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 enable you to study from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Happy Easter from everyone at NDA!

    The office will be closed from 5:00pm on 17th April and will reopen at 9:00am on 22nd April. We will reply to all enquiries upon our return.

  • Think Creative, Think Creatively Different

    The National Design Academy is excited to announce the launch of an interior design competition from today (15th April 2014) in conjunction with Creatively Different Blinds.

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  • Case Study: Vicky Wilkins

    This week we hear from one of our highly regarded past students; Vicky Wilkins, who completed her Foundation Degree in Interior Design here at the National Design Academy. Vicky successfully graduated in 2011 and has since set up her own very successful interior design business.

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  • Lego: The Building Blocks of Design

    I was inspired to create this blog as I was browsing design websites and I came across the most unusual and fun sounding job advert in Dezeen, for concept artists for Lego. I’m sure you would all agree that this sounds like an amazing job! I thought it would be interesting to research the impact that Lego has had on architecture and interiors.

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  • NDA’s Charity of the Year announced

    At the National Design Academy, we’re all very excited to announce that our Charity of the Year for 2014 is Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

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  • NDA Open Day, Saturday 10 May

    Come and find out about NDA and our courses. You’ll receive a warm welcome at our open days held every month, just book through the website.

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  • Workshops @ NDA

    These workshops are aimed at students who are presently undertaking one of our many interior design courses as well as external students and those working in industry who wish to learn more about a certain design element.

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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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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 Business Director 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, 2013

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, 2013

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, 2013

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, 2013

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