will produce an illustrated thesis, a visual essay and define a project brief demonstrating your personal position toward people, place and professional practice. These will inform your research and practice in unit 10.

  • Workshops on research and design methodologies
  • Artists, designers and architects talks and lectures
  • Written work
  • Presentation of work in progress

Unit 10 - Design practice 3

This unit will define your personal identity as a designer and pave the way to a professional career after graduation. This unit is designed to enable a highly-resolved body of work, demonstrating your full capabilities as a context-driven designer of spaces.

  • Your design project to build upon the research and creative practice developed in unit 9
  • To work in a design studio group with other students who share common ground
  • To define the site, scale, user and scope of project in negotiation with tutors
  • To consider social, ethical and sustainable issues
  • To give a visual and oral presentation about your project demonstrating relevance to your personal research interests, professional practice and the discipline of interior and spatial design
  • To present work in the college degree show

Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3

Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the UAL Diploma in Creative Computing. Whilst these Diplomas are an optional aspect of the course, they are designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course. 

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

Staff

  • Panagiota Adilenidou
  • Marsha Bradfield
  • Ciriaco Castro
  • Astrid Bois d'Enghien
  • Takako Hasegawa
  • Simon Kinneir
  • Harriet Lee
  • Fiona MacDonald
  • Matt Schwab
  • Matthew Turner

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 one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

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:

  • 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

Making your application

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

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • To organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W253

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

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

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 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.

Following receipt of your digital portfolio you will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

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 allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

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

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.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

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.

Following receipt of your digital portfolio you will be invited to book a telephone interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you 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 allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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 and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals . However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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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.

Alumni

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