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BA (Hons) Interior Design

College
CHELSEA
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W252

BA Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts aims to define user experiences and interactions with objects and spaces through contemporary scenarios.

Student work

Course overview

BA Interior Design 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.

What to expect

  • A wide-ranging programme, with emphasis on a human and user-centred approach to design
  • To engage with a full spectrum of design skills, including technical and professional skills, from the making of scale models and prototypes for design briefs, to the graphic depiction of interior environments in digital media
  • To learn how to consider design practice within the global context of social, economic and ecological sustainability
  • Teaching through project-based learning in the atmosphere and structure of our Superstudios - a model of open participatory study which brings together academic, theoretical and technical learning
  • Develop skills to articulate complex design ideas and solutions 
  • To gain a critical understanding of the historical, social and cultural contexts of interior practices
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio-visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities

Mode of study

BA Interior 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 Design: methods and processes

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

Unit 2 - Design objects

The unit introduces you to the design of objects. You will explore ways in which the materials you use might inform and generate design ideas when designing products or furniture.

  • To produce technical drawings, sketch models and workshop prototypes
  • Introduce you to analogue and digital technologies to generate imagery and 3D modelling
  • Make a presentation communicating the results of a research process 
  • Make and present a 3D prototype that responds to the project brief
  • Provide a design folio and supporting material showing evidence of your research and drawings
  • To work on your reflective blog
  • Written work

Unit 3 - Design media

The unit introduces you to tools for mapping, measuring, recording and forecasting interior space.

  • To explore a range of digital, technical and physical media
  • The use of photography as a design tool
  • Digital mapping and recording of design data
  • 2D and 3D strategies of depiction
  • Analogue and digital making processes

Unit 4 - Design  contexts

The unit introduces you to the relationship between users and their environments. The unit situates design within a social and cultural context. It will draw from sociology, material culture, design anthropology and ethical design. 

  • Your design project will identify cultural behaviours and individual practices in the design of a small-scale interior
  • To analyse an existing site, initiate a design proposal and formulate a programme of use
  • Design research will introduce you to experiential ideas and theories rooted in philosophy, literature and art
  • Write a design proposal that interprets the client brief
  • To produce drawings and models supported by evidence of research
  • Make a personal manifesto captured in a short film 
  • Fill out a self-evaluation form

Year 2

Unit 5 - Professional practice

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to professional practice.

  • To engage you with the theoretical principles for practice through a series of research seminars and practitioner presentations
  • Studio workshops introduce you to planning processes, technical drawing packages, building regulations, case studies and anatomies of practice
  • Examine the design sector and look at possible routes for career progression
  • Explore interior design as a multidisciplinary field
  • To prepare your portfolio, research the direction of your career pathway and prepare for your final year specialism
  • Written work

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative practice can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. The 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 - Public proposal

This unit is designed to support and develop a greater depth and analysis of individual research through a design proposal. The aim of this unit is to deepen your understanding of the context in which design operates.

  • Lectures and seminars on approaches to the analysis of space
  • To write a proposal or report
  • Recording and mapping research
  • A visual presentation of your research process

Unit 8 - Public interior

During this unit you will take part in a live project. This will take the form of an industry led collaboration.

  • To realise a design proposal that specifically responds to the workings of a public environment
  • You will be asked to explore new ideas for its’ function and spatial organisation
  • To work in design teams to simulate the experience of working in a design studio
  • Give a presentation pitch to clients, creative industry practitioners and fellow students
  • Professional practice seminars on designing for public environments 
  • To develop your project management, communication, organisational and leadership skills

Year 3

Unit 9 - Critical practice

  • The unit is made up of 3 components - programme proposal part 1, research report and presentation of critical practice 
  • Your programme proposal will be the blueprint for your final design project
  • Your research report will analyse and scope out initial ideas for the programme proposal

Unit 10 - Design programme - proposals and counter-proposals

  • The unit is made up of 3 components - programme proposal part 2, presentation of programme proposal, realisation of your final design 
  • To produce a large-scale interior project that examines all aspects of an interior environment from conception through to completion
  • To take part in the college degree show exhibition

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

  • 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

Staff

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

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:

  • 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

Making your application

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

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Where possible, large or 3D 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 - W252

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 Chelsea 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 Chelsea 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 Chelsea College of Arts:

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W252

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 Chelsea 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

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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