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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  • How to render a furniture plan

    This in-depth how-to video will guide you through the process of rendering a professional furniture plan.

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  • Designs from India

    The BBC notes in a recent video (2014), that “despite the economic slowdown in India over the past couple of years, the country’s middle class has expanded to the extent that an interior design boom has been created”. This suggests confidence in the industry and how disposable income is being utilised in a country not previously known for high-end design.

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  • Student spotlight

    We hear from Pam Faulkner. Pam completed the Diploma in Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings course last year and is now running her own successful curtain making business.

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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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  • NDA Open Day, Saturday 15 November

    Love interior design? Why not pop along to our next open day on Saturday 15 November and find out more about the variety of courses that we have to offer.

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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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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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