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BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
September 2020
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

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.

Tate Exchange: Space Moves with BA Interior and Spatial Design.

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
  • Site visits 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
  • Visits to 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 Diploma in Creative Computing.

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

  • 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.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3:

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (year 1 and 2) in the equivalent units or modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications.

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

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

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 interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

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

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.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3:

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (year 1 and 2) in the equivalent units or modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications.

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

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

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

Selection for international applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

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

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

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 (2020/21).

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

£22,920 (2020/21).

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.

Alumni

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