Graduate Diploma Interior Design

University of the Arts London

Program Description

Graduate Diploma Interior Design

University of the Arts London

Graduate Diploma in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one year programme. This course provides students with the skills and experience required for a career in the field of interior design, or further study at MA level.

Content: what students can expect

  • To develop a flexible, open-minded approach to thinking about interior design or critically engaging with contemporary design approaches
  • To connect with interior design in a variety of ways such as designing, writing, visual communication and research
  • To explore the possibility of making narratives from interior design
  • To develop an open way of thinking about interior design, and give students the opportunity to critically engage with contemporary design approaches
  • To design small-scale interiors and explore new opportunities within existing architectural spaces
  • To be assigned a personal tutor who supports your development


The course runs over a total of 30 weeks and offers a combination of taught study, self-directed negotiated study, personal research and written assignments. There are also two major practical projects undertaken during the year and each is the subject of a book.

The course is studio based and delivered in three units of study:

Unit 1 - Commodity and Design

This is a design programme that explores a small-scale domestic interior. This project focuses on how the client / user can be given a new opportunity to perform within a space and the various methods students have to envisage and communicate this opportunity.

Unit 2 - Negotiated Design Programme

In this unit students are expected to initiate a design project. They will choose a location, make an analysis of an interior and establish a design brief for a new programme of habitation. Students are asked to find a context in the public realm rather than the domestic one, and are expected to reflect upon and discuss how habitation is improved by their contribution.

Unit 3 - Professional Context

This unit is concerned with critical reflection upon professional practice and creative processes. Students will learn about professional communication within the practice of interior design, and specifically the writing requirements of an interior designer when they are reflecting upon and communicating their design proposals. This will prepare students for professional practice and support the critical position of their design proposals.

Work experience and opportunities

During the year students are involved in live projects. One of these, the making of a Christmas-themed installation for a highly regarded hotel in Westminster, has become an annual event.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Many of our graduates go on to further study programmes in interior design and other related disciplines, and we also encourage students to arrange a meeting with an employability adviser from SEE, the University's Student Employability and Enterprise service before students leave.

Cost & Fees

Home/EU Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments

Entry Requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Evidence of ability in art or design
  • Some experience of architectural drawing is required
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.0 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Please note that this course is not an introduction to interior design. It is equivalent to the third year of a degree course, and prepares students for professional employment or further studies at MA level. Before joining this course, applicants must have some experience or complete courses in architectural drawing and model making.

Applicants must also prove that they’ve undertaken preliminary research into how interior designers operate and what processes they use to develop a design proposal. We expect our students to be self-motivated, have good study skills and exhibit an enthusiasm for exploration as well as research.


Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Last updated March 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
1 year
Full time
17,230 GBP
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 17,230 GBP
International Fee: £17,230 (Full time - 2016/17 fees); Home/EU Fee: £9,000 (Full time - 2016/17 fees)