Interior and Spatial Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

Work, play, learn; everything we do happens in a space. This interior design degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to turn these spaces into creative and innovative environments. This course is also offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Why study BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at BNU? Accreditations The course is accredited by the ‘UK’s leading accreditation body to the interior design industry’, SBID (Society of British and International Design). As well as this we are also a member of the network Interior Educators, here you’ll be able to take part in forums, exchange ideas and take part in competitions. Inspiring facilities At BNU we understand that a high standard of facilities is key to your growth and development as a designer. The course gives you access to a wide range of resources including digital suites, where you will learn how to use Auto CAD, Rhino and other software such as Photoshop and InDesign. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your studio and workshop-based model-making skills using our laser cutting and 3D printing equipment. You’ll find yourself based in the designated studio for the course, where you’ll have an individual workspace, where you can hang inspiration, designs and ideas. The studio encourages professional learning as it mirrors practices within the profession. Industry-links Led by a dedicated teaching team with a wealth of experience within the interior and spatial design, exhibition design, landscape design, model-making and design visualisation and animation industry. Many of your tutors on this course are also involved with design practice and research. Not only will you benefit from a rich and varied programme, you’ll also have direct access to guest lectures, potential live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities with leading designers. Our external partners and collaborators include interior designers, architects, exhibition and event designers, museums and music industry contacts. The course offers study trips to London and abroad, focussing on the discovery and understanding of design and its consequences by visiting world renown architectural and design practices. Additionally, our alumni who are practicing internationally, continue to offer work opportunities to you. A degree for you This programme focuses on the creative enhancement of architectural environments, involving the design of spaces. By working through sequences of projects, you will acquire a wide range of creative and technical skills which enable you to complete design projects from concept to final presentation. The programme is aimed at those who passionately want to produce designs for the spaces in which we live, work and engage in leisure activities. You will convert and renovate existing buildings as well as design new structures and spaces. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What will I study? The degree embeds core professional skills as design tools in the early stages of the course, such as freehand drawing, model making, object fabrication, technical drawing, 3D modelling and digital visualization. You will learn how to design and specify fixtures and fittings as well as materials for construction, evaluate processes, and communicate how spaces are built.


Foundation year Collaboration in Creative Practice Contextual Studies: Ideas, Concepts, Intro to research & writing Portfolio Model Making Technical Drawing Project - Creative Realisation Year one Core Modules Critical and Historical Thinking 1 Design Tools 1: Model Making and Hand Drawing Interior Design Design Tools 2: Computer Aided Design Spatial Design Opportunity Modules 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Modules Design, Research and Theory Professional Studies for Interior and Spatial Design Adaptive Reuse Material Technologies Retail Design Year three Core Modules Professional Practice Advanced Design Studio Contextual Report Creative and Professional Development Final Major Project

Assessment method

As an interior and spatial design student you’ll have to complete a series of modules and projects across your time spent studying with us. Projects are designed to present new challenges to you as you progress through the course. They involve working with varied sites, clients and requirements. By the end of your time with BNU, you’ll benefit from a full portfolio to go to employers with. You’ll also benefit from lecturers, 1:1 or small group tutorials, seminars that enable open discussions, guided research and reading, group critiques and self-directed study. We also aim to provide industry brief opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding into real-world contexts. The theoretical underpinning of practice encourages the development of critical perspectives in relation to the language of design. Upon graduation you should be able to solve interior and spatial design issues and produce detailed and construction drawings for spaces and structures referring to building regulations, as well as specify and source fixtures, fittings and materials. Our aim is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in professional Interior and Spatial Design practice. We want to develop you as individual, creative, confident and innovative designers with skills in research, conceptualisation, realisation and communication. The programme seeks those who are creative thinkers with initiative who want to respond to the challenges of working on design projects within the local community, in London, nationally and internationally.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15150 Year 1
International £15150 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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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.

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Interior and Spatial Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS