Interior and Spatial Design - FdA [Full Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W250


This course offers you the opportunity to gain industry-aligned design skills and knowledge that respond to the changing shape of design. You will undertake client briefs, explore commercial and domestic interiors as well as architectural elements, investigate spatial planning and understand the function of objects within space. You will develop skills in a number of different areas including designing floor plans and interior schemes, fabricating bespoke furniture, producing photo-real visualisations, preparing walk-through animations or producing computer generated scale models. You will focus on the relationship of people to spaces through volume, planning, atmosphere, scale, colour, light, texture, acoustics and material.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

Over 40 spatial and architectural practices currently support this course. You will be given the opportunity to develop your employment skills, knowledge and awareness through work placements with these companies alongside your studies.

Who the course is for

Foundation Degree in Interior and Spatial Design is ideally suited for individuals who are interested in areas including interior design, architecture, interior architecture, interior decoration and furniture/product design. 

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the programme of study you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Interior and Spatial Design by NCG. 

"I cannot speak highly enough of my college tutors who have supported me so well. With the extra demands of my placement they have given me added support to help me manage my workload."

Raymond Watkin
FdA Interior Design

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Junior Designer - £15,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Interior Designer - £20,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Designer/Creative Director - £45,000-£75,000

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year one
• Academic Study Skills
• Contextual Studies 1
• Digital Skills Acquisition
• Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
• Practice Enrichment
• Product Development
• Skills for Making 1
• Work Related Learning

Year two
• Alternative Techniques
• Contextual Studies 2
• Developing a Negotiated Brief
• Digital Skills Application
• Professional Development
• Skills for Making 2
• Work-Based Learning

Learning Methods

Methods of teaching vary from studio delivery to seminars, case-studies, work-based learning, projects and team learning. Theory will be applied to industry relevant projects through a variety of methods.

Assessment Methods

A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades.


Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through our one-year BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up) degree.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist within architecture, interior design and furniture design. Previous graduates have progressed to work within leading design practices throughout the UK and Europe at organisations such as Gilmour Design Studio, Herrington Gate Furniture and Ryder Architecture.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 - 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design).

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience. 

If English is not your first language, an English language test scores of 5.5 is required.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.