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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.

Anyone who is serious about becoming an interior designer who has an existing Foundation Degree or HND (or equivalent) in a relevant design subject may top-up to BA (Hons) Interior Design

Mature students with extensive experience in the Interior Design profession can also receive recognition through this qualification.

This Degree is validated and awarded by Staffordshire University.

If you have to juggle family commitments, full-time or part-time work and want the flexibility offered by studying part-time by distance learning, then this is the course for you.

The National Design Academy is listed within the 'listed bodies' of Recognised UK Degrees, ensuring your qualification is Nationally and Internationally recognised, please CLICK HERE for further information


Teaching and Learning

You can enrol at any time! The BA (Hons) Interior Design is studied part-time, by distance learning through our specially created Virtual Learning Studios (VLS) via the internet using your computer. Here you can access thousands of links to interior design information, mail your tutor direct, meet new friends and keep in touch through the Student Forum.

Everyone is different; most students take between 12-18 months to complete the BA (Hons) Interior Design. However, some students finish the course earlier and some take the maximum study time of 3 years.

Employability & progression

You can progress into a number of different areas including:

  • Study route - A Masters Degree, PhD or access a host of graduate training programmes

  • Career route - You can become a freelance designer, start your own domestic or commercial practice including the retail & hospitality industries or work as a qualified interior designer within an interior design or architectural practice. Other fields open to you will be interiors home staging, window display, show home designer, design journalism, exhibition designer, lighting designer, retail buyer for the design profession, interiors specifier, theatre or TV set design or teach interior design.


As the Degree is studied part-time, you can combine both study and career routes.

Course details

If you want to gain the BA (Hons) Interior Design, you will need to complete three modules. Modules 1 and 2 are worth 30 credits, with the independent study module worth 60 credits. You will be given 4 months to complete the first 2 modules and 8 months for the independent study project.

Module 1a - Hotel Design: Option 1

The Hotel Design Module investigates the interiors, services and styles of leading hotels around the world. From Boutique city centre hotels to private island resorts and old established Grand Hotels, the very best of international hotel interiors will be analysed along with the design practices responsible for those interiors.


Module 1b - Exhibition Design: Option 2

Exhibition design is a fascinating and diverse sector of interior design. Projects range from large public museums and private galleries to trade exhibition stands promoting products as diverse as motorbikes or cosmetics.

Module 2 - Research Study Project: Preparation & Completion

This Module includes the identification, planning and preparation of self-directed (with guidance) research study. You will look at ways in which the research study may be implemented including formatting, synthesis and presentation of text-based research.

If you exit at this point you would achieve BA Interior Design, however, most students progress to BA (Hons) Interior Design. To achieve this you will also need to complete a 60 Credit Independent Study Project.

Module 3 - Interior Design Project

This Final Project Module is delivered by independent study with guidance and support provided by the Tutors to develop your individual skills and areas of interest.

Essential Equipment

  • Laptop, PC or Mac to access the course online via the VLS
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Internet browser: Internet Explorer 7 (or above) or Firefox
  • Digital camera

  • Drawing pen and pencil
  • Scale rule with 1:10, 1:20 and 1:50 scales (approx £8)
  • Adjustable set-square (approx £16)
  • Pastels, crayons, watercolours, etc.
  • A3 paper
  • A2 drawing board
  • Recommended reading book list

All books, non-electronic equipment & other recommended equipment is available in our online Art Shop at special student prices.


Now you can afford to study for a degree.

Student loans (or tuition fee loans) are the most popular way for NDA students to study as they cover the entire cost of their degree. Loans are not based on income or means tested and most students in England & Wales will qualify. Repayments only start after four years - but if you earn less than £21,000 per year you will not have to repay.

 Student loans explained

Not using a Student Loan?

You can spread the cost and pay tuition fees by monthly instalments at no extra cost or you can pay your fees for each level in full and receive a discount.

UK student fees

£4750 per level*

Paid by monthly instalments

10 × £475

Pay in full today and save £250 per level!


*There is 1 level for a BA (Hons) degree
(each level is equivalent to one university year)

International student fees

£5500 per level*

Paid by monthly instalments

6 × £916.66

Pay in full today and save £250 per level!


*There is 1 level for a BA (Hons) degree
(each level is equivalent to one university year)

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Entry requirements

BA (Hons) 'Top Up' - Final Year Entry requirements

ALL NDA Foundation Degree graduates are automatically transferred to a guaranteed place on the final year BA Honours degree.

For direct entry for students from an external college or university, onto the BA (Hons) final year one qualification from the following list will be required

  • Foundation Degree in Interior Design (FdA)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Interior Design
  • HNC in Interior Design (students may need to study additional FdA Modules to achieve the necessary skills by negotiation / portfolio)
  • International students who have studied a two year degree in a relevant design subject
  • A qualification equivalent to one of the above
  • Applications are also welcome from those aged 21+ with previous professional experience and a comprehensive design project portfolio to include; sketches, plans, estimates visuals etc.

NDA will transfer students on to the final year BA (Hons) degree by referral from institutions who do not offer their own degree qualifications. Referrals are currently accepted from; Rhodec, The Design Ecademy & Limperts Academy. Please contact NDA about institution or student referrals.


BA (Hons) Interior Design awarded by Staffordshire University


You will not have to take an exam! 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