• CollegeChelsea
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW252

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the Clearing page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

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 from small-scale furniture and product design, through to large-scale proposals for public and private interiors. Following validation the course is expecting to be professionally recognised by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Course detail

This course is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Content: what students can expect

  • To work in our design studio and be set professional briefs, giving you an understanding of a real working environment and introducing you to issues related to designing public interior spaces, such as planning and ergonomics
  • A wide range of live projects, from small scale briefs such as furniture and product design, through to large scale proposals for commercial and retail interiors that engage and develop your creative, technical and analytical abilities
  • To produce work ranging from small to large-scale interior schemes, examining all aspects of an interior design brief from conception through to completion
  • To explore interior design disciplines and skills including 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 including laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section


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: Professional practice
Unit 6: Design media 
Unit 7: Design project 
Unit 8: Critical and contextual studies 

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).

Students will be able to select from 3 specialisms: 

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

Unit 9: Design practice
Unit 10: Critical practice

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



  • Gary McLuskey
  • Nicola Murphy
  • Chris Procter
  • Fernando Rihl

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

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.

FdA bridging unit

The bridging unit application deadline is 30 April 2018.

You must apply using the Bridging programme application form - BA Interior Design [Word doc, 55 KB]

International applicants

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.

FdA bridging unit

The bridging unit application deadline is 30 April 2018.

You must apply using the Bridging programme application form - BA Interior Design [Word doc, 55 KB]

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 and 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.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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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.