At NDA 'online flexible learning' means exactly that! Unlike other institutions, at NDA there are no terms or semesters, you can choose your own start date and study at your own pace – not the pace dictated by the institution or other students. At NDA we treat every student as an individual. Find out more about study methods.

Who should do this course?

This course is validated and awarded by our partner Staffordshire University, the Certificate will state 'Staffordshire University' and the Graduation ceremony is part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony. The course is delivered by the National Design Academy via part-time online distance learning.

This innovative Master of Arts Degree in Interior Design provides an opportunity to study a taught course at post-graduate level by distance learning. Our distance learning Masters Degree is equally suitable for those currently working in the design or architecture professions and wish to build upon previous qualifications as well as recent graduates from a BA(Hons) programme or equivalent.

The programme of study is focused upon the present and future requirements of the design profession and provides an opportunity to take your study to a higher level, developing knowledge and skills relevant to the industry. The focus will be on the analysis and evaluation of material and the development of critical thinking.

A sequence of taught Modules, exploring essential interior design strategies, provides a structure within which you are encouraged to develop an individual research pathway. You will be able to focus on the specific areas of interest eg furniture and follow this throughout the course.

Teaching and Learning

The Masters Degree Interior Design is studied part-time, flexibly online through our specially created Virtual Learning Studio (VLS)via the internet using your computer. Here you can accessthousands of links to interior design information, watch video lectures when and where it suits you and contact your personal tutor direct. The course is designed to fit around your work & home life. You will receive informative and timely feedback on your assignments from your personal Tutor; you will not have to take an examination. You can telephone the NDA Helpline at any time (Monday - Friday 9.00.a.m. - 5.00.p.m.) to receive an instant answer to your question from a member of our Tutor Team. You can make new friends and keep in touch with other students and alumni and share ideas and see examples of other students work, through our lively Student Forum.

The majority of NDA students will complete their MA Degree online in just 1 year, others may take a little longer and a few may need the maximum study time of 5 years. Find out more.

Employability & progression

You may choose to progress to a PhD or access a host of graduate training programmes.

You can become a freelance designer; start your own commercial practice within a range of industries, or work as a qualified interior designer within an interior design or architectural practice.

There are also opportunities to work in-house within a large or global retail organisation.



Course details

The course comprises 6 Modules. Modules 1, 2 and 5 have a 30 Credit value, Modules 3 and 4 have a 15 Credit value with the Final Project having a 60 Credit value.

The course is recognised as Level 7 on the Government higher education framework.

The programme of study is comprised of the following Modules;

Research Methods for Interior Design

This Module develops your research and academic writing knowledge and skills as well as the ability to understand argument styles and be able to critique current or emerging aspects of interior design.

Innovative Technology in Interior Design

Innovation in products, materials and technologies from a broad range of industries provide the focus for this Module. The development of these materials will be explored, analysed and evaluated with particular attention to sustainability and changing cultural values. You may focus on any aspect of interior design for this Module.

Trend Forecasting in Interior Design

The ability to detect emerging trends is essential to the success of a design-based profession. This Module develops your understanding of trend intelligence across colour, form, pattern, structure, culture and ethics. You will also develop your communication skills by evaluating how to present your findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Cultural Contexts in Interior Design

Within this MA you are encouraged to explore the artistic, philosophical, literary, social and political influences on interior design through your own creative output. Cultural diversity within interior design will also be investigated within this Module, which reflects real-world design practice.

Interior Design Practice Management

Environmentally sustainable interior design and its relationship with creativity, business practice and management provide the focus of this Module. This is reinforced by understanding of the design process and client considerations.

Masters Project in Interior Design

This extended Module encourages you to demonstrate the advanced knowledge and analytical skills gained throughout your studies. You will develop a portfolio of work which reflects your research interests and supports your career objectives within the field of interior design.

UK student fees


Paid by monthly instalments

10 × £475

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International student fees


Paid by monthly instalments

6 × £916.66

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Entry requirements

One of the following is required to study for a Master's Degree plus a portfolio of evidence from work experience or previous study

  • NDA BA (Hons) (any subject)
  • BA (Hons) in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, 3D & Spatial Design, Architecture or other equivalent design-related degree subject studied at another Institution
  • Equivalent International qualification in a relevant design subject
  • We welcome applications from mature students with a CV showing many years of experience at a senior level in interior design, architecture or similar plus one comprehensive example from your professional portfolio of a design project you have completed to include visuals/plans/sample boards/ drawings etc.

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Master of Arts, Interior Design awarded by Staffordshire University


Your tutor will assess your assignments as you submit them throughout the course and your portfolio is moderated by a Staffordshire University External Examiner.

Each Module is self-contained, and has its own assessment, it has distinctive educational objectives and clearly defined content.

When can I start?

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

Our partners

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