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Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design

 

Why I chose to study Interior and Spatial Design at UTS

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City campus

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85.55

Min. duration
3 years full time

course codes
UTS: C10271v2
CRICOS: 071631C
UAC: 602060

The Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design helps students to re-imagine interior environments and public spaces in local and global contexts. With a strong emphasis on people's experiences of space and the choice of a major in performative space, this degree equips students with the critical skills required to interrogate and transgress the traditional boundaries of commercial interior design.

Students learn to engage with public and urban spaces alongside internal environments. Contemporary societies and city environments are changing rapidly, and this course promotes the ability to adapt to this change and shape the way people experience interior and public spaces.

The Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design helps students to re-imagine interior environments and public spaces in local and global contexts. With a strong emphasis on people's experiences of space and the choice of a major in performative space, this degree equips students with the critical skills required to interrogate and transgress the traditional boundaries of commercial interior design.

Students learn to engage with public and urban spaces alongside internal environments. Contemporary societies and city environments are changing rapidly, and this course promotes the ability to adapt to this change and shape the way people experience interior and public spaces.

Through a strong emphasis on practice and research, students develop the ability to think conceptually and understand the complex contexts in which they are designing. Through intensive collaborative design studios, students work to develop, discuss and debate ideas as they would in industry. With skills in analogue and digital design and fabrication, they are able to tackle real-world projects in the studios as well as through competitions with stakeholders such as the Art Gallery of NSW, Object Gallery, the City of Sydney and Zumtobel Lighting.

International connections and focus encourage recognition of UTS graduates abroad. UTS academics lead yearly international design studios in cities such as Berlin, Hong Kong, Athens, Prague and Venice. International guest lectures and workshops, as well as a wide range of exchange opportunities, enrich students' learning and expose them to different cultures of design.

Course aims

Through their study, students develop spatial intelligence and excellence in design practice. The program fosters a creative and explorative attitude towards the design process, underpinned by reflective and critical engagement. Students generate a cohesive design approach where research and practice are consolidated in design outcomes.

The course has:

  • an emphasis on creative, innovative spatial practice and international networks
  • practice-oriented and research-integrated learning regarding specific projects
  • engagement with innovative and creative technologies
  • an emphasis on emerging design practices
  • close links with creative practitioners.

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Typical study program

An example program is provided below.

First year

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
86004 Design Studio: Foundations in Spatial Language1286004
86008 Context: Image and Making (Representation)686008
85503 Design Thinking685503
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
85502 Researching Design History685502
86005 Design Studio: Foundations in Spatial Design1286005
86009 Context: Image and Making (Generative Methods)686009

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2016 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Eligible students can choose to either defer payment of their fees through HECS-HELP, or pay up front to receive a 10% discount. Subject to the passage of legislation, the discount applied to upfront payments may be removed.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the above.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,917 = $1,114

Student contribution amounts for 2015 commencing students

Area of study and

student contribution  

band

Student contribution

(per EFTSL or 48 cp)

3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$10,440
2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Agriculture
$8,917
1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing
$6,256

 

Eligible students can choose to either defer payment of their fees through HECS-HELP, or pay up front to receive a 10% discount. Subject to the passage of legislation, the discount applied to upfront payments may be removed.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the above.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,917 = $1,114

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per credit point for 2016 is $616. The total credit points are 144.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

Career options include commercial and residential interior design, adaptive re-use design, interactive and responsive environment design, museum and exhibition design, production design for film and television, theatre and performance design, and visual and spatial branding.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
STM90724 Core subjects (Interior and Spatial Design)96
CBK90822 Sub-major choice24
CBK90823 Elective choice24
Total144

Course structure explained

Students must complete 144 credit points comprising 96 credit points of core subjects, a 24-credit-point sub-major and 24 credit points of electives.

Additional information

Course duration

The course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis. There are generally up to 20 contact hours a week. Lectures and studios are on campus during the teaching period.

Full time, on campus

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.

Year 12 bonus scheme

To see a list of courses where HSC subjects provide bonus points, please refer to the Year 12 bonus points page.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

Professional recognition

Design Institute of Australia; International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers; Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA).

UTS: Handbook

See the Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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