About the NDA

Hello! Welcome to the National Design Academy.

In a nutshell, we are Britain’s leading online interior design school, having pioneered online design qualifications from Diploma, BA (Hons) to Master’s Degree, many years ago.

If you are looking for an Interior Design Course or a Curtain Making or Garden Design Course, then NDA can help you achieve your qualification through flexible, online courses.

At NDA we are passionate about design and sharing that passion with our students. Anthony Rayworth is the NDA Director of Studies. He is the highly qualified and “encyclopaedic” interior design enthusiast who leads our amazing and committed tutor team, all of whom share his enthusiasm for design. One member of the Tutor Team will be assigned to you as your own Personal Tutor when you enrol onto an NDA Diploma or Degree course. They will support you throughout your studies, and you can contact them as often as you wish at no extra cost.

At the National Design Academy, we always emphasize the importance of gaining a fully accredited qualification; after all, who wants to spend years studying just to discover that their course isn’t recognised by the design industry? This is why we have invested much of our resources into ensuring that all of our Diploma level courses are accredited by AIM Awards and all of our Degree qualifications are awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). This means that any qualification gained at the National Design Academy will be nationally and internationally recognised. Great news!


Degree qualifications awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
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Diploma level courses accredited by AIM Awards.

Our quality is assured through De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and AIM Awards and in our own right, we have provision regulated through the Office for Students (former HEFCE – Higher Education Funding Council for England) and UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers) registration. For more information please find us here:

Office for Students (OFS)

UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP)

So, you know NDA is accredited, but how exactly do we teach a creative subject such as interior design online, you may say? Put simply, NDA has many years’ experience with delivering online learning to suit the feedback we receive from our students. We make it very easy for students to study by distance learning, through our bespoke Virtual Learning Studio or VLS online. We cover everything step-by-step, in bite-sized pieces, so no matter how little time you may have to spare – you can still study – with your personal Tutor to help you every step of the way. Take a look through our Studying Online Guide and take a peek at the Student Gallery that should reassure you about the quality of our student’s projects.

We’re good at what we do because we listen to our students; we treat everyone as an individual and deliver courses that are flexible enough to suit their busy lives. We believe our reputation speaks for itself, as we have been successfully educating interior design students for 30 years with Alumni of 31,000 qualified designers in over 80 countries!

Every single student who passes through the National Design Academy becomes part of the NDA family and we’re so proud of everything they achieve. You will often find NDA Alumni on the VLS Community (student forum) exchanging ideas with current students. Having studied online with NDA themselves, they are very supportive and you can make new friends with NDA students from all over the world!

We have a happy mix of students; those who wish to expand a hobby into a career, start their own small business or progress onto a degree with NDA. Others just want the opportunity to improve their existing design skills to help them design their own projects.

Take a look around our site, get to know us, read our blog, join in with our ever popular #DesignDebate over on Facebook or why not just get in touch. So don’t be shy, we’re here to help!

Enjoy browsing our site and we hope to see you on one of our courses very soon.