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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. 

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...

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Course Content

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

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...

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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.

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...

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Assessment Methods

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

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

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021