Education partners

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Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is a modern University with 100 years' experience of pioneering higher education within the creative, technological and scientific industries. The University delivers relevant, inspiring and vocationally led courses and thus develop students who are independent thinkers.

Based in the Midlands in the heart of the UK, the University is home to approximately 14,000 students that make up a dynamic and vibrant community. In addition, the University has an international network of over 20,000 students studying on Staffordshire University courses at over 40 partner organisations around the world (Jan 2015).

Passionate about transforming the lives and aspirations of the individuals and communities it serves, the University is agile and flexible; quick to adapt as student requirements change and is renowned for providing ground-breaking new courses and outstanding learning opportunities.

Vocationally led courses have developed strong links with partners in industry to support teaching. This ensures courses remain relevant and up-to-date and that students are prepared for a career once they have completed their studies. University partners include: Sony, Cisco, Vodafone, Jaguar Land Rover and Epic Games. Many lecturers still work within their field of expertise and guest speakers from industry (such as Hewlett Packard and Marvel Comics) deliver lectures.

Many graduates have gone on to work with internationally recognised organisations such as the BBC, Microsoft, Bentley Motors and NASA. Others have gone on to form their own successful businesses whilst some graduates have worked on Oscar winning films, written books and even won an Olympic gold medal.

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The NDA Foundation

National Design Academy is part of The NDA Foundation - a not for profit organisation. Profits are re-invested back into the Foundation for the benefit of its students. This means lower fees than other design schools and colleges, and allows more people to study. This also helps us to further enrich the Student Experience.

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Leicester College

Leicester College and NDA have been working together for over 13 years in a highly successful partnership which has enabled students to access funding. Together, we have seen thousands of learners achieve valuable skills in design, enabling them to progress onto degree courses or further both their personal creativity and their professional careers.

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AIM Awards

AIM Awards are an British awarding body recognised by the Regulatory Authorities of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. AIM Awards accredits all National Design Academy Diploma courses, in Professional Interior Design, Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings and Professional Garden Design.

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UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The UK has a well-deserved reputation world-wide for providing high quality and reputable higher education. There are 157 institutions in the UK that are permitted to award a wide variety of degrees to suit most educational aspirations.

All these institutions have degree awarding powers recognised by the UK authorities (UK and Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies).

The National Design Academy is listed within the 'listed bodies' of Recognised UK Degrees, ensuring your qualification is Nationally and Internationally recognised.

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European Social Fund in England

ESF in England is investing in jobs and skills - focusing on people who need support the most and helping them fulfil their potential.

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Industry partners

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Brabantia puts all its expertise into developing solid, reliable homeware products that retain their beauty and performance over many, many years. Designed for the present, but made to last. Brabantia's product range covers five categories: waste storage, food storage, food preparation, laundry care and bathroom articles.

Since its foundation in 1919, the traditional, family owned business run by engineers and craftsmen has grown into what Brabantia is today: a successful business with four production units, employing 1.000 employees and active in no less than 85 countries.

Today, the skills and expertise that built the company are supplemented by specialists. Specialists in the latest materials and in computer aided design and manufacturing. Specialists who secure Brabantia's position as one of Europe's leading suppliers of innovative household products.



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Electric String

Electric String Ltd was created by former super yacht electronics design team James Symonds and James Ward.

With a combined experience of over 20 years in providing solutions for the super yacht and professional audio industries, Electric String Ltd was formed with the aim of delivering the highest quality design, expertise and service to give you the enjoyment that an expertly integrated yacht, home or corporate space gives.

In 2014 Electric String merged with RSAV Solutions Ltd. RSAV Solutions Ltd have established themselves over the past few years across the UK and Europe with expertise in commercial and high end residential audiovisual projects/installations. To increase expertise, capability and support for all of our clients both existing and new we decided to bring both companies together.

We’re also very proud to be an industry partner of the British Institute of Interior Designers (BIID) and the National Design Academy (NDA). We work proactively with these organisations to educate and support designers in the audiovisual and automation sector.
We are proud members of infocomm and CEDIA and work closely with our specialist audiovisual partners including Crestron, Extron, Meridian Audio, Amina invisible speakers, Future Automation, Samsung & CISCO.

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International Decorative Surfaces

International Decorative Surfaces is the UK's largest distributor of surfacing materials specialising in flooring, worktops, laminates, panel products and solid surfacing. The company is part of the Saint Gobain Group, recognised as Europe's leading organisation in building materials.

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Hanolex Ltd. is a supplier of eyelets, grommets and other metal pressings, the vast majority of which are manufactured by their UK factory. They also manufacture and supply eyeleting machines and associated toolage and have supported the NDA by offering fitting tools for our students to practice with.

Hanolex sell direct to the end user as well as wholesalers and pride ourselves on being able to supply a complete package of component and equipment regardless of the size of the job and are capable of producing eyelets and pressings to customer's own specifications as well as supplying "off the shelf" components.

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Associate partners

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B:Bespoke Furniture

Henry Bagshawe is a designer and maker of hand-crafted contemporary furniture and bespoke woodwork for private clients and commission. He has produced a series of bespoke pieces to enhance the interior of the NDA.

Henry is happy to work with interior designers at special rates.

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Enormous Art Ltd

An ideal resource for Heritage Interior Designers; Enormous Art is the UK's leading supplier of fine art prints of famous artists' works. Image quality is excellent and they aim to make prints as close to the original paintings as possible.

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