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BA (Hons) Interior Design

Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

BA Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a course with an emphasis on collaborative, provocative and innovative design for future environments.

The course works in partnership with organisations, practices and key individuals from the design industry. During the course, you will be able to work on a range of live projects. These range from small-scale furniture and product design, through to large-scale proposals for public and private interiors. The course is professionally recognised by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Student work

Course details

What you can expect

  • To work in our design studio and be set professional briefs. This will give you an understanding of a real working environment.
  • An introduction to issues related to designing public interior spaces. You will look at areas such as planning and ergonomics
  • A range of live projects both small and large scale. From briefs for furniture and product design through to proposals for commercial and retail interiors. These will engage and develop your creative, technical and analytical abilities
  • To produce work ranging from small to large-scale interior schemes. These will examine all aspects of an interior design brief from conception through to completion
  • To explore interior design disciplines and skills. These will include computer aided design, drawing, model-making, photography, testing and researching
  • An architecture and design lecture and seminar programme
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio-visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section

Course units

Year 1

Will look at design for individuals and focus on physical making and prototyping of interior furniture and products.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to interior design media - methods and processes
  • Unit 2: Design objects
  • Unit 3: Design contexts
  • Unit 4: Critical and contextual studies

Year 2

Will look at design for public interiors and focus on work and retail environments, digital skilling and professional practice.

  • Unit 5: Design media
  • Unit 6: Professional practice
  • Unit 7: Design programme
  • Unit 8: Critical practice

Year 3

Will focus on career pathways into industry or give you the opportunity to develop design research. It is delivered in partnership with professional practitioners and devised in conjunction with the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).

  • Unit 9: Design practice
  • Unit 10: Critical practice

Students will be able to select from 3 specialisms:

  • Private interiors - residential and hospitality
  • Public interiors - retail, commercial, leisure
  • RED - research, enterprise, design innovation

Learning and teaching methods

  • Critical workshops and interactive research seminars
  • Gallery and other visits
  • Group based learning
  • Group crits, debates and discussions
  • Independent study
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Orientations and inductions
  • Student presentations
  • Studio and essay tutorials
  • Studio teaching and supervised study
  • Technical workshops and practical demonstrations

Assessment methods

  • Essays, critiques and proposals
  • Final show
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentations
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials and mid-year reviews

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 24 September - Friday 7 December 2018

Spring Term:

Monday 7 January - Friday 15 March 2019

Summer Term:

Monday 15 April - Friday 21 June 2019


  • Tomris Tangaz - Course Leader
  • Grace Adam
  • Nick Grace
  • Katie Jackson
  • Laura Matthews
  • Gary McLuskey
  • Nicola Murphy
  • Chris Procter
  • Fernando Rihl

How to apply

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W252

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.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

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

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:

  • Work that has spatial awareness in terms of 2D, drawing and 3D forms
  • Work that communicates your interests and ideas, including drawing, prints, photography, images, sketchbooks and model making

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Work that has a spatial awareness - 2D, drawing as well as 3D forms
  • An enthusiasm for making 3D work
  • An interest in the professional aspect of the course
  • An ability to make work that communicates your personal interests and ideas

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees).

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).

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

An important aspect of the course is the personal and professional development programme, which is strongly linked to career progression into the creative industries or onto further study.

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