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BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
To be confirmed

Course summary

BA Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Arts allows you to develop skills in conceptualising and designing spatial situations.

The course has a focus on human scale and material experimentation. Student projects include architectural interiors, installations, sensory environments and furniture design. The course prepares you for a variety of careers in the art and design industry.

This course was formerly 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

What you can expect

  • A lecture and seminar programme. This will introduce you to the history, theory and vocabulary of architecture and design. Find out about guest speakers on the BA Interior and Spatial Design blog - baisd.wordpress.com
  • To explore architecture, computer aided design (CAD), digital applications, exhibition design, fabrication, furniture, installation, interiors, model making, orthographic drawing, situated practice, time-based media, workshop skills and written research
  • Learning and teaching to take place in studios, lectures, workshops, group tutorials and optional field trips
  • Teaching staff drawn from both professional practice and academia
  • To be taught professional practice and construction issues. This takes place through analysis of buildings by photographic and drawing surveys.
  • To learn how briefs for building programmes are assessed, developed and interpreted
  • An introduction to professional practice dialogues from conception to realisation. This happens through the analysis and research of spaces embodying a global perspective
  • In year 2 and 3 you will work within Design Research Studios. These are research-driven teaching and learning environments. They consist of staff and students working on a focused agenda through design briefs. These offer opportunities for cross-level projects, inter-studio critiques and reviews. They also aid peer learning
  • To have access to our digital facilities. The course has a custom-designed file sharing database and website. Studios are wi-fi enabled and there is laser-cutting machinery. Our Black Box Media Space will allow you to display audio-visual work and drawings in a digital gallery space
  • 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: Territories of 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

The college's strong links with the creative industries means our students gain vital commercial experience through a number of live projects. Their professional practice 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

Staff

Associate Lecturers

How to apply

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - To be confirmed

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.


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 Pass, 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

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.

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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.

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