NDA is the UK’s leading expert in delivering online Interior Design qualifications.

The National Design Academy has been teaching Interior Design for over 26 years. We are experts in online learning. Specialised in part-time interior design courses, we deliver high quality, industry-recognised, accredited courses from diploma to post-graduate level through flexible, online, distance learning. With alumni of over 30,000 students in 80 countries. NDA graduates are highly sought after, and prized for their confidence, skills and commercial awareness.

At the National Design Academy, we do things differently. Our courses are designed to suit your needs and be studied from anywhere in the world. We treat all our students as individuals. Our courses are designed to be flexible so NDA has no terms or semesters. Students can choose their own start date and study at their own pace - not the pace of other students.

We believe in supporting our students and recognise each student has different needs, often fitting their course around work, personal and family commitments. That is why each student has their own, individual study plan and their own, highly experienced, personal Tutor. Our Tutors have a wealth of knowledge and are experts in the field of professional interior design. They will support you throughout your journey, providing feedback and as much support as you need via telephone, email or skype based at our Head office & studios in Nottingham and can be contacted 5 days a week, as often as you wish.

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Although students study individually we believe in providing an online community for students to engage with one another whilst studying. Students study online using our bespoke Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) portal. With our years of experience, the VLS has been designed by NDA to make your experience stimulating and informative. You can also make friends with other online students in the lively forum, enjoy online seminars and chat with your Tutor and our Alumni. Work placements, careers and student case studies are all part of the busy VLS that can be accessed 24/7. Check out our range of Interior Design courses now:

NDA Level 3 Diploma courses accredited by AIM Awards.

Diploma course fees are subsidised by funding.

The Diploma is accepted for entry onto a degree programme

Diploma courses

Professional Interior Design

Professional Garden Design

Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings

NDA degrees are validated by our partner, Staffordshire University.

All undergraduate degrees are eligible for student loans.

Undergraduate Degrees

FdA Interior Design

FdA Heritage Interior Design

FdA Retail Design

BA (Hons) in Interior Design

BA (Hons) in Heritage Interior Design

BA (Hons) in Retail Design

BA (Hons) in Design for Outdoor Living

Post Graduate Degrees

Pre-Masters – University Diploma in Education - Interior Design

Masters Degree

MA Interior Design

Life doesn’t always go to plan so at NDA students study the Foundation Degree, for 2 years/levels, & then continue to the final year BA (Hons) top up. If they aren’t able to continue for any reason, they still graduate with a degree (FdA) & can return to study the BA (Hons) later! It’s the same syllabus and cost, but so much more flexible.

To find out more why not attend one of our open days at the National Design Academy, or visit our website

Additional course resources

The NDA also offer a range of in-house and online tutorials designed to improve a student's knowledge of Computer Aided Design packages as well as enhance their course skills. Topics include; AutoCAD, Photoshop, Technical Drawing, SketchUp. *NDA Students receive Free CAD software licenses & support, free access to UK university libraries (degree students only) and FREE membership to the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

BA

National Design Academy

CHOOSE YOUR OWN START DATE! 100 POINTS. UK’S ONLY ONLINE DESIGN FOR OUTDOOR LIVING DEGREE. 26 YEARS EXPERIENCE, NO UCAS. Design for Outdoor Living is a final year BA (Hon ... [+]

CHOOSE YOUR OWN START DATE! 100 POINTS. UK’S ONLY ONLINE DESIGN FOR OUTDOOR LIVING DEGREE. 26 YEARS EXPERIENCE, NO UCAS. Design for Outdoor Living is a final year BA (Hons) ‘top-up’ degree. Students normally study the Foundation Degree in Interior Design first and then have a guaranteed progression route onto the BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living. NDA in partnership with Staffordshire University offers truly FLEXIBLE ONLINE degrees so you can ‘earn while you learn.’ Apply direct – no UCAS, entry with 100 points. FREE CAD software, FREE BIID Membership, NUS card & unlimited tutor contact. Work and gain practical experience alongside your degree. At the National Design Academy we treat all our students as individuals. NDA has no terms or semesters. Students can choose their own start date and study at their own pace - not the pace of other students. At NDA every student has their own, individual study plan. At NDA we have a unique and flexible ‘Double Degree’ route to achieving BA (Hons) –see our website for full details Student loans are available for all NDA degrees. There are excellent career prospects as a freelance Interior Designer or within a Design Practice. Alternatively NDA offer a guaranteed progression route onto our online Master’s Degree, MA in Interior Design. For more details visit our website. This innovative degree is the only one of its kind in the UK. Design for Outdoor living is a concept sweeping from the USA – where outdoor design is fast becoming an... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
3 - 4 years
Online
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National Design Academy

