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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. You'll engage with unique and dynamic design projects with clients locally or in London. If you want to change the spaces around you, and to create new ones, this is the course for you.

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?

You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of buildings and develop as a versatile designer. We show you how to design interiors and spaces so that you can respond to client demands with a range of abilities. We look for creative thinkers who respond to the challenges of working within the local community, in London, nationally and internationally.

Create stunning designs from the drawing board to scale models
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 and 3D Studio Max and Photoshop, so that you can present your work with confidence. You’ll also analyse the material qualities of spaces so that you can specify fixtures and fittings.

Understand the theory as well as the practice of design
Knowing the theory behind Interior and Spatial Design gives you an insight into the mind of the client. We combine historical and contextual studies so that you understand the relationship between design theory and practice. 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.

We help you to develop as a multi-disciplinary designer and then give you the chance to focus on a particular area of Interior and Spatial Design during your final project.

We’ve been running Interior Design as a course for nearly 50 years. Over that time the course has developed to reflect changes in the way we live. Now, as Interior and Spatial Design, we give you the chance to gain skills in both disciplines.

Expert teaching in our professional workshops
Our design studios and workshops make us the envy of many institutions. We invest in developing creative spaces that help our students to achieve their potential. All our lecturers and staff are practicing in design. They have experience in Interior Design, Landscape Design and Design for Performance and Exhibition.

You'll have your own designated space in our studio, which you'll make your own during the three years that you spend with us.

Working for real clients in the UK and beyond
Recently, students from the course have worked on projects with Bouygues Development, Murray Chalmers Music PR, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Showroom London and Pentagram London. Our students display their work in local galleries and practices as well as at venues and events in London such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and at New Designers.

We will 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

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

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 museums and galleries. Jobs in the field include: 

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Exhibition and Event Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Display Designer
  • Auto CAD and 3D Studio Max Visualiser and Technician
  • Production and Set Designer
  • Model-maker
  • Prop Designer and 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. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

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

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