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

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W250



This course offers the opportunity to develop industry-aligned design skills and knowledge allowing graduates to respond to the changing shape of interior and spatial design. Students will respond to client briefs, explore commercial and domestic interiors as well as architectural elements; investigate spatial planning and the function of objects within space as well as examine the relationship between the user and the space designed.
Students study the relationship of people to spaces through volume, planning, atmosphere, scale, colour, light, texture, acoustics and material. There is scope for specialisation in a multi-disciplinary field whether it is designing floor plans and interior schemes, fabricating bespoke furniture, producing photo-real visualisations, preparing walk-through animations or producing computer generated scale models.


Techniques taught will include research and design frameworks, methods and processes; digital visualisation and presentation techniques including the use of AutoCAD, Sketchup, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, as well as production and fabrication methods in a range of areas which can include metal, timber, plastic and ceramics.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will develop your employment skills, knowledge and awareness through professional work placements across the North East and UK. You will have the opportunity to gain work experience at one of 40 companies and architectural practices that currently support this course. You will also be able to exhibit your work to representatives from industry in your second year.

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. The focus in year one is to develop a broad skillset integral to the design process before applying this in year and completing the course with a strong portfolio presented at industry standard.

Qualification Gained

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

"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

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

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 1


Skills for Making 1
A project based around compact city living. You will be asked to create a conceptual domestic space. Throughout this module you will utilise a range of skills in designing a proposal, model and final visualisations for your proposal.

Digital Skills Acquisition
You will get the opportunity to explore and develop a range of industry standard programs integral to the design process.

Product Development
Throughout this module you will be asked to design a proposal for a pop-up cinema.

Work Related Learning
In this module you will develop proposals, digital models and renders for a space in Newcastle City centre.

Personal Development
This module will support your planning and personal development alongside your design modules.

Academic Study Skills
This module underpins the academic study skills which you will need as you progress through higher education.

Practice Enrichment
In this module you will curate a space for an exhibition of a creative of your choice. You will get the opportunity to develop ideas and concepts for a space as well as learning how to use the laser cutter and producing a range of models.

Contextual Studies 1
This module is all about developing your knowledge of the creative industries. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history and future of the design industry as well as looking at a range of modern day issues affecting the design world.

Year 2

Skills for Making 2
Digital Application
Developing an Negotiated Brief
Professional Development
Work-Based Learning
Alternative Techniques
Contextual Studies 2



Learning Methods


Methods of teaching vary from studio delivery to seminars, case studies, work-based learning, projects and team learning. New theories, models and frameworks will be presented and discovered through directed reading and peer learning. New learned theory will be applied to industry relevant projects through a variety of methods. Throughout your course you will also be supported through our online learning environment. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades.


Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed through the outcomes of the modules they will study.

A range of Practical and Theoretical activities will determine the final grades.

Progression Opportunities

Academic progression is available through a specialist subject pathway of our BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up). You could also pursue a career in teaching and progress to study onto a Masters or PGCE qualification.

Career Opportunities

Career paths following this course most commonly include 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 Royal Oceanic Super Liners, BPID, Herrington Gate Furniture, RASKL and Ryder Architecture.

Entry Requirements


A minimum of 48 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.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will need to buy a range of art materials and equipment such as pens, pencils, marker pens, a scalpel, scissors, USB storage and sketchbooks. A full equipment list is given to those who successfully gain a place to study. Students will also be required to pay for additional materials they wish to use throughout projects.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.