National Design Academy

Why choose the National Design Academy?

You’re interested in interior design and would like to start your Higher Education journey? Then the NDA is a fantastic place to start! We are a not-for-profit organisation and have over 24 years experience in teaching interior design qualifications and are specialists in this subject. All our degrees are studied part time via flexible online distance learning. There is no UCAS application required and we offer Diploma courses which provide access to the degree programme if you do not already hold a Level 3 qualification in Art or an Art & Design based subject.

Our Partnership with Staffordshire University
You can be assured that any Foundation Degree, BA (Hons) or Master of Art studied with us, is validated and awarded by Staffordshire University. The certificate is identical to those received by full time students studying on campus at Staffordshire University and graduates will be invited to their Awards Week for Graduation.

The flexibility of study
By studying via online distance learning, you are able to work whilst you study. You aren’t confined to academic timetables, which means you can start your degree at any time of the year. The course can be accessed from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection!) and at any time of the day or night. The courses are accessed through our bespoke Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) where you can contact your tutor, view your course, upload your work and chat to other students on our vibrant student community forum.

Student Satisfaction
In 2012, we received 100% ‘Overall Student Satisfaction’ in the National Student Survey (NSS) – alongside this; we also received two further 100% scores for ‘Tutor Enthusiasm’ and ‘Intellectually Stimulating Course’.
Courses available at the National Design Academy
Further Education
Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design
Level 3 Diploma in Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings
Level 3 Diploma in Garden Design

(validated and awarded by Staffordshire University)

Foundation Degree in Interior Design
Foundation Degree in Heritage Interior Design
Foundation Degree in Retail Design
BA (Hons) Interior Design (top-up)
BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design (top-up)
BA (Hons) Retail Design (top-up)
BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living (top-up)

(validated and awarded by Staffordshire University)

Master of Art in Interior Design

All course content is accessed online via our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS). The VLS is bespoke to us and offers a flexible way to study. Students can email their tutors, upload their work, access their course and resources and also get involved with our online student Community – the VLS Forum.

Workshops are offered as one-day learning experiences to enhance students learning and skills throughout their course, but are optional. Our purpose built studio, complete with touch screen technology and intelligent lighting systems are a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and meet fellow students and NDA tutors.

Current Courses

Click on a course below to view more information.

    • Type
    • Course Title
    • Duration
    • Location
    • Diploma
    • Diploma in Garden Design
    • 6-10 months
    • Online
    • Level 3 Diploma
    • Diploma in Professional Interior Design
    • 6-10 months
    • Online
    • Diploma
    • Diploma in Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings
    • 6-10 months
    • Online

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