Who should do this course?

  • Have you already designed successful schemes for your home and for your family and friends?
  • Do they often encourage you to start your own business?
  • Would you like a career change but don't have the confidence, experience and qualifications?
  • Do you have creative talent but need professional training?
  • Do you enjoy interior design as a hobby and read interior design magazines?
  • Are you interested in becoming an interior designer?

...then this is the interior design course for you!

This Diploma in Interior Design is a great introduction into interior design which provides you with a validated and accredited interior design course. The course 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 - ideal if you are looking for a career change or entry into Higher Education.

The Diploma in Interior Design will give you the skills you need to design your own project or help family and friends with theirs, giving you the confidence to move on to bigger projects or higher education.

As our 'access to Higher Education' qualification, successful Level 3 Diploma students are guaranteed a route to our Foundation Degree in Interior Design course. For a career in interior design you can then progress through the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design to BA (Hons) Interior Design. Both Degree level interior design courses are validated and awarded by Staffordshire University,  both studied via online distance learning.

No qualifications are required to enrol on this diploma course, and if you already hold a Level 3 or equivalent qualification in an Art and Design based subject, you can enrol straight onto the Foundation Degree in Interior Design. If you already have an HND or Foundation Degree in Interior Design, you can enrol straight on to our BA (Hons) top-up course.

If you still have questions feel free to call us for further information on 01159 1234 12, or alternatively, why not book a place on one of our Interior Design Course Open Days to come along and talk to the Tutors, view students' work and take a tour of the Academy?


Teaching and Learning

One Course - two ways to study; choose from distance learning Home Study or In Studio at the Academy

Home study

Everyone is different. The average home study time is 10-12 hours per week to complete the course in 10 months. Most students complete the course in 6-12 months. Due to college funding criteria, funded students are required to complete the course in a maximum of 12 months, non-funded students are expected to complete within 2 years. You can enrol at any time and set your own start date within 3 months.

In-studio

Week 1
In Studio (see dates below)
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5
At home - complete a Design Project (approx 30hrs)
Week 6
In Studio to complete the course (see dates below - please check the dates for the 2nd Studio week carefully as these may not be exactly 6 weeks after the 1st Studio week due to other Workshops and timetables)
Week 1 Week 2
9th - 13th March 2015 27th April - 1st May 2015
11th - 15th May 2015 22nd - 26th June 2015
8th - 12th June 2015 20th - 24th July 2015

Please ensure that you are available for both weeks when booking onto a Studio course.


Employability & progression

Once you have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design Skills, you are guaranteed a route to Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design; validated and awarded by our partner, Staffordshire University. This is delivered online by our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) where you can access the course which contains thousands of links to interior design information, meet new friends and keep in touch through the Student Forum. You'll also receive regular updates on the latest trends and exhibitions.

Alternatively, you can become a freelance Interior Design Consultant or work in a related industry such as kitchen design, soft furnishings or design retailer.

Course details

You will cover:

Drawing

We introduce you to the right materials and equipment and provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to survey a room, draw the survey and elevation to scale, apply colour to the drawings and create professional presentations.

Design

How to plan the space using basic dimensions for furniture. How to choose furniture understanding space requirements. How to create professional sample and mood boards.

Lighting

Understand the types of different lighting; natural, ambient, task and accent lighting. How to choose lamps and fittings to create amazing lighting schemes.

Finishes

Bring your room to life with fabulous finishes. Investigate floor and wall coverings, fabrics, textures, art work and accessories.

Soft Furnishings

Discover the many different styles of windows. Learn the 5 stages of designing a window treatment and how to choose the type of fabric to suit the treatment. How to visualise your design through a coloured drawing.

Colour Theory

Learn the theory of colour, what works and what doesn't and the psychological effects of colour. Bring your drawings to life using light and shade and reproduce fabrics using pastels, water colours or paint effects. We will provide you with a glossary of decorative paint specifications.

Briefing

It's not all about design. We will give you the skills you need to obtain and interpret a client brief by asking the right questions. Understand who does what and when.

Implementing a Design

How to project manage the design from concept to completion. Stages of work, using tradesmen, who does what and when.

Business Advice

How to open trade accounts with names and addresses of relevant suppliers. We provide you with templates for contracts, letters, invoices and quotations. How to keep accurate records and how to keep up-to-date with the latest ideas and trends. An introduction to advertising and marketing.

Final project

The final Level 3 project will incorporate all the skills already covered and apply through a more challenging brief.

Essential Equipment

  • A Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scales
  • Scalpel and blades
  • Steel Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Set square (this does not have to be adjustable)
  • A3 Paper
  • A3 Tracing Paper
  • Drawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
  • An A3 or A2 drawing board (this is optional)

This and other recommended equipment is available in our online Art Shop at special student prices.

The standard diploma home study course fee is £1050. However, if you have an English address and a National Insurance number you will probably qualify for 80% lower course fees subsidised by UK government funding. This funding is not means tested but is strictly limited, so we recommend you enrol now to secure your funding from this current allocation.

Home study course fees

Standard course fee

£1050

Paid by monthly instalments

6 × £175

Pay in full today and save £150!

£900

Subsidised course fee* Up to 80% UK government funded

£350

Paid by monthly instalments

5 × £70

Pay in full today and save £100!

£250

Concessionary

No course fees payable – £75 admin fee, refundable upon course completion

Contact us
for information

If you are claiming Employment and Support Allowance (work related) or Job Seekers Allowance please contact our enquiries office on 0115 9123 412 or email enquiries@nda.ac.uk

In-studio course fees

Standard course fee

£1200

Paid by monthly instalments

5 × £240

Pay in full today and save £150!

£1050

Subsidised course fee* Up to 80% UK government funded

£600

Paid by monthly instalments

5 × £120

Pay in full today and save £100!

£500

Concessionary

No course fees payable – £75 admin fee, refundable upon course completion

Contact us
for information

If you are claiming Employment and Support Allowance (work related) or Job Seekers Allowance please contact our enquiries office on 0115 9123 412 or email enquiries@nda.ac.uk

Enrol on this course

More information about this course


Entry requirements

No qualifications required, just an interest and enthusiasm for Interior Design.


Accreditation

  • AIM Awards Level 2 Diploma in Interior Design Skills, equivalent to GCSE Level
  • AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design Skills, equivalent to 'A' Level
  • National Design Academy Diploma in Professional Interior Design

Assessment

There is no exam! Your tutor will assess your assignments and your portfolio is moderated by AIM Awards.


When can I start?

Home Study 

You can enrol at any time and set your own start date within 3 months.

In Studio

Week 1 In Studio* (see dates below)

Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5 at home - complete a Design Project (approx 30hrs)

Week 6 In Studio to complete the course (see dates below - please check the dates for the 2nd Studio week carefully as these may not be exactly 6 weeks after the 1st Studio week due to other Workshops and timetables)

Week 1 Week 2
9th - 13th March 2015 27th April - 1st May 2015
11th - 15th May 2015 22nd - 26th June 2015
8th - 12th June 2015 20th - 24th July 2015

Our partners

Boston College
Staffordshire University
Leicester College
European Social Fund in England
AIM Awards
Association of Professional Interior Designers