START DATE TO SUIT YOU! STUDY ONLINE, 100 POINTS. UK’S ONLY HERITAGE DEGREE. 26 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE. NDA in partnership with Staffordshire University offers truly FLEXIBLE ... [+]

START DATE TO SUIT YOU! STUDY ONLINE, 100 POINTS. UK’S ONLY HERITAGE DEGREE. 26 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE. NDA in partnership with Staffordshire University offers truly FLEXIBLE online degrees so you can ‘earn while you learn.’ Apply direct – no UCAS, entry with 100 points. FREE CAD software, FREE BIID Membership, NUS card & unlimited tutor contact. Work and gain practical experience alongside your degree. At the National Design Academy, we treat all our students as individuals. NDA has no terms or semesters. Students can choose their own start date and study at their own pace - not the pace of other students. At NDA every student has their own, individual study plan. At NDA we have a unique & flexible ‘Double Degree’ route to achieving BA (Hons) –see our website for full details Student loans are available for all NDA degrees. There are excellent career prospects as a freelance Heritage Interior Designer or working within a Design Practice or even for the National Trust or similar heritage organization. Alternatively, NDA offers a guaranteed progression route onto our online Master’s Degree, MA in Interior Design. For more details visit our website. In the unique Heritage sector of Interior Design, graduates must not only have excellent design skills but also a thorough knowledge of the history of design. As the only Heritage Interior Design degree in the UK, NDA graduates from this course are in high demand. Working closely with the design industry & international design Institutes, NDA has designed this heritage degree... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Online
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National Design Academy

The BA (Hons) Interior Design course offers students a more in-depth and professional approach to specific design projects as well as providing the student with an impres ... [+]

The BA (Hons) Interior Design course offers students a more in-depth and professional approach to specific design projects as well as providing the student with an impressive qualification to add to a CV, an essential element when looking to build a career in the design market.This course covers a wide range of modules aimed at shaping the student’s mindset and knowledge base so that they can complete a design project in an accurate, creative and timely manner, whilst also satisfying the exact specifications of their client brief.The modules for the full BA honours degree will cover a variety of core topics, whilst also offering students the opportunity to focus on a specific element of design such as hotel design or exhibition design.This BA (Hons) degree is studied part-time, flexibly online through our specially created Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) via the internet using your computer. Here you can access numerous links to interior design information, and you can contact your personal tutor direct. The course is designed to fit around your work & home life. You will receive informative and timely feedback on your assignments from your personal Tutor; you will not have to take an examination. You can your tutor at any time (Monday - Friday - ) to receive an instant answer to your question. You can make new friends and keep in touch with other students and alumni and share ideas and see examples of other students work, through our lively Student Forum.... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
3 - 4 years
Online
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National Design Academy

UK'S FIRST ONLINE BA (HONS) RETAIL DESIGN DEGREE. START YOUR COURSE WHEN IT SUITS YOU - NOT THE UNIVERSITY! APPLY DIRECT, 100 POINTS. NDA in partnership with Staffordshir ... [+]

UK'S FIRST ONLINE BA (HONS) RETAIL DESIGN DEGREE. START YOUR COURSE WHEN IT SUITS YOU - NOT THE UNIVERSITY! APPLY DIRECT, 100 POINTS. NDA in partnership with Staffordshire University offers truly FLEXIBLE online degrees so you can ‘earn while you learn.’ Apply direct – no UCAS, entry with 100 points. FREE CAD software, FREE BIID Membership, NUS card & unlimited tutor contact. Work and gain practical experience alongside your degree. At the National Design Academy, we treat all our students as individuals. NDA has no terms or semesters. Students can choose their own start date and study at their own pace - not the pace of other students. At NDA every student has their own, individual study plan. At NDA we have a unique & flexible ‘Double Degree’ route to achieving BA (Hons) –see our website for full details Student loans are available for all NDA degrees. There are excellent career prospects as a freelance Interior Designer or within a Design Practice. Alternatively, NDA offers a guaranteed progression route onto our online Master’s Degree, MA in Interior Design. For more details visit our website. In the huge global industry of Retail Interior Design, graduates must not only have the interior design skills demanded by the top design companies but a sound knowledge of branding, visual merchandising and the customer experience. Working closely with the industry and official international design Institutes, NDA has designed this Retail Interior Degree specifically to meet their requirements. Not only will NDA graduates be qualified interior... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
3 - 4 years
Online
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Diploma

National Design Academy

STUDY FLEXIBLY ONLINE, COURSE FEES FROM £61.88 PER MONTH SUBSIDISED BY FUNDING. START ANY TIME OF YEAR. Do you make curtains for your own home, family and friends? Do the ... [+]

STUDY FLEXIBLY ONLINE, COURSE FEES FROM £61.88 PER MONTH SUBSIDISED BY FUNDING.

