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De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is a dynamic institution with a long and vibrant history of improving people’s lives through education. Originating in 1870 from the Leicester School of Art, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) was granted university status in 1992 and took its name from Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester.

AIM Qualifications

AIM Qualifications 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 Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making and Professional Garden Design.

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries is a charitable community benefit society delivering cultural and learning services across Nottinghamshire. The society is owned and controlled by its members. Members are drawn from the community, and all staff become members of the society when appointed. The society is governed by a board of 12 elected and nominated directors, including a staff elected board member.

The Ofqual logo is a recognised quality mark.

Qualifications are regulated internationally, as well as in England, provided that they continue to be offered and taken in England.

Recognition ensures all business activities and qualifications are published against regulatory principles and accreditation criteria.

Office for Students regulate the higher education system in England, working in the interests of students and prospective students from all backgrounds, including:

  • undergraduates and postgraduates
  • students studying full-time and part-time
  • those based on campus and learning at a distance

The UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) is the portal for government departments, agencies, learners, and employers to share key information about learning providers.

The matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance. The DfE supports the matrix Standard as the quality framework for accrediting information, advice and guidance contracts including the National Careers Service, its subcontractors and other services delivered on behalf of the Education Skills Funding Agency.

Student Finance England (SFE) is a service provided by the Student Loans Company. They provide financial support on behalf of the UK Government to students entering higher education in the UK. Student Finance England offer funding for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

KHDA are responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. They support schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high-quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.

IHE is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways. Their mission is to represent, support, advise and promote independent providers of tertiary education and training across the UK who share their values of diversity, flexibility, innovation, student focus and collaboration. They also seek to promote these values across the wider sector by advocating for policies.

Society of Garden Designers

NDA proudly holds Educator status with The Society of Garden Designers, a professional association for Garden Designers in the UK, championing excellence through workshops, seminars, conferences and Awards Scheme. NDA students are able to join the Society at a reduced rate, gaining access to their monthly Garden Design Journal, information support and networking events.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The SPAB believes old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles and from churches to cathedrals we are here to help buildings and the people who care for them. Through our unique training schemes, coursesadvice and research we help people put our expertise into practice. NDA has an Educational Membership.

Akzo Nobel - Dulux

As the world’s largest paint company, AkzoNobel Dulux has been adding colour to life for generations. They understand just how important colour is in people’s lives. Marianne Shillingford is the Creative Director for Akzo Nobel Dulux. Over 30 years ago Marianne was our very first tutor, and NDA has worked closely with her and with Dulux ever since. NDA is privileged to launch the Dulux colour of the year simultaneously with the official launch each year.

Course Timeline

3rd September to 20th January

Introduction Week

Course Introduction

2 hour Live Online Introduction Session
Tuesday, 3rd September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 1

Unit 01: Fabric Selection & Colour Theory

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 10th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 13th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 2

Unit 02: Estimation for Soft Furnishings

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 17th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 20th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 3

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 23rd September

Week 4

Unit 03: Window Treatments: Mitres, Hand-Stitching Techniques & Pattern Matching

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 1st October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 4th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 5

Unit 04: Lined & Interlined Curtain Construction

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 8th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 11th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 6

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 14th October

Week 7

Unit 05: Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 22nd October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 25th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 8

Unit 06: Constructing Piped Crescent Tie-Back & Piped Cushion

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 29th October @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 1st November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 9

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 4th November

Week 10

Unit 07: Constructing a Roman Blind

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 12th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 15th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 11

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 18th November

Week 12

Unit 08: Constructing Padded Pelmets

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 26th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 29th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 13

Unit 09: Constructing Swags & Tails (Swags)

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 3rd December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 6th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 14

Unit 09: Constructing Swags & Tails (Tails)

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 10th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 13th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 15

Unit 10: Setting-up a Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings Workroom

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 17th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
*Thursday, 19th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)
*One day early due to office closure

Christmas Holidays

NDA Office Closed

20th December - 6th January

Week 16 & 17

Independent Study Break Week x2

Commencing Monday, 6th & 13th January

Week 18

Project hand-in

Monday, 20th January 2025

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