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Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Computer render of mirrored room by BA Interior Design student.
Computer render of mirrored room by BA Interior Design student.
College
Chelsea College of Arts
Start date
October 2021
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.

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    Student work - BA Interior Design
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    Student work - BA Interior Design
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    Student work - BA Interior Design
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    Student work - BA Interior Design
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    Student work - BA Interior Design

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 
  • 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 model 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 the 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. 

  • You will produce a large-scale interior project that examines all aspects of an interior environment from conception through to completion
  • 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 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

  • Access to digital design archives and databases
  • Critical workshops and interactive research seminars
  • Group based learning
  • Group crits, debates and discussions
  • Independent study
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Orientations and inductions
  • Student presentations
  • Design studies and essay tutorials
  • Design studies 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

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.

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.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

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. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book a telephone 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:

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.

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.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

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. These will be reviewed by the academic team and a decision will be made on your application.

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

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.

Alumni

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