Do you make curtains for your own home, family and friends? Do they encourage you to start your own curtain making business? Would you love a career change but lack the qualifications? Would you like to use this course as an entry onto a degree?

...then this is the course for you!

One course - two ways to study; choose from distance learning home study or in the studio at the academy (see our website for dates).

No previous qualifications are needed for this course; you will need just basic sewing skills and know how to make a basic, unlined curtain.

This Level 3 Diploma course is fully accredited by AIM Awards. It is flexible and can be studied via part-time distance learning, allowing you to continue with existing work and family commitments, or you may attend our in-studio courses for a ‘fast-track' to the qualification.... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
10 - 12 months
Online
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National Design Academy

STUDY FLEXIBLY ONLINE, COURSE FEES FROM £61.88 PER MONTH SUBSIDISED BY FUNDING. START ANY TIME OF YEAR Turn your Garden Design hobby into your career, with this distance ... [+]

STUDY FLEXIBLY ONLINE, COURSE FEES FROM £61.88 PER MONTH SUBSIDISED BY FUNDING.

Turn your Garden Design hobby into your career, with this distance learning Level 3 Diploma. If your friends often ask you to help design their garden, if you are ‘hooked’ on garden programmes & magazines, then this is the course for you!

The garden is often considered to be an extension of the home, especially during the summer months. Consequently, the National Design Academy offers a Diploma in Garden Design which provides students with the opportunity to learn the skills required to design an outdoor area. The course covers a variety of topics such as:-

The background & history of Garden Design, The role of the garden Designer Presentation Techniques The components of Garden Design Understanding plants for Garden Design Selecting plant types for Garden Design Using Hard landscaping materials Furniture & Features Producing a garden design Professional Practice for Garden Design The final project... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
10 - 12 months
Online
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National Design Academy

The Diploma in Professional Interior Design provides a fantastic introduction to the subject with no previous qualifications necessary. NDA Diploma courses are studied on ... [+]

The Diploma in Professional Interior Design provides a fantastic introduction to the subject with no previous qualifications necessary. NDA Diploma courses are studied online or In-Studio and are fully accredited by the British government and recognised all over the world.Who is this course for?This course is ideal for all students who are passionate about Interior Design, even if they have no previous qualifications. The course is equivalent to a British A-level and offers successful Diploma students a guaranteed place on to the Bachelor of Arts Interior Design degree programme. This course is suitable for students that are looking to start their own business, change career, or simply enhance their creativity.Where is this course?The course can be studied online or fast-track through our Dubai or UK studios. The NDA is the only online University in the world that can take you from having no qualifications in Interior Design all the way through to obtaining your Master's Degree.Course time.Our courses are designed to be studied part-time around work commitments with the average course time being around 6-9 months part-time. If studied full-time the average course time can be reduced to around 3-6 months. Our fast-track in studio time is approximately 8 weeks with a full-time week at the beginning, approx 30 hours of home study in between and 1 full-time week in week 8.What will I learn?Units include:... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
10 - 12 months
Online
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MA

National Design Academy

The MA Interior Design Degree allows students to take their study to a higher level, developing knowledge and skills relevant to the industry, an ideal career progression ... [+]

This course is ideal for all students who are passionate about interior design. This course provides the foundation for anyone who is intending to establish their own interior design practice or who would like to enter the interior design profession at management level. It also provides also an ideal academic platform for those who wish to pursue the field of interior design to PhD level.What will I learn? Modules include:

Advanced Research Methods Innovative Technology and Interior Design Trend Forecasting in Interior Design Cultural Contexts in Interior Design Interior Design Practice Management, and a Masters Project (of the students choice) in Interior Design

How will I benefit from taking this course?On completion of the course students will be able to:... [-]

United Arab Emirates Dubai
September 2020
English (US)
Part-time
18 - 24 months
Online
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