South Devon College

FdA Three Dimensional Design (Interior and Spatial Design)

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1066 Design Communications and Digital Tools

      An introduction to the elements of visual language and the ways that designers communicate with themselves and others. Students will combine techniques, theoretical, drawn and digital so that they can develop and demonstrate their competence to express and describe design ideas.

    • SOUD1068 Contextual Studies: Style and Meaning

      An introduction to the study of the history of design including the developments and debates that inform current and future art and design practice.

    • SOUD1188 Developing Research and Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to understand how their creative practice can be reviewed and developed to meet the needs of the professional workplace. Students will be given the opportunity to examine the underlying theoretical concerns of their practice and develop a range of research and communications skills which can be used to inform sustained critical reflection and personal development. The module also introduces students to the underlying principles of 3D Design, exploring the materials, concepts and skills which underpin the subject.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD1067 Design Processes

      This module is a practical introduction to design processes. Students will be expected to expand ideas towards a range of outcomes using appropriate approaches, media and production techniques.

    • SOUD1071 Surface, Texture, Structure and Form

      Equivalents for surface qualities will be explored and used as a source for two and three dimensional maquettes and proposals that consider their relationship to form. A broad materials base will be used to develop ideas that integrate with traditional methods and materials.

    • SOUD1072 Spatial and Interior Design

      Using an intuitive approach, an investigation is started into the aesthetic and spatial theory necessary in the design and development of interior spaces. Results are analysed and recorded and an interior space is modelled and developed.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2055 Negotiated Research, Dissertation

      The module will discuss the cultural context of creative practice and examines issues which may impact on current practice and future design. The content will support the development and production of an individually researched and produced document.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD1073 Duplicating Form

      This module will be predominately workshop based and explores techniques, processes and concepts for repeat and batch production. Making connections across materials and traditional boundaries will be encouraged so that new methods of reproduction can be explored.

    • SOUD1074 Design and Make

      The development of a personal response to a set brief and the ability to use appropriate design methods to reach a final solution is central to this module. A multi-media approach to development and production will be encouraged.

    • SOUD1084 Retail Design

      Student research into commercial `high street¿ retail outlets begins an analysis which forms the starting point of a flagship re-design using a real site. The place of the designer in a wider commercial context will be covered using case studies.

    • SOUD1085 Structure and Environment

      Students will be given the opportunity through practical design assignments to explore the symbiotic relationship of these important fundamentals of spatial and object based design. The establishing of a process by which design reaches its conclusions will also be covered.

    • SOUD2056 Object and Use

      The module will discuss the cultural context of creative practice and examines issues which may impact on current practice and future design. The content will support the development and production of an individually researched and produced document.

    • SOUD2057 Body, Form and Structure

      With reference to the form, structure and movement of the human body and its relationship to the environment students will explore and exploit this interface. The consideration of sensory as well as ergonomic aspects is central to development of this module.

    • SOUD2068 Furniture, Exhibition and Environment

      The design and detailing of specialist bespoke furniture and an exhibition package run concurrently. Special consideration is given to environmental issues and responsible design in a global context.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2058 Negotiated Project

      Students will negotiate a studio project which demonstrates a growing independence in terms of content, process, time management and an awareness of constraints. Tutors will act to guide students in the direction of personal practice, realising your design outcomes.

    • SOUD2059 Final Major Project

      The final major project provides a vehicle to demonstrate accumulated skills and greater independence of the programme and will act to confirm student directions. After approval, you will be expected to manage the whole project, from initiation through to final results. The presentation and display of work produced is an assessable part of this module.

    • SOUD2060 Professional Practice

      This module will investigate the relationship between studio and professional practice, between audience, the practitioner and the business community. The aim is to equip students to function effectively within business and professional communities.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with South Devon College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College