Spatial Design, Bachelor of Design Major
Spatial Design begins with interiority. Not just the inside of a house, a shop, or an office, but the experience of being enclosed or enveloped in environments of many kinds. Such spaces can be defined by four walls, but equally they might radiate outwards with few physical boundaries and change with time. They might be defined by proximity: how far you can reach or travel; intimacy and the desire for closeness; immersion and the sense of being fully engaged or even out of your depth; drama and suspense; touch, warmth, pressure, the feel of the breeze or the shock of pain; or connection, whether through genealogies, social networks, or remote technologies. Spatial designers recognise that we experience our world from within.
Our design approach is strongly driven by ideas and theoretical insights. We aim to bypass clichés and creatively question the conventions of interior, event, architecture, landscape, performance, furniture, urbanism and art. We foster hands-on, studio-based learning and experimentation with emergent technologies, full-size prototypes, installations, furniture, modelling, moving image and a range of graphic and computer skills. Because our staff are active researchers, often with many years in design practice, we are well-placed to deliver not just vital industry skills, but the creative capacity to thrive within the changing world of spatial design.