Spatial Design

BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design (Top-up)

UCAS CODE: ISD9
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Would you like to be connected to the interior design industry? Have you got a keen eye for interior and spatial design? Then this practical course is for you.
Through connection to industry speakers, real life projects and lecturers who practice in the field of interior design, this degree will not only develop your skills and knowledge through creative spatial exploration, but it will also help give you the confidence and skills to gain employment. 
As well as this, you will be able to add and bring to life your conceptual and creative ideas, through our model making workshops.  
Turning your designs into fully standing and authentic builds.   
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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.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

If you admire the world around you, find beauty in the aesthetic, to the small details, of a room then this industry is waiting for you.  As a creative thinker you will be able to bring your ideas to life and design dream builds, whilst ensuring ethical and social issues are addressed. Your role can influence the blueprints of our future.

Kick-start your future in Interior and Spatial Design today.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

If you have completed a foundation-level degree, HND, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant Art and Design subject, you can choose to top-up your studies to gain a full bachelor’s degree.

A top-up degree is the equivalent of the final year of an undergraduate degree, and offers a chance to deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding of your subject, while also getting an internationally-recognised qualification.

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.

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.

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.

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 mostly 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.

You'll 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.

To achieve the full BA (Hons) in Interior and Spatial Design you will need to complete a major project, a dissertation as well as undertake a Professional Practice module.

The major project and dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic important to you within graphic design. You will cover the whole research process, undertaking empirical investigation and analysis. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, who will offer support and advice.

The Professional Practice module gives you the opportunity to undertake work-based learning or answer live industry briefs, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career in the creative industries.

Placement Plus

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.

Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design Programme Specification

Additional Course Costs - Interior and Spatial Design

What are the course entry requirements?

This programme is offered as a top-up qualification for students who have completed a HND, FDA, or other equivalent qualification in a relevant Art and Design subject, and wish to progress further to achieve an Honours degree.

This module map provides a list 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

Professional Practice

Advanced Design Studio

Critical and Historical Studies – Dissertation

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year

International

International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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 (Top-up) 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
  • Model-Maker.

You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study our full-time or part-time Postgraduate Courses

Course leader

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Michela Falcone
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