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BA (Hons)
Interior and Spatial Design

We prepare you for a career in the exciting world of contemporary Interior and Spatial Design. Engaging with unique and dynamic design projects, you'll learn how to transform existing spaces and create new ones.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: 1W97

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Students on our course produce designs for residential, retail, and work-based spaces as well as undertaking projects for the leisure, hospitality and event and performance industries. Our course will give you the opportunity to work with private and public spaces and within a wide range of buildings and sites as you develop as a versatile designer. The course covers the conceptual, theoretical and practical skills needed to become a successful Interior and Spatial Designer. We look for creative thinkers who respond to the challenges of working locally, in London, nationally and internationally.

Create stunning designs through drawings, scale models and visuals

You will learn how to successfully complete all aspects of design projects from initial site visits and client briefings through to final presentations. We will teach you studio and workshop based model-making skills using our laser cutting and 3D prototyping equipment. You'll be taught drawing and CAD visualisation techniques using AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Rhino and Photoshop, so that you can present your work with confidence.

Understand the theory as well as the practice of design

We teach historical and contextual studies of Interior and Spatial Design, giving you a knowledge of the relationship between design theory and practice. You'll also analyse the material qualities of spaces so that you can specify fixtures and fittings.

Through group reviews of work and presentations to clients, you will develop your communication skills to a professional standard and learn to work as part of a design team. Developing as a multi-disciplinary designer with a diverse portfolio, you focus on a particular area of Interior and Spatial Design with your final major project in your third year of the course.

Tutors on our long-established course are involved with design practice and research. Members of the course team have experience in interior design, exhibition design, landscape design, engineering, model-making, design for performance, design visualisation and animation.

We have a wide range of workshops, enabling you to produce work in a wide variety of media. For each of the three years that you are with us, you'll have your own designated work space in our design studios.

Working for clients

Recently, students from the course have worked on projects with Bouygues Development, Murray Chalmers Music PR, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Showroom London, Space-pod Bourne End and Pentagram London.

Our students have displayed their work in local galleries and practices as well as at venues and events in London such as the V&A Museum and at New Designers. We also offer you the opportunity to travel to New York and Amsterdam for study tours and to participate on our Erasmus exchange programme with KU Leuven University, Belgium.

Year One

  • Presenting Space
  • Design Place
  • Design Space
  • Getting Connected
  • VMC Getting Connected

Year Two

  • The Built Environment
  • Design Studio One
  • Design Studio Two
  • VMC Making Choices

Year Three

  • Design Forum
  • Final Major: Research and Development
  • Final Major: Resolution and Presentation
  • VMC New Model Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

This course is included in our unconditional offer policy.  

If your application is successful you will be invited for an interview and portfolio review. Your portfolio is a collection of work that represents your creative potential and demonstrates your ability and interest in your chosen subject. The requirement to produce a portfolio of work is the linking factor between all art and design courses. The quality of your portfolio is an important factor in the offer of a place on a course.

Useful advice

View some advice on preparing for your interview from course leader David Barrass here.

When preparing your portfolio, think of your audience, your strengths, and what you are trying to express to the interviewer. Bear in mind that when you come in for an interview and a portfolio review, the interviewer will be new to you and your work so ensure that everything is clear and easy to view. Show your work off in the best possible way and avoid any means that complicates or obscures it.

What should be included?

Your portfolio should include the strongest examples of your creative work; follow your instincts but also seek advice from your teachers. Portfolios can vary from student to student but typically a portfolio should contain work from a variety of media. Quality is better than quantity so only include 20 or 30 pieces that you consider best shows off your diversity. If you have created 3D pieces of work, photographs of these can also be included. Try also drawing the same subject matter in a variety of ways, such as by changing scale, composition and media.

How should your portfolio be presented?

Try to make your portfolio as clear and as organised as possible. If the work does not explain itself, include a label which details the title of the piece. It could also be useful to include a date when the work was completed. It is advisable to present the work in related groups, rather than in chronological order, as this will show how your idea developed.

Supporting material and sketchbooks

You should bring along your sketchpads and notebooks. These will allow the interviewer to get a glimpse into how you think creatively and discover how you have developed your ideas. We don't expect these to be neat, tidy or organised. We also don't expect these to contain finished ideas.

It is advantageous to support your portfolio with any written work, such as relevant essays. We also like to see documentation of journeys, visits and activities outside your main studies, which may have inspired you. The portfolio review It is likely that the interviewer will look at your portfolio with you so be sure that you are able to discuss each piece of work: why you chose that topic, what you were trying to achieve, and the process you went through to achieve the final product. We are happy to view a digital portfolio, but please notify us in advance.

Here are some helpful suggestions for your portfolio and interview session:

  • Ensure that your portfolio shows evidence of your whole creative process through your projects, from initial concept to final outcome. Include sketchbooks, research, scale models and photographs which demonstrate your journey before applying.
  • Show an ability to experiment with materials in a “hands-on” manner (bring small samples if appropriate).
  • Demonstrate a passion for design and a desire to develop solutions for how people live today.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

As a contemporary designer, you'll have excellent knowledge of recent developments in the field of Interior and Spatial design. Our graduates have gone on to work in interior design, exhibition design, event design and architectural practices as well as in museums and galleries.

Jobs in the field include:

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Exhibition and Event Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Display Designer
  • Production and Set Designer
  • Model-Maker

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. Through our modules and teaching expertise we'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become an enterprising and employable designer.

During the second year of the course, our students currently participate in work experience where they gain insight into the world of professional design practice, gathering confidence and learning independent inter-personal and leadership skills. Some of our students choose to continue their studies at post graduate level.    

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

What our students say

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed studying Interior and Spatial Design at Bucks New University and the Art and Design facilities and tutoring were all very helpful in guiding me to where I am today."- Daisy Munns
  • "During this course I have had the opportunity to confidently develop a variety of skills whilst exploring the many aspects of interior and spatial design.  By gaining diverse experience through theoretical and live projects, I have broadened my knowledge and learnt how to articulate my ideas effectively whilst learning translatable studio and design software skills." - Natalie Parkins
  • "Studying at Bucks New University I had the opportunity to explore all aspects of interior and spatial design. Having tutors with a breadth of knowledge encouraged me to experiment, develop as a designer and hone my skills that have made me employable." - George Hill

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The course inspired me to explore every aspect of the extraordinary world of art and design. As a result, I've obtained work in exhibition design, landscape design and model making. I've also had the opportunity of becoming a member of the High Wycombe Society, a group dedicated to town planning and the application process. All in all, it was an extremely valid experience and a great way to make connections. 

Patricia Grasham


My course at Bucks New University was great as it was so broad and let me experiment in many different areas of spatial design and helped me learn that there is such a cross-over is all areas of design these days so I definitely don't feel like I will be restricted to one particular career path.
 

I thoroughly enjoyed studying at Bucks New University and the Art and Design facilities and tutoring were all very helpful in guiding me to where I am today.

Daisy Munns