Diploma HE Architectural Interior Design

Dates: Sept 2018 July 2019, 10am – 4pm

Length: Full-time, 1 academic year in 3 terms

Course Director: Alan Hughes MA

Location: 7 Eaton Gate, London SW1W 9BA

Fee: £26,546.00 inc VAT. An Instalment Plan is available, please ask the Course Administrator.

News:This Diploma has been newly validated by Wrexham Glyndŵr University and as such will form part of the BA (Hons) qualification. It now constitutes a Diploma HE Architectural Interior design at FHEQ Level 5. Please contact the School for details as the web is currently being updated.

Course Aims

  • To evaluate site and functional constraints and evolve design solutions.
  • To develop an understanding of design as it relates to the domestic and commercial interior together with the capability to present design ideas visually.
  • To develop spatial awareness, the capability to organise space with a knowledge and understanding of ergonomics and an ability to handle interior decorative elements.

Diploma HE Architectural Interior Design – course content

Throughout the course you will develop skills in the following modules:


This is at the heart of the Diploma HE in Architectural Interior Design Course. It addresses the fundamental elements of design in interiors, covering survey spatial manipulation and planning, design concepts and form, use of light and colour and use of texture and materials.

Through project work supported by lectures you learn to approach the process of design as a problem-solving exercise, involving successful interpretation of the client brief and incorporating psychological and emotional considerations.

Design analysis

Analysis encourages spatial appreciation and the investigation of a site in terms of its current and proposed uses and its relationship in the wider context. It also encourages design development – methodically exploring alternative solutions before moving to the design stage with the use of diagrammatic assessments of tasks and the space needed to carry them out in conjunction with analysis of survey, circulation and ergonomics.


Visual communication and presentation skills are essential for the dissemination of design information. You will develop two- and three-dimensional drawing skills and learn to use various rendering and colouring techniques in your design projects, alongside the creation of sample and illustration boards. You will also explore Vectorworks, an industry standard computer-aided design (CAD) software package, as a means of drawing up designs.


The understanding of constructional issues informs and exposes what is possible in interior design terms and it is crucial to comprehend the constraints and regulations with regards to the alteration of the built environment. You will examine structural principles and the fabric and services of both domestic and commercial buildings. The aim is to promote professional realistic thinking within your design proposals and to incorporate sound practice with imaginative and appropriate design solutions. You will also examine the technical application of hard and soft finishes, the detailed installation of services, staircase design and the design of built-in fitments.

Job administration

In this module of the course you will explore business issues relevant to the practice of interior design: types of business, accounts, tax, professional indemnity, personnel management, equipment, budgeting, tendering and placing orders, site supervision and the fee structure.

Diploma HE Architectural Interior Design – teaching methods and entry requirements

The Diploma HE in Architectural Interior Design course is taught through practical projects carried out in studio and lectures, and also includes visits. Course places are strictly limited to ensure that you gain close working relationships with teaching staff. You will be supported in studio at a ratio of 8/9:1.

You must demonstrate a commitment to deal with a heavy workload as the Diploma course is an intensive professional programme.

All teaching and lectures are conducted in English and the following criteria may be required if English is not your first language: IELTS 5.5 (with no individual element below 5.0).

BA (Hons) Interior Spatial Design

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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.

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Course detail

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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Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design
  • Unit 2: Design exploration
  • Unit 3: Design intelligence
  • Unit 4: History and theory, part 1 – Introduction

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Territories of practice
  • Unit 6: Spatial constructs
  • Unit 7: Spatial instruction
  • Unit 8: History and theory, part 2 – Contexts

Year 3

  • 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.

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 24 September – Friday 7 December 2018

Spring Term:

Monday 7 January – Friday 15 March 2019

Summer Term:

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

Assessment methods

  • Peer and self assessment
  • Portfolio – physical and digital
  • Presentations
  • Written work including assignments and essays


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Digital Studio

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About this course

Page last updated 7 November 2017


Why study interior design?

Interior Design is an exciting field that bridges the boundaries between architecture, art and design.

Interior designers take a holistic approach to space, designing every element from structural interventions to specifying materials. They design for the retail industry, commercial offices, art galleries, private homes and the hotel and leisure sector.

Working in this industry is exciting and varied. To succeed, you’ll need creative flair and real practical skills.

BA(Hons) Interior Design teaches you the skills you need to take up employment in the interior design industry.

You’ll be based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities and resources include industry standard digital studios and fabrication workshops.

This is a technical learning programme, with a focus on lighting, heating, ventilation and acoustics. You’ll work with traditional tools and the latest technology and examine the principles underlying space, detailing, finish, craft and digital processes. Develop the conceptual ability and technical skills to design for bespoke one-off projects and industrial production.

Learn to view spaces differently and seek new design opportunities within them. Build the skills base to transform your vision from concept to reality with a real understanding in materials, details and design theory.

Attend regular guest lectures and events to help you explore employment opportunities. Past speakers include Arup Lighting, Wylde IA, Amarelle, 2 Feet Below and SJP Interiors, with technical demonstrations provided by industry suppliers such as Corian, Egger, Vescom, Abet Laminati and Altro Flooring.

Develop your own independent projects and follow live briefs set and assessed by professionals in the field. Take on work experience and placements throughout the degree, including international exchange.

Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our City Creatives. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Our strong industry links within Bristol and beyond ensure ongoing input from individual designers and established design companies.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

The course provides excellent preparation for a career in commercial and domestic interiors, retail, leisure, and exhibition design.

You could also choose to specialise in furniture, product or lighting design.

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    Our objective is to promote the profession of interior design at the highest level of competence

    The Society of British and International Design is the UK-based standard bearer organisation for the accreditation of professional interior designers, product suppliers and educational institutions. We work to strengthen the profession of interior design and the commercial success of our members.

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    As an organisation we believe strongly in collaboration. The strong industry links we form create vital opportunities for our members and allow SBID to further its expertise in all areas of the interior design industry. We work with industry and trade partners as well as professional organisations in the UK and around the world to promote and protect professional interior design and to establish a global network of accredited professionals.

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    SBID host events to support, inform and advise our members. We invite a global network of industry stakeholders to participate; so as to educate, inform and inspire the design industry at large. Hosted by SBID, our partners and members, our events facilitate life-long learning and career development.

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    One of SBID’s aims is to build a ‘learning to earning’ ethos in interior design education. We are actively involved in the education sector, working with UK universities to create accredited university courses that meet the criteria of the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) European Charter of Education. This ensures SBID accredited UK universities offer a degree-level education that develops comprehensive, practical and commercial skills to enhance the employment prospects of its interior design graduates.

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