About the National Design Academy

Who We Are

National Design Academy (NDA) has been established for over 30 years, and is the UK’s leading provider of fully accredited Interior Design courses. NDA has alumni of over 31,000 graduates in 80 countries. We offer flexible, part-time, online courses that fit around your work and personal commitments. We offer Diploma courses accredited by AIM Awards, and BA (Hons) & Master’s degrees awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester.

Over the years NDA has trained thousands of successful interior designers, many of whom are running their own business or working for prestigious design practices around the world. At NDA we are passionate about design and helping our students to achieve their goals by delivering flexible, affordable online qualifications.

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NDA Foundation

National Design Academy is part of The NDA Foundation—a not for profit organisation committed to widening access to further & higher education through affordable, flexible online delivery.

Profits are reinvested back into the Foundation for the benefit of our students. This means much lower fees than other colleges and universities and we can award all NDA students with Progression Scholarships for each level of study.

  • Our Core Values
  • Our Goal
  • Our Aims
  • We believe that education should inspire and change lives.
  • We passionately believe in equality of opportunity and access to education for all.
  • We promote excellence in sustainable design, research & development.
  • To build on the NDA national and international reputation as a centre of excellence for flexible, accredited education.
  • Offer flexible study paths to a diverse range of students, including those whose requirements fall outside traditional educational frameworks.
  • Deliver outstanding education that embodies a spirit of enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship.
  • Provide a fulfilling physical and virtual environment that enables all learners and staff to feel valued and achieve at the highest level possible.
  • Raise individual aspirations, create opportunities and promote personal development and progression.
  • Be efficient, cost effective and sustainable.

We offer online Interior Design courses that are internationally recognised and accredited.

Academy Headquarters

Since its beginning in 1988 the Academy has been based at Rufford Hall in Nottingham, our headquarters and base for the Tutor, Admissions and Student Support teams. There are also two dedicated design studios where our UK based in-studio courses take place.

The interior of the Academy has been beautifully designed and decorated to provide inspiration for all our students. Please view our virtual tour or book a place on the next Open Day to see for yourself!

NDA Dubai

In 2013 NDA opened our international office and studio in Dubai, UAE. Based in Knowledge Village it provides a perfect base for our international Tutor team who also run regular in-studio Diploma and Interior Design Software courses.

To find out more about the NDA and the courses we offer, please download our full course guide.