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BA (Hons) Interior Spatial Design
BA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts allows students to develop skills in conceptualising and designing spatial situations.
With a focus on human scale and material experimentation, student projects include architectural interiors, installations, sensory environments and furniture design. The course prepares students for a variety of careers in the art and design industry.
Student video work
Day of the Dead exhibition.
Details and spaces – first 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.
BA Interior & Spatial Design News
BA Interior and Spatial Design student Ricky Tong wins inaugural Wayward Sustainable Design Award
In The Studio: Miriam George BA Interior and Spatial Design
In the Studio: Eleanor Wort BA Interior Spatial Design
In the Beginning: Rahaf Alsubaie – BA Interior Spatial Design
Mind the Gap! Chelsea Student wins Heathrow Express Design Competition
BA Interior Spatial Design students create dramatic installation inspired by nature for RHS Urban Garden Show
Content: what students can expect
- A lecture and seminar programme that introduces students to the history, theory and vocabulary of architecture and design. Find out more about previous guest speakers on the BA Interior and Spatial Design blog – baisd.wordpress.com
- Learning and teaching to take place in studios, lectures, workshops, group tutorials and optional field trips with teaching staff drawn from both professional practice and academia
- To explore architecture, computer aided design (CAD), digital applications, exhibition design, fabrication, furniture, installation, interiors, model making, orthographic drawing, situated practice, time-based media, workshop skills and written research
- To be taught professional practice and construction issues through analysis of buildings by photographic and drawing surveys. Instruction is also given into how briefs for building programmes are assessed, developed and interpreted
- To be introduced to various professional practice dialogues from conception to realisation through the analysis and research of spaces embodying a global perspective.
- In year 2 and 3 students work within Design Research Studios. These are research-driven teaching and learning environments consisting of groups of staff and students working closely on a focused agenda framed through individual design briefs. These maximise the potential for peer learning and offer opportunities for cross-level projects, inter-studio critiques and reviews
- To have access to our suite of digital facilities, including a custom-designed file sharing database and website, wi-fi enabled studios, laser-cutting machinery and a Black Box Media Space that enables students to display audio-visual work and drawings in a digital gallery space
- To have access to Chelsea’s shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities section
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- Unit 1: Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design
- Unit 2: Design exploration
- Unit 3: Design intelligence
- Unit 4: History and theory, part 1 – Introduction
- Unit 5: Territories of practice
- Unit 6: Spatial constructs
- Unit 7: Spatial instruction
- Unit 8: History and theory, part 2 – Contexts
- Unit 9: Major design project
- Unit 10: History and theory, part 3 – Consolidation
Work experience and opportunities
The college’s strong links with the creative industries means our students gain vital commercial experience through a number of live projects, with their professional practice developed through these, participation in external competitions and an evening lecture programme.
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 2016 – 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, Ecobuild, Ford Design, Habitat, Millbank Creative Works, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Horticultural Society, Tate Britain and Victoria Albert Museum.
The college also enjoys positive relationships with many art institutions in Europe and America, encouraging exchanges during student’s second years so they can experience different cultures and design practices.
Monday 24 September – Friday 7 December 2018
Monday 7 January – Friday 15 March 2019
Monday 15 April – Friday 21 June 2019
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
- Peer and self assessment
- Portfolio – physical and digital
- Written work including assignments and essays
View images of and find out more about our 3D workshops
View images of and find out more about our photography studios
View images of and find out more about our digital studio