Work, play, learn: everything we do happens in a Space. Join our creative course which will enable you to turn your ideas into design.
Students on our course produce designs for residential, retail, and work-based spaces learning how to develop a design projects from initial space exploration final presentations.
We will teach you studio and workshop-based model-making skills using our laser cutting and prototyping equipment. You'll will learn the most advanced drawings and 3d modelling techniques and you will have many opportunities to engage with the profession by attending a lecture series and visiting design institutions and collections to offer invaluable insight into the industry.
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Getting an internship takes a lot of work, but I got a lot of support from my tutors. Doing something you're truly passionate about is incredibly rewarding: in only a few weeks, it has already had a positive impact on my confidence and ability as a designer and I am excited to see where this path takes me.Charlotte Jacobs Level 6 student
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
If you are a creative thinker that has a passion for interior and spatial design, you may thrive on this course. During this course you’ll be able to discover how to bring your ideas to life through the stages.
Admire the world around you, taking in everything from the aesthetic to the small details of a room. Design dream builds whilst ensuring ethical and social issues are addressed, your role can influence the blueprints of our future.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.
Led by our dedicated and supportive course team, our interior and spatial design students can benefit from their own workshop space where they can express themselves freely in a tight-knit group and be able to use the space to create individual designs.
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.
With our strong links with the industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities with leading designers.
With London only a short journey away, you can take the opportunity to visit some of the world’s best galleries and museums for inspiration. You can also work with designers in and around the capital, gaining experience in how to adapt to the challenges of working in a business.
The Interior and Spatial Design degree allowed me to explore an area of design I had not yet encountered which I found intriguing.Danielle Bailey
What facilities can I use?
During your time with us you’ll be able to work from our creative base on the High Wycombe campus. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your studio and workshop based model-making skills using our laser cutting and 3D prototyping equipment. As well as this you'll be taught drawing and CAD visualisation techniques using AutoCAD, Rhino and Photoshop, so that you can present your work with confidence.
What will I study?
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.
You’ll learn 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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
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.
Our students are encouraged to 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.
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.
You will also learn through:
- Lectures, seminars and workshops
- Guided research and reading
- Examination of projects, simulated or real
- Analysis of work-based scenarios
- Independent learning through individual learning plans
- Tutored classroom sessions
- Visiting speakers and guest lecturers.
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.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
Applicants will need to complete an interview and/or demonstrate portfolio work, further guidance is given on the interview and portfolio advice section.
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 provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Critical and Historical Studies - Historical and Critical Thinking
Year 2 Modules
Critical and Historical Studies - Design Research and Theory
Design + Detail
Year 3 Modules
Critical and Historical Studies - Dissertation
Advanced Design Studio
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
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.
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 also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Interior Designer
- Interior Decorator
- Exhibition and Event Designer
- Visual Merchandiser
- Display Designer
- Production and Set Designer
You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study our full-time or part-time Postgraduate Courses
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.
BNU provides multiple workshops which allowed me experience new techniques in modelmaking. Personal feedback from my tutors helped me to focus on strengths and push to a higher level of my projects. Persistence is key for a job hunt: before starting a role as a Junior Designer I got a lot of support from my university tutor in advising. I see this job as a beginning of a new chapter of being a designer.Aneta Walczak Recent graduate and designer at Area