Online design courses at NDA

Whether you are looking to turn your hobby into a career or simply enhance your creativity, NDA is proud to offer fully accredited interior design courses. From Diploma to Masters Degree level, our soft furnishings, curtain making, garden design and interior design courses are designed to let you study from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Graduation day 2015

    National Design Academy graduation day at Staffordshire University

    Photos and videos of the day
  • Student of the month: Nicoletta Perris Magnetto

    Nicoletta has been awarded this month’s Student of the Month award because of the exceptional quality of her samples that were submitted towards her Diploma.

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  • Influencing interior design trends: Sex & the City (Part 1 of 2)

    Set design: Influencing interior design trends: Sex & the City Part 1 of 2. We continue our Set Design Interior Design Trend Series with a look back at the first Sex and the City film for some interior ideas based on the style-driven set design by Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz.

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  • Industry professional video series: Tessuto interview

    We continue our industry professional video series by interviewing the Tessuto Interiors team.

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  • Upcycling & antiques

    In our ‘Upcycling & Antiques’ blog post we inspire you with upcycling ideas and our ideas on how to incorporate antiques into your interior design schemes.

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  • How to develop ideas through sketching

    This (part 1 of 3) how-to video guide will demonstrate how to develop ideas through sketching.

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  • On-site video interview with Daniel Hopwood

    Watch our on-site interview with Interior Designer Dan Hopwood discussing the design considerations an Interior Designer should consider when working on a client project.

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  • Workshops @ NDA

    Looking to enhance your technical skills for your course or future career? Why not enrol on to a one-day workshop and enhance your skills in Photoshop, SketchUp, AutoCAD or even Technical Drawing.

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Our courses


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Online learning

Study online when and where you choose, start at any time and enjoy the convenience of fitting study around work and home commitments

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Students learning in the studio

In-studio courses

Some people learn better with a tutor in front of them, if this is you then consider a studio course for your interior design or soft furnishings diploma.

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Why choose NDA?

NDA Director of Quality Helen Keighley provides an introduction to the background to the NDA and our courses and explains why anyone embarking on a new course should ensure that the course they choose is nationally validated.

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Design course open days at NDA

The aim of our open days is to give you as much information as possible about every single aspect of our qualifications, right through from Diploma level to MA level. Held regularly at the Academy in Nottingham on weekdays and weekends, everyone is welcome to learn more about the courses, and meet the tutors – and see interior design in practice!

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What our students say

The Tutor had a very good understanding of the subject and the help provided was excellent. I was quite daunted to begin with but now I feel confident to produce technical drawing to a professional standard.

AutoCAD 1 workshop

The course has been brilliant! A complicated package explained simply and effectively, at an excellent pace and with the Tutor having fantastic knowledge of everything we threw at her!

AutoCAD 2 workshop

A fantastic workshop! Informative and enjoyable; it is great what you can learn in just one day, with loads of great tips thrown in for good measure too!

Hand Drawing 1 workshop

An excellent course and content which I have learnt many new skills. All the Tutors are brilliant in their area of expertise and very patient when being bombarded with questions.

Professional Interior Design studio workshop

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Boston College
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Leicester College
European Social Fund in England
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Association of Professional Interior Designers