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
12th - 16th May 2014 16th - 20th June 2014
8th - 12th September 2014 20th - 24th October 2014
6th - 10th October 2014 24th - 28th November 2014

Please ensure that you are available for both Studio weeks stated when booking on Studio courses to ensure you can complete the course in the allocated time. Where students find they cannot attend the 2nd Studio week, we will endeavour to move you on to subsequent weeks, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee this. Where no suitable alternative date can be found, the student will need to complete via Home Study - no refund on fees will be given as the course will still go ahead.


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.

Home study course fees

Standard course fee

£1050

Pay in full and save £150!

£900

Monthly instalments

6 × £175

Subsidised course fee* Government funded

£350

Pay in full and save £100!

£250

Monthly instalments

5 × £70

Concessionary

No course fees payable – £75 refundable admin fee

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

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for information

In-studio course fees

Standard course fee

£1200

Pay in full and save £150!

£1050

Monthly instalments

5 × £240

Subsidised course fee* Government funded

£600

Pay in full and save £100!

£500

Monthly instalments

5 × £120

Concessionary

No course fees payable – £75 refundable admin fee

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

Contact us
for information

Funding criteria

Funded fees from only £250. Non-funded fees from only £900

To qualify for the funded fees option,you must meet the following criteria;

  • Be aged 19 years or more on 31st August 2014
  • Are currently living permanently in England, having lived in an EU country immediately prior to this for the past 3 years
    or have a BFPO address
  • Have a valid, permanent National Insurance number

Further information for Funded Home Study and In Studio Students;

If you are currentlyunemployedandactively seeking employmentand are in receipt of one of the below benefits, you only pay £50 as above;

  • Employment and Support Allowance (work related)
  • Job Seekers Allowance

You will be asked to provide up-to-date proof of being in receipt of benefits and to sign a declaration that you are actively seeking employment. You may be required at intervals to provide updated evidence of on-going benefit payments.

 

Please be aware that claiming an applicable benefit listed above does not in itself mean that you qualify for the lower price - you also have to be unemployed and actively seeking work.

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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
12th - 16th May 2014 16th - 20th June 2014
8th - 12th September 2014 20th - 24th October 2014
6th - 10th October 2014 24th - 28th November 2014

*Please ensure that you are available for BOTH Studio weeks stated when booking on Studio courses to ensure you can complete the course in the allocated time. Where students find they cannot attend the 2nd Studio week, we will endeavour to move you on to subsequent weeks, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee this. Where no suitable alternative date can be found, the student will need to complete via Home Study - no refund on fees will be given as the course will still go ahead.

Our partners

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