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, 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, 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.
UCAS CODE: 1W97, W240
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.
Create innovative designs in our professional standard studio and workshops
This course is 75% practice-based so you will have ample opportunity to develop your subject through a hands-on, experimental approach. This will involve access to workshops to support the design process.
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 a European city for study tours and to participate on our Erasmus exchange programme.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||329 hours|
|Independent learning:||871 hours|
Year 2: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||307 hours|
|Independent learning:||893 hours|
Year 3: 21 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||253 hours|
|Independent learning:||947 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|95 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|90 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|95 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Critical and Historical Studies– Historical and Critical Thinking
- Design Tools
- Interior Design
- Spatial Design
Year 2 Modules
- Critical and Historical Studies–Design Research and Theory
- Design + Detail
- Retail Design
- Professional Studies
Year 3 Modules
- Critical and Historical Studies– Dissertation
- Final Major Project
- Professional Practice
How much does it cost
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.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
Dr. Helena Chance
Dr Frances Carter
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed my three years studying Spatial Design at Bucks New University. The multi-disciplinary and practical nature of the course is what appealed to me most when applying, as I initially wasn't sure what type of designer I wanted to be.
Having the opportunity to work on projects in different areas of spatial design enabled me to discover the direction I wanted to take after graduating. I am now working as an Interior Designer for a design and build company that specialises in the commercial and leisure sectors.
Anna Lee Laferlla
Four years ago, I applied to Bucks New University to do a degree in Interior and Spatial Design not knowing what I wanted to do with my life and I have never looked back since!
I now work for one of the most successful commercial interior companies in the UK as a project designer. I am designing buildings, creating space plans, proposals, meeting clients as well as creating stunning visualisations and even models in my day to day life. Without studying at BNU i would never be where i am today.
I would certainly recommend the course to anyone remotely interested in design and to help you find out what your future is in how to apply it to many different fields to help you to get the best career possible! It was amazing and I would do it again if I could!