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.
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.
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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
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.
|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|
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 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.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
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
- Getting Connected
- Design Place
- Design Space
- Presenting Space
Year 2 Modules
- Making Choices
- Design Studio One
- Design Studio Two
- The Built Environment
Year 3 Modules
- New Model Dissertation
- Design Forum
- Final Major: Research and Development
- Final Major: Resolution and Presentation
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.
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
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!